Since 2005, the NRW KULTURsekretariat and the NRW Arts Foundation have offered selected teams of theatre makers the opportunity to realise experimental projects, including music theatre for children and young people, in cooperation with opera houses and theatres in NRW.
Such productions are chosen in conjunction with various NRW stages and each is sponsored with up to 100,000 euros, with which music, language and space from the idea through to the first performance are developed closely connected, often crossing the borders between musical theatre and stage plays.
With the realignment, the projects supported by the Experimental Musical Theatre Fund (feXm) have been a process-based and open-ended work with several rehearsal phases within a period of two seasons since 2015. Single results and sub-steps leading all the way to the first performance will be presented in partial performances, while formats of discourse will supplement the performances.
The focus of attention will therefore be less on the unalterable final result but more on the production process itself.
Since the season 2015/16, Daniel Kötter and Hannes Seidl (music, video, direction, text), as well as Rahel Kesselring (equipment, artistic collaboration), explore opera as a social and operational system including all its working methods and possibilities, with “ingolf”.
The Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen participates in feXm for the third time as production partner for implementation after 2007 and 2010.
In the season 2016/17 also starts the multimedia project "The Suitcase" of François Sarhans in cooperation with the Schlosstheater Moers.