Art Climate Transition
Co-funded by the
Creative Europe Programme
of the European Union
Kampnagel Hamburg




Kampnagel is a world-renowned international production venue for contemporary performing arts and also presents concerts, conferences and a variety of festivals. On six stages with capacities from 1000 to 100 seats, Kampnagel shows the works of international artists as well as those of the local Hamburg scene.

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  • #mainstreamingotherness
  • #decolonizing
  • #transgenerationaldialogue
  • #solidarityinstitution
  • #feminism

Kampnagel, the international arts center in Hamburg, is Europe’s largest production venue for contemporary performing arts. It presents works at the intersection of dance, theater, performance, music, visual arts and architecture on six stages located in a former crane factory building. Its program is made up of international productions and co-productions and locally produced works by the Hamburg performing arts and dance scene. There are also smaller and bigger festivals including the international renowned International Summer Festival. Kampnagel regularly hosts conferences and symposia about contemporary social discourses. Kampnagel is a productive laboratory for the development of ideas, exploring new formats that tackle modern forms of communication, interaction and participation as well as the transfer of knowledge and our conception of the public sphere. Kampnagel is simultaneously locally anchored and internationally connected. The arts center creates links between artists and between different artistic languages. It regularly comes into dialogue with activists and researchers, and takes the (cultural-) political lead. Every season, Kampnagel attracts approximately 180,000 visitors. During the last years Kampnagel has continuously been working with artists, activists, local and international partners on de-colonial strategies, solidarity practices, gender politics, feminism and queerness. In our program remembrance culture is re-established as an important means to fight the social uprising of discrimination and racism. Kampnagel constantly works on the awareness of our audiences for our ecology and non-human species. The collaboration with our ACT partners gives us the chance to share our practices, to learn from each other and to raise the impact of our actions.

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Kampnagel HamburgTheater Rotterdam Rotterdam
16 Aug 2023 - 20 Aug 2023

Ophelia’s Got Talent

Florentina Holzinger

A wet terrain that is the stage and the training ground to find out how to become like Ophelia – embodying the laws that govern a special environment to satisfy the desires and fantasies of others. Water is the element of assimilation and adaptation, a symbol of the limitless capacity for expansion, of an eternal, inseparable unity with the outside world. Symbolically, water is associated with femininity – and with death. An oceanic landscape emerges, full of illusions, cultural and historical references to all kinds of aquatic creatures and drowned strangers, a scenario that not only asks the question… whether training and exercise can help us escape the precarious conditions of the present with climate catastrophes and other disasters to come. It also invites speculation about future life forms that have assimilated these conditions, transformed them and created new forms of being.

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