Curatorial Work

Curation, Program Coordination and Dramaturgy

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Berlin Performing Arts Festival 
Schedule of Programming for Industry Professionals

Role: Concept and Program Coordination
2016 - 2020

Each of the past PAF schedules of programming for visiting industry professionals recorded around 800 participants from up to 30 countries. With a mixture of spaces for encounters, contemplation and reflection it provided inspiration for all seeking professional exchange in addition to the diverse artistic experiences during the week of the festival and for those who want to explore the city and its performing arts community in all of their summery glory. 

Professionals Program PAF @ home 2020

Professionals Program PAF 2019

Professionals Program PAF 2018

Professionals Program PAF 2017

Professionals Program PAF 2016

Funded by: The Berlin Performing Arts Festival is organized by LAFT – Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin e. V. and is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Foto: © Paula Reissig

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Schloss Bröllin 
Residence Program

Role: Jury Member
2020

Schloss Bröllin offers several dance studios, production and seminar rooms as well as a large outdoor area - for rehearsing and experimenting in a quiet and creative atmosphere. The residency program at Schloss Bröllin invites ensembles and groups, especially when their members come from different places or countries, to use the space for a concentrated production phase. During the residency, appropriate working space, accommodation, advice and catering are provided. The residency program is intended to support the production and is directed towards artists who are working on a new production or revising an earlier one.

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Funded by: The residency program is funded by the ministry of education, science and culture of the state of mecklenburg-vorpommern and the county of vorpommern-greifswald.

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Performing Arts Festival @ home 
PAF Show & Tell

Role: Jury Member, Concept and Program Coordination
2020

The showcase format PAF Show & Tell put the spotlight on a selection of Berlin-based artists and companies during the 2020 online edition of the Berlin Performing Arts Festival. In its - due to the pandemic - altered version, nine selected artists presented new ideas, concepts and performances over the course of online presentations. In addition a broad cross-section of artists, projects and working processes within Berlin’s independent performing arts community could be discovered and encountered in individual meetings during the entire week of the festival as part of PAF Show & Tell - Meet the Artists. 

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Funded by: The Berlin Performing Arts Festival is organized by LAFT – Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin e. V. and is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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Berlin Performing Arts Festival 
PAF & friends

Role: Festival Direction and Curation of Ancillary Programming
2018 - 2019

'PAF&friends' presented theater, dance and performance productions from throughout Germany in Berlin. The festivals of the independent performing arts 6 Tage Frei (Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg), FAVORITEN (Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia), Hauptsache Frei (Hamburg), Performing Arts Festival (PAF) Berlin and RODEO (Munich) selected highlights of their respective latest editions. These in turn were interwoven with an extensive ancillary program in a joint showcase format at Ballhaus Ost in Berlin.

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Funded by: The Berlin Performing Arts Festival is organized by LAFT – Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin e. V. and is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Foto: © Benjamin Renter

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Tanzregion Vorpommern

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Role: Project Management and Dramaturgy
2018 - 2019

Perform[d]ance (Stralsund), Schloss Bröllin (Fahrenwalde) and the Theater Vorpommern (Stralsund, Greifswald & Putbus) joined forces to give contemporary dance in the region of Vorpommern a lively platform and to strengthen its supraregional charisma. They support dance creators and dance mediators by creating new production structures and performance opportunities as well as offering forums and workshops for exchange and further education. In addition, they work to increase the enthusiasm for dance among the inhabitants of Western Pomerania. At Schloss Bröllin, the artists deal with central themes of Vorpommern in production residencies and develop dance productions that are subsequently presented in the three theaters of Theater Vorpommern.

Further information

Funded by: TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Vorpommern-Fonds. Kindly supported by the Hanseatic City of Stralsund.

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International Exchange Program
Bridging the Scenes

Role: Concept and Program Coordination
2018 - 2020

Bridging the Scenes is an annual exchange program that presents three Bulgarian, three Danish and three Berlin-based members of the respective performing arts communities from Sofia, Copenhagen and Berlin with the opportunity to attend each of the festivals. The schedule of programming allows the participants to get to know each other as well as the respective local community. During the entire time of the festival, all participants explore the aesthetics and working methods in each country. They attend the discussion events in the schedule of programming for visiting industry professionals and benefit from the diverse networking opportunities, entering into exchange with the local independent performing arts community. A dramaturge from each city guides them through the experience and supports their exchanges and networking.

After three years of successful collaboration, the Bulgarian performing arts festival ACT Independent Theater Festival (Sofia, Bulgarian), the Selected Works Festival in Copenhagen, Marla Inventura festival in Praha and the Berlin Performing Arts Festival plan to continue their joint efforts.

Foto: © Paula Reissig

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Artist Exchange Program -
Festival Friends (former Städtelabor)


Role: Concept and Program Coordination

2016 - 2020

Städtelabor (Cities Lab) has existed since 2016 as a national networking format for the festivals PAF – Performing Arts Festival (Berlin), Favoriten (Dortmund), Hauptsache Frei (Hamburg), RODEO (München), 6 tage frei (Stuttgart) and Implantieren Festival (Frankfurt). For each edition, the LAFT Berlin Performing Arts Festival provided one artists from each region with the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the aesthetics and working methods of Berlin productions, attend the discussion events in the schedule of programming for visiting industry professionals and benefit from the diverse networking options of the Performing Arts Festival. The Städtelabor participants explored Berlin’s independent performing arts community on their own, individual festival routes. They came together as a group while getting to know each other in the shared Städtelabor apartment and attending performances, share their experiences and also enter into an exchange with one another over the course of joint workshops. With a mix of organization and free space, Städtelabor created space for networking where visions for long-term collaboration arose!

Years of good cooperation resulted in a successful application to the BKM funding program "Verbindungen Fördern" ("Promoting Connections"), which has made guest performances, exchanges and residencies possible throughout Germany since 2021.

Foto: © Paula Reissig

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LAFT Berlin

Berlin Diagonale

Role: Concept and Program Coordination of the Berlin Diagonale - Show Camp during PAF / Coordination in honorary office of the previous editions at other festivals
2014 - 2019

The Berlin Diagonale was a presentation platform for Berlin's independent performing arts. In 2013 and 2014, the Berlin Diagonale was supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Research with funds from the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union (ERDF) - "Investment in your future". From 2015 onwards, the project was independently supported by LAFT - Landesverband freie darstellende Künste Berlin and implemented partly on a voluntary basis by members of the association and partly in cooperation with the Performing Arts Program or the Performing Arts Festival of LAFT Berlin. The Berlin Diagonale offered professional visitors (directors, curators, dramaturges, etc.) moderated tours through the independent scene, fair formats, pitchings and open studios, linked to important Berlin festivals. In doing so, the Berlin Diagonale has made works produced in Berlin known nationally and internationally, created touring opportunities and further developed the networking of actors in an (inter)national context.

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Foto: © Dajana Lothert

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Initiative X Tage

X Tage bis zum Wunder

Role: Co-founder, Concept and Dramaturgy
2012 - 2013

As an experimental music theater format, X Tage bis zum Wunder was located between opera, performance and game, online and offline, in urban space and on social media, in streets, theaters and cafes.

The Alternate Reality Opera staged five protagonists, not only with the help of creative use of media means, but on different media channels - both on and offline.
In their online identities these protagonists seemed real, they inspired and befriended the audience, in their everyday lives and at four performances that took place as a series over the course of a month. They drew people in and invited them to become actively involved in the events and to become players in a theatrical scavenger hunt in search of the miracle, on the border between fiction and reality.

Further information

Funded by: Initiative für neue Musik,  Bezirksamt Treptow-Köpenick / Fachbereich Kultur, Youth in Action, Fonds Soziokultur

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Zeppelin Universität

Seekult Kulturfestival

Role: Co-Founder and Director of First Edition
2011 - 2012

Organized by students, SEEKULT is a festival format designed to illuminate a regionally relevant topic through the broad facet of culture. In doing so, the visitors themselves are encouraged to think critically and to participate.
In 2011, for example, several hundred visitors gathered for the first time on the grounds of the Kulturhaus Caserne to celebrate alternative culture. In 2012, SEEKULT then came about under the theme "Regional Identities," and in 2013 it was all about "When Parallels Intersect." In 2014, the initiative inspired with the theme "ManMachine - Between fascination and aversion", and in October 2015 with the theme "fly & root".


Since we founded the festival in 2011, it has returned every year and is always hosted by new students.

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