5 May 2015
For its 25th anniversary, Impulse Theater Festival once more invites outstanding works of independent theater in the German-speaking world and additionally initiates three international productions in the three partner cities, which will be embedded into local contexts and networks. For the first time in its history, the festival will focus on one city: Mülheim an der Ruhr. Cologne and Düsseldorf participate as satellites and associated partners; from this year on, the main venue will alternate annually.
How are we represented? Who do we represent, by what right, how? These questions aim at the core of every society and at the same time, they have always been key questions of theater: Who and what should be presented on stage, who talks about whom, instead of, for or with whom? Impulse 2015 explores how society plays itself and: Who is allowed to take part in the game. How can theater today be a political, a public space?
Invited to the festival are Gob Squad Arts Collective with „Western Society“, Gintersdorfer/Klaßen with „Black Thoughts Now – Chefferie“, Markus&Markus with „Ibsen: Ghosts“, Herbordt/Mohren with „Die Aufführung“, Chris Kondek & Christiane Kühl with „Anonymous P.“, Rabih Mroué with „Riding on a Cloud“, andcompany&Co. with „Sounds like War: Kriegserklärung (declaration of war)“, Milo Rau with „The Civil Wars“ and Hendrik Quast & Maika Knoblich with a site-specific adaptation of „Der Ur-Forst“.
In addition the Maiden Monsters present their concert performance „Sound of Crisis“ and Milo Rau the documentary of his project the „The Moscow Trials“. The festival center in the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr will be designed by raumlaborberlin.
International Productions & Theory
Three international productions complement the selection of works from the German-speaking world: The Silent University Ruhr, initiated by the Kurdish artist Ahmet Öğüt will be established permanently in Mülheim/Ruhr; it is an autonomous platform for the exchange of knowledge for and by refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and non-migrants. With “Building Conversation” the Dutch director Lotte van den Berg at the FFT Düsseldorf explores forms and conditions of a conversation and the British artist and film maker Phil Collins with students from Cologne and Ramallah in “Our Position Vanishes” treats the buses that connect our partner venues in Cologne and Düsseldorf to the festival center in Mülheim/Ruhr in playful manner.
Complementing the program will be talks, discussions, introductions and lectures (e.g. by the political philosopher Chantal Mouffe), as well as the conference “Images that mean the world”, which will deal with the limits of representation once again at the end of the festival.