Make Art Not War

Ein Solidaritäts-Happening für die Menschen in der Ukraine

Die Menschen in der Ukraine, einschließlich unserer Künstlerkolleg*innen, sind nach sieben Jahren Krieg, der 13.000 Menschenleben gekostet hat und über eine Millionen Menschen zur Flucht gezwungen hat, wieder in einer sehr bedrohlichen Lage. Uns erreichen immer mehr Nachrichten von Kolleg*innen, die eine Flucht-Tasche gepackt haben, sich im Schießen ausbilden lassen, oder vor Sorge bereits ihren Wohnort verlassen haben. Wir wollen als Künstler*innen in Köln ein Zeichen der Solidarität mit den Menschen in der Ukraine setzen, deren Friede, Freiheit und Leben bedroht sind. Sie brauchen unser aller Unterstützung, jetzt!
Deshalb feiern wir ein Happening der Künste, mit Musik, Lesung, Talks und live-Gesprächen mit Menschen aus allen Regionen der Ukraine.

Dabei sein werden, vor Ort oder im Live-Stream:
Boris Chersonskij – Schriftsteller, Odessa
Navid Kermani – Schriftsteller, Köln
Stefko Hanushevsky– Schauspieler, Köln
Juri Andruchowytsch – Schriftsteller, Ivano-Frankiwsk
Serhij Zhadan – Schriftsteller, Charkiw
Lyuba Yakimchuk – Schriftstellerin
Margaux Kier – Sängerin, Köln
Ralf Peters – Performancekünstler, Köln
Antonina Romanowa – Schauspielerin, ehem. Krim jetzt Kyiv
Mykola Homeniuk – Kulturaktivist und Soziologe, Cherson
Jarry Singla – Musiker, Köln
Christian Thomé – Musiker, Köln
Mariana Sadovska – Sängerin, Köln
Vitali Alekseenok – Dirigent, Belarus
Teatr Lesi – Lviv
Künstler*innen-Kollektiv Zagrajyarochka und Iryna Kriutschenko, Wolnowacha
Christian Diemer – Komponist, Kyiv
André Erlen – Theatermacher, Köln
Bettina Hesse – Stimmkünstlerin + Autorin, Köln
Slava Gepner – Choreograph, Köln
Anika Winkelmeier – Journalistin, Köln
Zhanna Nemtsova – Journalistin, Moskau
Jewgenija Tschuikowa – Malerin, Düsseldorf/Moskau

Wann: Sonntag, 13.02.22, 15:00 Uhr
Wo: Tanzfaktur
Siegburger Straße 233 w (Hinterhof)
50679 Köln

Eintritt frei
2G – Zutritt erhalten geimpfte oder genese Besucher*innen. Im Publikum herrscht Maskenpflicht

Schön, wenn Sie am Sonntag dabei sind!

Schlagwörter: deutschland / europa / futur3 / gesellschaft / international / köln / politik / TanzFaktur / ukraine

konzept&zufall: 1934 - Stimmen

Do you have any questions about the play or Futur3? We answer them in the new podcast.

A podcast on 1934 - Stimmen.

Thank you for all the feedback and exciting questions you have already asked us on the sidelines of the performances.
We don't want to leave these questions unanswered!

That's why we are launching our new podcast series, Futur3 Theatre: konzept&zufall, with an episode on 1934 - Stimmen.
The episode will be published before the end of December 2021 and will answer as many of your questions about the play as possible.

You haven't asked your questions about 1934 - Stimmen yet?
Send your questions, comments and input to info[at] by 8 December and we will take you into the recording studio.

Speaking with: André Erlen (artistic direction & stage direction), Stefan H. Kraft (artistic direction & play); Charlotte Luise Fechner (selection/editing of the Abel papers & choral text); Sandra Nuy (selection/editing of the Abel papers & advice).

To the podcast series. konzept&zufall

With the title of our podcast, we also want to describe our working method: "Futur3 Theatre: konzept&zufall".
In the podcast we give an insight into the rehearsal room of Futur3 - and into the performance practice: the audience is invited to ask questions. Of all kinds! Such as: About the brand of our mask products; where we come across our themes; why the last project was so sensationally interesting/boring/pressing/meaningless etc.; whether we will also play in Bielefeld sometime; why we think you still have to make plays about Nazis; and so on.
In our podcast, the questions are written down on cards and placed upside down on the table. There sit: the artistic directors of Futur3 and other members and associates of the Futur3 family. Depending on the topic, sometimes the dramaturgy, sometimes the music, the stage design - and of course the actors. The people at the table take turns drawing a question card and have to answer. As quickly, precisely and spontaneously as possible! In a maximum of 2 minutes. Then comes the next question.

You can findmore information here.


The podcast Futur3 Theatre: konzept&zufall is part of Re-Link Theatre, funded by Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.

Tags: 1934 stimmen / andré erlen / charlotte luise fechner / germany / digital / fdk / fonds darstellende künste / futur3 / communication / opinion / performance / podcast / re-link / sandra nuy / stefan h. kraft / take part / theatre

The Magic Lucky Frame

Sparkling crystal or ancient doorknob? Magical colours and mysterious atmosphere

In the background, our second project is already running in secret at Futur3*clicks.
The magic frame of luck is on its way, but only to be found with luck and in a roundabout way.

We'll reveal more soon! In the meantime, there are hints for attentive followers on Instagram: Futur3*klicks

Sponsored by the RheinEnergie Foundation for Culture

Tags: germany / digital / rhein energie stiftung

Revival: 1934 - Stimmen

It continues, with dates in Oct / Nov 2021 at the NS Documentation Centre.
We are freshly vaccinated, in good spirits and hope only the best for the autumn.
We look forward to seeing you!

24 Oct, 26-29 Oct, 02-03 Nov, 05-07 Nov 2021 (START TIMES IN 10 MINUTES 18:00 TO 20:00)
NS-Dokumentationszentrum, Appellhofplatz 23-25, 50667 Cologne, Germany.

Unfortunately, there are no more tickets available.
To be put on the waiting list, please contact us by email at
In case of spontaneous cancellations, we can give away tickets that have become free.

Info about 1934 - STIMMEN

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In the future, information and contributions on digital theatre will be collected at Futur3*klicks from Futur3.
Since 2019, Futur3, with the support of the RheinEnergie Foundation, has been researching playful activities for the web to create a theatrical, digital stage. This is a topic that has gained in importance, not least due to the ongoing pandemic.

With *klicks, the Futur3 ensemble explores how its own theatre work can be consciously shaped and steered into the expanded public space - the digital space - and thus, of course, how new audiences can be won.
Is it possible to reach a generation of spectators or 'users' who do not (or no longer) visit theatres and temples of culture? How can theatre work be continued in the digital space?

Futur3 also wants to go innovative and experimental ways in this area. To this end, different digital applications are developed parallel to the theatre projects or subsequently, which accompany theatrical themes, complement them or continue the content:
playful, low-threshold, interactive

Follow us here at Futur3*clicks or sign up for our NEWSLETTER to stay up to date.

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A chatbot performance

"When I woke up one morning from restless dreams, I found myself transformed into a bot."

Rem_theBot has suddenly woken up and lost his dream. It's a good thing that you click on the green speech bubble at the bottom right and go with him on a search for his lost dream.

Will you manage to find the dream again? Or must Rem_derBot remain dreamless forever? Let's go! He's already waiting for you eagerly! 🙂

Have fun!

Notes on use

You should take 20-30 minutes, because dream quests take time. Be sure to plug in your headphones and/or set the sound to loud.

If Rem_derBot gets impatient and leaves you (or you had something better to do in between and didn't get through to the end: with a simple "Hi" he can usually be restarted without any problems.
Rem_derBot tends to monologue (no wonder, he comes from the performance area, see also About the project below) - and when he's really in the flow, he doesn't like to be interrupted. So don't take it amiss if he only reacts to your messages with a roll of the eyes... 

Be patient with him - he is my first bot: we are both still learning.

Please send applause and praise to rembot. futur3 (and, of course, critical comments).

Notes on data protection

Rem_derBot runs on the Flowxo programme - all the data you enter is stored there for three months. But: the data does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about your person. For technical optimisation, only information about your application (i.e. which browser is being used) and the time/date are stored. All the information you provide is voluntary. 

About the project

Rem_derBot opens our new series Futur3*klicks:
With the support of the RheinEnergieStiftung, Futur3 is working for three years on playful activities for the net to create a theatrical, digital stage. A topic that has gained in importance not least because of the ongoing pandemic.
Rem_derBot is a spinoff of our theatre performance WE HAVE A DREAM, for which we dreamed and logged dreams together as an ensemble. Rem_derBot is left over.

You can find more information about WE HAVE A DREAM HERE!


Charlotte Luise Fechner (scripting & technical implementation)

André Erlen, Stefan H. Kraft (management), Theresa Heußen (assistance),
Christian Frenken (graphics, social media)


SPEAK OUT. Participatory pop-up theatre

How can a theatrical "social game" look like that shifts the public space and its debates into the living room and how can spectators become players, empowered to stage themselves along the rules of the game in these very debates?

Photos: ©Futur3

SPEAK OUT wants to playfully illuminate the playing field of democratic community against the backdrop of the collective pandemic experience:
As participants in a global real-time "experiment" without a script, we currently feel directly that individual freedom cannot be separated from responsibility for others and the social whole.
In the crash course we experience how quickly existing agreements between community and individual can be redefined.

Where on this "playing field" is our position as a private person? As a group? What is "relevant" in our system?

With the Reload grant from the Federal Cultural Foundation, Futur3 will be able to explore these questions in autumn 2020 and continue searching for the form of a theatrical setting without performers, infrastructure or technology. The wish: pop-up theatre for the home.

André Erlen, Stefan H. Kraft, Luzia Schelling, Irene Eichenberger, Theresa Heußen

Funded in the programme Reload. Grants for independent groups from the Federal Cultural Foundation


A post-colonial South Seas dream.

Nauru is a tiny South Sea island. Its surface was covered metres thick with phosphate, which was created from bird droppings. Because of this raw material, the island experienced a rollercoaster ride through capitalism: indigenous tribal structure, German colony, richest country in the world, state bankruptcy. Today, the phosphate has been mined, the island devastated, the population overweight and sick. A refugee camp is the biggest source of foreign currency.

Based on ethnological studies and illustrations, colonial reports, South Seas camps and current reportages, SHIT ISLAND explores the entanglement of European imperialism and the staging of South Seas exoticism. For the demise of the former "Pleasent Island" also destroys our projection of a paradisiacal "perfect world".
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Tags: germany / colonialism / politics / theatre

The City of Turtles

A theatrical adventure game according to the rules of the road. By Klaus Fehling and André Erlen.

How do we imagine the everyday life of a homeless person in our city? Which places, which paths are significant? What ideas do hares have about the world of tortoises?
Join the players of this fantastic adventure game in hostels, soup kitchens and clothing stores. Rediscover the streets of our city and try to play by the rules of those who know their way around. Try not to forget what you are: a hare in the world of turtles.
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Tags: germany / summer blood / theatre

Futur3 is cover star

Finally, the publication "Dartstellende Künste im öffentlichen Raum" (Performing Arts in Public Space) appears as Recherchen 127 at Theater der Zeit, after Günther Jeschonneck worked on it for a long time with the support of many ensembles. We are all the more pleased because the photo on the spine of the book is from our production "Zu Goldenen Leben". You can see our colleague Pietro Micci on the ParaDies site in Cologne.

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Tags: germany / fdk / paradise / performance / theatre

The unknown neighbour

a trilogy about death.

"The Unknown Neighbour" is a theatre project about death and dying anonymously. From the estate of an "Unknown Neighbour" who died without relatives, Futur3 develops a fictional biography and tells the course of his passing in three parts. The audience experiences "The Protocol of the Last Hours" (Part 1) in the midst of his legacy, arranges his "Feast of the Dead" (Part 2) in a funeral home and fathoms his last destination in the "Cabinet of the Afterlife" (Part 3).
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Tags: germany / performance / theatre

Being an Artist in Capitalism 2

"In art, and only there, there seems to be a way to stay with oneself instead of being exposed to the constraints of capitalism, and at the same time to be able to be perceived in the world and also to be successful in a sense that follows capitalist logic." [Ralf Peters]

from Andre Erlen

In September, stimmfeld e.V. and the Free Trade Zone are organising a colloquium that poses the question of the role of the artist in capitalism. We will report on this in due course and present related and relevant topics.
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Tags: germany / performance

Soft Core

a love story theatre by Futur3 and ensemble. Summer Blood Cultural Festival 2016.

They touch us. They captivate us. They make us cry and sometimes laugh. Some love them and others hate them. Love scenes - there is hardly a film without them. Again and again they feed our unbroken longing for fulfilled love.

Futur3 transfers the powerful visual worlds of the dream factories to the Cologne wholesale market with an inclusive ensemble. The old auction hall becomes a film studio, the street a set. In front of a running camera, moments of unconditional devotion and cool games flash up in close-up or close-up to explore the soft core of our existence from the most diverse perspectives.
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Tags: germany / inclusion / performance / politics

To the Golden Life

Actions, campfire talks and performance for exit, entry, transition.

Futur3 follows the old dream of getting out, but this time to really make EVERYTHING better. For this, the performers embark on their own personal path to the Golden Life: What are my longings? How do I really want to live? What do I need for that and how do I free myself from all the excess, the huge ecological footprint, the haste, the constantly bad consumer conscience and all the worries?
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an international performance project about taboos in European societies.

Taburopa is an international theatre project that deals with cultural, historical and everyday taboos in Europe. 20 theatre-makers, choreographers, actors and dancers from four European countries will develop original performances in ensembles specially formed for this project, based on intensive research in the four participating cities. These artistic statements will have their world premiere at the next edition of the 2014 Summer Blood Cultural Festival before travelling on to the participating cities of Brussels, Lisbon and Warsaw.
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Tags: germany / europe / performance / dance / theatre

One night in Afghanistan

a theatrical camp from Futur3.

Since December 2001, Germany has continuously been one of the largest troop contributors in Afghanistan.The international military mission in Afghanistan is supposed to create a secure environment and enable the reconstruction of democracy. But German military policy must fundamentally redefine itself and the Bundeswehr in view of this deployment! Futur3 takes up this urgently needed discussion about the military as a means of politics artistically and debates it publicly.
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Tags: germany / politics

Chambre d'amis

a Swiss-German friendship spectacle by Antoine Jaccoud

A couple visits another couple. One couple is German and has adopted the beautiful French expression " chambre d'amis " for their " guest room " because it sounds so neutral. The other couple is from Switzerland. She knows the German from before - as students they used to swim naked in the lake together - and she also speaks a little German, unlike her partner. The four of them spend a weekend together. What to do? What to say? What to tell each other? How do you communicate when language multiplies our differences? And finally, how does one create and nurture this friendship that has always been considered the ideal relationship between people? This is what the play explores with a certain, even comic, cruelty, inviting the audience to take a seat for a moment as a friend between our two couples.
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Tags: germany / art / opinion