From 22 June to 01 July 2017, the »Impulse Theatre Festival« will present outstanding productions of the independent theatre scene in the German-speaking countries in cooperation with studiobühneköln.
The festival will present works for the last time under the artistic director Florian Malzacher, which were produced outside the classical municipal theatre apparatus and above all tested, enhanced and reviewed as media by aesthetic alternatives and approaches of the theatre.
In 2017, the guest performance programme mainly takes place in this year's main venue Cologne and at the local festival partner studiobühneköln.
Works will be shown that were developed since the last review period and that were submitted as part of the open call by November 2016.
International artists will also develop site-specific productions in the participating municipalities of Cologne and Mülheim an der Ruhr and Düsseldorf to complement the festival programme and adopt the thematic setting.
In Cologne, together with the studiobühneköln, the festival centre is being created: a performative installation, which will also be a bar, late night location and secondary stage during the entire festival period.
Furthermore, Silent University Ruhr for refugee academics and migrants in Mülheim, which was founded together with Ringlokschuppen and Urbane Künste Ruhr, will continue its work.
The Impulse Theatre Festival 2017 is organised by the NRW KULTURsekretariat in cooperation with studiobühneköln, Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, FFT Düsseldorf and the cities of Cologne, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Düsseldorf. The NRW Ministry of Culture, the NRW Cultural Foundation and the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media provide support.
The festivalimpulse.de website will be constantly expanded into a collection of materials and a publication »in progress«. Furthermore, the project “Performing the Archive” continues to take form. It was launched on the initiative of Impulse as part of the festival in 2013. In October 2016, more than 100 participants at a conception conference in Munich discussed about how structure and work process should be designed for an archive of the independent theatre.