Since it was founded in 1996, the goal of the THEATER FEDERATIOUN has been to defend the interests of its members, to provide a space for cooperation and dialogue, and be the representative of the performing arts sector before political decision-makers in Luxembourg.
The association’s current president is Claude Mangen. He was preceded by Philippe Noesen, Jemp Schuster, Serge Tonnar, Christian Kmiotek, Carole Lorang and Nicolas Steil.
The headquarters of the THEATER FEDERATIOUN are located in the Banannefabrik, a former warehouse where fruit and vegetables were stored, that has been turned into an artistic production site.
Since 2008, the THEATER FEDERATIOUN organises the annual Theaterfest, the grand opening of the new theatrical and choreographic season.
The THEATER FEDERATIOUN, officially known as FLAS (Fédération Luxembourgeoise des Arts de la Scène) is the association of theatres, cultural centres, theatre and dance companies as well as independent artists and intermittents working in the theatre and dance sector in Luxembourg. It has 22 members.
The association represents the entire spectrum of theatre and performing arts in Luxembourg and works as a platform for its members. The goal of the THEATER FEDERATIOUN is to create a network of knowledge exchange and dialogue between its members and defend their interests before public decision makers, in order to strengthen and further develop the sector. To this end, the association also promotes professional workshops and trainings and networks with similar organisations abroad.
The THEATER FEDERATIOUN contributes to increasing professionalisation and appeal of the theatre and choreographic scene in Luxembourg.
The THEATER FEDERATIOUN has for years been making various demands to political decision-makers on behalf of the entire performing arts sector: adaptation of the super-reduced VAT for artists and artistic production and reception structures, allocation of structuring aid to companies, subsidies for the creation of jobs for small structures… These various demands have been met since and contribute to the further professionalisation of the entire sector.
In 2020, the THEATER FEDERATIOUN has fulfilled, throughout the coronavirus pandemic, its role as an interlocutor for the sector and as an intermediary with the competent authorities. The topics of discussion ranged from adjustments to the conditions for obtaining allowances; how to apply the new health and safety measures on-stage and to safely welcome back audiences.
The THEATER FEDERATIOUN remains attentive to the evolution of the sector and its needs. As the principle interlocutor of the Ministry of Culture for the performing arts, it continues to defend the interests of its members and the entire sector.
The association also participated in the development of the “Kulturentwécklungsplang” (cultural development plan) and was a member of the “Arts Council”, which became “Kultur:LX”.
Through its internal organisation into “Collèges” (Big Theatres; Small Theatres and Companies; Cultural Centres; and Performing Arts Professionals), the THEATER FEDERATIOUN deals with various topics and challenges that touch the performing arts sector.
The “collèges” evaluate the existing situation of the sector in all its diversity. Their aim is to gather and anticipate any issue within the sector as well as to come up with appropriate responses. Their insights are passed on to the governing board. They are used to inform the association’s strategy. Drawing on the conclusions of all four collèges, the governing body is able to carry out its measures and create new, consensual courses of action on all political levels, in accordance with the entire sector’s expertise.
The THEATER FEDERATIOUN is a member of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) and the Commission Internationale du Théâtre Francophone (CITF). It also cooperates with the performing arts network “Quint’Est”. The THEATER FEDERATIOUN represents Luxembourg, in collaboration with TROIS C-L – Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois, at the Internationale Tanzmesse nrw.
The FLAS also supports companies from the Grand Duchy participating in the festival Off d’Avignon.
In collaboration with the NEST – CDN transfrontalier de Thionville, the TROIS C-L, INECC – Mission voix Lorraine, INECC – Luxembourg and the Escher Theater, the THEATER FEDERATIOUN organises “Les Classes de la Grande Région”, a series of classes for further training designed for professional artists on both sides of the Luxembourgish-French border.
Européean and International Networks in the performing arts sector
The 22 members of the THEATER FEDERATIOUN vary in size, structure and legal form and propose very different programmes, depending on their cultural policies and target audiences.
What they all have in common is their commitment to offer quality performances to the public: theatre, dance, music theatre, opera, literature and theatre for young audiences in one or more of Luxembourg’s stage languages (German, French, Luxembourgish and English and others).
The Escher Theater is the municipal theatre of the second-largest city in Luxembourg, Esch-sur-Alzette in the South. Each season runs about fifty performances. These include for the most part theatre, in German or French, but also dance, cabaret and music. Embracing its location not far from the French border, the theatre features a multicultural and transnational orientation. Since 2018, the theatre’s director Carole Lorang spotlights plays for younger audiences, as well as favouring plays that often use humour to put reality into question.
The Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg are the municipal theatres of Luxembourg City. It is the largest theatre organisation in the country, with two locations in town, which are administrated jointly: the “Grand Théâtre” near Glacis and the “Théâtre des Capucins” in the city centre. The programme of the Grand Théâtre spans opera, dance, theatre, musicals as well as national productions. The Théâtre des Capucins specialises in in-house productions and co-productions. The current director of the Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg is Tom Leick-Burns.
Based in a former hangar used to store spirits in Bonnevoie, the TOL specialises in French contemporary productions and is particularly keen on comedies. Founded in 1973 as a touring company, the theatre settled down in 1985. Led by Véronique Fauconnet, the TOL can host up to 60 spectators in its theatre auditorium and about fifty in its café théâtre. The TOL also hosts educational acvtivities aimed at youth and schoolchildren.
Founded in 1996, the TNL is decidedly European with the aim of broadening the scope of Luxembourgish theatre beyond its national borders, both by encouraging local artists to work in international coproductions and inviting internationally-renowned artists to come perform in Luxembourg. Led by Frank Hoffmann and based in Merl, the TNL stages plays in Luxembourgish, French, Portuguese and especially German. It also organises musical events.
Based in a vaulted cellar right in Luxembourg City’s historical centre, the Théâtre du Centaure features classical and contemporary plays in French. Led by Myriam Muller, the theatre regulalry showcases its productions at the Festival Off d’Avignon. It is the smallest professional theatre in the Grand Duchy.
Founded in 1964, the Kasemattentheater settled down in the neighbourhood of Bonnevoie in 1998. Led by the director Lex Weyer and the playwright Marc Limpach, the programme of the Kasemattentheater consists of contemporary, committed and innovative plays in German, as well as various cabaret readings.
The Mierscher Kulturhaus was established 2003 in Mersch, which lies at the centre of the Grand Duchy. During its season, it runs concerts, plays, dance performances, opera, exhibitions, conferences and numerous children’s plays. It is led by Caude Mangen. The cultural centre organises themed events series, inclusive performances, as well as a variety of workshops and has a capacity for 363 people.
Based since 2008 in an old manor house surrounded by a 7.500 square metre parc, the Kulturhaus Niederanven annually runs a series of concerts, plays, exhibitions, films, poetry slam performances, literary encounters, shows for young audiences, as well as a variety of workshops and conferences in the Eastern part of the country. Nora Waringo is the director of the Kulturhaus Niederanven, which has a capacity for an audience of 140 people.
At only a short distance from the capital, the Kinneksbond (Centre culturel de Mamer) runs about forty shows per year, from a variety of disciplines, in its hall with flexible capacity of up to 433 seats. It is among the newest cultural venues in the Grand Duchy. The Kinneksbond’s programme includes theatre, dance, new circus, classical as well as contemporary music, as well as projects designed for children and teenagers, readings and workshops. It is led by Jérôme Konen.
The Centre culturel of Marnach linked to Clervaux is the highest, at 521 metres in altitude, and also cultural centre furthest north in Luxembourg’s cultural landscape. Inaugurated in 2008 to act as versatile cultural hotspot, the programme of Cube 521 features German plays, dance, classical music, global music, jazz, shows for children and conferences. The venue can accommodate 320 people and is led by Odile Simon.
Based since 2000 in the city centre of Ettelbruck (in the North), the CAPE –Centre des Arts Pluriels Ettelbruck features three performance spaces for a diverse professional cultural programme of about a hundred shows per season. It has something to offer for all ages and features a large variety of artistic disciplines – from music, theatre, musical theatre, dance, and sculpture to visual arts as well as film. CAPE’s artistic director is Carl Adalsteinsson.
The Kulturfabrik is a cultural centre that is based in a former slaughterhouse in the Southern city of Esch-sur-Alzette. At the heart of the Grande Region, it hosts festivals, concerts, conferences, theatre, dance, pedagogical projects, film screenings, cross-border projects, artists in residence programmes, workshops and more. The “KuFa”, as it is also known, has two versatile concert halls (with max. capacity of 850 and 200 people), rehearsal rooms, a movie theatre (“Kinosch” with 71 places), a bar (“Le Ratelach”), a restaurant (“K116”), an exhibition gallery (“Galerie Terres Rouges”) and several rooms for workshops. René Penning is the KuFa’s director.
Neimënster was inaugurated in May 2004. The former abbey is located the historical Grund, which is classified UNESCO world heritage. On a surface of 12.000 square metres, the Neumünster Abbey Cultural Center, which is led by Ainhoa Achutegui, runs about 700 events each year, both inside and outdoors, in the spirit of “the dialogue of cultures” and the “culture of dialogue”.
In two circular buildings that used to serve as a depot and repair shop for steam locomotives, the Rotondes cultural centre hosts events that range from performing to visual arts and music, from conferences and debates to participatory projects and workshops, often with a focus on young audiences. The cultural centre is led by Steph Meyers.
The TROIS C-L is the prime address for contemporary dance Luxembourg. It acts as support hub for artists and artistic creation, coordination and training centre as well as a place for cultural mediation. The organisation also works as a platform to promote Luxembourgish choreographies abroad, such as at the Internationale Tanzmesse nrw in Germany or the Festival Off d’Avignon in France, besides contributing to international networks and residency exchanges. Based in the Banannefabrik in Bonnevoie, the TROIS C-L is led by Bernard Baumgarten.
Founded in 2009 by Steve Karier and still led by the actor, the Fundamental Monodrama Festival is dedicated solely to the monodrama. It has since become an internationally renowned festival, taking place every year in June, in tune with its mission to promote the creation and production of monodramas.
Founded in 2012 by Stéphane Ghislain Roussel, PROJETEN (formally known as “Compagnie Ghislain Roussel”) has set out to create innovative and radical multi-disciplinary art forms for theatres stages as well as opera and museums.
Founded in 1995, MASKéNADA is an artistic collective that brings together independent artists from the worlds of theatre, music, film, dance and performance. It is known for its, devised, multidisciplinary and in situ productions, which often use nature as backdrop.
Based in the southern city of Bettembourg, Kaleidoskop-Theater specialises in discovering new writing and putting on performances of plays in German and Luxembourgish. It is particularly interested in the promotion of emerging authors from Luxembourg.
Founded in 1995, ILL is an interdisciplinary theatre collective that brings together theatre makers, artists, pedagogues and art aficionados. The collective’s productions and cultural events address contemporary and social issues in four languages (English, French, German and Luxembourgish), pushing the boundaries of traditional theatre.
Founded in 2007 and based in Luxembourg, the Grand Boube Company puts on plays in French and German, as well as plays for younger audiences. Led by the writer Mani Muller and the comedian Lê-Bà Thi, the independent company’s main interests lie in the creation of in-house productions, translations and re-adaptations of various classics and sociological documentary theatre.
Founded in 2017, ASPRO gives a shared forum to all independent theatre and performing arts professionals. Its goal is to speak legitimately on behalf of its members and defend their common interests before public decision-makers, industry representatives and the media.