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A B O U T    D A N C E - forming futures

   LAKE Studio Berlin’s reflective forum is returning for a new season of engagements on the threshold between dance and thought, practice and theory, where doing is pondering and thought always is in action.

Four weekends will be dedicated to four choreographers and their specific interests, interlacing hands-on work in the studio with online statements and dialogues with activists, scholars, artists and curators. The program brings forth different perspectives on practice, practice as something simultaneously self-referential and active transformative forms of participation with the world.

   The focus artists, who will be present through their practices but not in person (with the exception of Cristina Rizzo), function as a generator for exchange and conversation, grounding reflection, staying close to practice yet allowing for critical positions.

Kicking off with a focus on the American/French choreographer Jennifer Lacey, Alice Chauchat will give two half day workshops on practices of freedom. Four online conversations with artists and thinkers will occupy the afternoons allowing notions of freedom and its relations to dance be a guiding principle.

   The following weekends will center on Simone Forti (workshop by Anne Juren) and practices of nature. Cristina Rizzo, will herself lead practice sessions in respect of practices of queering representation. The final session will engage with the practices of the San Francisco based collective Contraband, in particular Sara Shelton Man, with an emphasis on practices of resistance and protest.

    Talks and conversations will be held by among others: Elle Barbara, Marquis Bey, Silvia Bottiroli, Susana Caló, Maximilian Haas, Stefano Harney, Keith Hennessy, Ana Vujanović,  Katerina Kolozova, Henrike Kohpeiß, Maggie Nelson, Filipa Ramos, Jordy Rosenberg, Julian Reid, Salva Sanchis,  Jennifer Yvette Terrell and Ben Woodard.

   The weekends will be moderated by Mårten Spångberg, who has also curated the program, and hosted in collaboration with Armin Hokmi and Alex Viteri Arturo at LAKE Studios Berlin.

   Supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, which is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative.

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The days will start with a live 3 hour long workshop/practice session, starting 10.00 at LAKE Studios. This part will NOT be online and must be registered for in advance.

After lunch the reflective sessions with invited online guests and live studio audience will be streamed online on vimeo at 14h on Satuday and at 15.30h on Sunday coming to an end around 19h both days.  A companion editor will pass questions and comments from the online audience via a chat.

Due to regulations, it is necessary to apply in advance to the morning live practice sessions. Online participants need not register

R E G I S T R A T I O N S:

For live participation in one or more of the weekends registrations are open:

Please send a short motivation letter and your CV to:

Online participation in the forum is possible from anywhere in the world and must not be registered for. The live stream will include all moderated talks & contributions by our guest artists. The live stream will take place Saturday from 14:00 - 19:00 and Sunday 15:30 - 19:00 Berlin time.

L I N K for online program :

D A T E S  &  A R T I S T S :

9 – 10 April: Focus on Jennifer Lacey – practices of freedom

Workshop: Alice Chauchat

Talks: Silvia Bottiroli
Ben Woodard
Ana Juvanović
Jennifer Yvette Terrell


7 – 8 May: Focus on Simone Forti – practices of nature

Workshop: Anne Juren

Talks: Susane Caló
Maximilian Haas
Katerina Kolosova
Filipa Ramos
Salva Sanchis


21 -22 May: Focus on Cristina Rizzo – practices of queering representation

Workshop: Cristina Rizzo

Talks: Elle Barbara
Keith Hennessy
Henrike Kopheiß
Jordy Rosenberg


4 – 5 June: Focus on Contraband – practices of resistance and protest

Workshop: Jorge De Hoyos

Talks: Marquis Bey
Stefano Harney
Maggie Nelson

Julian Reid

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***Episode 2 - Practices of Nature (Focus on Simone Forti)

Live workshop with Anne Juren


Online contributors: Katerina Kolozova, Salva Sanchis, Susana Caló, Maximilian Haas and Filipa Ramos.


Lake Studio’s reflective forum second episode for this season brings its inspiration from the American choreographer and artist Simone Forti. Forti has for more than 60 years been a continuous reference to contemporary dance. From her ground-breaking work within the Judson Church context, to her explorations into relations between dance and animals, her often narrative improvisation not seldom involving newspapers (called News Animations), her writing and not least her personality.

Simone Forti is a particularly interesting artist in our context as she throughout her career has engaged with reflection and writing, at the same time refusing to be captured by conventional forms of generating thought. Simone Forti is not theory and practice, mind and body, doing and reflecting, but the essential dance artist, all of it is dance and dancing.


The forum is introduced through a workshop by the French choreographer Anne Juren active in Vienna, who approaches Forti from multiple angles among others through a strong relation to the work of Trisha Brown, but also in regard to her long-term engagement as a Feldenkrais practitioner, a technology that in her own work has transformed into inner journeys exploring forms of embodiment as well as imagination in to speculative or phantasmagoric landscapes. Anne Juren has next to her own choreographic work recently concluded her PhD at the Stockholm University of the Arts.


The online part of the weekend will introduce five contributors form rather different realms. The philosopher Katerina Kolozova will open the Saturday with an excursion taking of from her recent book connecting to Simone Forti by questioning how the animal is at the very heart of what it means for us as human beings to think and act in the world. The choreographer and extraordinary dancer Salva Sanchis will give a presentation around dance, reason, anthropology, improvisation and dancing as a form of reflection and reflection as a form of dance. The Portuguese philosopher Susana Caló will bring the first day to an end through her research into Felix Guattari and how alternative forms of institutions allow for different forms of thinking.


After the second workshop session on Sunday morning. The theatre scholar Maximilian Haas will introduce his research on animals and the stage next to his recent work on performing arts and ecology. The event will come to an end through the intimate work that Filipa Ramos has devoted to the practices of Simone Forti through the lens of art history.




Anne Juren (Grenoble) is a choreographer, dancer and Feldenkrais practitioner.  She lives and works in Vienna. In 2003, she co-founded the Wiener Tanz- und Kunstbewegung association under which she created many performances, research laboratories, choreographies and artworks. Juren’s choreographic pieces and artistic works are shown in Europe and worldwide in dance venues, festivals, museums, and art venues. Since 2013, Juren has been a Feldenkrais® practitioner. Between 2014 and 2018, she was a member of the Artistic Committee of the Master Programme in Choreography at DOCH. Recently, she finished her PhD at the Stockholm University of the Arts under the supervision of André Lepecki and Sandra Noeth.


Dr. Katerina (Katarina) Kolozova is senior researcher and full professor at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities, Skopje, and visiting faculty at Arizona State University-Center for Philosophical Technologies. At the Faculty of Media and Communications-Belgrade, she teaches contemporary political philosophy. Prof. Kolozova was a visiting scholar at the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California-Berkley in 2009 (under the peer supervision of Prof. Judith Butler), and a Columbia University NY-SIPA Visiting Scholar at its Paris Global Centre in 2019. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Centre for Research and Practice – Seattle WA and co-director of the School of Materialist Research (Tempe AZ, Vienna, Eindhoven, Skopje). Kolozova is the author of Capitalism's Holocaust of Animals: A Non-Marxist Critique of Capital, Philosophy and Patriarchy (2019) and Cut of the Real: Subjectivity in Poststructuralist Philosophy (2014)


Salva Sanchis (Manresa, Catalonia, 1974) is a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. Graduated with the first generation of P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium, Salva has produced over 20 dance pieces under his own name since 1998, and has collaborated on several occasions with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Marc Vanrunxt. Although his pedagogic activity has mostly gravitated around P.A.R.T.S., where over the past 2 decades he has worked as student coordinator and dance technique teacher, he has also taught workshops in numerous institutions across Europe. Salva produced his last work, the quintet “Radical Light”, in 2016, and after having recently completed a degree in Psychology he is currently enrolled in a Data Science Master’s program, while he still engages in some occasional teaching and sporadic artistic collaborations.


Susana Caló is a researcher in philosophy, semiotics, critical mental health, and the politics of madness, co-founder of Chaosmosemedia and Other Ways to Care. She has a Phd from the Centre for Research in Modern Contemporary Philosophy, London, with a thesis on the politics of language and semiotics drawing on the work of activist Félix Guattari. Prior to this, she worked in the field of cognitive science and embodiment at research centers in Portugal and the UK. Her work focuses on the intersections between histories of madness and wider social-political and urban struggles, institutional analysis, and the political life of concepts.   Currently she is writing with Godofredo Pereira the book CERFI: Militant Analysis, Collective Equipment and Institutional Programming (forthcoming Minor Compositions).


Maximilian Haas is a performance/dance dramaturge and theorist, and a visiting professor for theatre studies at the Berlin University of the Arts. He graduated in Applied Theatre Studies at Gießen University and completed his practice-based doctorate at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. Recently published: Animals on Stage: An Aesthetic Ecology of Performance (Kadmos 2018), How to Relate: Knowledge Arts Practices (Transcript 2021) and Creating and Exhausting: Maja Göpel and Eva von Redecker (Matthes und Seitz 2022). With Margarita Tsomou he curates the ongoing discourse series Burning Futures: On Ecologies of Existence at HAU. With Sandra Umathum he wrote a study on the advancement of sustainability in the freelance performing arts for Fonds Darstellende Künste/BKM in 2021.


Filipa Ramos, Ph.D., is a writer and curator whose research focuses on how culture addresses ecology. She is Director of the Contemporary Art Department of the city of Porto. She is Curator of Art Basel Film and founded the online artists’ cinema Vdrome. She is Lecturer at the Master Programme of Institute Art Gender Nature FHNW Academy of Arts and Design, Basel.