Theaterfestival Schwindelfrei 2020

The Theaterfestival Schwindelfrei can be seen as a meeting point and a platform for independent performing arts based in Mannheim and the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan area. As a forum for regional artistic processes, The Festival opens spaces for experimental arrangements and moments of interaction that could have long-lasting effects. The festival initiates an exchange between the local scene, the national scene, and the general public, while seeking to foster relationships with Mannheim’s neighbourhoods and audiences. The Kulturamt Mannheim has been hosting Schwindelfrei since 2009. The seventh edition will be held from July 3-5, 2020 in the EinTanzHaus, theater/haus G 7, and zeitraumexit.

The Theaterfestival Schwindelfrei 2020 is inviting the public to a 4-day festival programme. Visitors will be inspired by selected guest performances, have the chance to observe the artists during their process of creating their pieces, and together with the artists dive into the festival theme “FABULATIONS – more than a single story”.


Festival Theme

FABULATIONEN – more than a single story

It matters what stories tell stories.
It matters what thoughts think thoughts.
It matters what worlds world worlds.
Donna Haraway

What stories do our stories tell? What cultural folktales and explanatory models determine our view of the world and of our city? What thoughts do our thoughts think? What worlds and realities do we construct through languages and images and in our everyday thoughts, words, and actions?  Who picks up the thread, who drops it, and who keeps spinning it? Who isn’t part of the narrative or part of the game?

With the title “FABULATIONS – more than a single story,” the Theaterfest Schwindelfrei 2020 will be exploring the importance of narrative in our daily actions, attitudes and beliefs, while searching for more than just one story - seeking out more versatile, forgotten or yet to be discovered myths, stories and visions. The festival invites you to “fabulously” defy fast-paced images and blind spots in public perception, which sometimes subconsciously continue to portray structures of power and discrimination (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie´s “danger of a single story”).

The focus of the festival is on current aesthetic forms that challenge utopian notions, rendering the theatre into a critical space for unprecedented or yet unimagined stories and scenarios – for performative visions that understand and, for a moment, override our perception of  reality through imbuing our senses with meanings that were heretofore lacking.