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Hauptsache Frei #8

Festival der Darstellenden Künste Hamburgs

22. Juni – 02. Juli 2022

The Teilhabebüro and Linda Lou Dierich-Matzke invite you and your people to a special family and friends party!

Dear festival friends,

Do you also have friends, family members and acquaintances who never come to the theater and just don't really understand what you are doing? On July 01, 2022 at 5:00 pm we will meet at the Monsum Theater, get to know each other, drink wine and picnic together. Afterwards we will visit the performance ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLING IN THE DEEP together - afterwards we will chat further. And maybe we will have understood what the Free Scene is and if not, Linda will give us another workshop in proper rolling.

So if you know someone and want to come together, get in touch with Christopher via christopher.weymann@hauptsachefrei.de.

BEST GUESTS wanted!

10.06.2022

Are you active in the independent scene? Or you don't even know it yet? We will connect you!

For selected events we offer the possibility to visit the festival in small groups (up to four friends) together with artists, to get to know the scene and to exchange ideas. Included is the visit of an event, a bottle of wine as well as the exchange half an hour before and after each event.


Possible dates:


06.22.22 ● 7 PM ● A SINGTHING by Leo Hofmann & Benjamin van Bebber
06.23.22 ● 6 PM ● L'APRÈS-MIDI D'UNE LICORNE by Guy Marsan
30.06.22 ● 8 PM ● HIBERNATION by O-Team
07.01.2022 + 07.02.2022 ● 8 PM ● GRANDE ATTAQUE by Greta Granderath & Regina Rossi


Participation is free of charge. The capacity is limited. If interested, please send an email with the preferred dates to christopher.weymann@hauptsachefrei.de.


For artists:


If you are interested in being part of the BESTE GÄSTE program and becoming the best host yourself, there is still a chance in a few cases. In the context of the project an evening payment can be expected. Simply send a short mail with possible dates to christopher.weymann@hauptsachefrei.de with the preferred dates.

OPEN CALL

26.04.2022

Fancy a visit? We are looking for dance and performance artists

The networking format "&friends: Besuch" supports the exchange and initiation of collaborations between performing artists from different regions of Germany and is made possible by the solidarity-based association FESTIVALFRIENDS", a network of regional festivals of the independent performing arts. It is both a laboratory for artistic production and an engine for long-term supraregional networking, as well as a platform for strengthening nationwide structures of the independent scenes.

In the summer of 2022, HAUPTSACHE FREI #8 will give freelance dance and performance artists* from Germany the opportunity to attend the eighth edition of the festival with a fellowship.

The invited artists* will have the opportunity to explore this year's artistic productions of Hamburg's independent scene. They will come together as a group at a joint warm-up followed by breakfast, share experiences and interact with each other in various workshops. In addition, they will be brought into contact with artists and organizers of the local scene.

APPLICATION

Conditions of participation: All freelance artists of the independent performing arts who live in Germany and have the time and interest to participate in HAUPTSACHE FREI #8 - Festival der Darstellenden Künste Hamburgs from June 22 - 26, 2022 can apply.

We ask for a short biography and a short explanation (max. 400 characters) why participation in HAUPTSACHE FREI #8 is attractive for your own work to bewerbung@hauptsachefrei.de. Application deadline is May 15, 2022. ●

ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLING IN THE FREIE SZENE

BEST GUESTS wanted!

OPEN CALL

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show past dates
Wednesday, 22. June
19:00
A SINGTHING — Leo Hofmann & Benjamin van Bebber

Musical theatre Opening

monsun.theater (Gaußstraße 149)

When it comes to opera, many begin to dream: of the immediate power of singing and of a universal language of music - a language that finally unites everyone. Does the ancient powerhouse of emotions really hold opportunities for boundless understanding? For "A SINGTHING", the music theater duo Hofmann/van Bebber, together with the percussionist Sabrina Ma, …

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Wed, June 22

07:00 PM CEST

monsun.theater (Gaußstraße 149)

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Thursday, 23. June
18:30
L’APRÈS-MIDI D’UNE LICORNE — Guy Marsan

Tanz LGBTQIA+

Hamburger Sprechwerk

»L'APRÈS-MIDI D'UNE LICORNE« searches for queerness and uniqueness in the image of the unicorn through dance. Based on the ballet piece »L'Après-midi d'un faune« by Vaslav Nijinsky from 1912, rules and norms in sexuality and dance are questioned. Where do the lines run? How are are they set? How do these lines shape our orientation? And how can we queer …

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Thu, June 23

06:30 PM CEST

Hamburger Sprechwerk

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20:30
FOLKSTRANCE — Véronique Langlott

Dance

Kampnagel K1

Based on the most clicked folk dance YouTube videos, "FOLKSTRANCE" revisits the teaching of folk dances in the digital age and cultural context of the 21st century. The dance heritage from Germany and Ukraine is juxtaposed and its potential projected into the future. A transnational collaboration creates an energetic choreography, a trance-like frenzy of …

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Thu, June 23

08:30 PM CEST

Kampnagel K1

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Friday, 24. June
10:00
EMPOWERING PERFORMING ARTISTS

Coaching Workshop

Kampnagel K3

Who am I as an artist? What is my vision? How do I find my way into the independent performing arts scene? What resources do I bring with me and how can I use them? Together with the performing arts producers and systemic business coaches Jessica Buchholz and Pam Goroncy we will search for answers and illustrate visions of the future path. In an honest and …

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Fri, June 24

10:00 AM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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11:00
BERATUNGSBÖRSE

Beratung Austausch

Kampnagel K3

Do you have questions about your self-employment as an artist, your next application or what the next step to your own project might be? In our advice exchange, different experts are available to you with their knowledge. In 20-minute slots, you'll get concentrated answers to your questions and know afterwards where to go next. Especially recommended for …

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Fri, June 24

11:00 AM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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13:00
WE PRESENT: VISITENKARTEN

Präsentation Nachwuchs

Kampnagel K3

The pitch format "WE PRESENT: Visitenkarten" presents eight young artists and groups from Hamburg in an analogue and digital space. In short presentations, professional dramaturges, curators and programmers can get to know different artistic signatures and ask personal questions in the Q&A afterwards. Friday, 06/24/2022 1 – 2:30 PM Kampnagel K3

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Fri, June 24

01:00 PM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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15:00
WE DON’T NEED NO EDUCATION? (THINKTANK)

Thinktank Austausch Nachwuchs

Kampnagel K3

After the presentation of the final theses of the master's program in Performance Studies in June 2022, a building block of training in Hamburg's independent performing arts will be eliminated. What does this mean for the work of the next generation? We invite representatives of Hamburg's training institutes, theaters, funding institutions, and artists from …

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Fri, June 24

03:00 PM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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17:30
WE DON’T NEED NO EDUCATION? (PANEL)

Kampnagel K3

Hamburg has a lively independent performing arts scene. This requires a close-meshed network of training and funding opportunities, newcomer formats and entry aids for newcomers and graduates. How can we keep this constantly changing network up to date and maintain it in the long term? The panel will start with a keynote speech that gives an overview of …

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Fri, June 24

05:30 PM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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6:30 PM on Fri., 2 PM on Sat.
DER KREIS — Philine Velhagen

FESTIVALFRIENDS Audio walk

Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz

More than two years ago, the group disappeared from our lives. It shrank to the size of our own household plus X - depending on the pandemic status, it pixelated itself in virtual space, became something forbidden, a longing fantasy. And now that pre-pandemic everyday life should gradually return? Do we just flip an inner lever and everything is as it never …

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Fri, June 24

06:30 PM CEST

Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz

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21:00
HORSES — Yolanda Morales

Dance

Oberhafen (Halle 3)

Choreographer Yolanda Morales takes the 500-year conquest by the Conquista in Mexico as the occasion for her dance production "HORSES". In pre-colonial Mexico there were no horses, and the large animals terrified the indigenous population. In Hall 3 of the Oberhafen in Hamburg, 10 dancers now tell a different story. It is about an approach to the figure of …

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Fri, June 24

09:00 PM CEST

Oberhafen (Halle 3)

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22:15
THE TRIUMPH OF THE GOLDEN GLORY — Nora Elberfeld & Jonas Woltemate

Tanz Film

Oberhafen / Hanseatische Materialverwaltung

In their film, Nora Elberfeld, Jonas Woltemate and their seven-member ensemble celebrate the visually powerful language of Baroque painting with movement, music, costume and great emotion. Nine pictures with motifs such as abundance, pathos and sensuality are examined in opulent choreographies for their significance for the present. In places of more or …

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Fri, June 24

10:15 PM CEST

Oberhafen / Hanseatische Materialverwaltung

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Saturday, 25. June
11:00
HAUPTSACHE FÜR ALLE: WHAT’S NEXT?

Workshop Teilhabe Barrierefreiheit

Oberhafen (Proberaum)

The eighth edition of Hauptsache Frei tries to become more barrier-free and to create more connection possibilities. In the process, more and more barriers become visible that need to be removed. Therefore, the participation team invites you to the barrier awareness workshop: Awareness means mindfulness and respectful treatment of oneself and others, paying …

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Sat, June 25

11:00 AM CEST

Oberhafen (Proberaum)

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16:00
HAUPTSACHE DANCEN

Party

Hanseatische Materialverwaltung

Under the motto HAUPTSACHE DANCEN, we are looking forward to welcoming all those who would like to dance with us for two hours on the sun deck of the Hanseatische Materialverwaltung on June 25, 2022. The event will start at 4 pm. The purchase of a ticket for this event also allows access to the performance » HANDS ON AIDS « as well as to the film …

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Sat, June 25

04:00 PM CEST

Hanseatische Materialverwaltung

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16:00
HAUPTSACHE FÜR ALLE: WHAT’S NEXT? #2

Workshop Teilhabe Barrierefreiheit

Oberhafen (Proberaum)

The eighth edition of Hauptsache Frei tries to become more barrier-free and to create more connection possibilities. In the process, more and more barriers become visible that need to be removed. Therefore, the participation team invites you to the barrier awareness workshop: The word diversity has long been part of the good tone in the independent scene, …

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Sat, June 25

04:00 PM CEST

Oberhafen (Proberaum)

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17:00
INTERVISION #11 – FREI SEIN — MischPULK

Performativer Spaziergang

For the fourth time, INTERVISIONS is examining the questions of the 21st century as part of the altonale - on a daily basis and from multiple perspectives. The question of what freedom can be is particularly pressing now. Whose freedom? Of what? And what does it mean for others? Together with other artists and experts, MischPULK will illuminate what is …

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Sat, June 25

05:00 PM CEST

Ort tba

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18:00
HANDS ON AIDS — InterAKT Initiative presents: a project by Frisch&Schick

FESTIVALFRIENDS Performance LGBTQIA+

Oberhafen / Hanseatische Materialverwaltung

In this hybrid of concert, performance and installation Frisch&Schick deal with the topic of HIV and AIDS prevention as well as with the history of the disease and its impact on psyche and society. From the fear of a death sentence at the time to today's classification of a chronic disease, the team encounters the history of a virus that knows no …

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Sat, June 25

06:00 PM CEST

Oberhafen / Hanseatische Materialverwaltung

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6:30 PM on Fri., 2 PM on Sat.
DER KREIS — Philine Velhagen

FESTIVALFRIENDS Audio walk

Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz

More than two years ago, the group disappeared from our lives. It shrank to the size of our own household plus X - depending on the pandemic status, it pixelated itself in virtual space, became something forbidden, a longing fantasy. And now that pre-pandemic everyday life should gradually return? Do we just flip an inner lever and everything is as it never …

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Fri, June 24

06:30 PM CEST

Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz

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21:00
HORSES — Yolanda Morales

Dance

Oberhafen (Halle 3)

Choreographer Yolanda Morales takes the 500-year conquest by the Conquista in Mexico as the occasion for her dance production "HORSES". In pre-colonial Mexico there were no horses, and the large animals terrified the indigenous population. In Hall 3 of the Oberhafen in Hamburg, 10 dancers now tell a different story. It is about an approach to the figure of …

→weiterlesen

Fri, June 24

09:00 PM CEST

Oberhafen (Halle 3)

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22:15
THE TRIUMPH OF THE GOLDEN GLORY — Nora Elberfeld & Jonas Woltemate

Tanz Film

Oberhafen / Hanseatische Materialverwaltung

In their film, Nora Elberfeld, Jonas Woltemate and their seven-member ensemble celebrate the visually powerful language of Baroque painting with movement, music, costume and great emotion. Nine pictures with motifs such as abundance, pathos and sensuality are examined in opulent choreographies for their significance for the present. In places of more or …

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Fri, June 24

10:15 PM CEST

Oberhafen / Hanseatische Materialverwaltung

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Sunday, 26. June
17:00
INTERVISION #11 – FREI SEIN — MischPULK

Performativer Spaziergang

For the fourth time, INTERVISIONS is examining the questions of the 21st century as part of the altonale - on a daily basis and from multiple perspectives. The question of what freedom can be is particularly pressing now. Whose freedom? Of what? And what does it mean for others? Together with other artists and experts, MischPULK will illuminate what is …

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Sat, June 25

05:00 PM CEST

Ort tba

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Tuesday, 28. June
12:00
PRACTICE #BEYONDDIGITAL LABOR

Labor Austausch Digitalität

LICHTHOF Theater / Haus E

This year, #BEYONDDIGITAL, in cooperation with the #lichthof_lab and the program "FESTIVALFRIENDS", brings together three artistic tandems of artists working in Hamburg and throughout Germany to visit the festival together, exchange ideas about their work in the field of digitality, and network with other artists in the Hamburg scene. A two-day lab invites …

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Tue, June 28

12:00 PM CEST

LICHTHOF Theater / Haus E

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Wednesday, 29. June
12:00
PRACTICE #BEYONDDIGITAL LABOR

Labor Austausch Digitalität

LICHTHOF Theater / Haus E

This year, #BEYONDDIGITAL, in cooperation with the #lichthof_lab and the program "FESTIVALFRIENDS", brings together three artistic tandems of artists working in Hamburg and throughout Germany to visit the festival together, exchange ideas about their work in the field of digitality, and network with other artists in the Hamburg scene. A two-day lab invites …

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Tue, June 28

12:00 PM CEST

LICHTHOF Theater / Haus E

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19:00
LACHEN VERBOTEN! — Göktuğ Engel

Performance Comedy

MUT! Theater

»When I perform, it‘s very personal. I‘m sharing things I like, inviting the audience into my room.« - Andy Kaufman Even as a young boy growing up in Istanbul, Göktuğ Engel noticed that his father always dominated the social space. On the one hand, through his masculinity, which conformed to social expectations, and on the other hand, through his humour. If …

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Wed, June 29

07:00 PM CEST

MUT! Theater

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20:30
JESSE JAMES ODER WAS DER KOMMUNISMUS WAR — Janis Jirotka, Reyhaneh Scharifi, Nguyen Quoc Tuan, Shahab Anousha, Linda Jiayun Gao-Lenders

Performance

MUT! Theater

Three performers approach the post-socialist memories of three fathers and ask themselves: What is the image of the second generation of "communism"? The stories unfold between Czechoslovakia, Iran and Vietnam and finally lead to Germany. They try and fail: on interview fragments, sound and video collages, on collective text bodies, on the system, on …

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Wed, June 29

08:30 PM CEST

MUT! Theater

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Thursday, 30. June
ab 10:00 Uhr
HACK ME BABY — TÒ SU

Film installation

Kampnagel Foyer

In times of the pandemic, the classroom has become a risk zone for physical encounters. How do students experience the ambivalence between encounter and isolation in digital spaces? In a large-format film installation, the artist collective TÒ SU, together with young experts present aesthetically staged documentary research. They explore how to escape the …

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Thu, June 30

10:00 AM CEST

Kampnagel Foyer

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11:00
LUCA – DIE URZELLE SPIELT VERRÜCKT — kirschkern Compes & Co.

Performance Familie Kinder

Kampnagel K4

The primordial cell LUCA (Last Universal Common Ancestor) is the sole and only ancestor of all life on earth. With LUCA, we dive into the primordial soup - into the inconceivable, mind-boggling, miraculous fact that life exists at all. We start in the here and now and catapult ourselves back to the big bang: In the beginning. Dark. LUCA in the black …

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Thu, June 30

11:00 AM CEST

Kampnagel K4

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16:00
KUSCH - DIE FREIE SZENE MACHT SCHULE

Austausch Vernetzung

Kampnagel K3

The "TUSCH" program has been bringing together schools interested in theater and Hamburg theater stages for over 20 years. Now TUSCH is also becoming "KUSCH" (Kollektive Und SCHulen). The idea is that artist collectives idealize, conceive and realize their projects in exchange with schools. The team of KUSCH shares with interested artists, teachers and …

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Thu, June 30

04:00 PM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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18:00
KOMPETENZEN EINSETZEN

Diskussion Panel

Kampnagel KMH

How can the dialogue between the federal government, the states and the municipalities succeed in pulling together in terms of cultural policy? Can the forward-looking potential of the independent performing arts be leveraged together? The panel discussion will explore the question of whether federal funding should continue to be limited to excellence …

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Thu, June 30

06:00 PM CEST

Kampnagel KMH

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19:30
STEINSTAUB — Barbara Schmidt Rohr & Helen Schröder

Multimedia-Performance

Kampnagel K1

»STEINSTAUB« is an adorably performed show for a young audience in which the world of digital, video games and social media is intertwined with the analogue world of the stage. The performers film each other live with their mobile phones and compete for the favour of their followers by dancing and singing for the next like. In the process, they visit …

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Thu, June 30

07:30 PM CEST

Kampnagel K1

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20:30
HIBERNATION — O-Team

FESTIVALFRIENDS Performance

Kampnagel P1

"HIBERNATION" refers to the dormant state of computers, the artificial coma in humans and hibernation in animals. In a poetic series of images, the performance traces what slumbers beneath the sterile surface of things in the in-between. In dreamlike sequences, a lonely spotlight searches for life, two disposers run out - or away. A pack of cleaning robots …

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Thu, June 30

08:30 PM CEST

Kampnagel P1

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Friday, 01. July
17:30
ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLING IN THE DEEP? — Linda Lou Dierich-Matzke

Performance

monsun.theater (Gaußstraße 149)

We appropriate world(s) via the movement principle of rolling. Whether for mobility, the transport of goods or as a leisure activity: modern people roll in public transport, in cars, on bicycles or roller skates. The performance uses rolling be-movement and he-movement and creates a choreography of control, orientation and surrender with humour. Rolling is …

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Fri, July 01

05:30 PM CEST

monsun.theater (Gaußstraße 149)

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19:00
DER MANIPULIERTE SEX — Susanne Reifenrath

Performance

monsun.theater (Gaußstraße 149)

"The Father and sex. Not an easy thematic link, especially if you are the daughter. The father of director and performer Susanne Reifenrath was a gambler & a philanderer. At Hamburg's LICHTHOF Theater, she turns daddy issues into an (extended) one-woman show. And the wild life also shows its #metoo grimace." - Katrin Ullmann on nachtkritik.de

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Fri, July 01

07:00 PM CEST

monsun.theater (Gaußstraße 149)

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20:30
GRANDE ATTAQUE — Greta Granderath & Regina Rossi

Concert Choreography

LICHTHOF Theater

"GRANDE ATTAQUE" is a concert choreography between seizure and attack, in which the choreographer Regina Rossi and theater maker Greta Granderath celebrate the excess of gestures and clamor, affect and pathos, appearance and reality. Starting from stagings of hysteria in the 19th century, the whimsical evening questions attributions and pathologizations of …

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Fri, July 01

08:30 PM CEST

LICHTHOF Theater

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Saturday, 02. July
15:00
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O SOLITUDE! — Flocker & Lockig (Michelle Stoop & Nora Becker)

Telephone walk

Bernstorffstraße 147 ● 22767 Hamburg ● ReBBZ Altona

»O SOLITUDE!« is a one-to-one performance, a walk through the city, a telephone conversation with senior citizens. with senior citizens. Sounds inspired by stories from a long life are mixed with stories from everyday life - in the senior citizens' residence, in the home, in one's own flat. Based on interviews with senior citizens from Altona, moments of …

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Sat, July 02

03:00 PM CEST

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Bernstorffstraße 147 ● 22767 Hamburg ● ReBBZ Altona

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16:00
DAS LEBENDE MUSEUM — Die AZUBIS

Theatre Family Walk

Planten un Blomen

The water of the old moat glistens in the sun, ducks quack and old trees provide shade for a break on the park bench. But where cars whiz by today, horses once trotted, and instead of the café, the heavily armed Bastion Rudolphus stood on the rampart. 202 years ago, it was decided to rededicate the military fortifications to Hamburg's first public garden. …

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Sat, July 02

04:00 PM CEST

Planten un Blomen

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16:00
CAFÉ DER (FÖRDER-)MÖGLICHKEITEN

Austausch Beratung

LICHTHOF / Probebühne

Would you like to get an overview of the funding landscape for the independent performing arts in Hamburg and talk directly with funding recipients? Then our Café der (Förder-)Möglichkeiten is just the right thing for you. Whether you are a young artist, a newcomer or a seasoned veteran - we invite you to an informal meet and greet over coffee and cake with …

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Sat, July 02

04:00 PM CEST

LICHTHOF / Probebühne

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19:00
DER MANIPULIERTE SEX — Susanne Reifenrath

Performance

monsun.theater (Gaußstraße 149)

"The Father and sex. Not an easy thematic link, especially if you are the daughter. The father of director and performer Susanne Reifenrath was a gambler & a philanderer. At Hamburg's LICHTHOF Theater, she turns daddy issues into an (extended) one-woman show. And the wild life also shows its #metoo grimace." - Katrin Ullmann on nachtkritik.de

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Fri, July 01

07:00 PM CEST

monsun.theater (Gaußstraße 149)

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20:30
GRANDE ATTAQUE — Greta Granderath & Regina Rossi

Concert Choreography

LICHTHOF Theater

"GRANDE ATTAQUE" is a concert choreography between seizure and attack, in which the choreographer Regina Rossi and theater maker Greta Granderath celebrate the excess of gestures and clamor, affect and pathos, appearance and reality. Starting from stagings of hysteria in the 19th century, the whimsical evening questions attributions and pathologizations of …

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Fri, July 01

08:30 PM CEST

LICHTHOF Theater

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21:30
BECUNTING — House of Brownies

Dance BI*PoC LGBTQIA+

LICHTHOF Theater

With "BECUNTING", the performers embark on a journey of self-discovery through movement and song. In a series of stories dealing with existential questions, BI*PoC, queerness as well as a feeling state of physical and social discomfort, they address everyday experiences and process them in different dance styles - from contemporary to ballroom to classical …

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Sat, July 02

09:30 PM CEST

LICHTHOF Theater

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22:30
HAUPTSACHE VORBEI

Party Closing

LICHTHOF Theater

On 02.07.2022 we invite all visitors and participants of the festival to celebrate the last evening with us and toast to eight exciting festival days at LICHTHOF Theater. Good vibes and music will be provided.

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Sat, July 02

10:30 PM CEST

LICHTHOF Theater

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On stage

TITLE

ARTISTS

A SINGTHING

Leo Hofmann & Benjamin van Bebber

When it comes to opera, many begin to dream: of the immediate power of singing and of a universal language of music - a language that finally unites everyone. Does the ancient powerhouse of emotions really hold opportunities for boundless understanding? For "A SINGTHING", the music theater duo Hofmann/van Bebber, together with the percussionist Sabrina Ma, …

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Wed, June 22

07:00 PM CEST

monsun.theater (Gaußstraße 149)

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BECUNTING

House of Brownies

With "BECUNTING", the performers embark on a journey of self-discovery through movement and song. In a series of stories dealing with existential questions, BI*PoC, queerness as well as a feeling state of physical and social discomfort, they address everyday experiences and process them in different dance styles - from contemporary to ballroom to classical …

→read more

Sat, July 02

09:30 PM CEST

LICHTHOF Theater

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DAS LEBENDE MUSEUM

Die AZUBIS

The water of the old moat glistens in the sun, ducks quack and old trees provide shade for a break on the park bench. But where cars whiz by today, horses once trotted, and instead of the café, the heavily armed Bastion Rudolphus stood on the rampart. 202 years ago, it was decided to rededicate the military fortifications to Hamburg's first public garden. …

→read more

Sat, July 02

04:00 PM CEST

Planten un Blomen

More info →

DER KREIS

Philine Velhagen

More than two years ago, the group disappeared from our lives. It shrank to the size of our own household plus X - depending on the pandemic status, it pixelated itself in virtual space, became something forbidden, a longing fantasy. And now that pre-pandemic everyday life should gradually return? Do we just flip an inner lever and everything is as it never …

→read more

Fri, June 24

06:30 PM CEST

Gerhart-Hauptmann-Platz

More info →

DER MANIPULIERTE SEX

Susanne Reifenrath

"The Father and sex. Not an easy thematic link, especially if you are the daughter. The father of director and performer Susanne Reifenrath was a gambler & a philanderer. At Hamburg's LICHTHOF Theater, she turns daddy issues into an (extended) one-woman show. And the wild life also shows its #metoo grimace." - Katrin Ullmann on nachtkritik.de

→read more

Fri, July 01

07:00 PM CEST

monsun.theater (Gaußstraße 149)

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FOLKSTRANCE

Véronique Langlott

Based on the most clicked folk dance YouTube videos, "FOLKSTRANCE" revisits the teaching of folk dances in the digital age and cultural context of the 21st century. The dance heritage from Germany and Ukraine is juxtaposed and its potential projected into the future. A transnational collaboration creates an energetic choreography, a trance-like frenzy of …

→read more

Thu, June 23

08:30 PM CEST

Kampnagel K1

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GRANDE ATTAQUE

Greta Granderath & Regina Rossi

"GRANDE ATTAQUE" is a concert choreography between seizure and attack, in which the choreographer Regina Rossi and theater maker Greta Granderath celebrate the excess of gestures and clamor, affect and pathos, appearance and reality. Starting from stagings of hysteria in the 19th century, the whimsical evening questions attributions and pathologizations of …

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Fri, July 01

08:30 PM CEST

LICHTHOF Theater

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HACK ME BABY

TÒ SU

In times of the pandemic, the classroom has become a risk zone for physical encounters. How do students experience the ambivalence between encounter and isolation in digital spaces? In a large-format film installation, the artist collective TÒ SU, together with young experts present aesthetically staged documentary research. They explore how to escape the …

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Thu, June 30

10:00 AM CEST

Kampnagel Foyer

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HANDS ON AIDS

InterAKT Initiative presents: a project by Frisch&Schick

In this hybrid of concert, performance and installation Frisch&Schick deal with the topic of HIV and AIDS prevention as well as with the history of the disease and its impact on psyche and society. From the fear of a death sentence at the time to today's classification of a chronic disease, the team encounters the history of a virus that knows no …

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Sat, June 25

06:00 PM CEST

Oberhafen / Hanseatische Materialverwaltung

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HIBERNATION

O-Team

"HIBERNATION" refers to the dormant state of computers, the artificial coma in humans and hibernation in animals. In a poetic series of images, the performance traces what slumbers beneath the sterile surface of things in the in-between. In dreamlike sequences, a lonely spotlight searches for life, two disposers run out - or away. A pack of cleaning robots …

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Thu, June 30

08:30 PM CEST

Kampnagel P1

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HORSES

Yolanda Morales

Choreographer Yolanda Morales takes the 500-year conquest by the Conquista in Mexico as the occasion for her dance production "HORSES". In pre-colonial Mexico there were no horses, and the large animals terrified the indigenous population. In Hall 3 of the Oberhafen in Hamburg, 10 dancers now tell a different story. It is about an approach to the figure of …

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Fri, June 24

09:00 PM CEST

Oberhafen (Halle 3)

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INTERVISION #11 – FREI SEIN

MischPULK

For the fourth time, INTERVISIONS is examining the questions of the 21st century as part of the altonale - on a daily basis and from multiple perspectives. The question of what freedom can be is particularly pressing now. Whose freedom? Of what? And what does it mean for others? Together with other artists and experts, MischPULK will illuminate what is …

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Sat, June 25

05:00 PM CEST

Ort tba

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JESSE JAMES ODER WAS DER KOMMUNISMUS WAR

Janis Jirotka, Reyhaneh Scharifi, Nguyen Quoc Tuan, Shahab Anousha, Linda Jiayun Gao-Lenders

Three performers approach the post-socialist memories of three fathers and ask themselves: What is the image of the second generation of "communism"? The stories unfold between Czechoslovakia, Iran and Vietnam and finally lead to Germany. They try and fail: on interview fragments, sound and video collages, on collective text bodies, on the system, on …

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Wed, June 29

08:30 PM CEST

MUT! Theater

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L’APRÈS-MIDI D’UNE LICORNE

Guy Marsan

»L'APRÈS-MIDI D'UNE LICORNE« searches for queerness and uniqueness in the image of the unicorn through dance. Based on the ballet piece »L'Après-midi d'un faune« by Vaslav Nijinsky from 1912, rules and norms in sexuality and dance are questioned. Where do the lines run? How are are they set? How do these lines shape our orientation? And how can we queer …

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Thu, June 23

06:30 PM CEST

Hamburger Sprechwerk

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LACHEN VERBOTEN!

Göktuğ Engel

»When I perform, it‘s very personal. I‘m sharing things I like, inviting the audience into my room.« - Andy Kaufman Even as a young boy growing up in Istanbul, Göktuğ Engel noticed that his father always dominated the social space. On the one hand, through his masculinity, which conformed to social expectations, and on the other hand, through his humour. If …

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Wed, June 29

07:00 PM CEST

MUT! Theater

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LUCA – DIE URZELLE SPIELT VERRÜCKT

kirschkern Compes & Co.

The primordial cell LUCA (Last Universal Common Ancestor) is the sole and only ancestor of all life on earth. With LUCA, we dive into the primordial soup - into the inconceivable, mind-boggling, miraculous fact that life exists at all. We start in the here and now and catapult ourselves back to the big bang: In the beginning. Dark. LUCA in the black …

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Thu, June 30

11:00 AM CEST

Kampnagel K4

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O SOLITUDE!

Flocker & Lockig (Michelle Stoop & Nora Becker)

»O SOLITUDE!« is a one-to-one performance, a walk through the city, a telephone conversation with senior citizens. with senior citizens. Sounds inspired by stories from a long life are mixed with stories from everyday life - in the senior citizens' residence, in the home, in one's own flat. Based on interviews with senior citizens from Altona, moments of …

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Sat, July 02

03:00 PM CEST

Bernstorffstraße 147 ● 22767 Hamburg ● ReBBZ Altona

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ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLING IN THE DEEP?

Linda Lou Dierich-Matzke

We appropriate world(s) via the movement principle of rolling. Whether for mobility, the transport of goods or as a leisure activity: modern people roll in public transport, in cars, on bicycles or roller skates. The performance uses rolling be-movement and he-movement and creates a choreography of control, orientation and surrender with humour. Rolling is …

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Fri, July 01

05:30 PM CEST

monsun.theater (Gaußstraße 149)

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STEINSTAUB

Barbara Schmidt Rohr & Helen Schröder

»STEINSTAUB« is an adorably performed show for a young audience in which the world of digital, video games and social media is intertwined with the analogue world of the stage. The performers film each other live with their mobile phones and compete for the favour of their followers by dancing and singing for the next like. In the process, they visit …

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Thu, June 30

07:30 PM CEST

Kampnagel K1

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THE TRIUMPH OF THE GOLDEN GLORY

Nora Elberfeld & Jonas Woltemate

In their film, Nora Elberfeld, Jonas Woltemate and their seven-member ensemble celebrate the visually powerful language of Baroque painting with movement, music, costume and great emotion. Nine pictures with motifs such as abundance, pathos and sensuality are examined in opulent choreographies for their significance for the present. In places of more or …

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Fri, June 24

10:15 PM CEST

Oberhafen / Hanseatische Materialverwaltung

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Events and discourse

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BERATUNGSBÖRSE

Do you have questions about your self-employment as an artist, your next application or what the next step to your own project might be? In our advice exchange, different experts are available to you with their knowledge. In 20-minute slots, you'll get concentrated answers to your questions and know afterwards where to go next. Especially recommended for …

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Fri, June 24

11:00 AM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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CAFÉ DER (FÖRDER-)MÖGLICHKEITEN

Would you like to get an overview of the funding landscape for the independent performing arts in Hamburg and talk directly with funding recipients? Then our Café der (Förder-)Möglichkeiten is just the right thing for you. Whether you are a young artist, a newcomer or a seasoned veteran - we invite you to an informal meet and greet over coffee and cake with …

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Sat, July 02

04:00 PM CEST

LICHTHOF / Probebühne

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EMPOWERING PERFORMING ARTISTS

Who am I as an artist? What is my vision? How do I find my way into the independent performing arts scene? What resources do I bring with me and how can I use them? Together with the performing arts producers and systemic business coaches Jessica Buchholz and Pam Goroncy we will search for answers and illustrate visions of the future path. In an honest and …

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Fri, June 24

10:00 AM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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HAUPTSACHE DANCEN

Under the motto HAUPTSACHE DANCEN, we are looking forward to welcoming all those who would like to dance with us for two hours on the sun deck of the Hanseatische Materialverwaltung on June 25, 2022. The event will start at 4 pm. The purchase of a ticket for this event also allows access to the performance » HANDS ON AIDS « as well as to the film …

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Sat, June 25

04:00 PM CEST

Hanseatische Materialverwaltung

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HAUPTSACHE FÜR ALLE: WHAT’S NEXT?

The eighth edition of Hauptsache Frei tries to become more barrier-free and to create more connection possibilities. In the process, more and more barriers become visible that need to be removed. Therefore, the participation team invites you to the barrier awareness workshop: Awareness means mindfulness and respectful treatment of oneself and others, paying …

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Sat, June 25

11:00 AM CEST

Oberhafen (Proberaum)

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HAUPTSACHE FÜR ALLE: WHAT’S NEXT? #2

The eighth edition of Hauptsache Frei tries to become more barrier-free and to create more connection possibilities. In the process, more and more barriers become visible that need to be removed. Therefore, the participation team invites you to the barrier awareness workshop: The word diversity has long been part of the good tone in the independent scene, …

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Sat, June 25

04:00 PM CEST

Oberhafen (Proberaum)

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KOMPETENZEN EINSETZEN

How can the dialogue between the federal government, the states and the municipalities succeed in pulling together in terms of cultural policy? Can the forward-looking potential of the independent performing arts be leveraged together? The panel discussion will explore the question of whether federal funding should continue to be limited to excellence …

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Thu, June 30

06:00 PM CEST

Kampnagel KMH

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KUSCH - DIE FREIE SZENE MACHT SCHULE

The "TUSCH" program has been bringing together schools interested in theater and Hamburg theater stages for over 20 years. Now TUSCH is also becoming "KUSCH" (Kollektive Und SCHulen). The idea is that artist collectives idealize, conceive and realize their projects in exchange with schools. The team of KUSCH shares with interested artists, teachers and …

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Thu, June 30

04:00 PM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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PRACTICE #BEYONDDIGITAL LABOR

This year, #BEYONDDIGITAL, in cooperation with the #lichthof_lab and the program "FESTIVALFRIENDS", brings together three artistic tandems of artists working in Hamburg and throughout Germany to visit the festival together, exchange ideas about their work in the field of digitality, and network with other artists in the Hamburg scene. A two-day lab invites …

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Tue, June 28

12:00 PM CEST

LICHTHOF Theater / Haus E

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PRACTICE #BEYONDDIGITAL PANELS

The first public panel event will present findings from the lab, introduce the tandem artists, and invite other international media and digital artists to bring their perspectives to the conversation around digital and hybrid performance practices. PANEL #1 07/01/2022 2 – 5 PM LICHTHOF Theater / Haus E PANEL #2 07/02/2022 3 – 5 PM LICHTHOF Theater / Haus E …

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Tue, June 28

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LICHTHOF Theater / Haus E

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WE DON’T NEED NO EDUCATION? (PANEL)

Hamburg has a lively independent performing arts scene. This requires a close-meshed network of training and funding opportunities, newcomer formats and entry aids for newcomers and graduates. How can we keep this constantly changing network up to date and maintain it in the long term? The panel will start with a keynote speech that gives an overview of …

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Fri, June 24

05:30 PM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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WE DON’T NEED NO EDUCATION? (THINKTANK)

After the presentation of the final theses of the master's program in Performance Studies in June 2022, a building block of training in Hamburg's independent performing arts will be eliminated. What does this mean for the work of the next generation? We invite representatives of Hamburg's training institutes, theaters, funding institutions, and artists from …

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Fri, June 24

03:00 PM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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WE PRESENT: VISITENKARTEN

The pitch format "WE PRESENT: Visitenkarten" presents eight young artists and groups from Hamburg in an analogue and digital space. In short presentations, professional dramaturges, curators and programmers can get to know different artistic signatures and ask personal questions in the Q&A afterwards. Friday, 06/24/2022 1 – 2:30 PM Kampnagel K3

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Fri, June 24

01:00 PM CEST

Kampnagel K3

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HAUPTSACHE VORBEI

On 02.07.2022 we invite all visitors and participants of the festival to celebrate the last evening with us and toast to eight exciting festival days at LICHTHOF Theater. Good vibes and music will be provided.

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Sat, July 02

10:30 PM CEST

LICHTHOF Theater

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Modules

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Beyond Digital

Not only since the pandemic have Hamburg artists from the performing arts taken post-digital positions, experimenting with VR, artificial intelligence, questioning the authorship of technology and the function of the net as a social and performative space. With the focus "#BEYONDDIGITAL" we continue the development of a digital artistic performance scene in …

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TEILHABE: HAUPTSACHE FÜR ALLE

This year, the festival continues to break down barriers to make connections possible for all: Through translations of the productions, awareness workshops, encounter formats and an on-site participation team. In addition, more than ten productions will be shown this year with either audio description and touch guidance or DGS. With "BESTE GÄSTE" we invite …

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WE PRESENT

"WE PRESENT" is the platform for networking and presenting young Hamburg performance artists* and experimental musicians* from the LICHTHOF Theater. Whether performance, interactive play or music installation: "WE PRESENT" shows works that were created in the study programs Performance Studies at the Theaterakademie, the HfMT, the HfBK, the HAW or even …

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Venues

  • Lichthof Theater

    Mendelssohnstraße 15

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  • monsun.theater

    Gaußstraße 149

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  • Kampnagel

    Jarrestraße 20

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  • Sprechwerk

    Klaus-Groth-Straße 23

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  • Planten un Blomen

    Gorch-Fock-Wall

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  • MUT! Theater

    Amandastraße 58

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  • Oberhafenquartier

    Stockmeyerstraße

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About the festival & FESTIVALFRIENDS

Hauptsache Frei is the festival of Hamburg's independent performing arts. Founded in 2015, the festival provides a platform for the artists of Hamburg's independent scene and invites professionals of the scene from all over Germany to Hamburg for exchange and networking. Concentrated on one week, the festival becomes a platform for artistic productions, contemporary trends, aesthetic innovations, socio-political discourses and scientific impulses. Hauptsache Frei is supported by the Bündnis für Festivals der Freien Tanz- und Theaterschaffenden Hamburgs e.V., a sponsoring association consisting of various institutions - venues but also interest groups such as DfdK Hamburg e.V. - in the city.


The Hauptsache Frei festival is a member of the FESTIVALFRIENDS network, an association of regional festivals of the independent performing arts in Germany. FESTIVALFRIENDS is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media through the program "Promoting Connections" of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste e. V. (Federal Association of the Liberal Performing Arts).


Upcoming festivals from the association:


IMPLANTIEREN
Frankfurt/Rhein-Main-Gebiet, 10.09 – 26.02.2023


FAVORITEN
Dortmund & Digital, 15. – 25.09.2022


RODEO
München, 07. – 15.10.2022

Our team

Jens Dietrich

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Hark Empen

Press and public relations

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Christine Grosche

Artistic direction

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Kerstin Henky

Production management

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Anja Kerschkewicz

Curatorial team

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Lars Kracht

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Joshua Lerp-Petersen

Press and public relations

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Rike Maerten

Production management

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Lisa Florentine Schmalz

WE PRESENT & Ticketing

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Jeanne Charlotte Vogt

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Christopher Weimann

Curatorial team

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