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Platform for encounter and discourse

ITI Academy Week

The ITI Academy offers 20 emerging, transnational artists and curators the opportunity to participate in the one-year fellowship and mentoring programme. 



Malin Nagel



Idea and Initiative

Dr. Bettina Sluzalek

Head of Project

Malin Nagel

Project Management

Dr. Nicola Scherer


Aylin Michel-Koçyiğit
Annika Rachor
Milena Kulik

The Academy Week, which takes place during the Theater der Welt 2023 Festival at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, is the highlight of the ITI Academy. Curated by the Fellows themselves, the Academy Week is a moment in which the Fellows can share their groundbreaking ideas with an interested public, enrich and initiate contemporary debates, show installations and artistic interventions, and become visible as artists and curators. The Academy Week is thus also a lively platform for encounter and discourse in the Theater der Welt Festival, ultimately to reflect on, rethink and reimagine the role of international festivals and collaborations, their social and political function, their audiences and communities, and curatorial practices.

The Academy Week consists of an exhibition as well as performances, workshops and installations.

The Academy Week will conclude with the International Theatre Institute's (ITI) annual public conference on "Conflict & Care: dispute as a part of transformation within the performing arts and its institutions" on 15 July. It is curated by Berfin Orman and Nora Tormann, Fellows of the ITI Academy, and organised in collaboration with the ITI.

More information can be found in the Academy Week booklet.

The ITI Academy Week is part of the ITI programme at Theater der Welt 2023.




09.7. | 10:00 – 18:00

11.7. | 12:00 – 15:00

12.7. | 12:00 – 20:00

13.7. | 12:00 – 15:00

14.7. | 12:00 – 18:00

15.7. | 10:00 – 18:00

16.7. | 10:00 – 12:00

Location: ITI Academy Space, Museum Angewandte Kunst

Free Admission



Maíra Wiener

The short film deals with the history of the village Alt-Dettenheim and invites you into a world between reality and fiction, where insights about the villages ecology are gained and a fictional creature in the Rhine landscape is accompanied.

Duration: 22 min.

Language: German with English subtitles



Mariann Yar

The installation LANDSFRAU raises the question of how cultural heritage is passed on and uses the form of the archive to challenge stereotyped images of Afghanistan and to counteract a Western claim of objectivity by museums.

Languages: German, English, Dari




Evelyn Hriberšek

The Mixed Reality Installation is a critical commentary on the human urge to overcome any limits by means of technological innovations – regardless of possible consequences for society and the planet.

Duration: approx. 15 min.

Language: German


Das Ende der Welt steht vor der Tür. Ist das ein kritischer Moment oder nicht?

Dora Yuemin Cheng

The video is made up of five short videos, which give a visual response to the question “The End of the world is just around the corner. Is this not a critical moment?” and question the legitimacy of “everyday life” in China and the world from a female perspective.

Duration: 26 min.

Language: German with German and English subtitles

Shapeshifting Game – Movie

Prof. Dr. Leonard Cruz

The dance film is based on animism and was created during the COVID 19 Lockdown in July 2021. Cruz transforms into 5 different birds as the story is told. The film was a response to Asian Hate in the US and the struggles with our intersectional identities.

Duration: 6 min.

Language: English


Performances & Installations



Hanna Launikovich & Laura Waltz

“Spellbound” is an immersive sound performance that suggests witchcraft as a feminist practice for healing, manifesting change and reclaiming one’s own body in patriarchal society.

Sat. 8.7 | 21:15

ITI Academy Space, Museum Angewandte Kunst
Duration: approx. 90 min. + DJ set
Language: English

Free Admission


Shapeshifting Game – Workshop & Performance

Prof. Dr. Leonard Cruz & Sandra Krause/ Berfin Orman

In the performance Prof. Dr. Cruz explores shapeshifting into various animals and superhuman beings, incorporating animistic beliefs of transformation and healing. He shows ways to break stereotypes by illuminating the complexity of coloniser and colonised in his decolonial research and performances.

Prior to the performance a workshop allows children to transform into any animal, nature element or superhuman being of their choice experimenting with different materials.

Workshop for children
with Sandra Krause/ Berfin Orman and Prof. Dr. Leonard Cruz

Sun. 09.7., Wed. 12.7. | 12:00
El Warcha Werkstatt, Museum Angewandte Kunst
Duration: approx. 60 min.
Language: German

Free Admission


Sun. 09.7, Wed. 12.7, Fri. 14.7 | 13:00
Basement, Museum Angewandte Kunst
Duration: approx. 30-45 min. 

Free Admission


Living Archive_Theater der Welt 2023

Hanna Launikovich

The “Living Archive” aims at documenting life impressions, feedback and highlights of Theater der Welt 2023, encouraging the audience to tune in with their sensations and archive themselves for future Theater der Welt editions.

"Living Archive_Theater der Welt 2023" is part of the exhibition "Unearthing, Unraveling, Unfolding The Archive of Theater der Welt" () and can be visited during the opening hours of this exhibition.

Languages: German and English

Free Admission


Me & White Supremacy

Berfin Orman

The performance deals with the navigation within white institutions and global neoliberal realities of the arts and opens up a hopeful perspective on collective marginalized identities.

Tues. 11.7 | 13:00

Wed. 12.7 | 17:00

Thu. 13.7 | 14:00

Theater der Welt Archive, Museum Angewandte Kunst

Duration: 30-45 min.

Languages: English and German

Free Admission



Anastasija Bräuniger

In 1977, NASA’s Voyager Mission fires the Golden Records into space, the contents of which are meant to represent humanity. The participatory installation invites us to linger and reflect – and to

make our own suggestions about what we want to leave behind in the vast space above us.

Tues. 11.7., Thu. 13.7. | 16:00

ITI Academy Space, Museum Angewandte Kunst

Duration: 90 min.

Language: English

Free Admission



Jäckie Rydz

BABYLON is about babies or rather not breeding, but creating something entirely different in a church of trans-bodies that play mother, whore and bride on the altar. BABYLON gives attention to these people – who mean the world to us – and questions what is left when humanity is queer and on childbirth strike.

Thu. 13.7, Sat. 15.7 | 20:00

studioNAXOS, Frankfurt

Duration: 75 min.

Languages: German, Polish, English with English subtitles

Tickets at: studionaxos.de