International Research Center »Interweaving Performance Cultures«

Established in August 2008, the International Research Center investigates the Interweaving of Cultures in Performance in the broadest sense. 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.


Aiming at contemporary and historical perspectives, the research focus is divided into five main areas:

  • A. The emergence of a new aesthetics
  • B. Corpo-Realities
  • C. Political and economic dimensions
  • D. Performance in relation to religion and spirituality
  • E. Interweaving as social practice


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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.


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