Impulse Theatre Festival
30 years Impulse Theatre Festival. Founded in 1980, "Impulse" has become the most important platform for free theatre in the German-speaking world. Here, outstanding works are presented that were produced beyond the classical municipal theatre apparatus and testify to special aesthetic quality, artistic innovation or controversial content. Internationally renowned theatre greats such as Rimini Protokoll, René Pollesch or She She Pop were presented to a broad public for the first time at the "Impulse".
The festival edition in the anniversary year was to take place from 04 to 14 June in Düsseldorf, Cologne and Mülheim an der Ruhr. To this end, Haiko Pfost, Artistic Director since 2018, has once again opted for a three-part programme with a focus on "Showcase", "Stadtprojekt" and "Akademie". His approach is based on the goal of presenting established positions, discoveries and a wide variety of different theatre forms.
Due to the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, the events in the three cities have been cancelled, but the planned programme will not be cancelled without replacement.
Digital formats are currently being developed specifically for parts of the showcase and academy, which are to be shown online during the originally planned festival period from 04 to 14 June 2020. The formats use the potential of digital space to provide broad access and lower the thresholds for interaction.
Of the ten guest performances invited to the Showcase, three productions are currently being reworked especially for the Internet: the video installation "Stricken" by Magda Korsinsky, Oliver Zahn's "Lob des Vergessens", on the net then as a desktop version, as well as "Es ist zu spät" by internil, which already in December last year conjured up a farewell to the theatre in favour of YouTube.
The academy's conference programme "Zeige Deine Klasse" on social background and free theatre is also to take place online. The class question has become even more explosive in the Corona crisis, as the loss of earnings has become an existential problem, especially for theatre professionals without a financial background.
In addition, a publication with contributions by actors from the independent scene and cultural policy is planned, which will collect the insights, ideas and demands gained from the Corona crisis.
Details of the online programme will be available shortly at www.impulsefestival.de.