Impulse Theater Festival 2017
Open Call

21 August 2016

For twenty-five years Impulse has been the platform for independently produced theater in the German-speaking world.

For the last edition under artistic direction of Florian Malzacher „independent“ for Impulse not only means that the works are produced outside the state theater system. It most notably means that they regard their independence as founded in the artistic possibilities. The works test theater as medium, expand it, question and strain it. They understand art as the space, where to repeatedly start from zero, where to confront the challenge to enact structures, hierarchies, roles, processes, and collaborations as continuation of the topical gesture of one’s work. Independence as freedom of form and content.

This is how independently produced theater sends impulses as to what theater can look like once it is not confined to specific spaces of staging and thinking. It sends impulses to not readily accept boundaries between genres as they are defined by application, market and marketing logics. It sends impulses to also claim the theatrical in visual arts, music, literature, film, theory, and politics as theater. It sends impulses to think theater as an art form differently.

Impulse Theater Festival accordingly regards itself as an interdisciplinary platform for a theater that withstands a doctrine of understanding ruled by the logic of ascriptions and one looking for moments of transgression.

In 2017 Impulse again will present the ten most remarkable independently produced theater pieces from the German-speaking world in Cologne, Mülheim/Ruhr and Düsseldorf.
We invite theater makers and other artists whose lives’ center in Austria, Germany or Switzerland to submit productions and projects to be presented during the festival in Köln, Mülheim/Ruhr or Düsseldorf from 22 June to 1 July 2017: a theater piece, a choreography, a performative installation, a collective performance, a musical sculpture, a public intervention…

This open call complements our ongoing research and screening and allows for a direct insight to current developments of independently produced theater offside the beaten paths. The review and discussion of submitted proposals will be conducted with support of our interdisciplinary advisory board until march 2017.

We are looking forward to surprising, provocative and consistent submittals and positions.


Proposals may be submitted for finished productions and projects (as touring performance or adaptation), which premiered no earlier than Januar 2016 or that will take place till the end of January 2017.

Please submit only one production per group/artist.

Please exclusively submit the following materials digitally:

- e-mail header: name of the group/the artist – title of the project
- project description of max. 3 DIN A4 pages in German or English *
- if adaptation is necessary please also provide first ideas regarding the feasibility *
- video documentation of the work (to the degree that is possible) as a vimeo link, or an explanation as to
  why the documentation is not possible or meaningful **
- budget proposal (considering possible adaptation costs) *
- contact information **
- vita *
- future performance dates **

Submission deadline is 15 October 2016.

Submissions to:

**Provide text documents and spread sheets as PDF.
**Provide this more vital information directly in the text body of your e-mail.