Deadline for applications 24 March
International Festival for DanceMusicTheatre productions

From 24 September to 6 October 2024, FRAGILE – the International Festival for Young DanceMusicTheatre, will be held in Wuppertal for the second time. The festival will take place in the Schauspielhaus and future Pina Bausch Centre, and will explore climate-neutral forms of production and new aesthetics for ecological sustainability.

We are searching for seven exciting productions with concepts for sustainable DanceMusicTheatre performances, especially those involving young people on stage and in the production process. Tell us: How did the production phases incorporate social, ecological, and economic concerns? 

National and international initiatives, producers and artists are invited to present their productions. Networked, collaborative and proactive: How can the stage become a field of experimentation on the topic of sustainability? What unique power does dance possess in cultivating global empathy? Can we organise international productions more sustainably? How can actions of solidarity in the arts be brought into focus? What new narratives, spaces, materials, and modes of production can be developed in terms of energy, mobility, food, and forms of collaboration, and communication? We need swarm intelligence!

Ideally, participating productions will be tandems of art and ecology or climate initiatives, and have involved young people in different stages of the production process. We are searching for productions that reach a young audience and people of all generations, indoors or outdoors. 

We look forward to numerous applications!

Applications may be submitted in English or German to until 24.03.2024. Decisions will be made by a panel of experts by 31 May 2024.

Concepts should include a short project description (2 pages) outlining the unique sustainability concept, as well as budget, CVs of project organisers, list of all individuals involved in the project, video links, and technical information/tech rider. Travel and transportation costs, accommodation, fees, per diems, and technical support will be covered.

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The festival is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation’s fund Zero – Climate Neutral Art and Culture Projects. Co-funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Additional sponsors: the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the City of Wuppertal and the Sparkasse Wuppertal. The Pina Bausch Centre will be an inviting and highly sustainable contemporary arts centre that is open all day to welcome a broad range of people. Its sustainability strategy is being developed in collaboration with the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the Szenografie-Bund.