GENERAL QUESTIONS


What is Rampenlichter?

Rampenlichter is a biennial festival in Munich featuring dance and theatre productions by children and young people between the age of 6-27 years.

The festival is a laboratory for the performing arts of young people, with its extensive 14-day programme showcasing the diversity and variety of productions created with the artistic participation of children and young people.

As a platform for dance and theatre of the new generations, Rampenlichter offers, in addition to performances of the plays on a professional theatre stage, the ArtExchange programme with various exchange and meeting formats for the performing young artists.

As visitors children and young people from Munich can attend public performances and workshops and discover the extensive festival programme with other dance and theatre enthusiasts or with their families. In the morning programme for schoolchildren, kids and youth from all types of schools and grades experience intensive insights.



Where does the festival take place?

Rampenlichter takes place in the Theater schwere reiter Munich, in the Pathos Theater and in various spaces in the Kreativquartier Munich. There is also a workshop stage, several large workshop tents, a catering area with seating and a lounge area open to all.

Festival area: Kreativquartier Munich, Dachauerstraße



When will the festival take place?

The 13th Rampenlichter Festival will take place from 07. – 20.07.2023.

Please note: invited groups will spend one week at the festival during its 14-days run-time.



How old are the artists at Rampenlichter?

Young artists performing on the Rampenlichter stage are between the ages of 6 – 27 years.



Which groups perform at Rampenlichter?

Diversity and variety are as much a part of Rampenlichter as they are of the reality of the lives of the performing artists.

Therefore, diverse collectives and ensembles, children’s theatre and dance groups, inclusive groups, intergenerational projects, cross-disciplinary productions, amateur groups with or as individual artists between the ages of 6-27 are explicitly invited to apply.



Is Rampenlichter barrier-free and accessible?

Rampenlichter is intended to be a festival by and for all children and young people, which is why we strive to make the festival increasingly inclusive, both in terms of access for children and young people with disabilities as participants and in terms of unrestricted access to the festival grounds and all offers for visitors. The realisation of this ambition is a process and we hope that Rampenlichter will become a festival where everyone feels welcome and can participate.

In this course, we are also striving for ever better accessibility.

Detailed accessibility information will be available soon.



How do I apply as an inclusive production?

Applications are to be submitted online at rampenlichter.com from 01.11.2022 to 10.01.2023.

We are constantly trying to overcome hurdles for an application or participation and try to be as supportive as possible.

If there are any questions about travel, accommodation, accessibility and assistance on site or other arrangements, just contact Katharina Holland via e-mail: k.holland@culture-clouds.de




QUESTIONS ABOUT PARTICIPATING


Which costs are covered by the festival?

For national and international groups, Rampenlichter covers the costs for accommodation with breakfast for the entire group including accompanying persons, meals during the day in the festival catering and a warm dinner in the evening on the festival grounds. In addition, the costs for public transport in Munich will be covered. Any royalties and GEMA fees will also be covered by Rampenlichter.



Which costs are not covered by the festival?

Unfortunately, Rampenlichter cannot cover any travel costs to and from Munich. No production costs, fees or honorariums can be paid.



How long do groups stay at the festival?

Invited groups spend one week at the festival as a closed group: 7 days for youth groups from 12 years (equivalent to 6 nights) or 5 days for children’s groups up to 11 years (equivalent to 4 nights) and spend this week or short week at Rampenlichter without time restrictions within the festival period from 07 – 20.07.2023. This also applies to groups from Munich.

We are happy to issue certificates of invitation to the festival so that school exemptions can be applied for.

A day at Rampenlichter includes a full-day programme at the festival for the entire group and usually ends with a joint warm dinner on the festival grounds.



What is the programme for invited groups?

In addition to the performance of the plays, the participation in Rampenlichter also means that young artists get to know each other and work together. In various encounter formats groups exchange ideas, experiment and try new things, learn new techniques with and from each other, and talk about their own artistic practice.

For each group there is an individual ArtExchange framework programme consisting of performance visits to other productions, workshops by or for other groups or pupils from the school programme, workshops by professionals, and various discussion formats. Participation in ArtExchange is mandatory for the entire group.




QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APPLICATION WITH A PRODUCTION


Who can apply?

Productions with dancers/actors between the ages of 6 – 27 years can apply. This age range can be deviated from under certain circumstances (e.g. in the case of intergenerational productions).

The pieces can be self-directed, developed in youth cultural contexts, in cultural education contexts, with schools, with dance and theatre houses, in free associations, by individuals and collectives.

We are looking for pieces created by next generation dance or theatre, by young people themselves, or in co-production with children and young people with their significant participation.

The form of artistic co-production must be explicitly described by the respective project director in the application form.



When can I apply?

Applications are to be submitted online at rampenlichter.com from 01.11.2022 to 10.01.2023.
Questions concerning the application can be directed to Anna Wurzbacher via email:
a.wurzbacher@rampenlichter.com



What material should be submitted with the application?

Photos may be submitted, a video recording of a rehearsal in long shot must have been submitted via WeTransfer by 10/01/2023.

The video can show an excerpt of the previous work, which gives the selection committee an impression of the artistic idea, the working method and the joint process. If it is not possible to submit a video by January 2023, please contact us.



What criteria must my production meet?

The selection of the pieces is based on a variety of criteria and focal points with the aim to focus on the widest possible variety of different production contexts, project constellations, diversity of productions and themes, and the special nature of pieces with children and young people.

In the case of co-productions by adults and children/young people, the artistic participation and co-determination of children and young people is indispensable. This must be explicitly named and described in the application form.



Can I apply for participation in the festival with a play and for a residency at the same time?

It is not possible to apply with a single production for participation in the festival and for a residency as well.

Two applications are possible if they address different projects/productions.

The residency is intended for pieces that are in the making and whose finalisation happens at the festival. However, in order to participate with a production in the residency program, it is essential that the play development process is already well advanced and that a completion and performance of the play at the end of the residency is feasible within the framework of the festival.




QUESTIONS ABOUT APPLYING AS ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE


What does it mean to be artists-in-residence at Rampenlichter?

Groups who would like to apply with a developed idea, an almost finished piece, a collage or a concept can apply for a residency as Rampenlichter artists-in-residence.

As artists-in-residence, you will have 10 days at the festival to further develop and finalize your piece in an intensive rehearsal phase. At the end of the residency, the piece will be performed as part of the Rampenlichter program.

As a group, you are open to exploratory work and embark on a search for your own aesthetic ideas and for the artistic ideas of the group. As part of the artists-in-residence, you will receive feedback from other young people at the festival and open up the final process of your piece in encounter formats.



How do I apply to be an artist-in-residence?

Applications are to be submitted via the application form on rampenlichter.com from 01.11.2022 to 10.01.2023.

A concept for the work at the festival must be submitted with the application, describing exactly what the group will work on in depth during the residency.



How long do artists-in-residence stay at the festival?

The residency lasts eleven days (10 nights). Arrival is on 11.07.23 and departure on 21.07.23. All ensemble members are obligated to keep their schedules open during this whole time.

Groups from Munich are also obligated to keep their schedules free for the whole day and spend the entire period at the festival (without overnight stays).

We are happy to issue certificates of invitation to the festival so that school exemptions can be applied for.



What is the programme for artists-in-residence?

As artists-in-residence, you will gain insight into other plays that you will be viewing as part of the festival programme. In various exchange formats you will meet other young artists and coach each other, receive feedback and gain new impulses for further work on your piece. After your performance you will have an artist talk.



What costs are covered by the festival?

Exclusive rehearsal space at the festival for 2 weeks, costs for accommodation with breakfast,
catering during the day at the festival catering and a warm dinner in the evening on the festival grounds.

Costs for public transport in Munich.

Any royalties and GEMA fees will be paid by Rampenlichter.



Which costs are not covered by the festival?

Unfortunately, travel costs to and from Munich cannot be covered by the festival. In addition, no production costs, fees or honorariums can be paid.



Who can apply?

Munich, national or international productions with dance, theatre or dance-theatre pieces by and with children and young people between 6 – 27 years of age.



What can I apply with?

The residency is intended for pieces that are in the making and whose finalisation happens at the festival. However, in order to participate with a production in the residency programme, it is essential that the play development process is already well advanced and that a completion and performance of the play at the end of the residency is feasible within the framework of the festival.

There will be a separate application form for the residency.



Can I apply for a regular participation in the festival and for a residency at the same time?

No, because for an application for the regular participation a piece must be finished at the festival beginning and a residency piece is not yet finished.

It is possible to apply with one production for a regular participation and additionally with another, not yet finished project, as an artist-in-residence.



Can I apply with more than one piece?

Yes, multiple applications are possible with different pieces.

It is possible to apply with one production for a regular participation and additionally with another, not yet finished project, as an artist-in-residence.




TECHNICAL QUESTIONS


How big is the stage and what technical equipment does the Theater schwere reiter provide? Info about stage and technical equipment here.