Pre.formance 2019

We are very pleased to be able to offer the seminar series pre.formance for newcomers to Berlin's independent performing arts community for the fourth time. A total of five seminars building upon each other will illuminate, examine and investigate the individual steps from the first idea for a production through to networking and communication. Your ideas will be brought into focus and specified in the laboratory (seminar A), expressed in the form of a funding application text in the space for development (seminar B) and the space for economics (seminar C), concentrates on identifying financing options and funding instruments. In the space for production (seminar D), the highs and lows of an artistic everyday life producing art and methods for dealing with this self-confidently will be illuminated and opportunities for guest performances and networking will be generated in the showcase (seminar E).

Over the course of this process-focused series, the participants will be provided tools in order to be able to optimally implement their projects and position themselves more clearly as artists.

  • The series is divided into 5 seminars, each of which is 7 hours long.
  • A certificate will be issued to all participants in the seminar series.
  • The number of participants is limited to 12.
  • Participation in the series of seminars is free of charge.
  • You must agree to attend all five seminars in order to participate.

Please send application with a short letter explaining why you would like to participate by April 15, 2019 to


Seminar A
The Laboratory: Space for Ideas
Seminar Director: Eva Hartmann
May 2, 2019, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lettrétage Berlin, Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin

Space for ideas – it all starts here. The seed for artistic projects has been planted.
In this seminar, there will be the opportunity to generate ideas and make a final decision regarding which idea you would like to work further with over the course of pre.formance.
In individual as well as group work, the seminar offers you tools and opportunities to first bring forth a flood of ideas without valuation and lets you decide which one you would like to place at the very top of your to do list and prepare for implementation and/or which one you would like to realize first.

Seminar B
The Space for Development: The Concept
Seminar Director: Christina Runge
May 9, 2019, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
TATWERK Berlin, Gewerbehof Hasenheide 9, Aufg.1, 3.OG, 10967 Berlin

From the idea to the concept... views the concept not only as the means to an end - the funding application or grant application - but also as a method for structuring and focusing one's own artistic work: what topics and motifs engage me and in which format, where and with whom do I want to engage with them? Using practical approaches, we will examine in groups how an idea can be expressed in a concept* while reflecting our goals as artists at the same time.

*Each participant is asked to bring a project approach

Seminar C
The Space for Economics: Resources
Seminar Director: Katja Sonnemann

May 13, 2019 | 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Lettrétage, Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin

The artistic concept is ready. Now all that is missing are the financial resources to realize the project. What kinds of funding opportunities are out there? How can the concept be tailored to the various funding instruments? What should be kept in mind when putting together a budget?

Seminar D
The Space for Production: Confidently Dealing with the Highs and Lows of Everyday Life as an Artist
Seminar Director: Eva Hartmann
June 6, 2019, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
TATWERK Berlin, Gewerbehof Hasenheide 9, entrance 1, 3rd floor 10967 Berlin

Now the work, the production has been created and you are encountering resistance.
Working both theoretically and practically, this seminar will use individual and group work to pursue the questions: How do I handle doubts and blocks over the course of everyday life as an artist? How do I motivate myself? How do I (re)gain trust in myself and self-confidence? How do I manage to continuously pose new challenges to myself as an artist and open new horizons for myself? How do I handle doubts during the artistic process of creation? How do I motivate myself? What are my artistic working and communication processes and how can I adapt myself to ever-changing circumstances?

Seminar E
The Showcase: Networks and Distribution
Seminar Director: Katja Sonnemann
June 17, 2019 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
 Lettrétage Berlin, Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin

You’ve survived the premiere! Now what? What opportunities are there for me to preset my work at other locations in Germany and abroad? What strategies can I develop to generate interest about my work with other presenters and producers? How do I network myself nationally and internationally to find co-producers and have my work presented at other performance venues or festivals? What venues and festivals are the ones that are most relevant for me? What networks, platforms, open calls and funding opportunities are there?