Performing Arts Festival
From May 21 to 24, 2021
A cooperation project of the Schwankhalle and Theater Bremen
From May 21 to 24, 2021, the Schwankhalle and Theater Bremen will again host the Performing Arts Festival OUTNOW! Founded at the Künstlerhaus Schwankhalle Bremen in 1994, the festival has taken place biannually as a cooperation project of the Schwankhalle and Theater Bremen since 2013. OUTNOW! showcases artists, groups, and collectives from all over Europe at the start of their professional careers.
Individual artists, directors, groups, and collectives who have not been producing their own works for much longer than three years are invited to submit their current productions to the OUTNOW! Festival 2021. Contributions from other disciplines such as media art, visual art, and music with performative or theatrical references are just as welcome as performances in public space and site-specific projects. Theater halls in Theater Bremen and the Schwankhalle are available. If possible, suitable spaces will be sought for pieces performed beyond the stage or in public space. There are no limitations regarding the length of the productions or the number of participants; short works and works with a large cast are also taken into consideration.
A jury of representatives of the organizers will select the works invited to the festival from the submissions. As a forum for international, up-and-coming theater creatives, OUTNOW! offers the invited artists the opportunity to be present during the entire festival period. Internal discussion formats, time for encounters and exchange are very important to the Festival.
OUTNOW! offers individual consultation on organizational and aesthetic issues, from application advice with a professional production office all the way to feedback walks with dramaturgs of the participating venues. Furthermore, a selected group of bloggers will accompany the festival with reports.
In addition, the class of Asli Serbest of the University for the Arts Bremen (Professorship for Temporary Spaces) will design the spatial surroundings of the venues.