The International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” was founded at Freie Universität Berlin in August 2008 with the aim of opening up a completely new field of research: processes of interweaving performance cultures. Initially funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Center is one of ten “Käte Hamburger Collegia” in Germany. Between 2008-2018 internationally renowned scholars—cultural theorists, theatre experts and researchers on performance coming from more than thirty different countries from all five continents—were invited to work as Fellows on new and emerging forms of interweaving. In cooperation with former Fellows and guests, the Center is currently working on the publishing of a multi-volume series on specific aspects of the interweaving of performance cultures. Some of the titles that we are working on include Theatrical Speech Acts, Generating Knowledge, Dramaturgies of Interweaving Performance Cultures, and Handbook on performance-related concepts in non-European Languages.
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, 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.
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, was held from 21—24 June 2018 at the Akademie der Künste Berlin. More information about the schedule, program and speakers as well as a photo gallery is available here.