Actually everything we do is theatre. Though drama in a narrower sense does feature in the repertoire. Albeit in its broadest sense: the theatre we present varies between intimate literary forms and large scale operas: ranging on the principle of “everything is possible, nothing is compulsory” from readings and recitals through radio drama, film and site-specific installations to performative experiments. In doing so we rely equally on established or entirely new projects from the city and the region and performers with national reputations. Occasionally we even take the risk – and so far with considerable success – of creating a production of our own.
Our concept of dance is characterized by a lively internationalism that delights in experimentation. We discover and reveal the room for potential that has opened up in dance. We invite choreographers and companies from all over the world, prioritizing artists who no longer work within fixed movement idioms but are more interested in putting work on stage that raises questions and breaks boundaries. Admittedly without neglecting the tastes of the audience: when traditions are stirred up and barriers broken down, as they are with us, when street dance meets Flamenco and kung fu runs into pointe work, a joyful experience is guaranteed.
It all began with music. And it won’t stop for a long time. From the beginning we have focused on the creative presentation of musical traditions and established a platform for music of all varieties in new contexts, remaining constantly attuned to both old and new music alike. Jazz and improvisation play an equal part in our programme to global pop and experimental configurations. We enable singer/songwriters to be heard along with electronic musicians, chansonniers and brass bands, large orchestras and small ensembles, vocal acrobats and multi-instrumentalists, both loud and quiet, sublime and quirky. But at the centre of things there are always musicians who confidently transcend boundaries and whose playing defies any form of categorization.