partners in crime

Foto von Ariel Efraim Ashbel

Ariel Efraim Ashbel


The Israeli artist Ariel Efraim Ashbel lives and works in Berlin. Since 2000, the theatre director has been busy in his work with the development of interdisciplinary structures that are situated in the gaps between theatre, dance, music, and installation.


Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (APiG)

artists collective

Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (APiG) is based in Hamburg, produces stage plays, and initiates collaborative spaces. Antje Pfundtner was the first choreographer to receive the Conceptional Grant from the Department for Culture and the Media of the City of Hamburg in 2012/2013 to fund the establishment of her society.




Founded in 2018 by Patricia Bechtold and Johannes Karl, collective äöü employs means taken from theatre, performance, and installation. They subvert, collage, and animate influences originating in language, art, everyday life, and theory while searching for new forms and spaces for narratives.




Founders and core of the collective andcompany&Co. are Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord and Sascha Sulimma. The „&Co.“ abbreviation is meant to indicate the collective’s openness to new collaborations with national and international artists from various artistic disciplines.



association of refugees and people of color

Since 2014, Schwabinggrad Ballett has been working together with the group Arrivati – an association of refugees and people of color. On demos and in interventions on the street, the two collectives have developed a kind of experimental dance music, played on instruments that can be dragged onto the street: Junk drums, analog synthesizers, melodica, glockenspiel, congas, nineties samplers or the Böhmat, a sixties organ machine of Brechtian format.


Ayreen Anastas


Ayreen Anastas was born in 1976 in Bethlehem and lives and works in Brooklyn. Anastas is one of the organizers of the 16 Beaver group, a group of artists based at 16 Beaver street in Lower Manhattan.


Dr. Bayo Akomolafe

philosopher, author, activist

Dr. Bayo Akomolafe ist ein international gefeierter Redner, Lehrer, Essayist und Autor von zwei Büchern: “These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home” (North Atlantic Books) und “We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak”. In der Reading Group im Rahmen des Projekts „Re_Generation“ haben wir am FFT sein Buch “These Wilds Beyond our Fences” gelesen.


Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe

Choreografin, Tänzerin

Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe, she explores issues of body and identity, among others, and deepens her practice in contemporary dance as well as traditional Guinean, Senegalese and Afro-Cuban dance. She performs in many of La Fleur’s pieces and took the lead on Love is a warm gun with Franck E. Yao and Monika Gintersdorfer as artistic director of the project.


Verena Billinger & Sebastian Schulz

Choreographer duo

Verena Billinger & Sebastian Schulz deal with society and the public sphere. For their artistic modelling and staging, they focus on the role of the body. They perceive its movements as vectors and vital signs.


Ein Foto von Maura Morales und Michio Woigardt

Cooperativa Maura Morales

dance company

The core collective of the contemporary dance company Cooperativa Maura Morales consists of the dancer/choreographer Maura Morales and the composer Michio Woirgardt.


Foto von Gabriel Carneiro

Gabriel Carneiro


Gabriel Carneiro was born in Barbacena, Brazil, in 1990. He has been working in the fields of theatre and performance since 2006.


Annick Choco

Dancer, musician

Annick Prisca Agbadou aka Annick Choco lives and works in Côte d’Ivoir, France and Germany. Through her impressive dance skills and her convincing mediation work, Annick Choco is a role model for young dancers.


Pêdra Costa

Visual & Urban Anthropologist, Performer and Tarot Reader

Pêdra Costa is a ground breaking, formative Brazilian, Visual & Urban Anthropologist, Performer and Tarot Reader based in Berlin that utilizes intimacy to connect with collectivity. They work with their body to create fragmented epistemologies of queer communities within ongoing colonial legacies. Their work aims to decode violence and transform failure whilst tapping into.


Dani d’Emilia

artist and educator

Dani d’Emilia (they/them) is a white-italo-brazilian transfeminist artist and educator working in the intersections of performance, visual art, devised theatre, radical pedagogy, social-relational and ecological justice.


Nicoleta Esinencu

Writer, director

Nicoleta Esinencu (b. 1978, Chișinău, USSR / Republic of Moldova) lives and works as a writer and director in Chișinău. In 2010 Esinencu co-founded the independent initiative teatruspălătorie.


Franck Edmond Yao alias Gadoukou la Star

Franck Edmond Yao alias Gadoukou la Star

dance, choregrapher

Franck Edmond Yao, born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, studied dance and acting at the Kingbok School. He won the African Award for best African dancer in Paris in 2003/04/05/06, developed choreographies for Lino Versace and Boro Sanguy (Jet Set), 2008 Couper Decaler album release as Gadoukou la Star.




The EMANZENEXPRESS project began in 2019 with a two-month (performative) exhibition realized by curator Eva Busch and performance artist and author Julia Nitschke in Bochum at atelier automatique.


Paca Faraus

dancer and choreographer

Paca Faraus develop a multidisciplinary practice revolving around the theme of self-reappropriation —sensorial and biographical, individual and collective— which they explore on stage, online, in film or during workshops. Each of their works exposes a possibility for thriving for their minoritarian peers and non-conforms, in particular neurodiverse and/or gender nonconforming.


Anan Fries

digital and performing artist

Anan Fries ist digital und performing artist. They ist Mitbegründer*in des Game-Theater-Kollektivs machina eX, welches für seine immersiven, gamifizierten Erlebnisse bekannt ist. Außerdem ist Anan Fries Mitbegründer*in von Henrike Iglesias, einem experimentellen Performance-Kollektiv mit starker Liebe für Pop und Politik.


Montserrat Gardó Castillo

Choreographer, dancer, performer

Montserrat Gardó Castillo is a choreographer, dancer and performer from Barcelona. She lives in Düsseldorf and completed her dance studies at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Parallel to her artistic training, she completed a university degree in journalism.


Monika Gintersdorfer


Monika Gintersdorfer studierte Germanistik und Theater-, Film- und Fernsehwissenschaften in Köln und Regie in Hamburg. Sie ist Mitbegründerin der aktionistischen Künstlergruppe Rekolonisation und Regisseurin der 2005 gegründeten deutsch-französisch-westafrikanischen Theater/Performance-Gruppe Gintersdorfer/Klaßen.


Arno Gisinger


Arno Gisinger is an Austrian photographic artist, curator and university lecturer. He lives and works in Paris.


René Gabri


René Gabri was born in Tehran in 1968 and lived in Athens and Los Angeles before moving to New York. In 1999 he graduated from the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art.


Ted Gaier

Musician, author, theater and film maker

Ted Gaier, born in 1964 in Stuttgart, is a musician, author and theater and filmmaker as well as co-founder of the music label Buback and member of the bands Die Goldenen Zitronen, 3 Normal Beatles, Les Robespierres and Schwabinggrad Ballett.



Theater/Performance Group

Gintersdorfer/Klaßen have been developing projects since 2005 in which they make the life strategies and forms of expression of the performers the center and confront them with their own strategies and aesthetics. The team is German-ivory with international guests.


Gob Squad


Gob Squad is a seven-headed monster with one body, an artist*s collective with many bosses. For 25 years, Gob Squad have been constantly searching for new forms and ways of medial and performative expression, switching accordingly between the formats of stage performance, video installation, interactive live film and urban intervention.


Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Poet, scientist, activist and author

Alexis Pauline Gumbs, born in 1982, is a poet, scholar, activist, and author of the forthcoming biography, The Eternal Life of Audre Lorde.


Steve Heather

musician, composer

Steve Heather is a freelance musician / composer, performance and installation maker based in Berlin. Steve is interested in the repetitive acoustic territories of everyday life informing his and others sonic agency.


Marlin de Haan

director, sculptor

Marlin de Haan, Düsseldorf-based director and sculptor, realises theatre works, performances, and films, devises stage spaces, and presents exhibitions and performative interactions in varying working constellations with other artists, in theatre, art, private or public spaces.


Samuel Hertz

sound artist

Samuel Hertz (b. 1987 Washington, D.C., USA) is a Berlin-based sound artist and researcher investigating connections between sound and climate that emphasise geologic, ecologic, and social listening practices at more-than-human scales.


Petr Hastik

Choreographer, Dancer, Performer

Petr Hastik is a choreographer, dancer and performer from the Czech Republic. He studied dance theater and dance pedagogy at the Duncan Centre Conservatory in Prague and modern dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen.


half past selber schuld

Artist duo

half past selbst schuld is a German-Israeli artist duo from Düsseldorf, who have been directing their musical comics for the stage for 23 years and have been producing brightly colored, opulent stage comics for the theater, no less opulent audio comics for the radio, and also music and films since 2002.



Artist collective

The (i)dentityteam works in integrated processes structured by interest and competency instead of hierarchy. Their works are poetic, political, sensual, and true to the artistic impulse.


Carmichael Jones


Carmichael Jones works in installation, sculpture, film, photography and performative objects to upend parameters of the encounter and orientation. Often playful and slightly irreverent, their work addresses political concerns of communication and what it means to be a body in relation; the structure of seeing and being seen.



artist team

kainkollektiv researches, develops, compiles and stages primarily its own texts, scenarios and performances, installations, exhibitions and theater productions and works constantly on its own opening, dispersion and expansion through closer or looser involvement of different artists, groups and houses.


Bouchra Khalili


Bouchra Khalili is a Moroccan-born interdisciplinary artist. Her practice articulates eyewitness accounts and the collective memory of repressed histories to challenge restrictive notions of „citizenship.“ 


Tümay Kılınçel


Tümay Kılınçel is a freelance artist based in Frankfurt am Main, Düsseldorf and Berlin. In her work she deals with power relations, such as empowerment strategies.


Lea Kieffer

dance artist, and costume/clothing maker

Lea Kieffer is a, dance artist, and costume/clothing maker. Her work explores processes of transformation and the dialogue between imagination and physicality through dance, bodywork and craftsmanship in hybrid and transdisciplinary formats.


Annick Kleizen

independent curator

Over the last 10+ years Annick Kleizen have cultivated an extensive practice of collaboration with artists and choreographers in a variety of supporting and co-developing roles: ranging from researching to editing, to co-conspiring, performing, producing and writing. These different roles are all threaded through with a desire to explore friendship and long-term conversations as a possibility to study otherwise.


Jan Lemitz

Photographer, artist

Jan Lemitz lives and works as a photographer and artist. His projects take landscape, architecture and infrastructure as the starting point for media-archaeological research.


Keren Levi

Dancer, choreographer, dance teacher

The dancer, choreographer and dance teacher Keren Levi from Israel dances with different companies and independent choreographers in different countries in Europe.


La Fleur


LA FLEUR is a group that has connected dancers, performers, musicians and visual artists across different contexts and generations since 2016. Together, they develop a highly physical performance style suited for a multilingual theatre and film work in which they deconstruct classical authors under a postcolonial perspective while focusing on urban dance


Monique LaPlante


Monique ist Two-Spirit, Métis Körperarbeiter*in und im zweiten Jahr als Moon Dancer*in mit Clan Mothers.


Melanie Lux

performer and author

Melanie Lux has been working as a performer and author at barner 16 since 2006 and at the theater ensemble Meine Damen und Herren (MD&H) in Hamburg since 2017.


miu (Ryutaro Mimura)

conceptual artist

miu Concept artist, composer, programmer and writer from Japan. He lives and works in Düsseldorf.


mar~yã aka makabra coqito


mar~yã (they/them), also known as makabra coqito, is a multi-spirited artist born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and hearted in Mexico. They work at the intersections of performance, street theatre, drag cabaret, healing practices, and popular education.


Meine Damen und Herren

inclusive collective

My ladies and gentlemen have turned into a collective. And how a collective works is an important question for everyday work. In many great and critically acclaimed performances, the professional and full-time collective has shown what it is capable of alone or in cooperation with renowned colleagues.


Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese

screenwriter, director, and cameraman

Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is an internationally renowned filmmaker with roots in LesothoHe lives and works in Berlin and Lesotho.


machina eX


machina eX has been exploring the interplay between theater and computer games since 2010. The Berlin-based collective emerged out of the cultural studies program at the University of Hildesheim and has been producing participatory game theater ever since. machina eX integrates modern technologies with elements of classical illusion theater to create playable theater pieces that are simultaneously walk-in computer games.


Morgan Nardi

Performer, Choreograph, Mentor

Morgan Nardi is a choreographer and director working in the field of dance and performing arts. He developed a series of projects in collaboration with performers, musicians and visual artists from different countries. In his work he is interested in questions of gender and power.


Eroca Nicols

choreographer, a dancer, and a convener

Eroca Nicols currently works as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, but her multi-faceted practice stems from her family of semi-mythic, nomadic caravan people.


Mzamo Nondlwana

artist, dancer and choreographer

Mzamo Nondlwana ist queer, nicht-binär, Künstler*in, Tänzer*in und Choreograf*in, und kommt ursprünglich aus Johannesburg, Südafrika, mit Wohnsitz in Wien. Nondlwanas Arbeit beschäftigt sich hauptsächlich mit marginalisierten Körpern und unsichtbarem Wissen.


Kathrin Spaniol and Morgan Nardi


Kathrin Spaniol and Morgan Nardi have been working together in various constellations for 20 years. Their work is characterized by a special approach to spaces in a field of tension between narration and formal alienation.


pulk fiktion

performance group

pulk fiktion is a Cologne-base performance group founded in 2007. A heterogenous pulk (german for “bunch” or “group”) of artists from the fields of theatre, film, music, performance, video art, and interactive media, in different constellations, works on productions for children, youths, and adults


Laurie Penny

writer, journalist

Laurie Penny, born 1986 in London, is a book and screenwriter and journalist. She is the most important young feminist (DIE ZEIT).


Pan Pan Theatre


Pan Pan Theatre was founded in 1993 by co-directors Aedín Cosgrove and Gavin Quinn. The team has created 43 new theater and performance pieces, toured worldwide, and received several national and international awards.




PINSKER+BERNHARDT are Janna Pinsker and Wicki Bernhardt. Founded in 2017 at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen, the duo combines the lines of post-dramatic theater, choreography and performance for a young audience.


Saskia Rudat

Performerin, Choreografin, Regisseurin, Autorin

Saskia Rudat, born 1991 in Dresden, works as a performer, choreographer, director and author. Her artistic skills and interests range from music, text, directing and acting to mask, puppet and object theater, performance art, dance and acrobatics.


Rotterdam Presenta

artists platform

The Rotterdam Presenta platform comprises various artists and performance artists. The label was founded by Stine Hertel and Jan Rohwedder in 2010 and has been firmly established in Düsseldorf since 2012.


Ben J. Riepe

Choreographer, Artist

Ben J. Riepe, born 1979, is a choreographer and artist. His award-winning performances, videos and digital productions are shown worldwide.



Theatre makers and musicians

The German-Ukrainian theater collective from NRW subbotnik combines vocal and instrumental compositions, narration and live performance to create its own stage language.


She She Pop

performance collective

She She Pop is a performance collective founded in the 90s at the Giessen Institute for Applied Theater Studies. The members of the group are mostly women and work as a collective.


Mithu Sanyal

author, journalist

Mithu Sanyal is an award-winning author, broadcaster, and cultural scholar. She works in the fields of gender, race and sexualities.


Adania Shibli

writer, artist

Adania Shibli was born in Palestine in 1974. She writes novels, plays, short stories and narrative essays that have been published in several languages in anthologies, art books, literary and cultural magazines.


Schwabinggrad Ballett

activist-artistic collective

The Schwabinggrad Ballet is an activist-artistic collective from Hamburg, which was founded at the turn of the millennium to produce unexpected situations beyond ritualized leftist forms of protest.


Oliver Sieber + Katja Stuke (Böhm/Kobayashi)

Artist couple

Since 2010, Böhm/Kobayashi have curated the exhibition ANT!FOTO once a year at Kunstraum Düsseldorf and Künstlerverein Malkasten. In 2016, together with Oliver Sieber, they curated the main exhibition of the festival of the International Photoscene Cologne under the title „Innere Sicherheit, the state I am in“.



senior citizens’ group

The SeTA currently has 29 members aged between 68 and 91. Every year a new production is staged, either a play from the classical or modern canon, but also adaptations and completely original productions.


Kathrin Spaniol

dancer, choreographer, lecturer

After training as an advertising clerk and studying sociology, sports and media sciences, Kathrin Spaniol studied dance at the European Dance Development Center (EDDC) in Arnhem/NL. A recurring approach in her work is the humorous and poetic investigation of individual and collective human failure.



theatre and performance network

STERNA | PAU is a theatre and performance network with members from Bochum, Dortmund and Berlin, represented by Maren Becker and Laura Pföhler for this production. The artists create theatre for youths and adults, always trying out new participatory formats – during the development process as well as in performance situations.


Joy Mariama Smith

artist, activist, educator, and architectural designer

Joy Mariama Smith ist Installations- und Bewegungskünstler*in, Aktivist*in, Pädagog*in und Architekturdesigner*in. Joy Mariama Smith studierte am Niederländischen Kunstinstitut in Arnheim, an der NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego, an der L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris und am Oberlin College in Ohio.


Neha Spellfish

Programmer, Software Developer, Artist

Neha Spellfish is a programmer, software developer, activist, and multidisciplinary conceptual and noise artist.


Swoosh Lieu

queerfeminist collective

The queerfeminist collective creates temporary spaces and images in real time and simultaneously thematises their production.


Ingo Toben


Ingo Toben, director, lives in Düsseldorf. Since 2007 he has been working with children and young people on experimental live formats at the FFT Düsseldorf.


Prof. Dr. phil. Vassilis S. Tsianos

Professor, Autor

Prof. Dr. phil. Vassilis S. Tsianos (FH Kiel) unterrichtet Soziologie an der Fachhochschule Kiel. Zu seinen Arbeitsschwerpunkten gehören die Soziologie der postmigrantischen Gesellschaft, sozialwissenschaftliche Rassismusforschung sowie die Biometrisierung der europäischen Grenze.


Kathy-Ann Tan

Independent Curator, Writer and Scholar

Kathy-Ann Tan is interested in alternative models of art dissemination, exhibition-making and institution-building that are attuned to issues of social justice. Her practice is informed by a desire to create accessible spaces and formats of conversation, sharing and discussion outside of academia.


Annika Tudeer

performer, artistic director

Born in Helsinki in 1964 she founded the international performance and music theater collective Oblivia in 2000 where she is a performer and artistic director.


Hans Unstern


Hans Unstern makes songs, lyrics, musical instruments, performances, and theatre. Current album “Diven” came out in 2020.


Via Negativa (VN)

international platform

Via Negativa (VN) is an international platform for research, development and production of contemporary performing arts based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Arne Vogelgesang

Media artist, activist

Arne Vogelgesang works as a video artist, gives lectures and workshops on the aesthetics of radical internet propaganda, publishes literary texts and works in cultural education.


Liza Witte

artist and perfumer

Liza Witte is an independent artist and perfumer working on the intersection of art, design and fragrance. Being a product designer and ex-dancer by profession, she creates work for art projects, exhibitions, theater, brands and teaches workshops.


Siegmar Zacharias

artist, activist, researcher and death doula

Siegmar Zacharias works in theory and practice of performance. She develops performances and formats of artistic research in her works. Performance is her medium of ecological, posthuman, artistic and political practice, in which uncontrollable materials such as smoke, slime or the nervous system emerge as collaborative partners.