The Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser (International Production Houses Alliance) is among the foremost associations within Germany. FFT Düsseldorf, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt am Main), PACT Zollverein (Essen) and tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf) all channel their abilities and experiences as central stakeholders in culture and sociopolitics, bringing international perspectives into a continuous, open and diverse exchange with local artists, local groups of audiences, as well as with diverse urban societies. The Office of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media has been supporting the Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser with a sum of 12 million since the 2016/17 season, for a total duration of three years.
This support enables the production venues to realise special artistic endeavours together as well as on their respective sites, sometimes spanning several years, and going beyond their customary programmes and practices.
They deal with the economic, social, cultural and ecological urban and global changes in the 21st century, playfully exploring the future of society, theatre, dance and art, exemplarily trying out scenarios of communal living. Furthermore, the venues connect their competency in the ongoing development of advanced means of production in the field of performative art and their far-reaching local and international networks more closely than before.
Tried practices can be further developed and expanded, with an eye towards the future, in this decentralised co-operational model; among them, for example, the possibility of artistic residencies, commissioned works, co-productions and site-specific project development as well as the consolidation, the artistic agency for and strengthening of artistic positions on a trans-regional and international scale and for local contexts. So, the Bündnis has set up, among other things, an Academy for Performing Arts Producers, an Academy for Theatre Journalism and an Academy for Arts and Encounters and it is accordingly significantly involved in occupational areas that are gaining in importance.
Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Within the framework of the NEUSTART KULTUR rescue and future support package launched by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) and the #TakeThat funding programmes launched by the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. (Performing Arts Fund), PACT, as a member of the Alliance of International Production Houses, supports these programmes by awarding and implementing #TakeCareResidencies.
The #TakeCareResidencies programme aims to support and strengthen selected independent artists and groups, for a period of at least two months, who have been affected by the restrictions imposed on the cultural sector as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. is responsible for implementing the programme in cooperation with the Alliance of International Production Houses.
Funded by Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser e.V. as part of Neustart Kultur: #TakeThat program supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. and funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
Initiative GG 5.3 Weltoffenheit
As representatives of public cultural and research institutions in Germany, we share a mandate from the state to promote arts and culture, historical research and democratic education and to make these accessible to the general public. Toward this end, we rely on a public sphere that welcomes controversial debates in accordance with the norms of the German constitution.
Academy for Theatre Journalism
Journalistic coverage of the heterogeneous landscape of independent productions, working methods, organisational structures, protagonists and aesthetics is an essential part of theatre, plus it is also a demanding profession. The Alliance of International Production Houses now offers a framework in which to discuss the role played by journalism and criticism in the independent theatre scene. Journalists make joint trips to the different production houses, where they gain deeper insights into the working structures of the independent scene, as well as their varying profiles and programmes. In direct conversations with artists, journalists are invited to learn more about working methods, issues and structures and also to engage in group discussions revolving around how artistic works can be transferred into language and text.
At the same time, discussions also centre on the role played by theatre criticism and journalism in the public discourse today, as well as which developments will be conceivable and desirable in the future. Above all, however, the academy is designed to serve as a site for reflection and the training of journalistic practices. Different forms of writing about concrete contemporary performing arts projects that are as heterogeneous as possible create the foundation for mutual exchange, reflection and a mutual critique of criticism.
The Theatre Journalism format launched in autumn 2019 in three modules. The concept for this academy was developed by Esther Boldt (author & theatre critic for nachtkritik.de, Theater heute, Zeit online, tanz Zeitschrift and die taz) and Dr. Philipp Schulte (dramaturge and author, managing director of the Hessische Theaterakademie, lecturer at the Norwegian Theatre Academy).
The first module took place from 14 to 17 Nov at PACT.
Academy for Performing Arts Producer
The Alliance of International Production Houses offered this training programme for producers for the first time in 2018. In so doing, it sought to display its commitment to a professional field that is becoming increasingly important in the independent scene. The Academy for Performing Arts Producers is devoted to training individuals in the realm of production expertise in the German and international context of the performing arts. It also seeks to highlight the role of independent producers in the triangle of partners made up by producers, artists and production houses.
In workshop formats held under the guidance of experts from Germany and abroad, individuals are taught the legal and administrative basics as well as specific methods and tools for producing in Germany and in the international context. Instructors present networks and platforms and also work to develop strategies and models of producing arts on the independent scene.
The Academy for Performing Arts Producers is in its 3rd edition, in 2020 taking place at PACT Zollverein, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Open Photo Call: Corona Iconics im Rahmen von Claiming Common Spaces III
For the purpose of creating an archive of images the Bündnis collected private photos that provide evidence of the many exceptional situations that arose in the realm of public life during the over one-year-long pandemic. How was public space overwritten? What objects and spaces did people use in new and different ways? What disappeared? What was displaced?
An anthology of photographs is planned for fall 2021 with images that document these and other exceptional situations associated with the pandemic, with a focus on public-space appropriations and displacements.
If you’re interested in participating in our image archive, we ask that you send us your pictures in colour and high resolution, anonymously or alongside copyright information. We ask that you also include a short description of what can be seen in the photo and where and when it was taken.
Please send your pictures and image information by 31 May 2021 under the keyword “Corona Iconics” to firstname.lastname@example.org.