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FORUM V.3: "WHAT DO WE NEED?"
JULY 3. & 4. 13 - 19h live event
with moderators Gabi Beier, Julek Kreutzer & Diethild Meier *
Exchange forum for professional dance & performance artists supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media #TakeAction.
“What do we need?”
Curating as artistic process
During the first weekend in July, Gabi Beier, Julek Kreutzer and Diethild Meier invite dance, choreography and performance artists to Lake Studios to explore together the question: What do we need? In other words: How can we actively shape the landscape of presentation formats and funding structures in which we currently operate in order to create more adequate conditions for our artistic processes?
Curating comes from Latin: curare, which means to care for or look after something. As actors in Berlin's independent dance scene and as festival curators, we would like to take this literally and, together with you, spin visions of the future for sustainable structures and new formats of participation. We understand processuality, curiosity and exchange as an artistic practice in itself, and we would like to create a platform for encounter, dialogue and empowerment with you. Our (silent) goal is to change existing structures in a sustainable way, to pave the way for new formats of presentation, to test them and to strengthen the positions of dance artists in dialogue with institutions.
The "What do we need" weekend at Lake Studios involves: Discussion formats in which one's own body is not forgotten but activated, getting lost at Müggelsee and getting lost in thought, thinking big together (and small, too), cookies, an insight into the A.PART festival and into the works of artists involved, a critical examination of the existing funding system, performative interventions, utopias, sun and air.
REGISTRATION: Places are limited due to corona regulations. Please register with a short motivation and your CV by June 25th at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates / host artists / themes:
July 3 & 4 - Gabi Beier, Julek Kreutzer & Diethild Meier / ARTISTIC CURATION
August 28 & 29 - Lea Martini & Antje Pfundtner / TBA
September 25 & 26 - Jeremy Wade / CAMP PAIN (try-out)
Gabi Beier dance dramaturge and manager, was employed as a ballet dramaturge at various state theaters in Germany from 1996 to 2006 and was head of the youth dance program at Berlin's Pfefferberg from 1999 to 2002. In 2002 she founded the office tanzbaustelle - dance dramaturgy and management and has since worked as a freelance dramaturg and manager for various dance and theater productions (including Milla Koistinen, Petra Sabisch, Jess Curtis/Gravity, Jeremy Wade). In 2006 she was one of the co-founders of ada Studio & Bühne für zeitgenössischen Tanz (Berlin), of which she has been the sole artistic director since 2008. In addition to her work at ada Studio, Gabi accompanies and teaches young choreographers in Germany and abroad. Since May 2021, she has been a mentor in the newly founded Hub for Dramaturgy and Production Management/Tanzbüro Berlin.
Julek Kreutzer is a dancer and choreographer living in Berlin. She studied dance, context and choreography at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT Berlin). She is a founding member of the association Tänzer ohne Grenzen e.V. As a dancer, she has worked with Lina Gómez, Anna Nowak, Alice Chauchat, Lyllie Rouvière and Bella Hager, a.o. Her piece Entenübersetzung brings performers with and without prior experience together on one stage and questions the boundaries, spaces and viewing habits of a theatrical event. Since 2020, she curates the festival A.PART together with Diethild Meier, Gabi Beier and Alex Hennig. She also curates the Tanztag for young choreographers at the annual Hoffestspiele at Expedition Metropolis. She is a scholarship holder of the pilot project Tanzpraxis 2020/21 of the Berlin Senate, DanceWeb-er in 2021 and one of 6 artists of the international residency programme DanceMe UP in 2021/22.
Diethild Meier lives in Berlin and works as a freelance dance artist in various collaborative constellations and creative positions. She studied "Dance, Choreography and Context" at the HZT Berlin (BA 2015) and has since participated in numerous dance productions. She developed a close collaboration as a dancer and co-creator with choreographers Lina Gómez (2014 to present) and Mirjam Gurtner (2018 to present). She is a scholarship holder of the pilot project Tanzpraxis 2020/2021 of the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe and receives the #TakeCare funding 2021 of the Fonds Darstellende Künste for her research project SOMATICHORUS. She works as a production manager for several Berlin artists and is the dramaturg of Nir Vidan since 2019. Together with Julek Kreutzer and Alex Hennig, Diethild curates the A.PART Festival for Berlin dance students and alumni at ada Studio Berlin. Diethild is a photographer (Diplom Fachhochschule Dortmund 2008) and filmmaker and has been documenting contemporary dance in Berlin in still and moving images for 7 years.
Saturday 3 July
with Gabi Beier, Julek Kreutzer, Diethild Meier and Marcela Giesche
14:00 “Getting lost at Müggelsee”: walk and talk in teams of two
15:30 BREAK with CAKE
16:00 Performative intervention by Tabea Antonacci
16:30 Vision Lab: “What do we need”
18:00 Good Bye
Sunday 4 July
14:00 Performative intervention by Asya Ashman
14:30 Vision Lab
16:00 BREAK with CAKE
16:30 Performative Intervention by Iris Rosa Gravemaker
17:00 Vision Lab / Final discussion round
18:00 Good Bye