2017 George Tabori Prize
On May 24, 2017, the George Tabori Prize was awarded for the 8th time by the Fonds Darstellende Künste for ensembles and artists from the independent theater scene. The six nominated groups were selected from more than 300 groups supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste over the past five years. In awarding the main prize and the incentive prize, the Fonds once again honored two artistic expressions of particular brilliance.
The Award Winners
The main prize of €20,000 was awarded to the media and performance group LIGNA, which, according to the jury's statement, "further develops the format of the solo audio walk into ensemble art, transforming places in the city or the theater into spaces of collaboration." [...] "LIGNA analyzes [...] the mechanics and dynamics of group and mass movements, asks about control and self-empowerment, about who or what moves, controls, manipulates groups, what they in turn can move, cause, elementally destroy or, in the most positive way, make it possible to experience at all."
The laudatory speech was given by Katja Aßmann, director of the ZKR | Zentrum für Kunst und Öffentlichen Raum in Berlin.
The jury also honored the Hildesheim theater collective Markus&Markus with the €10,000 incentive award, stating: "The four stand out with their work through a radical overwriting of fiction and reality. With all their ‘trashiness’ and staged imperfection, they strike at the dark heart of reality. In their productions disguised as investigations, they give themselves and their audiences access to aggressively marginalized issues of the highest social relevance."
The laudatory speech was given by Franziska Werner, Artistic Director of the Sophiensæle Berlin.
The Award Ceremony
The welcoming speech by Claudia Roth, Vice President of the German Bundestag, paid tribute to the stimulating work of independent theater, which has had a formative influence on the German theater landscape in recent years. The keynote speech by the author and performer Alexander Karschnia (andcompany&Co.) about "art in resistance as well as resistance against art" rounded off the event.
The musical framework of the evening was provided by Kai Schumacher, whose piano interpretations, together with singer Nadine Finsterbusch, among others, open up new sound spaces. Artistically, the evening was further enriched by the contribution "Favelas aus Gold" by the group copy & waste and by Laura Landergott on guitar.
2017 Award Jury
Cultural scientist, festival director TANZ Bremen, dramaturg, curator | Bremen/Berlin
Sabine GehmCultural scientist, festival director TANZ Bremen, dramaturg, curator | Bremen/Berlin
Sabine Gehm is artistic director of the international festival TANZ Bremen and in the management team of the Tanzpakt project 'MV tanzt an'.
From 2006 to 2016, together with Katharina von Wilcke, she directed the first four editions of the international dance congress of the German Federal Cultural Foundation (Berlin 2006, Hamburg 2009, Düsseldorf 2013, Hannover 2016).
A graduate in cultural studies, she was program dramaturg and director of various festivals (including Junge Hunde, Independance Days, Tanzplattform Deutschland 2000) at Kampnagel Hamburg from 1994 to 2001 and coordinated, among other things, the international performing arts network 'Junge Hunde', which she co-founded, from 2001 to 2005.
Before that, she worked as an organization manager at the International Summer Theater Festival Hamburg.
As a freelance curator and cultural manager, she conceived and was responsible for international exchange projects, think tanks, laboratories and academies for KSB, BFDK, DTD, among others. She is on the board of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and was chair of the board of trustees at the Fonds Darstellende Künste from 2015 to 2020, for which she led the decision-making processes in 2020 (including publication of the handout on jury procedures). She is active as a reviewer and member of various juries of nationwide and international programs and works as a mentor in an advisory capacity for various artists and projects.
Association of German Puppet Theaters, former board member of the Fonds
Wolfgang Kaup-WellfonderAssociation of German Puppet Theaters, former board member of the Fonds
Wolfgang Kaup-Wellfonder, January 1983 Founded the puppet theater "Wodo Puppenspiel" with Dorothee Wellfonder. Since August 1, 1984 self-employed as a puppeteer. 1988 to 1991 Managing Director of the Association of "Verband Deutscher Puppentheater" (VDP). 1996 to 2003 member of the board of trustees of the Fonds Darstellende Künste. 2005 elected to the board of the Fonds Darstellende Künste. 1997 to 2013 seat on the Council of the Performing Arts and Dance in the German Cultural Council for the VDP.
Lawyer (Deutscher Bühnenverein)
Ilka SchmalbauchLawyer (Deutscher Bühnenverein)
Lawyer and Head of Legal/International Affairs of the German Stage Association. Studied law, German language and literature, and history at the University of Regensburg and the University of Cologne. Managing Director of the Council for Performing Arts and Dance of the German Cultural Council, representative of the Council for Performing Arts and Dance in the expert committees Labor and Social Affairs and Europe of the German Cultural Council. Member of the Committee for European Social Policy of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations. Deputy member of the executive committee of the employers' association PEARLE* - Live Performance Europe, representing the German Stage Association and PEARLE* in the Social Dialogue of the European Union. Co-author of the loose-leaf collection "Stage and Orchestra Law". Member of the Board of Trustees of the Dance Foundation - Transition Center Germany. Ilka Schmalbauch is deputy chairwoman of the Fonds Darstellende Künste.
Director of the Berliner Festspiele | Berlin
Matthias PeesDirector of the Berliner Festspiele | Berlin
Matthias Pees, geboren 1970 in Georgsmarienhütte, hat als Intendant und Geschäftsführer des internationalen Produktionshauses Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt am Main (2013–2022), Leitender Dramaturg der Wiener Festwochen (2010–2013), Gründer und Ko-Geschäftsführer des internationalen Produktionsbüros prod.art.br in São Paulo (2004–2010), Programmdramaturg der Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen (2003–2004), Theaterdramaturg am schauspielhannover (2000–2003) und an der Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (1995–2000) sowie zuvor als Kulturjournalist und Theaterkritiker Erfahrungen in verschiedenen Bereichen und auf mehreren Seiten der darstellenden Künste gesammelt. Perspektivwechsel, kooperatives Arbeiten und „transformative Praktiken“ standen dabei erklärtermaßen im Zentrum seines Interesses; Themen wie globale Solidarität und Postkolonialismus, Zusammenhang und Zukunft von Internationalität und Diversität prägten seine Spielpläne und Projekte. In Frankfurt und der Rhein-Main-Region initiierte oder mitgestaltete er große interdisziplinäre Festivals und Kooperationsprojekte u. a. mit dem Ensemble Modern, dem Jüdischen Museum Frankfurt, dem Hessischen Staatsballett oder zuletzt mit dem Schauspiel Frankfurt, dem Museum Angewandte Kunst und der Frankfurter freien Szene für die Ausrichtung der Festivals „Politik im freien Theater“ der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb und „Theater der Welt“ des Internationalen Theaterinstituts (ITI).
Matthias Pees is also a member of the management board of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin (KBB) GmbH, which continues to include Mariette Rissenbeek, Charlotte Sieben and Bernd M. Scherer.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider
Chairman of the Fonds Darstellende Künste
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang SchneiderChairman of the Fonds Darstellende Künste
Wolfgang Schneider was founding director of the Institute for Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim and holder of the UNESCO Chair "Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development" (2014 - 2020). He was the first director of the Children's and Young People's Theater Center in the Federal Republic of Germany, chairman of the Lower Saxony Theater Advisory Board, member of the Goethe-Institut's Dance and Theater Advisory Board and, as an expert member of the German Bundestag's Enquete Commission "Culture in Germany," rapporteur for the chapter on theater, among other things. He is chairman of the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., a personal member of the German UNESCO Commission, a trusted lecturer of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a member of the federal board of the Cultural Forum of Social Democracy, a member of the board of the Initiative for the Archives of Independent Theater e.V., a member of the International Theater Institute, a member of the Council for Performing Arts and Dance in the German Cultural Council, an honorary member of ASSITEJ Germany and Switzerland, and honorary president of the International Association of Theater for Children and Young People. In 2018, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class by the German President for his honorary international commitment. Numerous publications on theater policy, editor of, among others, "Theater und Schule. Handbuch zur kulturellen Bildung" (2009), " Theater und Migration. Herausforderungen für Kulturpolitik und Theaterpraxis" (2011), "Theater entwickeln und planen. Kulturpolitische Konzeptionen zur Reform der Darstellenden Künste" (2014), "Theatermachen als Beruf. Hildesheimer Wege" (together with Julia Speckmann, 2017); ""Partizipation als Programm. Wege ins Theater für Kinder und Jugendliche" (together with Anna Eitzeroth, 2017); "Performing the Archive. Studie zur Entwicklung eines Archivs des Freien Theaters" (together with Henning Fülle and Christine Henniger, 2018), "Theater in der Provinz. Künstlerische Vielfalt und kulturelle Teilhabe als Programm" (with Katharina Schröck and Silvia Stolz, 2019); "Theater in Transformation. Artistic Processes and Cultural Policy in South Africa" (with Lance Lebogang Nawa, 2019).
Artistic director LICHTHOF Theater
Matthias Schulze-KraftArtistic director LICHTHOF Theater
Matthias Schulze-Kraft is the artistic director of the LICHTHOF Theater, a venue and production center for independent theater in Hamburg. A director by training, he has been working in the theater in a wide variety of functions and production contexts since 1986. Stations included the Ulmer Theater, the Pocket Opera Company Nuremberg, the Schauspiel Frankfurt and various independent productions. Since 2006 the LICHTHOF Theater Hamburg, from 2008 as artistic director. After further education studies as "Culture and Education Manager" (HWP Hamburg) and various other further education (Change Manager, Management Trainer, Business Coach, Quality Manager), he developed his second professional pillar as a lecturer, consultant and coach since 2000, primarily in the qualification of managers and in organizational consulting. Since 2019, he has been a member of the board of the Bundesverband Freier Darstellender Künste (BFDK). From 2014 to 2019 he was chairman of the board of trustees of the Fonds Darstellende Künste, he was a jury member of, among others, the "Theaterpreis des Bundes" (2019), the "Reload" program of the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (2020) and the Körber Studio Junge Regie (2021).