Workshop Series "Performance Venues, Production Locations and Rehearsal Spaces"

Building upon the symposium Performance Venues and Production Locations – Institutions Undergoing Dramatic Change, the Berlin Performing Arts Program is offering five workshops over the course of this year that are especially intended for performance venues, production locations and rehearsal spaces.

Upcoming Workshop

Communication Challenges
June 24, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Rehearsal Space Café, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm workshop
Location:
RAW//cc, Revalerstr. 99, 10245 Berlin
Expert: Eva Hartmann (manager of Gob Squad, coach)

The independent performing arts community is constantly growing and professionalizing itself. Do the existing structures and communication strategies change over the course of this process as well?
Over the course of this workshop, we want to examine the development of organizational forms. How does this affect the internal and external communication? How can the management and/or decision-making system develop with the participation of the respective team? Is this system automatically hierarchical? Can alternative structures be brought into a hierarchical world? Can these hierarchical structures be influenced and changed?

The series of event will run according to the following schedule:

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm: Rehearsal Space Café
The Rehearsal Space Cafés have been offered at regular intervals since January 2017. They provide the opportunity to discover new spaces and speak over the course of informal conversations with the operators of rehearsal spaces and additional colleagues about current topics concerning rehearsal spaces, production locations, performance venues and the artists working within them.

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Workshop with experts
In this series of workshops the following topics and questions will be discussed in greater detail: “Overcoming Barriers in the Independent Performing Arts Community”, “Communication Challenges”, “Tax Law”, “Occupational Safety in Everyday Production Work” and “Strategy Planning for Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Cultural Sector".

We kindly ask all interested parties to register in a timely manner in advance by sending an email to:
redaktion(at)proberaumplattform-berlin.de.
Please provide your name, group/institution (if relevant) and the workshop you have selected.

We are also happy to accept any thematic input you may have, which we will pass on to the experts for their preparation. The workshops will be conducted in German. Translation services are offered if necessary.

Workshops "Performance Venues, Production Locations and Rehearsal Spaces"

Overcoming Barriers in the Independent Performing Arts Community
April 1, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Rehearsal Space Café, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm workshop
Location:
Ballhaus Ost, Pappelallee 15, 10437 Berlin
Expert: Imke Baumann (Förderband e.V.)

Smaller performance venues and locations within the independent performing arts community want to make theater, dance and performance accessible for people with disabilities and work with as few barriers as possible. What has to be kept in mind at cultural institutions and during cultural events? What is useful, what is desirable, what is doable and what can be done when financial resources are limited? In this workshop, a basic checklist with simple approaches to solutions will be created, tested on the basis of a site inspection and compared with the desires of the affected parties.


Communication Challenges
June 24, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Rehearsal Space Café, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm workshop
Location:
RAW//cc, Revalerstr. 99, 10245 Berlin
Expert: Eva Hartmann (manager of Gob Squad, coach)

The independent performing arts community is constantly growing and professionalizing itself. Do the existing structures and communication strategies change over the course of this process as well?
Over the course of this workshop, we want to examine the development of organizational forms. How does this affect the internal and external communication? How can the management and/or decision-making system develop with the participation of the respective team? Is this system automatically hierarchical? Can alternative structures be brought into a hierarchical world? Can these hierarchical structures be influenced and changed?


Tax Law
September 9, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Rehearsal Space Café, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm workshop
Location:
Projektraum K-Salon, Bergmannstraße 54, 10961 Berlin
Expert: Jana Vierheilig (Steuerfachangestellte)

When starting out in working as a freelancer or when operating a business, such as renting out space, questions also arise alongside artistic ones that are often less fun to approach: do I have to register myself for tax purposes and if so, how? Am I actually subject to collect value-added tax? How can I determine my profit? This workshop provides an overview of legal forms and their associated obligations to provide which types of tax declaration and/or accounting, payroll accounting and various forms of employment, KSK fees, tax-exempted services of theaters and cultural institutions as well as different tax rates.

Occupational Safety in Everyday Production Work
October 14, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Rehearsal Space Café, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm workshop
Location:
TBA
Expert: Claudia Schroedter (The insurance provider VBG – Ihre gesetzliche Unfallversicherung)

Topics of occupational safety are natural part of the working conditions that the independent performing arts community bring into being and fight for. The implementation of the regulations and laws regarding safety at work and occupational safety requires knowledge and resources that are then used over the course of a continuous process. How is responsibility divided between producers and artists? How does a transfer of responsibility take place and when is this necessary?


Strategy Planning for Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Culture Sector
November 18, 2019, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Rehearsal Space Café, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm workshop
Location:
TBA
Expert: Matthias Schulze-Kraft (Lichthof Theater)

What knowledge could help small- and medium-sized enterprises within the independent performing arts community to position themselves well for the future within the larger cultural landscape? What tools can those working at these organizations uses to help with strategic planning for the medium- and long-term? Alongside his work as Artistic Director of Lichthof Theater, Matthias Schulze-Kraft provides consultation to organizations in Hamburg regarding a variety of questions that arise on the management level.