The Ringlokschuppen Ruhr is a centre for contemporary theatre, performance and dance. This is where regional and internationally active artists and performers, current social discourse and a wide variety of art forms connect with each other. In a locomotive roundhouse originally built for the railways in 1904, there are now three stages as well as an open-plan art and communication space with a small café. In addition to the many works presented and organised in the theatre itself, the Ringlokschuppen also initiates many participatory arts projects in and around the city, such as the Silent University Ruhr. The Ringlokschuppen also hosts KulturGut.Ruhr the popular culture programme with cabaret, comedy and concert evenings in the Ringlokschuppen and in the Mülheim Stadthalle. 

Ringlokschuppen Ruhr Björn Stork Kopie, Copyright Björn Stork

Since 2006, the Ringlokschuppen team has been building a comprehensive network of artists throughout Germany and the world and can look back on many years of strong working relationships with a wide range of groups, ensembles and collectives. Artists who often perform or have performed in the Ringlokschuppen include andcompany&Co., Boris Nikitin, Cooperativa Maura Morales, Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, kainkollektiv, LIGNA, Marta Górnicka, Monster Truck, René Pollesch, vorschlag:hammer, and many more (see Artists and performers since 2009). Youth development plays a key role in the theatre centre. Currently, (2017 / 2018) and for the second time, the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr is taking part in the Bundeskulturstiftung’s Doppelpass fund, last time with copy & waste, this time with EGfKA. Coproductions by the Ringlokschuppen have often been nominated and awarded prizes and have also been invited to festivals (including many invitations to the Theater Festival Impulse and Faust Theaterpreis for Richard Segal 2010).

As a coproduction and socio-cultural centre, the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr works in partnership with associated theatres and festivals as well as with social institutions, schools and universities – including FFT Düsseldorf, Kaserne Basel, HAU Berlin, Volksbühne Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Ruhrtriennale, Theater Oberhausen, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Ruhr Universität Bochum, Institut für angewandte Theaterwissenschaft Gießen, Hochschule Ruhr West, Bollwerk Moers and Zakk in Düsseldorf and many more, as well as with theatres in France, Cameroon, Croatia, Poland, the Netherlands and Switzerland.  

Festivals: Every year the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr hosts the Mülheimer Fatzer Tage, a festival for political theatre with young artists and established ensembles, which deals with the wide variety of societal and aesthetic facets of Bertolt Brecht’s Fatzer fragment. Since the Impulse Theater Festival began, the Ringlokschuppen Ruhr has been one of the key venues for the festval. Since 2011, Shiny Toys has also been put on here, a festival for auditory, visual and audio-visual arts.

The Ringlokschuppen Ruhr also runs SELBERMACHEN or “Do-it-yourself”, a free programme initiated by artists for people between the ages of 8 and 88. The event which has been running the longest at the Ringlokschuppen is the monthly integrative disco Grenzenlos (unlimited). 

In the context of its intercultural openness, the centre does not offer any projects specially designed for “people with experience of fleeing”. Much more than that, new ways to access the core programme are to be created which especially include new citizens in society and enable them to get involved. One of the important ways to do this is through language and translation: new approaches with multilingualism and diverse ways of accessing live art are being tried out to open up new perspectives on social diversity and community spirit and to achieve an influenceable future for society.

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