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Chamäelon Berlin gGmbH

Berlin , Germany
Type of organisation
performance space, residency space
Main discipline
contemporary circus
Type of activities
mentoring / practical support
production
programming
residencies
Year established
2004
Circostrada member since
2017
Other networks the organisation belongs to
Contact Person
Alexandra Henn (Project manager & Assistant to the Artistic Director)
Address
Rosenthaler Straße 40/41
10178, Berlin - Germany
+493040005928

Chamäleon Berlin is a creative venue, network partner and stage for contemporary circus based in Berlin, Germany.

Since our founding in 2004, we have been a showcase for current artistic positions in the international circus scene and over the years have evolved into an important production venue and creative partner. Our mission is to support circus artists in their artistic work, to promote the sustainable development of the art form and to present contemporary circus to a broad audience.

Under the artistic direction of Anke Politz and the management of Hendrik Frobel, the Chamäleon focuses on three main areas:

The Chamäleon Theater is the starting and anchor point of our theatre and is the heartbeat of our daily work. The pieces in our stage program are often co-produced and celebrate their world premiere in Berlin. In addition, we supplement our program with occasional guest performances and open our house to Berlin’s independent scene through open-stage formats or work-in-progress presentations. Every season, artists and companies receive comprehensive production support at our theatre.

Another focus lies in the area of creation: As a producer and creation platform, the Chamäleon promotes the development of new productions on and beyond our own theatre stage. Our aim is to support innovative artistic concepts and to establish sustainable structures that conceive of creation in circus as a holistic process and take the needs of the artists into account.

In addition, the Chamäleon offers circus artists a safe space to work on artistic projects with open-ended outcomes in the form of residencies. A final performance on our own theatre stage is possible, but not a requirement. Making our facilities and skills available is intended to encourage artistic debate and create space for research, experimentation, and the development of ideas.

The sustained connection of these areas forms the foundation of our structures and approach. We are a place for encounters and free exchange and hold openness, respect and social responsibility as elementary values of our theatre. We live these values in our work and represent them externally through our involvement in a variety of networks. We are an active member of the Bundesverband Zeitgenössischer Zirkus (Federal Association of Contemporary Circus) and as such are committed to the long-term establishment of contemporary circus as an art form in Germany.

Since 2022, we have been recognized as a non-profit organization.

CHAMÄLEON Productions est une maison de production indépendante située en plein cœur de Berlin. Elle œuvre au développement et à la réalisation de productions de cirque contemporain innovantes. Sous la direction artistique de Anke Politz, CHAMÄLEON Productions est en charge de la programmation du magnifique théâtre CHAMÄLEON et s’est établi en tant qu’organisateur et réseau partenaire pour le développement, la mise en réseau et la professionnalisation du cirque contemporain en Allemagne.

Ses principales missions sont :

  • La promotion
  • La production 
  • La coproduction
  • Le développement de la professionnalisation de haut niveau dans le domaine du cirque contemporain.

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