Projects with Teens
The FFT develops projects with young participants on a regular basis aiming to provide more chances for children and teens to partake as equal partners in the development of pieces in the fields of dance, theater and performance. The artistic teams introduce children and teens to contemporary art as they produce innovative artistic formats together with them. Participation and authorship are central to the artistic processes.
Dance Theater with Stefanie Elbers and Oleg Zhukov
Choreographer Stefanie Elbers and actor and director Oleg Zhukov have been working together since 2005. The performance formats in their youth projects combine dance, language and sound. Their work centers around the artistic participation of the teens sharing in the process. Their daily lives and realities form the starting point for mutual artistic work. In June 2015, they successfully premiered “Mutanten”, their first dance theater production with teens at FFT, which was then revived in January 2016 as part of the symposium “On/live – Das Theater der Digital Natives”. In “Mutanten”, young performers question the influences and challenges they will have to deal with in the future and how technological developments change their relationships to their bodies. In September 2016, rehearsals begin for the new production “Mehr Tote als bei Haiangriffen” (“More Deaths Than Shark Attacks” – working title), thematically related and focusing on selfie culture, as part of “Take-off: Junger Tanz.”
Theater Projects with Ingo Toben
Ingo Toben and his interdisciplinary team from the fields of music, theater, film and visual arts are specialized in collaborating with children and teens from Düsseldorf. Together, they create new experimental performance formats every year, which vary between concert, installation and performance and which are in a constant process of transformation due to the collaborative nature of the projects with teens. These projects combine reality and fiction into new forms of storytelling and open up the artistic work to engage with the teenagers’ everyday lives and realities.
Three productions on the subject of “bodies” were created as part of the project series TREATMENTS (2009-2011): “Unter der Haut” (invited to Favoriten10), Liberation is a Journey (invited to Theatertreffen der Jugend in Berlin) and The Magic of Believing.
The subsequent project series from 2012 until 2014 dealt with democracy and art: Gesellschaft für gefährliche Gedanken, Insekten (invited to MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, Kampnagel) and SCRASH! (nominated for the 36th Theatertreffen der Jugend)
The first performance “Quartiere“ of the new project series “new urban stories” (2015-2017) premiered in October 2015. This series deals with modes of perceiving the city and future visions of urban life. It consists of interdisciplinary performances that take place in spaces, which correspond to the respective topics and are outside of the accustomed theater context. “Mazing Cities” premieres in October 2016.