Frankfurt Moves!

KfW Stiftung initiated the programme Frankfurt Moves! in cooperation with Frankfurt LAB in order to contribute to the diversity of the regional cultural landscape in Frankfurt am Main.

Through residencies in cooperation with regional and international partners, the programme aims to strengthen multidisciplinary contemporary art production, promote young creative talents and stimulate intercultural exchange across national borders. KfW Stiftung and Frankfurt LAB invite artists to develop artistic productions in the field of performing arts and to engage in exchange with other cultural practitioners.

Residency Programme 2022

Participating artists will be invited to Frankfurt am Main for four weeks. Here they will have access to professional venues of the Frankfurt LAB and receive dramaturgical and technical support. At the end of the residency, work results can be presented publicly.

Application and Selection Process

A total of four residencies at Frankfurt LAB will be granted for the period 19 July to 19 August 2022. Young artists who work in the performing arts, have already had their first professional productions and were trained in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East will be given special consideration. A jury of experts will select the successful candidates.

The application deadline has passed and new applications will not be accepted.

This Is Not Lebanon

Festival for Visual Arts, Performance, Music and Talks


26.08. – 12.09.2021
Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

Within a short time Lebanon has suffered a quadruple disaster:  the revolution grinding to a halt in October 2019, the hyperinflation caused by the Lebanese Lira going into freefall on the currency markets, the explosion in Beirut harbour in the summer of 2020 and lastly the pandemic.

This Is Not Lebanon gave artists a platform to contradict simplistic reporting on the situation in Lebanon and to develop nuanced perspectives on the country. The three-week festival at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and SOMMERBAU in Frankfurt presented leading younger protagonists from the fields of performance, visual arts, choreography and music.

Four new artistic works were created as part of Frankfurt Moves! - the residency programme of the KfW Stiftung and the Frankfurt LAB. Ghida Hachicho explored the dynamics of group behaviour in the SOMMERBAU with four other performers. Marwa Arsanios continued her feminist work with a performative video installation on questions of heritage, property and value. Bassem Saad's film and text-based artistic work addresses the distribution of violence and desire, and Ali Eyal's multidisciplinary practice explores contemporary forms of struggle and collective violation. Saad and Eyal both presented performative works for the first time at the festival.

Developed and curated by Matthias Lilienthal, Christine Tohmé, Anna Wagner, and the members of the Ensamble Modern Jaan Bossier, Uwe Dierksen and Christian Hommel.

The festival in Frankfurt was followed by a second festival part in Beirut in October 2021, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Lebanon and the Lebanese art centre Ashkal Alwan.


Since it was founded in 2009, Frankfurt LAB has established itself as a vital performance and producing space for contemporary performing arts and music in the Rhine-Main region. The aim of its five partner institutions Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, Ensemble Modern, Hessian Theatre Academy, Frankfurt University for Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm is to connect the work of internationally renowned ensembles with supporting emerging artists and to encourage a productive exchange between dance, choreography, performance, theatre and music. Frankfurt LAB offers the ideal conditions for this: with facilities of a high technical standard and in a protected setting, artists can rehearse and show their work completely flexibly in a 650 m² stage area and on a 300 m² studio stage.

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Programme Management

Daniela Leykam

Photo credits:

01. Image: Source: Frankfurt LAB, Author / Photographer: Christian Schuller
02. Image: Source: Frankfurt LAB, Author / Photographer: Hanke Wilsmann
03. Image: Source: Frankfurt LAB, Author / Photographer: Hanke Wilsmann
04. Image: Source: Frankfurt LAB, Author / Photographer: Christian Schuller
05. Image: Source: Frankfurt LAB, Author / Photographer: Ali Eyal
06. Image: Source: Frankfurt LAB, Author / Photographer: Bassem Saad, Sanja Grozdanic
07. Image: Source: Frankfurt LAB, Author / Photographer: Ghida Hachicho