31.05.2018 | |

#FRATZ2020 Research Laboratories

Even though we had to cancel the FRATZ Festival, Symposium and Encounters planned for April 24-29 due to the Corona Pandemic, our research and work on the topics continues!

In the weeks to come we will present various projects and discourses of Theater o.N. and FRATZ International via newsletter, website and Facebook.

Today we would like to start with an insight into the Research Laboratories.

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Research Laboratories

Caroline Alves (BR), Iury Salustiano Trojaborg (BR/DK/DE) and Mareike Jung (DE) are searching for new role models in a non-binary world under the title The Superpower of the so far not-celebrated Super-heroines.

Aniefiok Inyang, Michael Ajimati and Joshua Alabi from Nigeria are researching the topic of Skin-Tone and Colorism and ask: Colors, can it just be beautiful?

Nicola Elliott, Faye Kabali-Kagwa, Thalia Laric, Manuela Tessi and a collective of artists* from South Africa have adapted their research question to the corona pandemic. In their laboratory TAH DAM! (together at home, dance and music) they ask: how to create and share activities for child and care-giver at home? How to include these activities in a performance for child and care-giver to watch? How to asses whether these activities function as valuable 'priming' for a more meaningful experience of the live performance?

More insights into the state of research: https://www.fratz-festival.de/symposium-fratz-festival/forschungslabore/

Theatre in Times of Corona Virus
by Joshua Alabi

A longer statement by Joshua Alabi (Laboratory: "Skin-Tone") on the situation in Nigeria during the Corona Pandemic can be found here:


Published in the Newsletter der ASSITEJ International among other statements of artists* worldwide, very worth reading.


Idea and concept of the research laboratories

Since 2017 Theater o.N. regularly organizes research labs in the framework of FRATZ International and the Festival Berliner Schaufenster. The research laboratories are a heart of the exchange and networking and development work.

Theatre work for the youngest is always an explorative, research work, since it is only rarely based on a written play.

Rather, the work begins with an artistic interest in a certain material or form, curiosity about the target group, by means of which an artist wants to examine his or her own repertoire of methods, or an interdisciplinary aesthetic question. The postmodern, performative character of productions for the youngest makes this genre extremely suitable for research.

The idea of the labs is that a small collective of artists come together and experiment openly with a research question they have posed themselves. They try and reject, they research and discuss. They are accompanied and supported by dramaturges from Theater o.N..
Several times during the process there is the opportunity to check the interim results in encounters with day-care centres. Perhaps the artists will develop a scene, a sketch or an approach. The final step is a public exchange of work and experiences with a professional audience and, if appropriate, also for a family or daycare audience. This does not mean, however, that the laboratories have to present something finished. The possibility of the unfinished, perhaps even of failure, is also considered in this format.

The advantage of this way of working is that it can take place freely and without the pressure of a fixed premiere date or audience* numbers to be reached. This releases energies and encourages to dare something new beyond what has already been tried and tested.

Documentation on the laboratories of Berliner Schaufenster 2018

You can find out more about our concept of the research laboratories in the video documentation on the laboratories of the Festival Berliner Schaufenster 2018:



And here is more to read on the subject: A report about the first FRATZ research laboratories 2017 on Music theatre for the young, by Dagmar Domrös, published in FRATZ Reflections 2017: