rodeo festival 2024

The Rodeo Festival

Since 2010, the Rodeo Festival has been a cornerstone of Munich’s art scene. Held biennially, it showcases the city’s diverse dance and theater landscape, fosters exchange between local and international artists, sparks new artistic directions, and addresses current cultural policy issues.

Over the years, Rodeo has evolved into a focal point for local, national and international independent artists and organizations. The 2024 and 2026 editions are organized by HochX and Theater und Live Art München e.V., respectively, under the artistic direction of Ute Gröbel and Antonia Beermann. Supported by the City of Munich, the festival is also a member of FestivalFriends, a network of independent performing arts festivals across Germany.

RODEO 2024: Every body is a signal

At rodeo 2024, the body is in the spotlight: whether seen as male or female, young or old, healthy or ill; conforming to norms or defying them; As a queer, virtual, or collective body. Bodies are more than just bones and skin—they are seismographs of our society, bearing the imprints of values, ideologies, and desires. How we perceive and treat bodies is an eminently political question. Recently, the growing right-wing movement has also targeted the body as a battleground, agitating against “gender ideology” and sexual self-determination.

This year’s Rodeo selection stands for diversity against these repressive policies. In their works, the artists celebrate resistance, rebellion, and defiance. They envision utopias for a better tomorrow while also exploring themes of weakness, exhaustion, and vulnerability.

How do we remain tender in times of brutalization? How can we make our echo chambers and bubbles permeable again? The 12 selected pieces are a plea for empathy and attentiveness—toward people and the world around us.

Künstlerische Leitung: Antonia Beermann, Ute Gröbel
Programmkuration und Dramaturgie: Anna Donderer
Künstlerische Produktionsleitung: Rat & Tat Kulturbüro (Sophie Thuma, Lisa Risch)
Produktion und Koordination FestivalFriends Besuche: Tabea Hopmanns
Technische Leitung: Dennis Schmidt
Mitarbeit Technik: Maasl Maier
Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit: Franziska Viehbacher
Pressearbeit:Luis Argauer
Vermittlung: Anna Möhrle
Corporate Design: HELMUT MORRISON GmbH (Florian Fischer, Stephan Holitschke)
Webseite: KOLLEKTIV 17 & FELIPE (Simon Schmitt, Philipp Steinmetz)
Ticketing: Franziska Hanghofer
Geschäftsführung Theater und Live Art e.V.: Susanne Weinzierl

9. - 15. Oktober 2024, verschiedene Orte, München

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Das rodeo Festival wird gefördert von der Landeshauptstadt München. Diese Webseite wird ermöglicht durch den Bayerischen Landesverband für zeitgenössischen Tanz (BLZT) aus Mitteln des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Wissenschaft und Kunst.