Dennoch – zur Lage der Freien Künste

Janina Möbius

Film 2022/23

The documentary film “Nevertheless – on the state of the liberal arts”, directed by Janina Möbius, vividly conveys the artistic range, the diversity of forms and formats, the strength of content and also the emotional strength of the liberal performing arts up and down the country. The film itself is an artistic experience and draws the audience into the field of performative arts. The positions of artists, independent ensembles and collectives can be experienced on the big screen, and curators and artistic directors of various production venues and festivals have their say. The current challenges and transformations for the work of the independent performing arts and their future are also discussed.

Duration: Film 1 h, discussion 1 h 30 min.


Annekatrin Klepsch – Mayor of Culture Dresden

Markus Franke – Head of the Arts Department in the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism

Helge-Björn Meyer – Managing Director of the Federal Association of the Performing Arts, Berlin

Julia Amme – freelance actress and part of the collective missing dots, Dresden

Leonie Jasper – freelance dramaturge, Berlin

Moderation: Anne Schneider, freelance director and moderator


7:00 pm
Welcome address Carena Schlewitt, Director HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts

Film “Nevertheless – on the situation of the liberal arts”, Director: Janina Möbius (71 min)


from 20:30
Greeting Holger Bergmann, Managing Director Fonds Darstellende Künste

Panel discussion

Book Tip! Producing Performing Arts

How can we produce in a sustainable, diverse, discrimination-sensitive, in short: contemporary way?

Houses, artists, collectives – they all become visible by producing. But what networks and alliances are at work behind them, what challenges does the production process pose? What is the range of activities of producers in the field of the independent performing arts – and can the profession be learned? How has the practice of independent production developed in Germany, what impulses can it take up in order to remain relevant to the present and the future? And what new interfaces and perspectives do digital production methods open up?

The Alliance of International Production Houses is the nationwide association of seven institutions of the international, independent performing arts: FFT Düsseldorf, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts (Dresden), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt/Main), PACT Zollverein (Essen) and tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf). The Alliance of International Production Houses is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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Written and directed by Janina Möbius

Camera: Ralf Ilgenfritz, Michael Weihrauch, Lorenz Haarmann, Michael Schaff

Sound: Ralf Weber Editing: Michael Weihrauch Graphics: Stefanie Saghri

Music: Victor Gangl

Colour correction and mixing: Ralf Ilgenfritz

Production assistance: Malene Düvell, Tara Höfer

Producer: Bertram Zacharias, Nalan Kahriman

Producer: Irene Höfer

Editors: Marie Deuflhard, Steffen Klewar, Sebastian Köthe, Elisabeth Wellershaus

Production: Medea Film Factory on behalf of Fonds Darstellende Künste. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR.