An audience. An empty stage. No preconceived plans nor ideas. Sounds like chaos? Not at all. Instead you encounter the most skilled crafting of time and space by a group of highly qualified improvisers from all over the world.
The 2020 NOW! Festival — Action Theater™ & Improvisation — brings its program to the Uferstudios in Wedding, Berlin. An incredible mix of improvisation styles crammed into 5 days of workshops and performances. This year’s festival focuses on the theme of CONFIDENCE.
Confidence is overrun with our current overload of information. How do we make decisions? How can we trust them? What sense of agency is needed to know that we have made a good decision? Public opinion seems volatile now, a mess, there is no definition of truth, only a series of strong held beliefs and the adherence to fixed perspectives. Audiences will witness human beings building confidence in their ability to negotiate truths by taking risks, big ones, small ones, all risk taking through the work, arriving at dramaturgical clarity.
With 15 diverse variety of workshops, the NOW! Festival remains unequaled. Topics include Action Theater™, Laban, Contact Improvisation, Instant Composition, Poetry & Improvisation, New Dance, Imagination & Language, Human Voice and Stillness & Time — and are open to anyone.
This comprehensive, international view of improvisation is tied together by a common interest in Action Theater™, a disciplined form of improvisation performance practice that combines the physicality of dance and the emotionality of theater. By assembling a group of performers and teachers from Germany, Greece, Finland, Austria, New Zealand, Italy, France, UK, Israel, Spain, Poland, USA and Japan, who practice or have been influenced by the Action Theater™, the NOW! Festival holds a unique position in the world of improvisation.
Antonin Artaud, French theater director/theorist, once wrote, “Man’s greatest failure was that he looked out at emptiness and saw nothing.“ The NOW! Festival grabs that emptiness and harvests the fruit of the unknown. Regularly, audiences are amazed that the performance they have just witnessed was improvised, created out of thin air.
Action Theater™ Berlin was founded by students of Sten Rudstrøm to create a platform for Action Theater™ trainings and performances of improvisation work in Berlin, Germany.
Eva Appenzeller, Etoile Chaville, Stephanie Tübinger, Özge Tomruk, Ulla Möckel and Jagna Anderson have all contributed to or taken part in ATB’s development over the years. In 2013, Jagna Anderson and Stephanie Tübinger, in cooperation with Sten Rudstrom, started the first Action Theater™ Festival in Berlin. In 2017, the festival was re-named to the NOW! Festival — Action Theater™ & Improvisation
We offer workshops in Action Theater™ physical improvisation training under the guidance of Sten Rudstrøm. Ruth, Zaporah, Sabine von der Tann, Linda Rodeck, and Kate Hilder as well as other teachers have offered their work through ATB.