west off & Freischwimmen

07.12. – 09.12.2023

You now have the opportunity to get acquainted with up-and-coming artists from North Rhine-Westphalia and the world at the FFT! For three days in December, we are going to present new positions in choreography, performance, and physical theatre, looking at a world in transformation with the makers. Experience idiosyncratic artistic resistance strategies, and maybe even some answers to these questions: Is it possible to be a feminist when you are also a man? Is it okay to dance to music with lyrics that glorify violence? Where do I find touch when all people do everywhere is on only zoom and tap?

The line-up consists of choreographer and performer Ido Grinberg with A Society of Screens, performer Milena Cestao Kolbowski with Ay Papi Ay Mami, David Martínez Morente with Richard III oder CR7istiano, performer and singer Alex Franz Zehetbauer with An Evening with as well as performance network Sterna | Pau with Trolllike.

The FFT nourishes longstanding connections to artists in Düsseldorf, in Germany, and throughout the world. But how does a new work enter the repertoire? The west off and Freischwimmen programmes play an important part in this. west off lends support to new groups from North Rhine-Westphalia just starting out on the independent scene. The network provided by Freischwimmen works in a very similar way – on an international level, and it has been doing that for the past 20 years.


Alex Franz Zehetbauer

an evening with

Concert + Performance
Sa. 09.12.

20 Years of Freischwimmen

Book presentation
Sa. 09.12.


west off & Freischwimmen
Drinks + Talks
Fr. 08.12.

David Martínez Morente


Sa. 09.12.

Ido Grinberg

A Society of Screens

Fr. 08.12. , Sa. 09.12.

Milena Cestao Kolbowski

Ay Papi Ay Mami

Do. 07.12. , Fr. 08.12.



Do. 07.12. , Do. 07.12.


west off receives support from the Cultural Departments of the Cities of Bonn, Düsseldorf, and Cologne as well as from the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Trolllike and An Evening With, within the framework of Freischwimmen, receive support from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the “Verbindungen fördern (Fostering Connections)” programme by Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste e.V. (Federal Association for the Independent Performing Arts).