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WhatIIIF? - the International Interdisciplinary Improvisation Festival
An international, yearly, nomadic festival that attempts to answer the absurd question: Can improvisation be documented and reflected upon?


IIIF stands for International Interdisciplinary Improvisation Festival and the WhatIIIF? gatherings/meetings/festivals are dedicated to attempting to answer the absurd question:

Can improvisation be documented and reflected upon (and how should that be done)?

After the 2017 founding edition in Amsterdam, there were already two more gatherings in London (UK, 2018) and in Gothenborg (SE, 2019), plus our pandemic inspired Nowhere&Everywhere festival 2020.

The website improvisation.wiki is a constant working space and open library of improvisation aspects. It gets energized through the yearly meetings of WhatIIIF? and everyone is invited to contribute to it through these yearly gatherings, or at any other time, from their own improvisation practice and perspective. There is also this new initiative starting for an Expandable Networked Universe for the Art of Improvisation.

Due to the covid-19 situation in Europe right now, we decided to postpone the planned 2020 physical edition to 2021.

We already invite all interested improvisers to join us from 13-16 May 2021 in Berlin to take this utopian idea of a shared language for interdisciplinary improvisation practice further. Our host in 2021 will be the Exploratorium Berlin.

The event is free and open to any experienced improvisers. Tell us how you want to contribute with your practice and presence and we will link you with another participan so you can sharpen together the focus with which will join us.

We provide the space and context for the gathering. Travel and accomodation costs are for yourself, but we can provide you with an invitation letter so you can find funds yourself and also help with cheap or even no-cost options to stay in Berlin on a matrass. :-)

If you want to join in 2021, read the following invitation letter that we created for the 2020 event as our invitation and send us an email, as described:

Invitation Open Call WhatIIIF? Berlin

13:00 - 13:00 / free / Exploratorium, Berlin / Mehringdamm 55, Sarotti-Höfe, 10961 Berlin


WhatIIIF? original initiators and regular gardeners:
Benedikte Esperi, Catharine Cary, Thomas Johannsen

Additional WhatIIIF? founding members in Amsterdam 2017:
Andrea Hackl, Esmeralda Detmers, Jagna Anderson, Marianthi Michailidou, Shelley Owen

All WhatIIIF? researchers and kindness givers of London 2018:
Independent Dance, Sue Davies, Anat Ben-David, Sally Dean, Jasper Llewellyn, Dick James Hall, Maggie Nicolson, Dam Van Huynh Company, Centre 151, Pietro Denaro, Marianthi Michailidou, Catharine Cary, Thomas Johannsen, Shelley Owen, Esmeralda Detmers, Benedikte Esperi, Jay Luxemburg, Rosalie Walhfrid, Kajoli Ilojak, Agata Kik, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Annette Giesriegl, Middlesex Filter Beds, Trip Dance and the Royal College of Art.

All WhatIIIF? researchers and kindness givers of Gothenborg 2019:
Tuva Hildebrand, Nathalie Fari, Marianthi Michailidou, Catharine Cary, Reinhard Gagel, Thomas Johannsen, Shelley Owen, Esmeralda Detmers, Benedikte Esperi, Alexandra Mahnke, Galleri 54, Tiny Festival Producers, Theater Trickster, Anders Göransson