2014 Program


Second Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Industry October 23-25, 2014

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Thursday, October 23

7:00 pm


    The Industry Get-Together will open with two brief speeches by Monika Gintersdorf and Ulf Schmidt regarding the current situation and future of theater. Following this, the moderators Tina Pfurr (Ballhaus Ost) and Nir De Volff (Total Brutal) will ask "10 questions from the independent performing arts community" to Tim Renner, State Secretary for Cultural Affairs.
    The associations hosting the Industry Get-Together will then invite the participants to enjoy a buffet and Die Helmis will perform a concert. DJ Bogdan Krawalski will play music afterwards.

Friday, October 24

11:00 am

    Marketing Competition: Finale
    The 10 finalists of the Marketing Competition will present their pitches to the audience and the jury as they compete for one of three prizes as independent groups or solo artists.
    After this, at about 1:00 pm, the audience can speak with each other and vote for the winners during a shared lunch. (Additional costs for the meal: 3 €)

  • ROOM 2
    Brief Presentation: Cultural Policy Update

    Eva-Maria Hoerster (Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin) and Andreas Altenhof (spokesperson of Rat für der Künste) will provide an overview of current developments in Berlin's cultural policy and present an outlook for the future.

2:00 pm

    Brief Presentations: Production Managers and Production Management Offices Present Themselves (partially in English)
    Independent production management offices and production managers are assuming an increasingly important position within the theatrical landscape. The Berlin-based production managers Eva-Karen Tittmann and Doreen Markert have invited colleagues to present their work and goals, also in collaboration with artists, in the form of brief presentations. Participants will include Elena Polzer (ehrliche arbeit) with Christoph Winkler (choreographer), Isabell Raabe (Raabe/Sauerbrey), TBA (Heimathafen Neukölln) as well as Patrick Sterckx (Wp Zimmer, Belgium) and Andros Zins-Browne (choreographer and director)
  • ROOM 2
    Lecture: "What's Happening?" Cultural Policy Update (in English)
    Daniel Brunet (English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center) will provide an overview of current developments in Berlin's cultural policy and present an outlook for the future.
  • ROOM 3
    Brief Presentations: TTIP – What Does the Free Trade Agreement Mean for Us?
    What are the actual and possible effects of the free trade agreement TTIP on the European theater landscape? Can complaints be made against state cultural subsidies and would anyone make them? What are the consequences for copyrights and exploitation rights? With Gerhard Pfenning (Initiative Urheberrecht) and additional guests.
  • ROOM 4
    Work Group: Discussion & Practice / Methods and Formats of Dance Communication
    What specific instruments does the medium of dance need to grant its audiences the widest possible spectrum of perception and reception? What interfaces to other art forms are possible here and what could creative, exciting approaches be? Moderated by Karin Kirchhoff, the panel participants include: Nik Haffner, Sonja Augart, Jo Parkes, Franz Anton Cramer, Carolin Schmidt, Silke Bake, Louise Wagner, Marie-Luise Krüger and Jacopo Lanteri.

4:00 pm

  • ROOM 2
    Brief Presentations: "And I'll Redefine Anywhere!" New Forms of Living as an Artist (in English)

    The cultural landscape of the world is not only formed by the Internet; it is also shaped by a generation of performing and performance artists who live as nomads. The ease with which creative people today can work on all continents has changed the cultures of the world as well as the art of creatives. Júlia Marí Bernaus (Artconnect Berlin) Francesca Ciardi (Month of Performance Art), Isabella and Marcus Kolata (Coje Berlin), Greg McLaren (performer, writer, artist), Sophia New (plan b) and Julia Klinkert.(at.tension) will report upon their own experiences.
  • ROOM 4
    Open Space with Production Managers: "Let's Produce It!" (partially in English)

    Experienced production managers will converse with the participants in a completely open format. Space is offered here for all questions concerning producing, the role of the production manager and the future of this critically important factor for work in the independent performing arts. Participants include Elena Polzer and Andrea Oberfeld (erhliche arbeit)

5:00 pm

    Discussion: "How Do I Market Myself Without Selling Out?" Art and the Market
    For many years, discussions about theater marketing were diametrically opposed: "Marketing is the death of art!" versus "Art is a product that has to be marketed!".
    This dialectic deadlock has now been resolved: state-funded theaters are increasingly losing their ivory tower status and marketing-affine independent artists are successfully combining good marketing with artistic autonomy. Moderated by Esther Slevogt (Nachtkritik), the panel participants include: Bettina Götze (Inthega), Anna Ortmann (Monumentalkunstkollektiv anarchistischer Kleinkunst), Andrea Pier (Stage Entertainment), Hendrik Quast (Quast/Knoblich), Brendan Shelper (battleROYAL), Vera Strobel (Theater o.N.), Olaf Nachtwey (Showcase Beat Le Mot).

6:00 pm

  • ROOM 2
    Discussion: "The Human Being Is Only Free In Play?" Games and Theatrical Forms
    Computer games, board games and other games as template, context and motor of contemporary performances.
    Moderated by Max Schuhmacher (post theater), panelists include: Christian Huberts (culture and media scholar), Christiane Hütter (Invisible Playground), Ulf Otto (Universität Hildesheim), Philip Steimel (machina eX), Ini Dill (die elektroschuhe) and Robert Hartmann (Prinzip Gonzo)

  • ROOM 3
    Brief Presentation: Shakespeare and Contemporary Theater (The Living Conditions of Performing Artists in the Elizabethan Theater)
    Professor Ralf Haekel (University of Göttingen) will explain how independent performing artists worked in Elizabethan theaters and how they organized their lives.

7:00 pm

    Talking Dinner with Representatives of Funding Institutions.
    Representatives of funding institutions will converse with members of the independent performing arts community during a shared meal around tables in the auditorium. The institutions and funding programs represented include: Allianz Kulturstiftung, Augstein Stiftung, Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung, Doppelpass (Kulturstiftung des Bundes), Fonds Darstellende Künste, Szenenwechsel (ITI/Bosch Stiftung), Tanzfonds, Tanzplan and more. (Additional costs for the meal: 3 €)

8:30 pm

    Artist Presentation: Chris Kondek (in English)
    Almost imperceptibly, Chris Kondek has aesthetically revolutionized theater over the last 15 years.
    The dramaturgically complementary video work in the early productions of René Pollesch at the Volksbühne replaced the video projection as statement icon (Christoph Schlingensief) with their play between live transmission and video inserts. His work with Meg Stuart, Stefan Pucher and many others have allowed live transmissions and video inserts to become established, important tools on stage. The film is no longer in competition with the performers, but instead becomes an additional level on their stage.
    As a director (mostly in collaboration with Christiane Kühl), he brings the topics of a globalized Internet society to the theater.

9:00 pm


  • ROOM 2, Right
    Film: Wie ich ein Höhlenmaler wurde / How I Became a Cave Painter by Jan Peters. (Germany 2001, 38 min)
    While working as a set design intern at Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Jan Peters shot a diary-like film. "During this time I suddenly encountered severe knee pain and could hardly walk. [...] and I asked myself: if I were a prehistoric human being with knee pain, would I not be cast out by my tribe since I wouldn't be able to help with hunting and gathering anymore? The only solution: to offer to provide the tribe with cave paintings in exchange for being fed...". This question remains central to this day with regard to the role of the artist in society.

Saturday, October 25

11:00 am

    Discussion: "What Structures Can We Work The Best Within?"
    The structures that the members of the independent performing arts community work in are as diverse as the community itself.
    The current situation in Berlin combines an underlying uncertainty about the future with the intention to enact and promote basic infrastructural changes. This is precisely we why want to examine this topic in detail: what structures would be ideal for the independent performing arts? What structures are offered or recommended by institution and associations?
    Moderated by Sandra Klöss (LAFT), the panel participants include: Dirk Cieslak (Vierte Welt), Heiko Glawe (DGB), Martina Grohmann (Theater Rampe), Anne Haug (independent actor), Susanne Olbrich (PuppenPool), Ralf Ollertz (HALLE Tanzbühne Berlin) and Franziska Werner (Sophiensaele)
  • ROOM 4
    Open Space: "Just Arrived?/Still Here?" Expat Artists in Berlin (in English)
    Members of the independent performing arts community who have just arrived in Berlin can meet colleagues who have worked here for years and exchange experiences in an open format. In doing so, experts such as Daniel Brunet (English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center), Yoann Trellu (Videoartist) and Jill Emerson (Performer) will share their knowledge.

1:00 pm

  • ROOM 2
    Brief Presentation: The Living Conditions of Performing Artists in the 1920s Through the Example of Anita Berber and Her Partners
    The choreographer and Anita Berber expert Martin Stiefermann (MS Schrittmacher) will provide insight into the lives and work of Anita Berber and her partners in the 1920s.

2:00 pm

    Discussion: "Forms of Communication" Audiences and the Independent Performing Arts
    What classic communication formats work for the independent performing arts community? What innovative communication formats are worth trying out? How can long-term audience loyalty work for independent theaters? What role can the press play? Can social media be a successful communication tool for theater?
    Moderated by Susanne Chrudina (spreeagenten), the panel participants include: Annika Frahm (HAU), Esther Ningelgen (Theater RambaZamba), Gesa Rindermann (sophiensaele), Lilo Rössler (Theater Strahl), Alice Ströver (Freie Volksbühne Berlin) and Laura Werres (Theater RambaZamba)
  • ROOM 2
    Work Group: Collectives, Companies, Collaborations: Old/New Models?

    The forms of collectives in the performing arts, especially in dance, are incredibly diverse. How can the importance of continuity in artistic work and the structures required for this be communicated to the political decision makers? How can contemporary forms of collaboration be described beyond the classic understanding of ensemble? We have invited representatives of a wide variety of models to facilitate a shared exchange of experience regarding the various forms of collaboration and their characteristics. The panel participants will include, amongst others, the choreographers Begüm Erciyas, Christoph Winkler, Canan Erek, Kareth Schaffer and Andrea Krohn.
  • ROOM 3
    Open Space: Current Needs of Designers (partially in English)
    What are the special characteristics of working within the independent performing arts community for stage and costume designers? How can one work well without permanent structures (scene shops, costume shops, et cetera) and correspondingly plan budgets to take this into account? What networking opportunities already exist and which ones need to be created? Which cultural policy goals do independent designers want to see made reality?
    Silvia Albarella and Muriel Nestler (Kostümkollektiv) and Sonja Kloevekorn (Bund der Szenographen) will search for answers together with the participants.
  • ROOM 4
    Work Space: How Do We Want to Work? Art but Fair! How Do We Do That?
    Daniel Ris, director, independent theater industry ethicist and member of the initiative "art but fair" will seek answers to the question "How do we want to work?" together with the participants.

4:00 pm

    Panel Discussion: The "Larger Form" in Dance and Music Theater
    The question regarding the "larger form", which has been present in debates regarding contemporary dance for quite some time, is dealt with in very different manners in choreographic approaches. In doing so, it is not solely a matter of performing on large stages while using all theatrical means; less obvious aspects are dealt with at the center of the discussion. A "larger form" is also demonstrated in the continuity of an artistic signature, by working with an idea over the course of multiple productions or by using participative formats that integrate the audience.
    During the panel discussion, these practices in dance will be addressed and compared with aesthetic/conceptual approaches towards the "larger form" in the field of music theater. What tendencies and visions exist here? 
    The representatives of both genres will ask themselves the following questions, amongst others: Do artists have utopian thoughts that extend beyond the framework of project funding pragmatism? Is there a "crisis of the larger form" or is the desire for larger-scale productions a need of presenters and producers that is imposed upon the art externally?
    The range of artistic considerations and (infra)structural possibilities will be reflected upon critically in the discussion.
    Moderated by Professor Susanne Foellmer, the panel participants include: Cristina Ciupke, Jutta Hell (Rubato), Nir de Volff, Oliver Proske (Nico & the Navigators), Sven Holm (NOVOFLOT).
  • ROOM 2
    Workshop: Lab for Meeting of Practical Minds (in English)
    Networking, positioning, communication: what formats exist to literally meet the exceedingly qualified members of the independent performing arts community where they currently are? How can interdisciplinary teamwork be combined with networking? How do clever heads and bodies come together to create teams? How do interdisciplinary teams become capable of conducting practical actions? In cooperation with Sisyphos, der Flugelefant and MakeMeMatter, Chang Nai Wen and Mascha Pöhls will offer a workshop to playfully examine with the participants how networking can take on a new quality in order to bring together individuals while simultaneously jointly exploring the potential of this format.
  • ROOM 3
    Open Space: The Independent Performing Arts as the Research and Development Department of the Performing Arts?
    If the independent performing arts invent instead of copy, are they not the research department for the entire world of the performing arts? And if so, how can this research be supported and communicated? What existing research areas can enter into inspiring cooperations? How can networking be planned and conducted here? How can calls for support be formulated and who should they be addressed to? Tom Mustroph (independent writer) will search for answers to these and other questions together with Till-Müller-Klug (Interrobang Performance), Franziska Werner (sopiensaele), Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll).
  • ROOM 4
    Media Panel: "When Are You Going to Write About Me?" The State of Theater Criticism
    The media landscape is in flux: the culture sections of classic newspapers are shrinking each year. What does this mean for theater critics and theater makers? Is having a blogger in the audience about to become more important than having a critic from a national newspaper?
    And how do critics perceive the independent performing arts community with all of its special features?
    Moderated by Jan Deck (independent director and dramaturg, the panel participants include: Tobias Becker (KulturSPIEGEL), Janis El-Bira (Unruhe im Oberrang) Laura Lucas (livekritik), Esther Slevogt (nachtkritik) and additional guests.
  • ROOM 4, Left
    Expert Talk: Arts Funding in the EU (in English)
    What funding opportunities are offered in Europe? How will they change in the foreseeable future? What role does the European Commission for Education and Culture play?
    Answers to these and other questions will be provided by: Marie Le Sourd (On the Move) and Tom Timmerhoff ([tbc], independent cultural funding expert) in conversation with Laura Seifert (Kulturförderpunkt Berlin)

5:30 pm

  • ROOM 2, Right
    Brief Presentation: The Living Conditions of Performing Artists During the Lifetime of Friedrich Schiller
    Liselotte Homering (Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen Mannheim) will explain how independent performing artists worked in theaters during the lifetime of Friedrich Schiller and how they organized their lives.

6:00 pm

    Best Practice Panel: European Theater Projects (in English)
    In closing the Industry Get-Together, we want to broaden our outlook to include Europe and have invited a number of guests to tell us about special, inspiring European theater projects and present groundbreaking models for European cooperations to us. Brief presentations by Susanne Chrudina (spreeagenten, Berlin), Ricarda Ciontos (Nordwind Festival), Marie Le Sourd (On the Move, Brussels), Christophe Knoch (Coalition of the Independent Arts Community, Berlin), Vitomira Lon?ar (Theatre Mala Scena, Zagreb), Wanja Saatkamp (The Maiden Monsters, Berlin), Christin Prätor (B_Tour_Festival, Berlin)
  • ROOM 2
    Brief Presentations: Children's and Youth Theaters Introduce Themselves
    Children's and youth theaters are a pillar of Berlin's independent performing arts community. Many of them can look back on success stories that often span decades.
    In collaboration with the dramaturg Gabi Dan Droste and the Berlin Round Table of Children's and Youth Theater, we have invited numerous Berlin-based children's and youth theaters to present themselves within this format.
  • ROOM 4
    Discussion: "Video Killed the Theater Star?"
    We will listen to a number of experts discuss their opinions regarding the current aesthetic position of video projections in contemporary theater and dance. What does video in live performance enable and what does it restrict?
    Which technological developments allow which artistic freedoms?
    These and additional questions will be discussed in a panel including Frauke Havemann (performance and video artist / ONAIR), Max Schumacher (director / post theater), Yoann Trellu (independent video artist) and others, moderated by Tom Mustroph (independent writer).

7:30 pm

    Talking Dinner: Winners of the Marketing Competition and Retrospective
    To end the Industry Get-Together, all of the visitors are invited to come together once again for a shared dinner. The winners of the 2013 Marketing Competition will reflect upon their experiences with the campaigns that the prize money made possible and will announce the winners of the 2014 Marketing Competition.
    We will look back on the work groups and the specific results that they have achieved.
    (Additional costs for the meal: 3 €)

Consultation Sessions During the Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Industry

Expert individual consultations for individual questions will be offered by the PAP Information Center during the Get-Together of the Independent Performing Arts Industry.
As is the case for all consultation sessions, these are free of charge but require an appointment.
Register via email by October 22, 2014 to: beratung(at)pap-berlin.de

October 24, 2014

  • 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Katharina Husemann
    , culture manager, founding member of the art production venue Schloss Bröllin, manages the culture project space K-Salon in Berlin
    Consultations regarding: funding opportunities, composing applications (concept, budget and expenses), project implementation, information regarding the residency program of Schloss Bröllin.
  • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Eva Hartmann
    , independent dramaturg, coach and producer, production manager and dramaturg for the German/English artist collective Gob Squad Consultations regarding: strategy planning

October 25, 2014

  • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Andrea Oberfeld
    , independent production manager, ehrliche arbeit, freies kulturbüro
    Consultations regarding: applying for funding, production management
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Annett Hardegen
    , independent dramaturg and producer, co-founder and artistic director of Vierte Welt Kollaborationen, an independent platform for performance, politics and discourse
    Consultations regarding: applying for funding, working areas of production management
  • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
    Katharina von Wilcke
    , independent producer, DepArtment, culture management office
    Consultations regarding: conceptualization, production dramaturgy, organization and project management