From 9 to 12 May at the Studiobühne Cologne
On 11 and 12 May, the Cologne literary series Land in Sicht, studiobühneköln and the artistic initiative Cheers for Fears invited to the 2nd Auftakt Festival for scenic texts.
The festival directed 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 May 12, 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 in a performative, musical and visual way over the course of three days, and thus brought to life in an unheard-of way.
The festival came to a close on the evening of May 12 at a party in the Kiez (Moselstr. 80).
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.