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.
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 second 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 made possible within the framework of the program »Verbindungen fördern« of the German Association of Independent Performing Arts, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. Furthermore Freischwimmen is supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.