Design and conception of Festival Center and Outposts
In its second year, the Berlin Performing Arts Festival is still as spread out as it was in its first year. The artists of Berlin’s independent performing arts community are presenting their work in nearly sixty different locations. In response to widespread demand, there is a festival center for the 2017 Berlin Performing Arts Festival. PAF will find a temporary home for six days in Alte Münze, in the heart of Berlin. Three outposts also open their gates in three additional districts.
Together, the festival center and its outposts demonstrate that the festival, like Berlin, is not a hermetically sealed container; not even a whole bunch of small hermetically sealed containers. The spaces overlap and in one place the others can be just as palpable, visible and audible. Taking these thoughts as a point of departure, Philine Rinnert, scenographer and director, has created a space of fictions that extends over the real locations, and spreads itself amongst them. This space itself is mixture of theatrical and natural spaces. As if it were unaware of the borders between them. Or as if it did not want to accept them. Or: as if these borders themselves were independent spaces once again and at the same time the blurring of this independence. That is: how to speak about borders?
Printed on banners, these fictions are spread over the festival locations.
Jörg Albrecht: Festival Centers and Ancillary Program Coordinator
Philine Rinnert: Decorator Festival Center & Outposts
Bernd Fauler: Organization Management
Performing Arts Festival Berlin, 2017