Bündnis internationaler

The Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser (International Production Houses Alliance) is among the foremost associations within Germany. FFT Düsseldorf, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt am Main), PACT Zollverein (Essen) and tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf) all channel their abilities and experiences as central stakeholders in culture and sociopolitics, bringing international perspectives into a continuous, open and diverse exchange with local artists, local groups of audiences, as well as with diverse urban societies. The Office of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media has been supporting the Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser with a sum of 12 million since the 2016/17 season, for a total duration of three years.

This support enables the production venues to realise special artistic endeavours together as well as on their respective sites, sometimes spanning several years, and going beyond their customary programmes and practices.

They deal with the economic, social, cultural and ecological urban and global changes in the 21st century, playfully exploring the future of society, theatre, dance and art, exemplarily trying out scenarios of communal living. Furthermore, the venues connect their competency in the ongoing development of advanced means of production in the field of performative art and their far-reaching local and international networks more closely than before.

Tried practices can be further developed and expanded, with an eye towards the future, in this decentralised co-operational model; among them, for example, the possibility of artistic residencies, commissioned works, co-productions and site-specific project development as well as the consolidation, the artistic agency for and strengthening of artistic positions on a trans-regional and international scale and for local contexts. So, the Bündnis has set up, among other things, an academy for freelancing producers, and it is accordingly significantly involved in an occupational area that is gaining in importance.

The current communal project ›Connecting Cities – Das öffentliche Leben‹ (›Connecting Cities – The public life‹) is a cross-venue undertaking, dedicated to the questions and challenges of progressively diversifying, conflict-ridden and disparate urban societies. During the 2017/18 season, international artists in six cities investigate the role of the arts in social change of our local as well as global urban societies, posing the question for their potential in differentiation and articulation of varying designs in thought, for life and the future. In June 2018, the different artistic approaches, experiments and contributions from the six cities will reflect in a joint programme in Berlin.


Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


Academy for Theatre Journalism

Journalistic coverage of the heterogeneous landscape of independent productions, working methods, organisational structures, protagonists and aesthetics is an essential part of theatre, plus it is also a demanding profession. The Alliance of International Production Houses now offers a framework in which to discuss the role played by journalism and criticism in the independent theatre scene. Journalists make joint trips to the different production houses, where they gain deeper insights into the working structures of the independent scene, as well as their varying profiles and programmes. In direct conversations with artists, journalists are invited to learn more about working methods, issues and structures and also to engage in group discussions revolving around how artistic works can be transferred into language and text. 

At the same time, discussions also centre on the role played by theatre criticism and journalism in the public discourse today, as well as which developments will be conceivable and desirable in the future. Above all, however, the academy is designed to serve as a site for reflection and the training of journalistic practices. Different forms of writing about concrete contemporary performing arts projects that are as heterogeneous as possible create the foundation for mutual exchange, reflection and a mutual critique of criticism.

The Theatre Journalism format launched in autumn 2019 in three modules. The concept for this academy was developed by Esther Boldt (author & theatre critic for nachtkritik.de, Theater heute, Zeit online, tanz Zeitschrift and die taz) and Dr. Philipp Schulte (dramaturge and author, managing director of the Hessische Theaterakademie, lecturer at the Norwegian Theatre Academy).

The first module took place from 14 to 17 Nov at PACT.

Akademie für Performing Arts Producer

Das Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser e.V. hat 2018 zum ersten Mal eine Ausbildung für Produzentinnen und Produzenten angeboten und sich damit für ein in der Freien Szene immer wichtiger werdendes Berufsfeld engagiert. Die Akademie für Performing Arts Producer widmet sich der Vermittlung von Kompetenzen für das Produzieren im deutschen und internationalen Kontext der Performing Arts und beleuchtet die Rolle freier Produzent*innen im partnerschaftlichen Dreieck zwischen ihnen, den Künstler*innen und den Produktionshäusern. In Workshop-Formaten werden unter der Leitung von Expert*innen aus dem In- und Ausland sowohl rechtliche und administrative Grundlagen vermittelt als auch Methoden und Werkzeuge für das Produzieren in Deutschland und im internationalen Kontext erarbeitet. Es werden Netzwerke und Plattformen vorgestellt und Strategien sowie Modelle für das Produzieren in den freien szenischen Künsten entwickelt.

Die Akademie wird seit 2018 angeboten und mit den Erkenntnissen aus den ersten Jahrgängen kontinuierlich weiterentwickelt. Sie wurde von der international tätigen Produzentin Katja Sonnemann entwickelt und durchgeführt.

Für die dritte Ausgabe lagen knapp 60 Bewerbungen vor. Die Jury – bestehend aus VertreterInnen vom Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, tanzhaus nrw, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden sowie der Akademie-Leiterin Katja Sonnemann – wählte in ihrer Sitzung Anfang November 2019 22 Personen aus, die ab Januar 2020 an dem dreiteiligen Weiterbildungsprogramm teilnehmen werden.

Im 1. Modul, das vom 23. bis 26. Januar 2020 auf PACT Zollverein stattfindet, beschäftigen sich die Teilnehmenden mit dem Berufsbild der Produktionsleiter*in und Produzent*in und deren Unterschieden. In vier Tagen werden sich Referent*innen aus England, Frankreich, Belgien, der Republik Moldau und Deutschland in Workshops und Vorträgen gemeinsam mit den 22 Teilnehmer*innen, der Moderatorin Rivca Rubin und der Akademie-Leiterin Katja Sonnemann Fragen der eigenen Arbeitspraxis, des eigenen Profils und Formen der Zusammenarbeit mit Künstler*innen und Produktionshäusern widmen. Wir freuen und auf Judith Knight (Artsadmin, UK), Karen Verlinden (Hiros, BE), Marion Le Guerroué (ECHELLE 1, F), Nora Dorogan (teatru-spălătorie, MD), Béla Bisom (transmissions, D) und weitere Gäste. Im März 2020 geht es in Frankfurt am Künstlerhaus Mousonturm weiter.