Auftakt Festival für szenische Texte #2 (2018)

From 9 to 12 May at the Studiobühne Cologne

The festival drew attention to the scenic potential of literature. What spaces open up for lyrical, narrative, essayistic texts on stage? What sound and images do they create when interpreted by female artists from the fields of theater, dance, visual arts, and music? And how can a dramatic text be staged beyond character and plot? Texts that were written for, against, or not at all for the theater found their realization in the studiobühneköln.

On May 11, Olga Bach, “Young Author of the Year 2017” (Theater heute), and the Cologne group SEE! opened the festival with two established positions and artistic contributions between literature and theater. This was followed by a panel discussion with the artists and Tobias Philippen from the theater and media publisher schaefersphilippen.

On 12 May, the festival came to its climax with five scenic essays – five selected texts by young authors from German-speaking countries were interpreted by artists from various disciplines over three days in a performative, musical and visual way and thus brought to life in an unheard-of way.



The auftakt Festival was organized by the initiative Cheers for Fears and the reading series Land in Sicht in cooperation with studiobuehneköln. Sponsored by the Kunststiftung NRW, the NRW Ministry for Culture and Science and the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne.