In the two and a half weeks full of performances, theater and dance pieces as well as films, visual arts, social media events, talks, parties and encounters, more than 12,700 spectators attended the 300 events. With the first hybrid festival edition under the sole direction of Sophie Becker, we experienced an overwhelming response, with the performances on site in Munich and the co-curations NOSE in the Köşk and GLOBAL ANGST with its far-reaching interventions in urban space. In addition, SPIELART has been able to reach viewers worldwide through digital projects such as REST OF THE STRUGGLE. More than 250 artists from China, Greece, India, Nairobi, Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, Chad, the Philippines and Munich were present. We are very happy about the positive festival results under conditions that were not easy until the end.
The process of selecting fellows for our residency program in cooperation with Artist in Residence Munich has been completed! We were overwhelmed that so many followed our call for applications for the scholarships and are very happy that the theater maker Tony Bonani Miyambo from Johannesburg will work as a scholarship holder in the international scholarship house Villa Waldberta on his project MI(GRATE) on the topic of migration during the summer months:
" I am curious about maps, traditional and digital, I’m interested in how contemporary and historical stories intersect on those maps and how we can experiment in performance to express some of these idea’s."
Due to the large number and diversity of the extraordinary applications, we have decided to award further working scholarships within the framework of SPIELART, which will take place remotely - accompanied and mentored by us. The artists Angelinah Maponya, Rajesh Nirmal and Pankaj Tiwari will work on their respective projects within these grants. In addition, we have awarded a travel grant to Beatriz Heredia Narvaez.
Munich artist Anna Konjetzky, who has been associated with SPIELART for many years, and the Playground team need support:
In response to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, the Playground team has initiated an emergency residency program for performing artists from Ukraine in Munich. The aim is to organize accommodation and financial support, as well as exchange and work opportunities for at least one month, but longer if possible. Whoever has a free room or apartment and can accommodate someone or wants to help in some other way - please get in touch! Who can support financially: please donate. By doing so, you make it possible to expand the program.
The first artists of the emergency residency program have already arrived and more artists are expected next week. The program is meant to be the start of a long-term solidarity and artist-to-artist support, which will be continued for other artists and countries as well, in order to perpetuate this 'Nomadic Solidarity/ground solidairty' in the artistic work.
The emergency residency program is an initiative of Playground GbR in cooperation with Büro Grandezza e.V. and the support of other Munich artists.
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Please send donations with the keyword "Not-Residenzprogramm" to Büro Grandezza e. V.
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As part of a cooperation, the SPIELART Theatre Festival and ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MUNICH, Villa Waldberta, are offering a 3-months long work and research residence.
Period of residency: 05 July until 28 September 2022
The guest artist will live in Villa Waldberta where he/she will carry out his/her work project with the support of the Villa Waldberta team and of SPIELART Theatre Festival. The research content is his/her own choice, dealing with the thematic lines of the last festival editions – such as (post) colonialism, historiography, climate justice, care, or crossing borders – is desirable. Participation in at least one public event in Villa Waldberta is expected. Beyond that, SPIELART plans to make the work performed in Munich visible (e.g. through a publication, a workshop, a showing or a discussion event).
SPIELART Theatre Festival
Every two years in autumn, the international SPIELART Festival presents performances, theatre, dance and visual art at different venues in Munich, accompanied by an extensive programme of discourse and discussions. Since 2017, the focus has been on cooperation with the countries of the African continent. The next festival edition will take place in October/November 2023. SPIELART wants to strengthen and intensify the exchange of international artists with the inhabitants of Munich. SPIELART is an event of Spielmotor München e.V..
Villa Waldberta in Feldafing at Lake Starnberg houses five apartments. The salons on the ground floor are suitable for communal activities and are regularly used for events involving the stipend holders. The estate of Villa Waldberta comprises a large park, the Chauffeurshäusl „Chauffeur’s House“, with another apartment, and the Palmenhaus „Palm House“, an approx. 70 m² studio which can be used as a workspace and for exhibitions and other event formats all year.
Within the scope of the residency programme, the guest artist will receive a monthly stipend of € 1200,- from the City of Munich. Accommodation with its own kitchen and bathroom is rent-free, the costs for monthly public transport tickets will be reimbursed. Travel expenses to and from Munich will be paid by the SPIELART Theatre Festival. The artist will receive a fee for any events initiated by SPIELART.
We ask you to send your application in English by 28 February 2022 including the following documents (max. 2 pages each) bundled in one pdf file (max. 10 MB) to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Artistic statement incl. ideas for a research/work project
- Portfolio/work samples/videolinks
Please do not send us any application photos. We welcome applications from people of all nationalities, religions, sexual identities, age groups and social backgrounds. Villa Waldberta does not provide barrier-free access.
Jury and selection
A committee composed of representatives of the SPIELART Theatre Festival and ARTIST IN RESIDENCE MUNICH will make the selection. We will notify you about the success of your application by beginning of April 2022.
We reserve the right to modify or even cancel the project depending on the development of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Data protection and communication by e-mail
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We are looking forward to celebrate an intense festival season with you at our CLOSING PARTY. The party starts at 9:30 pm at the Ampere, admission is free, come by! DJ André Dancekowski (Goldener Reiter, Radio80000) will provide the right atmosphere. He is the musical director at Goldener Reiter in Munich and the impresario of Magazin Club Töging. Besides his monthly radio show on Radio80000 you can find him mainly in the clubs of the country: Between house, disco and always beyond, Dancekowski always manages to keep his finger on the pulse to get people dancing.
The OPENING of SPIELART Theaterfestival 2021 will take place at 6.30 pm in the Café of the Muffathalle.
After the performance of DANZA Y FRONTERA we celebrate at the OPENING PARTY in the Ampere. From 9 pm on TEREZA supports us here with music.
TEREZA is a DJ, radio host, curator, organizer and tastemaker. She initially made a name for herself in Germany and Europe through countless gigs in hip-hop. Driven by irrepressible curiosity and with great attention to detail, Tereza now digs and presents a broader spectrum of exciting music: from disco and house, to broken beat and polyrhythms, to soulful footwork, jungle and back. Always in tune with the times, both dancefloor and Bandcamp nerd-approved. With this musical reorientation, she has played renowned festivals and events such as Boiler Room, Melt! Festival, Fusion, MS Dockville, Taktraumfestival, been invited for guest mixes on the hip radio stations NTS (London) and Radio Raheem (Milan) and featured as "DJ to Watch" by Soundcloud. With her own monthly radio shows at the public station COSMO in WDR and at the London-based online radio station Worldwide FM, she has become - especially in 2020 - one of the most present German radio DJs coming from the underground club culture.
The entrance is free, come and join us!
WUNDER by Christiane Huber - 13. August 2021 in Altötting
Every year, the upper Bavarian pilgrimage site Altötting attracts approximately a million pilgrims from all over the world. The reason for this is the Miraculous Image of the Black Madonna, a 65 cm tall wooden statue, which came to the Chapel of Grace in Altötting in the late 13th century. In the feminist, theatrical happening WUNDER (WONDER), the director Christiane Huber, who grew up in the district of Altötting, wants to investigate how the religious symbolism can be reinterpreted in a contemporary way. Together with international performers and artists, this site and the icon are to be recharged with diverse, young, and queer perspectives. The performance examines the roots as well as the infrastructure of the ritual and goes down into the underground car park underneath the Chapel in which the participants perform a choreography of going on a pilgrimage. In a sound installation, the miracles and the history of the icon reverberate in order to change the frequency of the site temporarily. In WUNDER (WONDER), sounds of church bells, Christian renaissance music and hifi sounds mix religious symbolisms with current issues and investigate the body in relation to public space. The performers practise and dream of past, present and future miracles and transform new conceptual images of community into reality.
The performative sound installation in Altötting is followed by the performance WE CALL WONDERS, which will be premiered in the urban context in Munich at SPIELART.