Introducing... 2021

Each year, the Berlin Performing Arts Festival presents works created within the city and the artistic positions of the independent performing arts community in a shared festival. With Introducing…, PAF, together with the four cooperating performance venues Ballhaus Ost, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Sophiensæle and Theaterdiscounter, provide a schedule of programming with a focus on artists who are newcomers to Berlin. The goal is to provide space for promising artists, artist groups and collectives and their first new productions for the community in which presentation, discussion and reflection are possible. This serves both as an “introduction” to Berlin’s independent performing arts community as well as to “introduce” Berlin to new positions.

The Newcomer’s Platform Introducing... searches for promising artists, artist groups and collectives whose work is based in Berlin or will be based in Berlin, who work professionally but who are not yet professionally established in Berlin’s independent performing arts community and who define themselves as “newcomers” in the broadest sense. They should already have made their first connections within Berlin’s independent performing arts community. 

In order to allow the greatest possible planning security for all involved, we are only searching for productions for the 2021 edition of Introducing…that deal creatively with the conditions imposed upon us by the pandemic and which take the protection of both the production’s personnel as well as the audience into consideration. 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.

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.


Open call is closed. The submission deadline for the open call Introducing… was March 4, 2021. Further information on participation can be found in the FAQs.


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]