If you look at the process that a production goes through, it quickly becomes clear that independent work also plays out within a network of social and institutionalised power structures: from grant applications (»What ideas are prevalent? How are they presented? How should funds be divided?«) through the allocation of funds (»Who decides about what, and how?«), the working process itself (»Within which institutional structures is the work being done? What are the power relations like within groups?«) up to the final presentation (»How is the relationship between spectators and actors defined?«). So how can power structures be designed in such a way that they fulfil our requirements and desires for a diverse, self-empowering, solidarity-based work that takes place on equal footing? Where can encrustations of power be found and how can they be dissolved? What models for power sharing are possible and useful? And what does power actually do to us?
As an introduction to the subject, Prof. Thomas Schmidt, professor and director of the theatre and orchestra management degree programme at the HfMDK Frankfurt, presents the results of his study on power and structure in the theatre. The following discussion will be conducted according to the fishbowl method, led by Frederike Behrens, theatre-maker, member of the board of the Bremen regional association for independent performing arts and head of the »Agentur für fast Alles«, and Matthias Schulze-Kraft, member of the German Association of Independent Performing Arts' board and artistic director of the LICHTHOF Theater (Hamburg). Franziska Werner, artistic director of the Sophiensaele (Berlin), and Sandrine Micossé-Aikins, head of Diversity Arts Culture, will be joining the discussion.
The event will be held in German and will be translated simultaneously into English. There is no need to register for the event.