IFTF 2019

The previous Magdalena Festivals in Frankfurt provided an important reflection on and discussion about the situation of women* in the performing arts, on stage and in practice.

This third edition of the festival aims to deepen that debate, and to address „what we still have to do”, that is, what needs to be overcome to achieve the conditions we need to work as artists?

Starting with the awareness that reality can only be changed through a process of collective emancipation, the choice of this year’s theme emerges. We women* are the protagonists of a movement that breaks new ground to build better gender relations in society!

Under the theme „Collective Empowerment”, this year’s IFTF offers a space for women* to present artistic works and productions that touch the audience and call for joint reflection. The main aim is to address the role of women* in theatre and in life and to redefine it.

During these four days there will be contemporary and multimedia theatre performances, an interactive „gender identity labyrinth” and a symposium on this year’s theme from 17:00 onwards. Our Mongolian yurt, or „Unter-uns-Raum”, offers a special place during the festival for conversations and acoustic live music. In the evening, food and drink will be provided and get-togethers are planned at the bar in the theatre foyer, with musical accompaniment from our DJanes.

Welcome to our International Women‘s* Theatre Festival!

Barbara Luci Carvalho and the IFTF Team


26 September 2019


Inlet festival
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Gender Identity Labyrinth
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Live music: Mane & Mira Zounogo
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Performance: For those who are no longer (with Violeta Luna)
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Performance: Sewing machine music (of Stephanie aka ragtreasure)
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DJane: Sherryaeri
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27 September 2019

13:00 – 15:00

Workshop: Political body on stage (with Aline Corrêa)
Groove Dance Studio | More Infos


Live music: Marja Burchard
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18:00 22:00

Gender Identity Labyrinth
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Due to the current weather conditions, the Gender Identity Labyrinth is open today at 22:00.

Coalition of the Free Scene: Focus # 5 Art Gender Fair?
protagon e. V. | Mongolian yurt


Theater unter Aufbau: Work in Progress Night
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  • TH(F)ree Birds – Anna Orkolainen, Ines Recher, Magdalena Wielgoshinska
  • #ablebodiesandstones – Jana Korb
  • CORPUS MUNDI – woman across borders – Barbara Luci Carvalho

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28 September 2019

10:00 – 13:00

Workshop: The Body: Territory and Frontier (with Violeta Luna)
Groove Dance Studio | More Infos

10:00 – 13:00

Workshop: Girls* in the Performing Arts (with Lydia Ernst and Jeanine Bohländer)
Groove Dance Studio | More Infos

14:00 – 17:00

Symposium: Collective Feminist Empowerment – Work in progress
protagon e. V. | Mongolian yurt


Live music: Marja Burchard
protagon e. V. | Mongolian yurt

18:00 21:00

Gender Identity Labyrinth
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Due to the current weather conditions, the Gender Identity Labyrinth is open today at 21:00.

Performance: Aeterna (with Claire Heggen and Elsa Marquet Lienhart)
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DJane: Xinan
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29 September 2019

12:00 – 17:00

Workshop: Mommies – A great journey (with Vivi Klein)
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13:00 – 16:00

Workshop: Feminity (with Théâtre du Mouvement)
Groove Dance Studio | More Infos


Performance: Leena Pralineskaja (with Pirkko Cremer)
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Performance: Der Putzroboter Melanie (with Pirkko Cremer)
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Performance: Femvolk
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Gender Identity Labyrinth
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Performance: Resistencia (with Aline Corrêa)
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Performance: x Steps (of Davida Brown, Michelle Koprow, Laura-Marie Preßmar)
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DJane: Kadda-Disco/House (Hardcuts HKKQ FFM) & BpunktSternchen* – Melodic/Electro Mixes (The Second Planet e.V.)
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The workshops offer an artistic experience and exchange during the festival and are dedicated to women* and girls*.

Political body on stage

This workshop proposes the dialog between feminine bodies that absorb all the types of violence daily in the society. Through urban dances with bases in the contemporary dance we are going to turn this violence into movement, force and speech. What are the marks that her body is loaded of?

Aline Corrêa
Brazilian performer formed at school Membros. For 5 years she dances with the company Membros (RJ) and 2 years with the Hybrid company (RJ). She has realized different residences of creation  with the group Cena 11 (SC) and Mario Nascimento (BH). Nowadays, she continues her professional career as choreographer and performer in Europe.

  • Date: Friday 27 September 2019
  • Time: 13:00 – 15:00
  • Location: Groove Dance Studio, Wächtersbacher Str. 76, 60386 Frankfurt
  • Fee: 20 €
  • Languages: Portugues and English

The Body: Territory and Frontier


This workshop has been created for artists of performance, dancers, actors, spoken word or visual artists interested in performance art and in exploring the intersection of the personal, the theatrical and the political through stage actions. Students in these disciplines are also welcome.

Workshop participants will make use of their personal memory and identity as the expressive territory where they will chart a vocabulary of stage actions. Drawing on their use of body, participants will also work on imagery related to their individual and social understanding of gender, sexuality and race.

Some thematic threads in the workshop include:

  • Body (fiction and non-fiction, presence and inner strength, body as subject/object)
  • Space (internal and external, spatial relationships, the intervention of public and private space)
  • Time (real-time, fictional-time, ritual-time)
  • Action (site-specific, action – reaction, responses to real and imagined stimuli, audience interaction, the creative accident)

Violeta Luna’s (Actress/Performance Artist/Activist) work explores the relationship between theatre, performance art and community engagement. Working within a multidimensional space that allows for the crossing of aesthetic and conceptual borders, Luna uses her body as a territory to question and comment on social and political phenomena. Born in Mexico City, Luna obtained her graduate degree in Acting from the Centro Universitario de Teatro (UNAM,) and La Casa del Teatro. She has performed and taught workshops extensively throughout Latin America and Europe, as well as in Rwanda, Egypt, New Zealand, Japan, India, Canada and USA. While primarily working as a solo performer, she is also an associate artist of the San Francisco-based performance collectives La Pocha Nostra and Secos & Mojados. She is a National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fellow, and a member of The Magdalena Project: International Network of Women in Contemporary Theatre. Significant works include: Requiem for a Lost Land, Frida, NK603: Action for Performer and e-Maiz, Apuntes sobre la Frontera and a series of collaborations with La Pocha Nostra.

  • Date: Saturday 28 September 2019
  • Time: 10:00 – 13:00
  • Location: Groove Dance Studio, Wächtersbacher Str. 76, 60386 Frankfurt
  • Fee: 30 €
  • Participants: max. 16
  • Language: English
  • Target group: Professional or students of performance, spoken-word, actors, dancers and visual artists. All applicants should have a basic understanding of the discipline of performance art.
  • Please bring along: Comfortable clothes for physical activity
  • Website: www.violetaluna.com

Girls* in the performing arts

You want to try out dance and theatre and get creative with others?

At our workshop for girls* from 13-18 years you can get to know theatre plays and techniques without previous experience and if you want to try out a small performance. But that’s not a Must!

Lydia Ernst and Jeanine Bohländer are both theatre pedagogues and active in feminist work with girls*. Together they founded the open and free dance, theatre and circus project called in.tension, which aims to give all those interested a low-threshold access to trying out performative arts in Frankfurt.

  • Date: Saturday 28 September 2019
  • Time: 11:00 – 14:00
  • Location: Groove Dance Studio, Wächtersbacher Str. 76, 60386 Frankfurt
  • Fee: free
  • Language: German
  • Target group: Girls* and young women* between 13-18 years of age

Théâtre du Mouvement

The Théâtre du Mouvement is co-directed by Claire Heggen and Yves Marc. With over 40 years of experience, the company is internationally renowned for its creations, research and teaching skills.

As their daughter, and as Aeterna’s co-director with Claire Heggen, Elsa Marquet Lienhart will be happy to pass on some of the Théâtre du Mouvement’s legacy.

Through exercices and playful improvisations, she will enable you to understand their process of creation. From mother to daughter, from teacher to student. What is the best way to awaken our senses and to create around a most essential theme: femininity.

A graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory in flute (specialty pedagogy), Elsa Marquet Lienhart teaches since the start of 2013 at Arte Musici. She performs in France and abroad, including orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philarmonische Orchestra. Active participant in the world of contemporary music, she works with composers in various settings (Contemporary Cabaret, Movement Theater, Theater of the Sarment) and questions the notions of theatricality of music and musicality of the movement.


Our body as origin … Our strong intuition … Our unbridled collective strength …

Wild women come together!

In this workshop we go on a journey back to our inner self, which often slumbers trapped and limited in our depths. Together we want to rediscover and awaken our inner child. To discover ourselves and to live freely. Only then have we released the ropes in order to guide our born children through their lives without fear and false boundaries and to accompany them later. To recognize their ways and potentials, to trust and to accept them, even to promote them. A journey for us and our child. In a gentle way, at the right pace and in a healthy environment. Finding the way back to yourself and your body and strengthening the connection to the child.

We want to spend time together in nature with running, elements from yoga, games from body theatre and contact improvisation, as well as tasks from nature and environmental education. The main focus is on the exchange with each other. We want to spin a web.

Vivien Klein
certified wilderness guide IWV, student of art education Goethe, nature/wilderness/environmental education ILS, CORE basic seminar for fitness trainer DfAV

  • Date: Sunday 29 September 2019
  • Time: 12:00 – 17:00 (including 1 hour lunch break)
  • Meeting point: protagon cultural area, Orber Str. 57, 60386 Frankfurt
  • Fee: 30 €
  • Participants: max. 15
  • Language: German
  • Target group: Open to all women with children up to 6 years
  • Please bring along: Food and drinks
  • Website: vivilemoment.de
  • Tel: 0176 43628909
  • Email: info@vivilemoment.de

Performances & Theater

For those who are no longer

„For those who are no longer“ is a performance / memorial for women* who have been and continue to be killed in Latin America. It is the result of collaboration between Violeta Luna (Mexico, USA) and the Rubro Obsceno Collective (Brazil). The performance exposes violence, impunity and oblivion, and ritualizes the need for solidarity and action against feminicide.

Concept: Violeta Luna and Rubro Obscene Collective (Stela Fischer and Leticia Olivares)
Performance: Violeta Luna
Music: David Molina
Video: Roderick Steel

Sewing machine music

„Today, a sewing machine on the dissecting table. Tomorrow a dress for fatal self-talk. The day after tomorrow, a slaughtered sleeping bag in a sea of cherry blossoms.” In this performance, concert stages are converted into open workshops. People in the audience are free to influence the performance spontaneously. The sculptures, sound equipment and mobile scenery islands are playable interactive surfaces. Sometimes they appear in video works, then they become performative props in public space until they finally extinguish themselves.

Concept and performance: Stephanie aka ragtreasure (beißpony/ ChicksOnSpeed Records, RagRec)

Theater unter Aufbau – Work in Progress Night

TH(F)ree Birds

This performance is an intimate dialogue between three women who have decided not to wait for anymore applause in their lives. Behind the curtain, they confess who they really are. Their naked stories are printed on their bodies by the moon cycles.

Concept and performance: Anna Orkolainen, Ines Recher, Magdalena Wielgoshinska


This work-in-progress exhibits artistic research about the circus and the body. Jana Korb is interested in the body in terms of the tension between discipline and the urge to be different, between adrenaline rush and pain. The microcosm of the circus is a facet of society in which physical discrimination is the norm. To what extent does the circus reproduce societal body norms? #ablebodiesandstones is artistically in search of the circus of the future.

Concept and performance: Jana Korb
Website: www.luftartistin.de

CORPUS MUNDI – woman across borders

A Brazilian woman tells stories and recounts memories about her body and about her black female heritage. She brings with her a biographical narrative that transcends geographies, aesthetic boundaries, private experiences and public commitments …

Concept, choreography and performance: Barbara Luci Carvalho
Video editing: Jorge Bascuñan
Music: Ruben Wielsch und Bernhard Bub
Costume: Josephin Berger
Scenery: Bernhard Bub
Thanks to Luciana Martuchelli and Luciana Fazan.

  • Date: Friday 27.09.2019
  • Time: 20:00


Transmission is the theme of this piece, which tells the story of the passing of time and the duration of life in an unthinkable time. A young and an aging body adapt to each other to connect their differences, making them a positive force. Aeterna sheds light on a relationship between a mother and a daughter, as if inside a laboratory, and explores giving and taking and the exchange between generations. Starting with imaginary feminine rituals, Aeterna is concerned with how an archaic image of the feminine has been transmitted over generations, which sometimes escapes those men who encounter it.

Performance, dramaturgy, movement, direction: Claire Heggen, Elsa Marquet Lienhart
Musical composition, flute, puppet show: Elsa Marquet Lienhart, Irina Prieto Botella
Lighting design: Charlotte Gaudelus
Set and costume design: Einat Landais
Costumes and stage design: Sandrine Rozier, Cécilia Delestre.


This solo performance interrogates the body as an object of resistance that has to support every phase of learning and experience. The body transforms into a place full of scars, where the past is visible, yet the immediate physicality of the body, whether visible or hidden, opens the eyes to the present.

„Without impulse the body is nothing” (Tita’s Ô Pulso)

Choreography and performance: Aline Corrêa
Lights: Lionel Henry
Production: Elclimamola

  • Date: Sunday 29.09.2019
  • Time: 19:00

x Steps

Which possibilities of time representation are reserved for film and which for the stage? How can the absolute present, which emanates from the physicality of the performers, be transferred into film? Using the basic rhythm of a pair of running shoes throughout the performance, the most diverse spaces and atmospheres will leave the audience free to make their own associations and thoughts. Students of theatre science explore the differences between film and theatre.

Concept and performance: Davida Brown, Michelle Koprow, Laura-Marie Preßmar

Mongolian yurt

Take a seat between us in the Mongolian yurt

Come and discover the „between us place”! In the circle of artists there is plenty of room every day to exchange, network, make music, relax and much more …

Coalition of the Free Scene: Focus # 5 Art Gender Fair?

What is the situation of artists* of all disciplines in Frankfurt? How fair are they paid? How many women* run liberal arts institutions? How feminist is the free scene? What would gender justice look like in the liberal arts?

Symposium Collective Feminist Empowerment – Work in progress

This afternoon is dedicated to women who are interested in or active in organized feminist artistic movements. Here the theme is already built into the framework, it is already a „work in progress”, i.e. an event that develops during the process of its participants.

Beginning with a meeting in our Mongolian yurt, we create a collective atmosphere with which we can explore collective processes. Our goal: to formulate collective empowerment as a real and artistic practice in an exemplary way. Everyone can participate in order to create change. We ask: to what extent can we join forces to really change something about gender injustice in the performing arts?

Rather than waiting for things to change on their own, let’s initiate that change together!

  • Date: Saturday 28.09.2019
  • Time: 14:00 – 17:00

Gender Identity Labyrinth

A labyrinthine structure inside which we can question and redefine our gender identity. In the labyrinth, you can rediscover your own performative body, your performative gender.

„No one can escape the demarcation here via the way out … So what would be your way there?“

The International Women‘s* Theatre Festival offers this performative space in the form of an interactive labyrinth installation with performance and live music on the theme: collective empowerment and gender performativity.


daily from 22:00

Thursday 26.09.2019

Friday 27.09.2019

Saturday 28.09.2019

Sunday 29.09.2019
Kadda-Disco/House (Hardcuts HKKQ FFM) & BpunktSternchen* – Melodic/Electro Mixes (The Second Planet e.V.)