Impulse Theatre Festival
The "Impulse Theatre Festival" 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.
Following the forced cancellation and partial shift of the festival to Digital 2020, the next "Impulse Theater Festival" is scheduled to take place from 2 to 13 June 2021. Once again, outstanding works will be shown which have been produced beyond the classical municipal theatre apparatus and which bear witness to special aesthetic quality, artistic innovation or explosive content.
In the fourth year of his artistic direction, Haiko Pfost is again relying on a three-part programme - this time under corona conditions - with the main 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. Pfost will also direct the 2022 and 2023 festival editions.
Approximately ten outstanding positions from previous seasons and the most interesting newcomers of the season will be presented in the studiobühneköln, the Tanzfaktur and the Depot of the Schauspiel Köln.
The showcase programme will be supplemented by digital formats. In the city project in cooperation with the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, the "Impulse" together with the artists' group Club Real will look at the empty middle of a society in which the prosperity gap continues to widen.
This time, the academy is being held in cooperation with the FFT Düsseldorf: as a forum for the independent scene's self-understanding, with seminar, workshop and lecture programmes lasting several days on the two topics of "30 Years of Impulses - an Archive for Historiography" and "Loss of the Physical and Assembly in Times of Pandemic".
The second academy will take place in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the "International Visitors' Programme", both live on site and digitally on the net.
Already in 2013, the "Impulse Theater Festival" launched the initiative "Performing the Archive". Since then, a mobile archive has been developed, now on a nationwide level, which deals with the history, present and future of independent theatre.
In this context, the "Impulse" 2021 will also present concepts for innovative artistic archives in the field of tension between analogue and digital formats, which will be presented in the context of the call "History is being made" in submitted in autumn 2020.