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11 questions and answers

1. Who is the flausen+ scholarship aimed at?

The research scholarship flausen+ is aimed at groups of professional artists who want to pursue or research an idea within the performing arts, but outside a production, and who are  finding it difficult to obtain funding. The scholarships are designed for four artists. The research project is in the foreground; so, directors, choreographers, video artists, authors, musicians, actors, visual artists, etc. can participate. Existing groups, new groups or artists who are interested can apply, also those who want to explore something new and want to look for other artists to do so.

And there is no age restriction!

2. What does the scholarship offer?

A. A working stay of 4 weeks for 4 people in one of the theatres of residence of the project. The residence phase will be agreed after the final selection.
Current residences are: Theaterlabor Bielefeld, Theater im Ballsaal Bonn, Freies Werkstatt Theater Cologne, German Stage Service Marburg, theater wrede + Oldenburg.
B. A research grant of currently 1.400 Euros per person for the entire period of four weeks plus free accommodation for 4 (up to 5) persons.
C. A research budget for materials (stage, costumes, media) by arrangement. *
D. A professional mentor will be made available. Mentors are suggested by the jury and the residence theatres, and applicants can also make suggestions.
E. Dramaturgical, technical, organizational advice and accompaniment of the work after arrangement with the theatre of residence.
F. The theatre also provides a contact person who takes care of the coordination between the artists and the theatre of residence and who will give the group information about the city (where can I get what? etc.) etc.
G. The theatre of residence takes care of the accounting, so that the artists can devote themselves exclusively to their project during their scholarship.
H. Networking with possible future sponsors, cultural offices, venues and other production promoters.

*Note: Each research idea has to be evaluated individually and needs different premises. “By arrangement” means that the scholarship holders and the theatre of residence sit down and discuss what is meaningful and necessary in order to ensure the greatest possible support for the research idea.

3. What requirements are expected of the artists?

1.The Applicant must have their primary residence in Germany.

2. The professional status of all participants is required and must be proven. The participants must prove their participation in at least 2 productions or professional work (own productions or cooperations).

3. The scholarship is designed for 4 people, of which at least 3 people should work on stage. Funding for only one, two or three person is currently not provided. In principle, there is the possibility to involve more than 4 persons if the project requires it, and if the scholarship holders independently raise funds for the additional participants (living costs of currently 350 Euro p.P./week plus separate accommodation costs, if applicable).

4. Which application documents must be submitted?

In the first round of applications, only the application form from this website must be filled in and sent to us by post or email within the tendering period. The date of submission is valid, not the postmark.
Everything else follows after the selection of the preliminary jury for the second round of applications. If you are selected by the preliminary jury, you will receive an invitation to the “Final Choice”. For the “Final Choice” you must send in the CV of all group members, a work plan for the possible residence and possibly mentor wishes. In the “Final Choice” you have the opportunity to present your research idea in the form of a five-minute presentation on stage and then talk to the jury about it for three minutes

5. How to present your research idea well?

Your research idea should be clear. It should be clear from the application that you have an open research interest and will not use the residence to set up a production. In addition to the brief presentation of the idea in the application form, the idea of the implementation is also important. In addition, it should be briefly described why you as an artist or as a group find this idea so important.

In the case of the “Final Choice”, the type of presentation is open. It can be shown live or via videos. Likewise, e.g. it is possible to show a model with which the artists want to work.

6. How are the scholarship holders selected?

1. A nationwide expert jury, selected by the flausen+ Bundesnetzwerk, selects the artists who receive a scholarship. A preliminary jury (smaller group of the main jury) will first select from the applications a number of 18 applications for the main jury. These will then receive as finalists an invitation to a short public presentation during the Final Choice event. There is the opportunity to present the research idea on stage in the form of a five-minute live presentation and then talk to the jury about it for three minutes.

2. Criteria for the jury are primarily the risk, the research idea and its concept of implementation; as well as the social relevance of the topic and the scholarship requirements of the applicants.

3. The successful candidates will then be notified and will be informed about the further procedure (scholarship contract, financial framework, concrete work plan, etc.).

7. Is the application also possible in English?

Yes! The application can be in English.
8. How often can I apply?

As often as you have an unusual idea. It is also possible to re-apply with the same idea. Even if you have already been invited to the “Final Choice”, this is no reason to drop the idea. After applying, there is the opportunity to receive feedback, which can help with a renewed application. Even if you have already completed a scholarship at flausen+, you can apply again in the same or changed constellation and a new project.
9. What is required of us as an artist / group?

Must we work out a premiere for example?

A. The project is a research project. With this scholarship the research of scenic arts should be made possible independently of a “saleable” result.

B. During the residence, attendance is mandatory for all parties involved. Absences are limited to the weekends (there is a 5-day week, whereby which days of the week in agreement with the theatre of residence are irrelevant). Further jobs / secondary employment during the residence period are excluded or only possible in special cases by arrangement. To ensure the living costs during the research residence, the scholarship holders receive the weekly maintenance allowance of 350.00 Euro per person per week.

C. At the end of the residence there is a public event, the “Making OFF #”, to which the artists commit themselves. This is an open format developed especially for flausen+, which leaves it up to the artists’ groups how they give the audience insights into their research work from the residence. This can range from scenic clips to a public discussion (see recordings of previous Making OFFs at www.flausenblog.de). It’s about conveying material from your research and taking the audience with you in the unfamiliar format (in parts). Within this format there is also the possibility to receive feedback from the audience as additional research material

D. The artists commit to cooperate in the evaluation in such a way that they are available to the residence theatre once a week during the period of the scholarship and to provide the theatre with the documents and media required for communication with the sponsors and the public (photos, Videos etc.). In addition, a weekly logbook, published in excerpts on the flausen+ blog, must be maintained.

E. If productions come to life from the research at flausen+, the scholarship holders should point out the scholarship in the form indicated by the model project.

F. Should a production based on the flausen+ residence be completed, the artist group agrees to perform the result of the research in the theatre of residence after agreement and financing.

Note: Upon receipt of the scholarship, a scholarship contract will be closed to legalise all details.

10. How are the residence periods allocated?

The residence phases for the following year (6 scholarships in 2019, distributed to 5 theatres of residences in Hesse / Lower Saxony / NRW) are planned in the course of the application process with the individual theatres for the respective year. Normally, the residence phases are between January – April (rarely) and May – September (often). An overview of all past phases can be found here (only available in german))

The planning with the theatres of residence will be carried out as early as possible for the following year, in order to make them known to the scholarship holders as soon as possible.

Basically, the theatres give residence phases for their houses according to their needs, since they have to provide their theatre for four weeks and integrate this into their own program planning. The scholarship holders cannot dictate any phases, but they can name their wishes regarding the phases, the federal state, residence house, etc. The final distribution of the scholarship groups to the residences/phases then takes place in consultation with the groups and the individual houses. As many wishes and requirements as possible of all scholarship groups are taken into consideration with regard to the available phases.

11. Can third-party funds be used in the project?

Generally no, because this is a research project and not a production promotion. As with everything in life, there is a “but”: If the IDEA definitely requires it, you can search for additional sponsors, for example, to allow more than four participants to take part in the project. But agreement and support from the theatre of residence are required.

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