OPEN CALL – Interdisciplinary Improvisation Research Lab

INFLUX – Netzwerk für Tanz, Theater und Performance invites practitioners of improvisation and instant composition in performance to be a part of Salzburg Interdisciplinary Improvisation Research Lab and Performative Intervention in Salzburg city, taking place from the 10 – 15 of June, 2022.

This 6-day lab is a space for the practitioners to come together, share experiential knowledge with one another, spend intensive, focused time on research in instant composition, leading to three performative interventions in public spaces in the city of Salzburg.

The lab will focus on studying various aspects of instant composition such as time, space, object and the relationship between these elements. This will be an interdisciplinary practice, meaning, performing artists from all genres are welcome to apply.

Research Lab schedule

  • Morning practice (10am – 12pm): Each day one of the participating members will share their knowledge with the rest of the group.
  • Research afternoons (1.30pm to 4.30pm): The group works on creating improvised pieces in the studio and examines them collectively, in order to draw comprehensive observations about their practice.
  • Finally on the 6th day, the performers will venture out into different outdoor spaces in Salzburg city to create three short performative interventions in various constellations.


  • The participant needs to commit for the entire time of the lab. Part-time participation is not an option.
  • They must have substantial experience and understanding of improvisation in performance. This lab is not open for beginners.

How to apply

Since there are only 8 spots in this research lab and it is meant specifically for performers with an ongoing practice or substantial experience in improvisation as a tool of performance, could you please send us:

  • a motivation letter clearly stating why you want to be a part of this lab and how it could benefit your practice.
  • a CV
  • video material of your practice, if any. (optional, but appreciated)

Please send your applications to until the 15th of April, 2022. The chosen artists will be informed until beginning of May. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

What you can expect

  • 6 days of focused research on improvisational practices.
  • The artists leading morning practice sessions will be compensated for their work with a fee of 22€ per hour, as per the Fairpay scheme set by IG Kultur.
  • The performances will be paid a fee of 200€ per performer. Each performer will perform in one performance only.

What will not be provided

  • Unfortunately we cannot provide accommodation or travel costs.

Who are we?

Salzburg Improvisation Evenings or SIE was founded by performing artist Nayana Keshava Bhat via INFLUX in 2019 for the purpose of creating an ongoing interdisciplinary practice in improvisation and instant composition in live performance in Salzburg. More than a 100 artists have shared their practice within this community over the last three years, while the practice itself has continued in a variety of formats. 

INFLUX – Netzwerk für Tanz, Theater und Performance is a coming together of artists of different disciplines, non-artists, and audiences, with an intention to build a strong sense of connectedness between the three elements.

The goal is to recognise this inter-connectedness through various forms and formats such as, performances, research labs, workshops aimed at artists & non-artists, artistic projects with children and young adults, documentation of artistic & research processes, and collaborations between various disciplines. 

Based in the city of Salzburg but made of artists from all over the world, INFLUX strives at creating artistic practices standing on trust, generosity, and solidarity. 

Fotocredit: (c) Raphael Mittendorfer / INFLUX

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