FREISCHWIMMEN is an international exchange and production platform for young groups and artists* from theatre and performance. It is supported by brut Wien, FFT Düsseldorf, Gessnerallee Zürich, HochX München, LOFFT – DAS THEATER Leipzig, Schwankhalle Bremen, Sophiensæle Berlin, and Theater Rampe Stuttgart.
FREISCHWIMMEN offers residencies, workshop shows and guest performances and labs, which can be combined in different ways according to the needs of the artists and capacities of the theatres.
The modules are intended to enable young artists and groups to better network and establish themselves both locally and internationally. This is intended to create space for experiments, to liberate quickly produced pieces from the pressure of expectations, and to facilitate long-term development work on the part of the production houses.
The collaborating venues make individual decisions about the organisation of FREISCHWIMMEN festivals, curated by themselves, or the invitation of individual productions to already existing festivals and thematic focuses. A touring festival as in former years will not take place anymore.
For the round 2022 – 2023, the following artists were selected through an Open Call:
Alex Franz Zehetbauer (Vienna), Ceylan Öztrük (Zurich), Donya Ahmadifar (Stuttgart), Göksu Kunak (Berlin), Lulu Obermayer (Munich), Sterna | Pau (Düsseldorf), Studio Urbanistan (Leipzig), Yolanda Morales (Bremen)
For the selection round 2020 – 2022, the artists were selected mainly via an open call. The following eight groups are now part of the FREISCHWIMMEN network:
CHICKS* performancekollektiv (Berlin), Gruppe CIS (Stuttgart), Die Soziale Fiktion (Bremen), Lau Lukkarila (Vienna), Nina Mühlemann & Edwin Ramirez (Zurich), Sandra Chatterjee (München), Saskia Rudat (Düsseldorf), Syndikat Gefährliche Liebschaften (Leipzig)
For the first round 2018 – 2021 the collaborating venues nominated artists who were invited to FREISCHWIMMEN following a joint selection process. These artists were selected:
Caroline Creutzburg (Berlin/Frankfurt), Christians//Schwenk (Berlin), die apokalyptischen tänzer*innen (Stuttgart), Follow Us (Zurich), hannsjana (Berlin), Mobile Albania (Bremen), Rotterdam Presenta (Düsseldorf), and Sööt/Zeyringer (Vienna).
Freischwimmen is being funded by the Federal Government Comissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the German Association of Independent Performing Arts’ programme »Verbindungen fördern«. Furthermore Freischwimmen is supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.