"FOCUS: NOW. EXPRESSING THE URGENT"
The performing arts can produce more than just fleeting aesthetic moments: it can open free spaces for thought, create other worlds and give voice to what has been repressed. As an event that is experienced together, “theater” is always encountered in the immediate present thus making dialog possible. The performing arts is an experimental field for the artists, audiences and staff members and therefore functions as a mirror and laboratory of and for our society – in all of its paradoxes, inequalities and open questions. As a pioneer always at the forefront of the times, theater provides space for utopias, can intervene, and as a collective practice, initiate changes in the local social context.
We are looking for project proposals that adress urgent social issues artistically. What is motivating you here and now? What moves you? What do you want to say and how do you want to express it? What is being silenced or forgotten and has to be shown? What has to change and what should be preserved? Where do you refuse to cooperate and what is your strategy of resistance?
We are especially seeking out concepts that deal with current social conflicts and aspects of social and ecological sustainability. Making art means being actively involved. This is why it is also crucial to hold ourselves responsible for the sustainability of our own actions. Therefore, it is important for us that working methods are reflected upon during the residencies and mentoring sessions.