About the Alliance of International Production Houses

Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser e.V.

The alliance of international production houses was founded in 2015 as a union of the seven most important production and presentation locations for the free-producing contemporary performing arts in Germany: FFT Forum Freies Theater (Düsseldorf), HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), HELLERAU Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), Kampnagel Zentrum für schönere Künste (Hamburg), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt a. M.), PACT Zollverein (Essen) and tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf). Founded as houses without permanent ensembles, they are today the most important anchor institutions for the free-producing performing arts in their regions and the most important partners for national and international (co-)productions and guest performances. The spectrum of artistic production includes contemporary theatre, dance and performance as well as music, discourse and visual arts projects.

In addition to their already established programmes and practices, the production houses jointly realize special artistic projects, some of them lasting several years, at their respective locations. These deal with the economic, social, cultural and ecological transformation of cities and the world in the 21st century, playfully explore the future of society, theatre, dance and art and try out exemplary scenarios of living together. In addition, the institutions combine their expertise in the further development of advanced production methods in the field of performative art and their far-reaching local and international networks more closely than before.

In this decentralized model of cooperation, proven practices such as the facilitation of artist residencies, commissioned works, co-productions and site-specific project developments as well as the strengthening, mediation and supra-regional and international visualization of artistic positions and local contexts are further developed and expanded in a forward-looking manner. In 2017, for example, the Alliance initiated an Academy for Performing Arts Producers and in 2019 an Academy for Theatre Journalism, thus playing a decisive role in increasingly important professional fields.


The joint project “CLAIMING COMMON SPACES. Kunst und urbane Praxis” negotiated in June 2018 in the HAU Hebbel am Ufer with performances, urban space projects, concerts and installations as well as in laboratories, panels and workshops questions and challenges of the increasingly complex, conflict-laden and disparate urban societies. The programme brought together contributions from six cities throughout Germany: with its focus, the Alliance of International Production Houses brought together artistic approaches, contributions and working statuses of the seven partners involved and realized a joint project in Berlin for the first time.

In May 2019, FFT Düsseldorf and tanzhaus NRW invite to “CLAIMING COMMON SPACES II. Kunst & Digitales Leben” and to explore the possibilities of appropriating digital practices and to design the future of communal spaces. Workshops, lectures, discussions and performances will highlight the interaction of human and technical bodies, the algorithmic use of data traces in the city, the future of public infrastructures and institutions.

The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media has been promoting the alliance of international production houses since the 2016/17 season.

Here you will find the committment to non-discrimination of The Alliance of International Production Houses.