The foundations of the independent performing arts stretch back into the 1960s. That also means that the independent performing arts find themselves at a new juncture: the founding generation has reached retirement age, or will do so shortly.
But how does a scene handle this situation, when the borders between leisure and work are permeable, the creation of art is part of the scene's self-conception and the current pension system doesn't allow for a peaceful retirement due to long-standing job insecurity? When and how will the founding generation clear the field? Is it capable of that and does it want to? If it doesn't, what are some alternate approaches for shaping this process of transformation? How much must structures change in order to make it possible to hand them over? What is worth passing on? Who needs to speak with whom about that, and how? And what is the younger generation's perspective on the pioneers that launched their current field of work?
Katrin Hylla, part of the artistic direction team atTNT - Theater neben dem Turm (Marburg), director and theatre educator, is hosting the event. Elisabeth Bohde, member of theGerman Association of Independent Performing Arts board and director of theTheaterwerkstatt Pilkentafel (Flensburg), Christina Ruf, delegate from theVerband Freie Darstellende Künste Bayern and independent director, and Joachim von der Heiden,Theater Monteure (Cologne) are speaking for the founding generation. Manuel Melzer, (independent) theatre-maker and light designer, Martin Bien, independent producer, and Maria Gebhardt, manager of the Landeszentrum Spiel & Theater Sachsen-Anhalt are speaking for the younger generation.
The event will be held in German and will be translated simultaneously into English. There is no need to register for the event.