the idea

overcoming boundaries

We think the world needs fewer boundaries! Art is capable of breaking down many borders, but sometimes it also needs the right framework. Therefore, flausen+global seeks to establish an intensive exchange of work across national borders.

learning from one another

Artists from different countries research together in a residency, and can exchange perspectives and ways of working through an open-ended process.

promoting democracy

Art and culture are fundamental social drivers. We believe that societies need to be challenged again and again in order to remain open and continue to develop.

In the current geopolitical situation, it is more important than ever to connect artists and let their voices be heard.

three focal points

working group a thinktank of artists, venue representatives and producers to explore issues of access, equity, and support in the context of international collaboration, and to issue recommendations for the development of the flausen+global model.

meeting a network of producers from Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Sweden, which meets at irregular intervals to explore possibilities of international cooperation.


5 artists from different countries come together for 2 weeks during the festival 'flausen+fest der freien künste' to explore the theme "global meets local" in a German rural region.

flausen+scholarship global 2023

Simina German

Simina is an artist working in the field of theatre, performance and film. She works as a director as well as a performer. After receiving the Master of Fine Arts at the Folkwang University she has been staging shows in different theatres like the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, the Schauspielhaus Bochum, the Theater der Keller Köln, or Maschinenhaus Essen. Her free project „Bluebeard“ received the Petra Meurer Prize 2016. The video installation "Johnny's house" in collaboration with Nina Gschlößl was shown at Museum Folkwang in 2018. Since 2016 she has been a regular participant in Gaga trainings with dancers from Batsheva Dance Company and Ohad Naharin at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv.

Her work has been shown at the Al-Kasaba Theater in Ramallah, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Worth Ryder Art Gallery in Berkeley and the Shanghai International Experimental Theater Festival, among others.

Alexey Shcherbakov

*(1981 in Moscow/USSR) now resides in Germany, as he left Russia after the outbreak of war against Ukraine.

He studied at the Psychology Department of the Moscow City Psychological-Pedagogical University and at the Theatre Direction Department of the Institute of Modern Art. A freelance artist since 2003 he has been working in the field of physical theater, dance theater, creating inclusive performances. Since 2007 he has been one of the members of the organizing committee of the festival of inclusive theater "Protheatre". Since 2010 he has been actively teaching theater theory to students at various universities and also conducting workshops on physical theater techniques and body expression development for actors, dancers and performers. He participates in international residencies, projects and laboratories. In Germany, in addition to the creative work directly involved in social projects, including the creation of a theater group (city of Chemnitz) which includes refugees from Ukraine.

His main professional interests are: Searching for resources of bodily expression of performer, actor, dancer. Working at the intersection of authentic movement and the professional possibilities of the trained body. An important area of research is also the relationship between the human body and the object world, urban spaces and natural objects. In general, he considers the body and bodily activity as an organ and at the same time a way of cognition.

Francesco Colaleo

(Naples, 1988) dancer, choreographer and pedagogue graduated from the CND in Lyon. He trained in contemporary dance at Labart T.C.S. in Naples and continued his artistic career in Venice at Biennial of dance directed by Ismael Ivo. In 2010, he joined Cie Zappalà Danza's Atelier MoDem and integrated the company in 2011. In 2014, with Maxime Freixas, he founded Cie MF | Maxime & Francesco. Since 2018, he has been a guest teacher at CCNR / Yuval Pick for the company's classes for amateurs and children. From 2012 to 2018, he collaborated with Cie Anou Skan (FR), Cie Artemis Danza (IT), Emma Cianchi (IT), Antonello Tudisco (IT). In 2021, he took part in a Maison Hermès project with Christian Rizzo (FR) and began collaborating with Cie Aurelia (FR). From 2014 to the present, he collaborates with Cie Tiziana Arnaboldi (CH).

Maxime Freixas

(Béziers, 1989) dancer, choreographer, Shiatsu operator and pedagogue graduated from the CND in Lyon. He trained at the Epsedanse centre in Montpellier (FR) and Mondap'ART in Saint-Dionisy (FR). In 2007, he collaborated with Bruno Agati. In 2010, he continued his training with the Ballet Junior de Genève. Since 2011, he has continued his professional experience working with Patrice Barthès/patricebarthès & Cie, Nathalie Bard/ Ballet Actuel, Ron Howell, Alain Gruttadauria/Compagnie Licorne, Monica Casadei/Artemis Danza, Manfredi Perego/MP Ideograms, Daniela Clementina De Lauri/Compagnia Elsewhere, Justine Tourillon/Compagnie du Tourillon and Tiziana Arnaboldi. He is co-artistic director, together with Francesco Colaleo, of Cie MF | Maxime & Francesco.

Giulia Di Guardo

Giulia is an Italian freelance dancer, production curator and certified dance professor (Diplôme d’Etat - Centre National de la Danse, Lyon). After training as an hip hop dancer for about ten years, she continued her studies at MODEM, specializing course of Roberto Zappalà Company (IT) and later at S.E.A.D. (AU), where she graduated with a performance major in 2015. In the last few years, she has been working and collaborating, among others, with Simone Forti (US), Agostina D’Alessandro (BE), ALDES - Roberto Castello (IT), Cie. Lawine Torren (AT), Sebastian Zuber (CH), and Michikazu Matsune (JP/AT). Together with other nine dancers she founded in 2012 the collective YUGSAMAS, which has been performing in several festivals in Austria, such as Die Salzburger Performance Tage, Tanz Herbst Festival, and Interlab Festival. She worked as a dancer and performer in the productions “L'isola", “Catania,Catania” and "Pinocchio” by Cie Eco (FR), directed by the choreographer and ballet director Emilio Calcagno.

Giulia holds a master in Performing Arts Management ( Accademia Teatro alla Scala and Politecnico Milano - Graduate School of Management). Since 2019 she facilitates the distribution and organization of the projects by Cie MF | Maxime & Francesco (FR) , for which she also worked as a dancer in “Un été exceptionnel” and “Re-Garde” ( as second cast).


Einen ersten Durchlauf von flausen+international gab es schon in Zusammenarbeit mit I.DRA. (Independent Drama Residence) aus Brescia, Italien. Je zwei Künstler*innen aus Deutschland und Italien trafen sich jeweils zwei Wochen in beiden Ländern. Eindrücke dieses Arbeitsaustausches könnt ihr hier nachlesen.