Thinking on a per project basis is nowadays well established in the independent performing arts. Yet, at the same time, it has become increasingly difficult for independent artists and collectives to keep up working continuously in the planning phase of new productions.
In order to counteract this fact in a constructive way, the NRW KULTURsekretariat together with the Festival FAVORITEN in Dortmund launched a new sponsorship programme for the independent theatre in NRW at the end of 2014.
With “Weitermachen!”, the NRW KULTURsekretariat and FAVORITEN provide the opportunity to further develop work approaches already in existence in cooperation with regional institutions: sponsorship for a repertoire of consolidation.
As the successor to the performance network FAVORITEN that was valid until 2014, the programme thus reacts, above all, to the necessity of funding opportunities for sustainable production processes.
In November 2014, a festival accompanying jury had recommended four concepts for promotion which were (further) developed and staged in different locations in 2015 – equipped with project budgets of 7,000 to 12,000 euros.
For example, in September 2015 Stephan Stock & Wanja van Suntum presented their work “Digital bewegt oder Wie man von zu Hause aus die Welt verändern will” at the zakk in Düsseldorf. They asked the question of to what extent the individual acts politically in social media through acts of digital communications.
In October 2015, Yoshie Shibahara staged her audiovisual installation “Fringe der Kleiderschrank” as a reminiscence of the 18th century's optical cabinet of curiosities at the FTT Düsseldorf. By an analogue optical projection, the installation lets the onlooker experience a lost world from inside a wardrobe without having to enter it.
The theatre group subbotnik set the prelude to a long-term cooperation with the Schauspiel Cologne with their evening of music theatre “Geh hin, ich weiß nicht wohin – bring das, ich weiß nicht was”. A journey to the places of childhood and youth served as a research base for questions of socio-political context in individual family histories.
The kainkollektiv was the fourth ensemble that received support to further develop its work “Tiere in Städten”.