SPARC* is the Spontaneous Arts Conference. At SPARC* 2020, professionals of various areas in business and performing arts came together in Munich's Gasteig to discuss, create and network. With panel discussions, bar camp and theatric performances. SPARC* 2020 was the first of its kind and was hosted by the charitable Improtheaterfestival München e.V. Stay tuned for more events and check out our improv festival Improvember in November 2020.
- Business professionals seeking to implement agility and flexibility in their daily workflow
- Artists applying improvisation in their music or acting
- Coaches who aim to share and learn from the experience of others
- HR Managers looking for ways to foster teamwork and employee development
- Teachers looking to embrace "teachable moments" arising in the classroom
- Event planners, Designers, Scientists, Therapists etc.
The evening program offered a variety of theatric performances around the theme of improvisation and spontaneity on stage.
Each night featured three subsequent performances within the same location.
Fri 07.02. | Gasteig Blackbox
Impro goes Loose has been performing in Munich since 2014. Hide
Roland Trescher (Isar148) is a jack of all trades. For him, improtheater is not just an art form but also a method. In addition to his show, Roland will give a Keynote lecture at SPARC* with exciting inputs.Hide
Bake This is Munich's International English Improv Comedy Troupe. They’ve been together since 2011 and perform regularly. Bake This uses audience suggestions to inspire scenes, stories, and songs on the spot! Big emotions, big laughs! Hide
Sat 08.02. | Gasteig Blackbox
ImproBubble was established in 2017 to bring the art of improvisation, in all its forms, to Brussels and beyond. To date, ImproBubble consists of: a school of improvisation, a training ground for experienced improvisers to take masterclasses with world reknown improvisers, a corporate training branch to bring applied improvisation to companies all over Europe and a professional improv troupe who performs weekly at L'Improviste (Belgium's only theatre dedicated solely to improvisation).Hide
Bühnenpolka is a worldwide touring ensemble from Munich. From Bavarian superhero Captain Bavaria, to decoys candid camera TV, to company events.Hide
SPARC* is organized as a Barcamp conference. This open approach allows participants to set their own agenda and topics throughout the meeting.
In addition to the Barcamp, we offered a selection of talks, discussions and activities, some of which are explained below.
In 2020, nearly one hundred years after securing the right to vote in most European countries, ‘Eves‘ everywhere are still fighting for equality in economics, community, politics and the arts. There have been changes, but gender stereotypes in social structures remain on stage, off stage and in the language that we use. At the moment, gender-neutral pronouns are only linguistically an option in certain languages - but how can language in general be changed to serve a more equal agenda?
Panel guests: Evelyn Osman (Improviser /Munich Feminst Project / USA & Germany) , Kelly Agathos (Improviser & Trainer / ImproBubble / Belgium), Karin Krug (Improviser / Fastfood Theater / Germany), Benjamin Hartwig (Science Communicator & Improviser / Neuroblitz / Improbubble / Germany & Belgium) and Kathrin Peltz (Sociologist & Cultural scientist / Hochschule Landshut / Germany)Hide
Provocative Coaching sessions enable clients to look at their problems from alternative perspectives, through respectful and humorous confrontation, in order to reveal new solutions. This short workshop will not only explain and demonstrate the provocative concept, but will also include application exercises within the group. More Info: www.provokativ.comHide
Digitalisation has long since become a major megatrend in all areas of life. It is gradually changing our private and professional lives. Artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, digital data streams, smarthomes, the paperless office, etc. Previously envisioned scenarios of the future have become reality and can be blessing and curse at the same time. How can we meet this megatrend with improv theatre? … click to read more Together we want to gather ideas, concepts, and thoughts in an Open Space Café with a concluding discussion. How can a business theatre accompany customers in the field of digitisation in the future? How can the attitude of improv theatre be transferred to new work processes and corporate change? And what new forms of play or formats from the fusion of improv theatre and digital change can be developed for the stage? Hide
At SPARC*, every participant can be a speaker and actively engage with other conference attendants in the course of our barcamp. Here are some of our currently confirmed speakers and guests:
The conference and all shows took place at Gasteig, Munich's famous cultural hub centrally located in the city. The relevant Gasteig rooms were Black Box, Kleiner Konzertsaal (Small Concert hall) and Room 0.131 (see Venue Plan below). More detailed maps can be found at the Gasteig Venue Flyer.
- With the S-Bahn Lines S1–S8: Stop »Rosenheimer Platz«. Please follow signs which read »Gasteig« to correct exit
- With the Tram Line 17: Stop »Am Gasteig«
- With the Tram Lines 15/25: Stop »Rosenheimer Platz«
More info at Munich's public transport page.
Coming by Car
Address: Rosenheimer Straße 5, 81667 München
If you come by car, there are 270 parking spots available in the Gasteig Parking garage. Enter the parking garage from Rosenheimer Straße. Parking costs and further information at the Gasteig website.