SUMMER UP 8 x Staatstheater Darmstadt 
About the Festival: 
After seven successful editions in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Dortmund, the theater festival SUMMER UP 8 will take place at the Staatstheater Darmstadt from June 2 to 4, 2023. SUMMER UP is the first German festival that specifically highlights the work of creative young theater assistants and up-and-coming artists.
Since its founding in 2014, the festival has been organized by theater assistants to offer regional and national young artists from various disciplines the opportunity to showcase their art. As a platform, the festival brings young artists together with management teams from different theaters and aims to create a cross-disciplinary network in which new working relationships can form. Stagings, performances, installations, puppet shows, music and dance stand side by side and work together on an equal footing. Bringing together different art forms and creating a space in which assistants and up-and-coming artists can present their work is the central concern of the SUMMER UP Festival.
Under the title "Crack the System", the aim is to explore which cracks in the system we can use to create something new and allow the theater of the future to grow. New visions and innovative artistic approaches are needed. Together with you, we want to face the challenges of post-pandemic theater - artistically, in terms of content, socially - to make theater a revitalized cultural space for all again. For the eighth festival edition from June 2-4, 2023, we are looking for productions from the fields of drama, puppetry, musical theater, dance, performance, as well as readings, exhibitions or audiovisual installations. We are interested in new artistic formats that address the current issues of our time and use theater as a discursive space for new visions.

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