International Research Center »Interweaving Performance Cultures«

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The International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” was founded in August 2008 with the aim of opening up a new field of research. Initially funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Center is one of ten “Käte Hamburger Collegia” in Germany. The Center has made it its mission to investigate the interweaving of performance cultures and of cultures in performance in the broadest sense in cooperation with theatre scholars and cultural theorists from many parts of the world. Internationally renowned experts in the field are invited to Berlin to work as Fellows on new and emerging forms of interweaving. 

The topic refers to the whole range of processes and phenomena in which different cultures meet through performance, continuously producing various and specific differences, thus profundly questioning fixed concepts of cultural identity. Through performative practices and modes of presentation, political and social dimensions become apparent: Processes of interweaving are inextricably linked to questions of economic power, migration, corpo-realities and identity politics, as well as to strategies of appropriation and translation.

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About Us

Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Research Center (board of directors: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Erika Fischer-Lichte, Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter, Dr. Christel Weiler, and Prof. Dr. Matthias Warstat) is linked to the Institute for Theater Studies and is part of the Freie Universität Berlin. The Research Center closely collaborates with Berlin's most innovative theaters, its leading spaces for dance and the arts, as well as with various academic institutions.

Closing Conference "Dynamics of Interweaving Performance Cultures"

After ten years of collaborative research at the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Center’s closing conference, entitled Dynamics of Interweaving Performance Cultures, will be held from 21—24 June 2018 at the Akademie der Künste Berlin. More information about the schedule, program, and speakers is available here


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