Impulse Theatre Festival
From 04. to 14.06.2020 the "Impulse" will once again show outstanding works that were produced beyond the classical municipal theatre apparatus and testify to special aesthetic quality, artistic innovation or explosive content.
In the third year of its artistic direction, Haiko Pfost is again relying on a three-part programme with the focus on "Showcase", "City Project" and "Academy". His approach is based on the goal of presenting established positions, discoveries and a wide variety of different theatre forms.
At the same time, the "Impulse" of the independent scene want to offer a forum for aesthetic and cultural-political discussion and open up new audiences for independent theatre.
Haiko Pfost will also be in charge of the festival editions 2021 to 2023.
In the studiobühneköln, the Tanzfaktur and the Depot of the Schauspiel Köln, about ten outstanding positions of the past season and the most interesting newcomers of the season will be presented.
In the "City Project" in cooperation with the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr in Mülheim, the "Impulse" together with the artists' group Club Real look at the empty middle of a society in which the prosperity gap is growing ever wider. In close exchange with the urban population of Mülheim, Club Real will develop integration measures for people with a wealth background in order to fill this empty middle ground again - a model project that hopefully is running nationwide will find imitators.
This time, the academy will take place in cooperation with the FFT Düsseldorf: as a forum for the self-understanding of the independent scene, with seminars, workshops and lecture programmes lasting several days on the two topics "30 Years of Impulse/Archive" and "Independant Theatre and the Class Society".
The Academy for the festival anniversary is planned in close cooperation with the association Initiative für die Archive des Freien Theaters e.V. The initiative for the foundation of such an archive began at the invitation of "Impulse" in the summer of 2013. Since then, the concept for a living "Archiv des Freien Theaters" (Archive of the independent theatre) has been concretised in regular Treﬀen. In autumn 2018, the study "Performing the Archive" as a prelude to the development of an archive of the independent theatre was completed and public presented.
The "Impulse Theater Festival" celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2020. It is the most important platform for independent theatre in the German-speaking world and thus the equivalent of the Theatertreﬀen of the municipal and state theatres. Internationally renowned theatre greats such as Rimini Protokoll, René Pollesch or She She Pop were presented to a broad public for the first time at the "Impulse".