Stages of Ageing I: Altern in der freien Szene – Das Berlin Panel
October 25 | 19.00 h
Festsaal + im Livestream
In German with translation into German Sign Language (GSL)


Stages of Ageing – the discourse programme of the Coming of Age festival takes a look at those needs in old age, that have so far been neglected in our society and in the structures of the independent theatre scene. In three talks, actors from the Berlin and national independent scene will discuss the following questions:

What could generational justice look like within the dance and performance scene, and how could resources such as labor, money, spaces, and attention be distributed more equitably? How can the desire for sustainability be balanced with the pressure to always present something new? What would be generationally appropriate funding between innovation and continuity? What about the handling and value of a so-called oeuvre and many years of artistic experience? What kind of appreciation is desirable for the lifelong work as an artist? What about the relationship of competition and mutual inspiration between old and young and the “stigma of age” as an invisible criterion in both the eligibility for funding and the selection of programs? Innovation over 50 years of age – is it possible, is there such a thing? How do groups and companies organize their intergenerational transitions and what are some best-practice examples?

Stages of Ageing I is a discussion on the topic of ageing and intergenerational justice in the Berlin independent scene as well as a presentation of a position paper by the AG Konzeptgeförderte Gruppen for the interests of artists and groups working in Berlin for many years.

The event lasts about 90 minutes without a break. It will be held in German spoken language and simultaneously translated into German sign language (DGS). The audience area on the grandstand is seated. There are two wheelchair seats and one beanbag seat. You can book these by emailing or calling 030 27 89 00 45. Admission begins 30 minutes before the start of the event. We recommend arriving early to select a suitable seat. If you have any questions or need more information about accessibility, please contact Gina Jeske at or 030 27 89 00 35.

Moderation Joy Kristin Kalu, Franziska Werner GUESTS Rahel Häseler (andcompany&Co.), Christoph Winkler, Lisa Lucassen (She She Pop), Sarah Thom (Gob Squad), Cora Frost TRANSLATION INTO GERMAN SIGN LANGUAGE Oya Ataman, Silke Brendel-Evan