Boat People Projekt

Since 2009, bpp has been working as a free theater in various constellations focusing on the topic of flight and migration. Organized as a club and collective, rehearsals and work are carried out in our own venue, the WERKRAUM.
In terms of content, the artists deal with socio-political issues and the possibilities of political theater. Comprehensive diversity is sought both in the program and in the composition of the artistic teams and partners in the projects. Together, research is carried out into topics, forms and new narratives, so that theater can be experienced today by a new audience. It tries to offer advice for currently emigrated and refugee professional stage artists, e.g. for example by providing information about funding opportunities for projects and by providing access to a large network with other theaters, groups and institutions.

Collective Ma'louba

"Reine Formsache", Photo: Gianmarco Bresadola

Collective Ma’louba is an intercultural theatre lab currently in residence at the Theater an der Ruhr in Mülheim.
In its theatre productions, Collective Ma’louba questions the political and social condition of the Arab world against the background of recent rebellions and penetrates the taboos of Arab and European society. Further artistic projects of thematic relevance such as installations, exhibitions, concerts and workshops accompany the theatre productions.
They are shown in NRW, Germany and abroad, thus creating transnational meeting places.

Exil Ensemble

The Exile Ensemble is a platform for professional artists who live in exile. From  November 2016 to 2018 seven actors from Syria, Palestine and Afghanistan have been working as part of this platform. Since 2019 four actors are part of the Maxim Gorki ensemble.

Experi Theater

Experi Theater is an experimental performance group from Zurich. The group was founded in 2013 by P. Vijayashanthan. Experi Theater works at the interface between art and activism. The work centers around the idea of bringing physical experiential knowledge in dialogue with other contexts of knowledge. The theater performances are meant to be interventions and places of encounter.
Lately, the group staged the following productions: Zuflucht (2019), Wandlung (2018), Flüchtling (2016), Angst essen Seele auf (2015).


"Azimut", Photo: Dorothea Tuch

Hajusom is a cultural center for transnational arts based in Hamburg. It began its work 20 years ago as a onetime workshop and has now evolved into a cultural center with diverse fields of activity. The widely acclaimed ensemble of young performers develop interdisciplinary theatre productions. In the “Lab” young people with migrant or refugee experience engage in different artistic disciplines under the guidance of the more experienced members after the principle of “each one teach one”. Hajusom also offers a program called “mentoring” which provides support and assistance in personal and bureaucratic affairs. Everyone who is interested can learn about Hajusom’s work methods through workshops, seminars, talks and lecture performances as part of an exchange platform called „Transfer“.


Ruhrorter is a continuously created, multi-dimensional theater and art project with refugees. Site-specific theater productions and installations as well as anthropological research accompanying the process form the core of the project. The main motivation of Ruhrorter is the search for artistic-aesthetic forms in order to use the means of art to design a publicly visible and tangible correction against the stereotypical, stigmatizing categorization and exclusion of refugees and asylum seekers - both in civil society, as well as in the media and documentary art. Ruhrorter started as a project at the Theater an der Ruhr in Mülheim, initiated and managed by Adem Köstereli (management, direction), Wanja van Suntum (installation) and Dr. Jonas Tinius (research).