FAVORITEN Festival 2018

Every two years, Favoriten shows current theater, dance and performance works from North Rhine–Westphalia’s independent scene. In the process, the Dortmund festival re-invents itself every time: finds new venues in the city, builds new relationships and places other accents.

A public debate about cultural models, clear missions and categories surrounds us. But how can one develop a festival program or artistic work ‘without a model’ – against given definitions andrepressive attributions?

The 18 positions in the program resist established expectations! In aesthetic experiments, they conquer new genres and political spheres of action. We offer you a heartfelt invitation to eleven festival days!


Thu. 6. – Sun. 16.9.
Mittelhalle im Depot
Expanded Cinema / Musical theatre performance

ingolf wohnt


An Expanded Cinema Project that shifts the commonly known form of the opera into daily life and gives it a new sound somewhere between cucumber sandwiches and synthesizers.

German with english subtitles | Tickets

Thu. 6.9., 20.00
Theater im Depot
Theatre / Performance

Fin de Mission / Ohne Auftrag leben

kainkollektiv / OTHNI – Laboratoire de Théâtre de Yaoundé

A dissection of history: a musical theatre performance about the synchronicity between the rise of European culture and the intertwined history of slavery.

In German and French with english surtitles | Tickets

Fri. 7.9., 19.00
Alte Schmiede
Dance / New Circus


Overhead Project

Sustained dizziness and an intense exploration of the empty and imaginary middle that allows for no rest.

No language skills needed | Tickets

Fri. 7.9., 21.00
Sat. 8.9., 21.00
Musical theatre / Concert

Nordstadt Phantasien / Club Kohleausstieg

Schorsch Kamerun, music: PC Nackt and Schorsch Kamerun

Musician and theater director Schorsch Kamerun simulates an urban gold-rush atmosphere in Dortmund’s Nordstadt around the music club ‘Kohleausstieg’. With concerts by Les Trucs (7.9.) and Oddateee (8.9.).

No language skills needed | Tickets via Ruhrtriennale

A Ruhrtriennale event in cooperation with festival FAVORITEN.

Sat. 8.9. 13 – 21.00
Sun. 9.9. 11- 21.00
Sat. 15.9. 11 – 21.00
Sun. 16.9. 11 – 21.00
Admission every 30 min., tickets to be booked in advance
Projektraum Fotografie in the Union Gewerbehof
Installative Performance


Sebastian Blasius

A long table is set; one place is left for you – a performance about belonging, identity, becoming and passing for one audience member each.

In German | Tickets

Sat. 8.9., 19.00
Theater im Depot
Dance / Performance

Sonderbare Irre

SEE! (SE Struck / A. Knieps)

Choreographer duo SEE! and dancer Frank Willens examine self-staging in the internet with a show dance troupe. Your mobile phone turns into virtual opera glasses!

No language skills needed | Tickets

Sat. 8.9., 21.00
Mittelhalle im Depot
Dance / Performance

UNLIKELY CREATURES (II) we dance for you

Billinger & Schulz

In an energetic mix of dance, text and sound, five dancers show the inner conflict within contemporary bodies.

No language skills needed | Tickets

Sun. 9.9., 16.00
Werkhalle in the Union Gewerbehof
Musical Performance

Das Konzept bin ich

i can be your translator

The inclusive group i can be your translator confronts the ‘euthanasia’ crimes of National Socialism – seriously and playfully. Collective mourning.

In German | Tickets


Sun. 9.9., 20.00
Theater im Depot

Let’s Talk About Love

Thomas Bartling & David Kilinç

A glamorous and non-ironic performance about first loves, coming out and true passion to a Céline Dion soundtrack.

In German and English | Tickets


Mon. 10.9., 19.00
Werkhalle in the Union Gewerbehof

Work at Werk Union

Four artist groups will work from June to September 2018 based on overheard stories and possible futures for the abandoned Werk Union grounds (formerly HSP / Hoesch) in Dortmund’s Union quarter. Working Class Daughters will be about the female workers’ voices; Terra incognita collects hopes that have been lost or can be newly found; the artists David Guy Kono and Antoine Effroy recommend rejecting the biblical command ‘subdue the earth’; and Transzendenter Supranaturalismus will let pink clouds rise.

In German | admission free

Tue. 11.9., 19.00 opening
Wed. 12.9.-Fri. 14.9., 16.00-22.00
Sat. 15.9. 15.00-22.00
Sun. 16.9., 17.00 closing concert
Parzelle im Depot
Exhibition / Sound art


Tarek Atoui in cooperation with Léo Maurel and with participants from Dortmund

With a newly developed instrument, an exhibition and a concert, Tarek Atoui invites us to experience sounds with all senses.

Guided tours during the opening hours in German, English, sign language | admission free

Wed. 12.9., 20.00
Theater im Depot
Performative Concert

DIVA: Celebrating Oum Kalthoum

Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends featuring The NRWedding Orchestra for Middle Eastern Music with Ruth Rosenfeld

An unorthodox and transcultural concert evening honoring the Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum.

Songtexts in Arabic | Tickets

Thu. 13. 16 – 22.00
Fri. 14.9. 16–22.00
Sat. 15. 15 – 22.00
Sun. 16.9. 15–22.00
Probebühne im Depot
Performative installation

Voicing Pieces

Begüm Erciyas

In the intimacy of a sound box, the impression of your own voice shifts magically.

In German | Tickets

Thu. 13.9., 19.00
Werkhalle in the Union Gewerbehof
Performance / New Music


Lea Letzel & Luísa Saravia

Three women, 23 electric guitars and a drum set turn the relationships between sound, movement and composition upside down.

No language skills needed | Tickets

Thu. 13.9., 21.00
Maschinenhalle Friedlicher Nachbar, Bochum
Walk-in opera / Spatial choreography


claudia bosse / theatercombinat

Terror, Poems, Hate Crime and Madness – four allegories – are raising their voices in a world that is becoming increasingly more schizophrenic. So, let’s sing.

In German and English | Tickets

Fri. 14.9., 20.00
Theater im Depot


Nuray Demir und Tümay Kılınçel

An invitation to the audience to take a new look at migration narratives in a space full of culturally charged things.

No language skills needed | Tickets

Sat. 15.9., 19.00
Theater im Depot
Theatre / Performance

||: Wir fangen nochmal an :|| – Feldstudie mit Chor

Anna-Lena Klapdor with students of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Neither fear nor hope – just a choir that is starting over.

In German | Tickets

Sat. 15.9., 21.00
Dance / Performance


Ben J. Riepe

A danced ritual on the borderline between pleasure and sacrifice, lust and control, violence and beauty, tradition and malaise.

No language skills needed | Tickets

Sun. 16.9., 20.00
Werkhalle in the Union Gewerbehof

Die Ausgrabung


Can you disprove the real? Who will exhume our culture? And what will then appear if vorschlag:hammer does the digging?

In German | Tickets


Theater im Depot, Mittelhalle, Parzelle, Probebühne
Immermannstraße 29, 44147 Dortmund
U 41: stop Immermannstraße / Klinikzentrum

Alte Schmiede:
Hülshof 32, 44369 Dortmund
U 47: stop Huckarde Bushof + walk

Union Gewerbehof:
Werkhalle, Projektraum Fotografie
Rheinische Straße 143, 44147 Dortmund
U 43 / U 44: stop Ofenstraße

Leopoldstraße 50, 44147 Dortmund

Gneisenaustraße 55, 44147 Dortmund
U 47: stop Hafen or Schützenstraße

Künstlerhaus Dortmund:
Sunderweg 1, 44147 Dortmund
Bus 453, 460 or 475: stop Treibstraße or 10 – 15 minutes walk


Presale directly online (no fees), nationwide at all known ticket agencies and from 8 am – 8 pm at the ticket hotline +49 (0) 1806-570070 (0.20 € . xed networks / max. 0,60 € mobile networks).

Tickets for all events: 15 EUR regular, 8 EUR reduced. The exhibition at Künstlerhaus as well as all events in the frame of WITHIN by Tarek Atoui are free of charge. Free choice of seats at all events.

Reductions for pupils, trainees and students. Free admission for recipients of social welfare and holders of Dortmund-Pass at the box office depending on availability.

Festival Pass: 6 tickets can be combined, either for one person going to 6 events or several visitors going to one or several events. The Festival Pass works as a ticket and needs to be taken to every event. The shows ingolf wohnt, VANITAS and Voicing Pieces are excluded from the pass.

Wheelchair users are kindly asked to register one day prior their visit. Companions of handicaped persons have free admission. Details about accessibility and group reductions at request: info@favoriten-festival.de