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Panel discussion on how the arts deal with refugees and migration

In the context of the global flight movements, many actors and projects have become visible in recent months that explore and design how the arriving refugees, but also the reasons and effects of the migration processes can be countered with the means of art. The approaches are highly diverse: they range from one-off (protest) actions and long-term projects, to the testing of new forms of exchange and cooperation, to the concrete provision of assistance and mobilization of civil society. The question of what art can actually achieve is always present. How far it can and perhaps even has to go by invoking its freedom in order to influence public discourse, take a stand and set impulses. In cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation Bremen, steptext dance project has invited five actors from the field of performative arts to present and discuss their positions and strategies on the basis of their exemplary projects. and discuss their positions and strategies with the help of their exemplary projects. What are the motivations behind the actions and what attitudes do the actors adopt? In addition to the possibilities and limits of art – for example, in differentiation from social work – it is also about the constructive confrontation with ambivalences and criticism: how to do justice to what is actually experienced on stage?experienced on stage? What can be done What can be done to counter the accusation of instrumentalisation, of displaying the suffering of others? How and with which voice to speak?

Impulse: Philipp Ruch (Berlin), Center for Political Beauty I Podium: Helge Letonja (Bremen) Artistic Director steptext dance project, Nina de la Chevallerie (Göttingen) Director, Gerard Graf (Bochum) Freight Forwarder, Anne Rietschel (Hamburg) Freelance Dramaturge, Philipp Ruch (Berlin) Center for Political Beauty, Moderation: Christine Dössel (Munich) Editor Süddeutsche Zeitung


 Sun 31 January 2016, 2.00 p.m.
Schwankhalle Bremen