Freischwimmen is a production platform for performance and theatre, supported by brut Wien, FFT Düsseldorf, Gessnerallee Zürich, Schwankhalle Bremen, Sophiensæle Berlin and Theater Rampe Stuttgart. The network aims to enable artists and groups at an early stage of their careers to establish and network both locally and nationally. The aim is to create space for experiments, to liberate quickly produced pieces from the pressure of expectations, and to facilitate long-term development on the part of the partner theaters.
As part of Freischwimmen, artists and groups produce and present at a partner theater and visit at least one other theater of the network for a guest performance and, as needed, at least two theaters for a residence. They are supported with a co-production grant. They get to know the other artists in the network through a LAB at one of the partner theatres. Freischwimmen aims at a biennial festival at varying locations which, depending on format and possibilities, shows all of the works produced within the framework of Freischwimmen or a selection of them.
Artists are admitted to the network with developed project plans, but also with initial project ideas. They are supported in the network for two years (summer/autumn 2020 to summer 2022). Their productions are realized with one of the partner theaters. Supported by the theaters and the Freischwimmen co-production grant, they apply for local funding and must therefore have a residence in the vicinity of the theater to which they are applying.
Vienna-based artists, who are in the early stages of their career (or work in new artistic collaborations) with at least one production already completed. The project plans/ideas should be in the field of performing arts, and work experience in this field is prerequisite. An appropriate educational background is not required.
We request a short introduction on a maximum of 2 A4 pages in one PDF file, which takes the following questions / details into account:
Name and contact of the group, how many people are you and where do you live? How long have you been working together? Which production can give us an idea of your work (if possible, with a video link to a recording and/or portfolio)? What was your last production? Did you have project funding for one of your last productions, if so - where? What are you currently working on, do you have a particular project or project idea that you can briefly describe (for already defined proposals, please include a rough timetable and details of where applications are planned, a detailed concept and budget, if available, can be sent along)? What do you expect from the network? What do you need in your current situation, what is not needed? Are there theaters in the network that you are particularly interested in? Why? What has been particularly exciting to you lately? What else would you like to tell us about you and your work?