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 were cancelled and the planned programme was partly moved to digital space. Only those works were taken over into the net which, as adapted versions, could develop their full potential even under the special conditions of digitality.
Magda Korsinsky has re-filmed STRICKEN, DIE INSTALLATION for the net. LOB DES VERGESSENS by Oliver Zahn was continued as an immersive desktop performance. At the TELEFON-KANON, She She Pop shared memories of 30 years of Impulse Theater Festival with the callers. ES IST ZU SPÄT by internil was converted for Impulse into an interactive, multi-perspective live event on YouTube.
The AKADEMIE #2 – ZEIGE DEINE KLASSE and the many speakers also adapted to the circumstances and set up a four-day virtual lecture and discussion programme, which focused on social background and independent theatre.
Over 3,500 visitors saw the online programme of the Impulse Theatre Festival.
Parallel to the events of the Corona Crisis, Impulse have conceived a publication: "Lernen aus dem Lockdown? Nachdenken für Freies Theater" (Learning from the Lockdown? Reflection on Free Theatre) was published in October 2020 by Alexander Verlag Berlin. The publication brings together contributions by actors from the independent scene and cultural policy on the insights, ideas and demands to which the Coronakrise has led them.
In 2021 the 30th anniversary is to be celebrated – together with the audience on location. Even programme items that could not be transferred to digital this year will be shown in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mülheim an der Ruhr next year.