FAQs for the 2021 newcomer’s platform Introducing…

Who can apply to participate in Introducing…?

Applications are welcome from artists, artist groups and collectives whose work is based in Berlin and who are newcomers to the community. Direct contacts to Berlin’s independent performing arts community should already exist. In general, applicants should have completed their studies or training and/or began to work professionally no more than three years ago.

How do I apply?

Applications for Introducing... can only be made using the online application form. An application is only valid if the form is completed in full and submitted online. The submission deadline for your applications is March 4, 2021.

What work do I apply with?

In general, artists, groups of artists and collectives who are newcomers to Berlin’s independent performing arts community apply with finished productions/formats in the field of the independent performing arts: spoken word theater, performance, music theater, dance, figure and object theater, children’s and youth theater, et cetera, as well as interdisciplinary work that is also part of the performing arts.

Online performances and artistically independent videos are both welcome, regardless of whether they are user-friendly VR formats, interactive performative productions for an audience at home, digital/analog hybrids or audio formats. All formats are welcome, except for video recordings of analog performances. Live streams or mixtures of live streams and preproduced materials within the scope of the spatial and technical possibilities of the cooperating performance venues Ballhaus Ost, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensæle and TD Berlin are not ruled out, but their regular performance spaces will, unfortunately, not be available. We are already considering the possibilities to realize open-air events, public viewings outside or site-specific walks. Applications can also be made with productions that were originally realized as analog productions, but they should be accompanied by an artistically convincing and technically as well as financially sound concept for a transformation suitable for the conditions of the pandemic.

The technical conditions are partly limited, as well as the construction times. We therefore recommend an application with technically and organizationally simpler work.

What does the newcomer’s platform Introducing… offer?

The newcomer’s platform offers young artists, artist groups and collectives the opportunity to present themselves to a (professional) audience within the scope of the festival. In addition, Introducing… also sees itself as a platform for inviting the participants to network and exchange with other artists, performance venues, dramaturgs and industry professionals. This is why we invite the selected participants to take part in additional internal formats (e.g. workshops, conversations with critics, advisement sessions) as well as to all of the other events held during the festival. You are welcome to provide suggestions for the topics addressed in workshops or discussion formats in your application form.

As we do not want to require any expert knowledge in the field of digital theater, we are happy to offer advice as part of our mission in supporting artistic newcomers. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about digital formats and/or platforms and their possibilities. Please send your question, briefly formulated, as early as possible in the application period to introducing [at] performingarts-festival.de.

In addition, there is the possibility of linking the final productions selected for "Introducing..." with experts if needed and to provide infrastructure, tools and financial support on a limited scale. 

We expressly state that, within the scope of our (financial and technical) resources, we would like to support the transformation of work that already exists and that we cannot support the creation of a new production. In addition, we ask you to please consider for yourselves whether you find such a transformation of your production to artistically rewarding and which being experienced by an audience - or whether you would prefer to wait for the 2022 edition of PAF which will hopefully enjoy all of the freedoms to realize analog performances.

Who selects the work?

The applications will be reviewed and finalized in March 2021 by the coordinator for "Introducing..." and the artistic directors of the collaborating venues. 

When will I be informed whether my production was selected?

Decisions will be announced by the end of March 2021 at the latest.

How many times will my production be presented?

In general, each production will be presented once (deviations possible depending on production format). All artists, artist groups and collectives participating in the newcomer’s platform are, in addition to the presentation of their production, required to take part in the workshops and exchange programs offered. This is why attendance during the entire festival is mandatory. 

Which expenses are covered?

The Berin Performing Arts Festival pays a fee in the amount of the minimum fee recommended by the BFDK for the selected artists, artist groups and collectives as well as additional participants for the productions presented as part of the newcomer's platform (the fee is based on the size of the group or the number of participants). Costs for necessary travel and transportation may be able to be covered in exceptional cases and this require prior communication and coordination. In the "analog case," the cooperating venues assume the costs for the space, basic technical support, and evening services at the performances. For the completion of digital formats, there is the possibility of linking the productions with experts and, to a limited extent, providing infrastructure, tools and financial support. 

Who organizes the festival?

The newcomer’s platform Introducing… is an event created and realized by the Berlin Performing Arts Festival.

The Berlin Performing Arts Festival is an event shared between all independent performance venues, groups and artists working in Berlin, the independent performing arts community. The community is responsible for the festival artistically and organizationally. The festival is presented by LAFT Berlin in cooperation with the performance venues Ballhaus Ost, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensæle and TD Berlin. The festival coordination team works for LAFT Berlin. It centrally promotes the festival and the participating productions, both within Berlin and internationally.

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