For decades, the "Impulse Theatre Festival" has been the independent theatre scene’s most important platform in German-speaking countries. From 13 to 24 June 2018, Impulse will again present outstanding works which were produced outside the classical municipal theatre apparatus, and which, above all, review and enhance theatre as a medium offering aesthetic alternatives and approaches.
The festival edition 2018 marks the beginning of curator, dramaturge and theatre scientist Haiko Pfost’s tenure of three editions as artistic director. His approach is oriented towards the goal of presenting a variety of different theatre forms and at the same time developing viable formats for the aesthetic and cultural-political discussion besides established positions and discoveries. The goal is also to increasingly address a local audience and attract new target groups to the free theatre with one large site-specific new production per year.
The outstanding works of the past season and the most interesting newcomers of the current season are presented at the main venue Mülheim an der Ruhr with its Ringlokschuppen. Productions and formats mainly produced in the German-speaking countries or developed by artists living or coming from German-speaking countries are put on the repertoire. In addition, a supporting programme including presentations, talks with the audience and concerts is offered.
A special project on the evolving relationship of public and private sphere and institutions will be presented in Düsseldorf in cooperation with the FFT. As a booming city with many successful public private partnerships and only few public resistance against the privatisation and commodification of the city, Düsseldorf provides a rich local source of friction for those – not only there – pressing topics.
Cologne with its studiobühneköln will be one location for an Impulse Academy in 2018: Two four-day seminar, workshop and presentation programmes will investigate the self-image of the independent theatre scene.
The planning of an archive of the independent theatre will progress under the motto "Performing the Archive". It was launched on the initiative of Impulse as part of the festival in 2013. Recently, more than 100 participants at a conception conference in Munich discussed about how structure and work process should be designed for an archive of the independent theatre.