Cheers for Fears Festival in Oberhausen (2015)

June 17-21 at Theater Oberhausen

Cometogether of students of scenic arts from NRW

What connects a beginning composer and a video artist when they look at the stage? How do dance students give each other feedback? What is the role of narrative for young actresses or theater scholars? What interests a jazz musician in installation formats? What is Physical Theatre researching? What artistic questions are most pressing for scenographers?

Cheers for Fears invited NRW art students to come together in Oberhausen for five days of intensive exploration of their approaches to the medium of theater. Far away from their own university, the festival offered the opportunity to get to know foreign ways of working and thinking in workshops, work presentations and discussions and to question their own perspective. In addition to the opportunity to discuss concepts and work statuses among fellow students, a two-day performance marathon offered festival participants the chance to present their artistic projects in public – from classical spoken theater to music and dance theater, installation, performance, live art, and lecture-performance, everything was possible. Interdisciplinary working relationships could also be experimentally tested in the artists’ roulette.

The Festival

The festival offered five intensive days of exchange – food, sleeping space, concerts as well as impulse theater festival visits were included. Three workshops were offered in the areas of experimental musical theater, performance or video. Furthermore, upcoming artists from the various departments met and discussed the works on display.


(c) Axel Scherer

A cooperation project of the initiative Cheers for Fears, the Theater Oberhausen and the Ringlokschuppen Mülheim with students and teachers of scenic arts from NRW. Sponsored by the Kunststiftung NRW and the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.