S U B M E R G E   F E S T I V A L - 2021

JULY 5 - AUGUST 7

getting into the work - Choreography and performance festival

We are grateful for the funding of the Berlin Senat to enable this format to take place with support for professionals to take all workshops on donation base. A BIG THANK YOU to all the involved artists and collaborators we had such an inspiring 5 weeks!

This summer  Lake Studios hosted the 5th edition of an intensive festival dedicated to submerging into specific performance works of our invited dance artists. The workshops are conceived as embodied »re-creative« labs into the making of these pieces. The artists will share their creative processes, movement techniques, choreographic / improvisational methods, and conceptual journeys through the crafting of their works. The labs also include the attendance of the live performance as part of the culminating experience of the shared time with each artist.

Presenting a piece of choreography to an audience is only one part of how the creative potential of the work can be accessed – how can the framing of the platform and exchange around the work affect and increase this potential? The idea behind the yearly SUBMERGE Festival’s proposal - to dive into, examine and share the specific creative process behind a particular performance work - grew out of a need to foster more solidarity in the ways that artists exchange and experience each others work. In my personal experience I noticed that the burden of comparison and judgement between artists often limits a deeper sensed engagement with colleagues’ work, even if it takes place the form of admiration (i.e. in teacher - student contexts). The current pandemic situation in combination with aid from the Berlin Senat supported LAKE Studios in re-thinking and re-organising the festival structure away from the previous years’ more commercial models. We are now able to offer participation in the choreographic labs free of cost to local motivated professionals – discouraging unnecessary travel, and simultaneously  fostering a more non-hierarchical platform of exchange between the invited artists and the participants.

Marcela Giesche - artistic director

ARCHIVE V.1 - V.5 :

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SUBMERGE FESTIVAL 2021

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SUBMERGE FESTIVAL 2020
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SUBMERGE FESTIVAL 2018
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SUBMERGE FESTIVAL 2016

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SUBMERGE FESTIVAL 2017
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