First partner meeting in Dresden

Symposium "SECOND CITIES - PERFORMING CITIES" Dresden

Friday, November 9th

16.00 - 16.15 • Welcome Dieter Jaenicke (Artistic Director HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden)
16.15 - 16.30 • Presentation Second Cities – Performing Cities Network Carena Schlewitt (Director Kaserne Basel)
16.30 - 16.45 • Presentation LIGNA (Performance Collective)
16.45 - 17.00 • Presentation Dries Verhoeven (Artist)
17.00 - 17.15 • Presentation Ant Hampton (Artist)
17.15 - 18.00 • Keynote Lecture “The city’s intrinsic logic” Prof. Dr. Helmut Berking (Director Institute for Sociology, Darmstadt University)
18.00 - 19.00 • Panel Discussion „Public Space and Performing Arts“

Participants: Katja Aßmann (Artistic Director Urban Arts Ruhr) Prof. Dr. Helmut Berking (Director Institute for Sociology, Darmstadt University) Prof. Phillip Oswalt (Director Bauhaus Dessau Foundation) Carmen Mehnert (Dance Dramaturg, Program Director HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden) Ant Hampton / LIGNA (Artists) Moderation: Matthias Frense (Head Dramaturg Ringlokschuppen Mülheim)

Symposium "SECOND CITIES - PERFORMING CITIES" Dresden

10.00 - 10.45 • Lecture „We are the city!“ Dr. Silke Steets (Institute for Sociology, University Darmstadt)
10.45 - 11.30 • Lecture „City as a performance“ Imanuel Schipper (Dramaturg, Director ReArt:theUrban)
11.30 - 12.15 • Lecture „Contexts of performance“ Prof. Dr. Patrick Primavesi (Institute for Theatre Studies, Leipzig University)
12.15 - 13.15 • Panel Discussion „Site specific – Site related“

Participants: Dr. Silke Steets (Institute for Sociology, University Darmstadt) Imanuel Schipper (Dramaturg, Director ReArt:theUrban) Prof. Dr. Patrick Primavesi (Institute for Theatre Studies, Leipzig University) Anna Rispoli (Artist)
Moderation: Rainer Hofmann (Artistic Director Festival a/d Werf Utrecht)

13.15 - 14.30 • Lunch break
14.30 - 15.30 • Presentation „Parallel Cities“ Stefan Kaegi (Artist, curator “Parallel Cities”)
15.30 - 16.30 • Presentation „The walker-architect: disrupted walking and the city“ Stephen Hodge, Dr. Catherine Turner (Artists from Wrights & Sites)
16.30 - 18.00 • Panel Discussion „Crossing Parallel Cities“

Participants: Stephen Hodge (Artist Wrights & Sites, Head of Drama, University of Exeter) Dr. Catherine Turner (Artist Wrights & Sites, Senior Lecturer Drama Department, University of Exeter) Stefan Kaegi (Artist, curator “Parallel Cities”) Prof. Dr. Patrick Primavesi (Institute for Theatre Studies, Leipzig University)

Moderation: Katja Aßmann (Artistic Director Urban Arts Ruhr)

premiere - LIGNA in Poitiers

premiere - LIGNA in Poitiers

LIGNA in Poitiers

premiere - ANT HAMPTON in Dresden

premiere - ANT HAMPTON in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Dresden

premiere - DRIES VERHOEVEN in Utrecht

premiere - DRIES VERHOEVEN in Utrecht

Dries Verhoeven in Utrecht

Second partner meeting in Utrecht

Second partner meeting in Utrecht

LIGNA in Utrecht

Dries Verhoeven in Utrecht

Second partner meeting in Utrecht

Dries Verhoeven in Utrecht

LIGNA in Utrecht

Dries Verhoeven in Utrecht

LIGNA in Utrecht

Dries Verhoeven in Utrecht

Dries Verhoeven in Utrecht

Dries Verhoeven in Utrecht

Dries Verhoeven in Utrecht

Dries Verhoeven in Utrecht

Partner meeting in Avignon

Partner Meeting in Avignon

Dries Verhoeven in Mülheim an der Ruhr

Dries Verhoeven in Mülheim an der Ruhr

Dries Verhoeven in Mülheim an der Ruhr

Dries Verhoeven in Mülheim an der Ruhr

Dries Verhoeven in Mülheim an der Ruhr

Dries Verhoeven in Mülheim an der Ruhr

LIGNA in Mülheim an der Ruhr

Dries Verhoeven in Mülheim an der Ruhr

LIGNA in Mülheim an der Ruhr

Dries Verhoeven in Mülheim an der Ruhr

LIGNA in Mülheim an der Ruhr

Dries Verhoeven in Mülheim an der Ruhr

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

LIGNA in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

LIGNA in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Partner meeting in Strasbourg

Partner meeting in Strasbourg

LIGNA in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Symposium Strasbourg

Throughout the world today, artist interventions in urban space are on the rise. The practitioners involved come from the theater and from dance, as well as from the visual and sonic arts. Their context-driven actions produce moments of theatricality that question the very nature of urban space. Formally and in terms of the relations they foster with people who witness them, these actions reconfigure modes of (re)presentation, querying, in an open-ended and unresolved way, the relevance of more conventional art spaces: theatres, museums and the like. Over the course of these two days of encounter, we will explore the reasons why and the ways in which artists working on three continents – in South Africa, in Northern Europe and Brazil – stage their practice(s) in city space and we will consider how, in so doing, they engage (or not) with the stage as a theatrical apparatus, whether by choice or because of historical circumstances beyond their control.

We will enter into an extensive conversation with artists who see the city simultaneously as a space and as a medium – a building block – for creation, practitioners whose work draws its substance from the quotidian theatricality of the city. In their performances, the artists with whom we will be dialoguing seek to tell the city “from the inside”, sometimes discretely, sometimes in great flashes of spectacle. How, we will ask, do speaking the city, wandering through it, improvising with(in) it (alone or in groups) – acts of daily life and creation alike – function in their work? What happens when, in the context of this work, spectators become actors? How, then, does one self-stage? How does one perform the quotidian? At the core of our discussion too will be the role and the effectiveness of art as a tool in bringing about social and political change: can such art as we will be considering here combat? Can it enter the fray of conflict?

By immersing themselves in the city, whom are the artists who draw our attention seeking to engage? Inhabitants, citizens, passers by? What manner of address to the spectator does their work involve? Watching the “stage” in these conditions can fast become a disturbing condition, as the line between fact and fiction blurs, made increasingly tenuous by the theatricality of the city that the artistic act reveals. Is s/he who watches a spectator, an audience member, an individual? Is s/he any or all of these?

Our two-day encounter will be built around the accounts of artists hailing from a wide range of geographical locales. The artists will speak about ways in which, in their urban-based practices, they grapple with the questions outlined above. Theoreticians invited to dialogue with the artists will explore these issues with them. This set-up will allow for an in-depth discussion about the future of public space(s) – a subject that is vital to Strasbourg as to cities worldwide.

LIGNA in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Symposium Strasbourg

Throughout the world today, artist interventions in urban space are on the rise. The practitioners involved come from the theater and from dance, as well as from the visual and sonic arts. Their context-driven actions produce moments of theatricality that question the very nature of urban space. Formally and in terms of the relations they foster with people who witness them, these actions reconfigure modes of (re)presentation, querying, in an open-ended and unresolved way, the relevance of more conventional art spaces: theatres, museums and the like. Over the course of these two days of encounter, we will explore the reasons why and the ways in which artists working on three continents – in South Africa, in Northern Europe and Brazil – stage their practice(s) in city space and we will consider how, in so doing, they engage (or not) with the stage as a theatrical apparatus, whether by choice or because of historical circumstances beyond their control.

We will enter into an extensive conversation with artists who see the city simultaneously as a space and as a medium – a building block – for creation, practitioners whose work draws its substance from the quotidian theatricality of the city. In their performances, the artists with whom we will be dialoguing seek to tell the city “from the inside”, sometimes discretely, sometimes in great flashes of spectacle. How, we will ask, do speaking the city, wandering through it, improvising with(in) it (alone or in groups) – acts of daily life and creation alike – function in their work? What happens when, in the context of this work, spectators become actors? How, then, does one self-stage? How does one perform the quotidian? At the core of our discussion too will be the role and the effectiveness of art as a tool in bringing about social and political change: can such art as we will be considering here combat? Can it enter the fray of conflict?

By immersing themselves in the city, whom are the artists who draw our attention seeking to engage? Inhabitants, citizens, passers by? What manner of address to the spectator does their work involve? Watching the “stage” in these conditions can fast become a disturbing condition, as the line between fact and fiction blurs, made increasingly tenuous by the theatricality of the city that the artistic act reveals. Is s/he who watches a spectator, an audience member, an individual? Is s/he any or all of these?

Our two-day encounter will be built around the accounts of artists hailing from a wide range of geographical locales. The artists will speak about ways in which, in their urban-based practices, they grapple with the questions outlined above. Theoreticians invited to dialogue with the artists will explore these issues with them. This set-up will allow for an in-depth discussion about the future of public space(s) – a subject that is vital to Strasbourg as to cities worldwide.

LIGNA in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Strasbourg

Dries Verhoeven in Poitiers

Dries Verhoeven in Poitiers

Dries Verhoeven in Poitiers

Dries Verhoeven in Poitiers

Dries Verhoeven in Poitiers

Dries Verhoeven in Poitier

Dries Verhoeven in Poitiers

Dries Verhoeven in Poitiers

Dries Verhoeven in Poitiers

Dries Verhoeven in Poitiers

Ant Hampton in Utrecht

Ant Hampton in Utrecht

Ant Hampton in Utrecht

Ant Hampton in Utrecht

Ant Hampton in Utrecht

Ant Hampton in Utrecht

Ant Hampton in Utrecht

Ant Hampton in Utrecht

LIGNA in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Utrecht

LIGNA in Dresden

Ant Hampton in Utrecht

LIGNA in Dresden

Dries Verhoeven in Basel

Ant Hampton in Basel

Dries Verhoeven in Basel

Ant Hampton in Basel

Dries Verhoeven in Basel

Ant Hampton in Basel

Dries Verhoeven in Basel

Ant Hampton in Basel

Dries Verhoeven in Basel

Ant Hampton in Basel

Dries Verhoeven in Basel

Ant Hampton in Basel

conference "PerformaCITY" in Basel

LIGNA in Basel

Dries Verhoeven in Basel

Ant Hampton in Basel

conference PerformaCITY" in Basel

LIGNA in Basel

Dries Verhoeven in Basel

Ant Hampton in Basel

conference "PerformaCITY" in Basel

LIGNA in Basel

Dries Verhoeven in Basel

Ant Hampton in Basel

Dries Verhoeven in Basel

Ant Hampton in Basel

Basel

Population: 172.000

About

Basel is located in the Northwest of Switzerland on the river Rhine. It has about 200.000 inhabitants and the city is one of the most important cultural centers of Switzerland and a major industrial centre for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry as well. Basel is divided in two parts: Basel city and Basel county. Basel city is limited with a space of of only 37 square km and it is located in the trinational area with Germany and France. Basel is a very international city with 33 % of immigrants and this number continues to rise. In this region, more than 35.000 Expats are living and working for the big companies.

partner institution:

KASERNE BASEL

music / dance / theater


The Kaserne Basel is a thriving urban arts center and a lively social meeting point, located just a few steps from the river Rhine. It brings cutting-edge concerts from Rock and Indie to Pop and Soul as well as national and international contemporary off-theater and dance performances to the heart of Basel.

www.kaserne-basel.ch

http://www.performacity.net/

Dresden

Population: 530.000

About

Dresden is the capital of the state of Saxony in Germany and has about 500.000 inhabitants. It is situated on the River Elbe, in the middle between Berlin and Prag. Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Kings of Saxony. A controversial allied ariel bombing towards the end of World War II destroyed most part of the city centre. The impact of the bombing and 40 years of urban development during the East German communist era have considerably changed the face of the city. Since the German reunification in 1990 the historic inner city and other important parts of the city have been largely reconstructed and renovated. During the last years Dresden has regained recognition as one of the most important cities for arts, culture and science in Germany.

partner institution:

HELLERAU - EUROPEAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS DRESDEN

Hellerau Festival Theatre, built in 1911 as a school of Rhythmics, is today the location of HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden. Following an eventful history – in the 1930s it served as a military camp; later the Soviet army used it as their barracks – in the 1990s the site was brought back to life through art. HELLERAU has since become one of the most important interdisciplinary centres for contemporary arts in Germany. It is home to contemporary dance, musical theatre, contemporary classical music, theatre, performance art, the fine arts and new media, as well as a place for reflection on art and culture. The internationally renowned Forsythe Company has been the company in residence here since 2005. Since April 2009 performances have again been held at the Festival Theatre all year round. Along with its partner organisations on the grounds the European Centre for the Arts has been working on creating an 'arts workspace' in HELLERAU. This is a place where people experiment with art, test out art, present art. In all these enterprises, contemporary dance has top priority.

http://www.hellerau.org/

Krákow

Population: 750.000

About

Nowa Huta - literally The New Steel Mill is the easternmost district of Kraków, Poland. With about 300,000 inhabitants it is one of the most populous areas of the city. Nowa Huta was started in 1949 as a separate town near Kraków on terrain resumed by the Communist Government. The town was to become an ideal town for the communist propaganda and populated mostly by industrial workers. In 1951 it was joined with Kraków as its new district. Nowadays this socialist part of Nowa Huta has started to arouse interest and there is a chance that it will become one of the tourist attractions of Cracow, one of many, but a unique one. According to specialists, in comparison with other parts of former eastern bloc, Nowa Huta is the best example of a socialist realist city.

partner institution:

TEATR ŁAZNIA NOWA

Laznia Nowa Theatre during seven years of its existence has earned a solid brand on Polish theatre market, creating among others: Genius Loci Theatre Festival, The Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival and Slawomir Mrozek's Festival. Laznia's performances were rewarded many times and invited on numerous festivals. Because of specific concert space Laznia Nowa hosts many music events such as: Sacrum Profanum or Unsound Festival and concerts - from club music to stars like Guano Apes, Apocalyptica or The Residents.

Despite localization and counter to stereotypes of hopelessness of Nowa Huta district there are many international projects and co-productions produced in Laznia. On the basis of close cooperation with inhabitants programs and author's performances are created. Laznia's actions are multilevel - just to bring together different types of audience. We are interested in 'theatre for people'. We fight for each and every viewer, we do not lock ourselves in the tower made of ivory. We revert to fundamental questions of poeple strongly connected to the place and its role in the development of local community. We firmly believe in theatre becoming axis mundi in the district - daily, inhabited place. Affirmation, belief in creative strength of human being and straightforwardness enabled Laznia to take root in the district, win over faithful audience and make plans for the future.

In the current season we have crossed borders and exceeded limits. We developed projects inspired by the icon of bringing himself to perfection /Bruce Lee/, distant cultures /Japan/ or everlasting man's dreams /flying/.

We want to fire the imagination of viewers and all together fight with the grayness of everyday life, reveal liberating power of a dream.

http://www.laznianowa.pl/

Mülheim an der Ruhr

Population: 168.000

About

Mülheim an der Ruhr is a relatively small, shrinking city directly between Duisburg and Essen in the Ruhr Region. It is a place full of contradictions in terms of population, city development, economy and wealth: in some districts more than 30% of the people receive social security benefits, in others virtually nobody does. The retail trade in the city centre is in decline yet large trading and industrial companies are well-established here, too. There is a new university of applied sciences and a comparatively lively cultural life.

partner institution:

RINGLOKSCHUPPEN MÜLHEIM AN DER RUHR

Ringlokschuppen Mülheim is a vibrant production centre for performative theatre in the Ruhr Region. Founded in 1995 as a socio-cultural centre, the theatre put on its first site-specific dance and theatre projects as part of the Ruhrtriennale 2002-2004. They started introducing regular guest performances and (co-)productions in 2006, which have led to a wide variety of fruitful cooperations with fringe and municipal theatres. In addition to investigating post-dramatic theatre forms with groups such as kainkollektiv and copy & waste, Ringlokschuppen Mülheim often initiates participational projects in urban environments. (“U[topie]18”, “Eichbaumoper”, “SchlimmCity”). There is also a focus on interdisciplinary platforms such as the “Fatzer Tage” or the “Shiny Toys” media festival. Since 2012 Ringlokschuppen has been a member of “Performing Cities”, an EU-supported network of seven theatres from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.

Die Realisierung der Produktionen von Dries Verhoeven und LIGNA am Ringlokschuppen in Mülheim an der Ruhr ist eine Koproduktion mit Urbane Künste Ruhr.

http://www.ringlokschuppen.de/

Poitiers

Population: 88.000

About

Regional capital but average town (145 000 inhabitants), Poitiers is an old historical place with many large administrations, an important hospital and one of the oldest university of the country with 24 000 students among which many young strangers. Since the 70’s, this town has been developing a strong cultural environment, downtown and in the surrounding districts. That is why the cultural budget remains the second largest of the municipality (more than 20%).

partner institution:

TAP - Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers

The TAP-Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers consists of a theater hall, that can accommodate an audience of 700, and an auditorium, that seats 1000 people. Every season, the TAP proposes more than 60 different performances, for a total of about 120 representations per annum. The programming is multidisciplinary: theater, dance, classical and contemporary music, world music, jazz and chanson, circus and magic performances as well as meetings, workshops and art classes. The TAP has partnerships with three orchestras, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, the Orchestre Poitou-Charentes and the music ensemble Ars Nova, proposes residence programs for artists and receives every year several productions of the national dramatic center Comédie Poitou-Charentes. Every season, the TAP organizes two festivals: the Rencontres Henri Langlois, festival international des écoles de cinéma (international festival of film schools), and the Festival A Corps, meeting point of international professionals and european students emanating from all kinds of artistic backgrounds that set the human body in motion. The TAP is one of the seven charter members of the European Network Second Cities – Performing Cities, supported by the European Union. In this way, it will produce the new creation of the german company LIGNA, that will be performed for the first time during the Festival A Corps in April 2013. Furthermore, the TAP manages three cinema halls, classified Independent Art-House, Research and Discovery, Young Audience and Cultural Heritage. It is also a member of the Network Europa.

http://www.tap-poitiers.com/

Strasbourg

Population: 272.000

About

Strasbourg is a city of 460,000 inhabitants. Besides a very large historical heritage, Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region, the headquarters of the European Parliament and of the Council of Europe. It welcomes, on this account, many national and international institutions. The town engaged a large urban development during the seventies and carry on right now to the east in direction of Kehl, his German neighbour. It’s partly the reasons why his artistic activities have a wide and demanding public.

partner institution:

LE MAILLON - Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne

Le Maillon, the City of Strasbourg’s Theatre and European Venue, was founded in 1978 and is situated in the Wacken district, at the foot of the European Parliament. Le Maillon is a particular venue, set in a former industrial building made of three large halls: the first one is a vast area harbouring the bar and the box office, the second one is a 600 seat auditorium boasting the largest stage in Strasbourg, and the third is an exhibition hall in winter and an auditorium in summer. With Europe at the heart of its vision, le Maillon schedules more than 30 multidisciplinary—theatre, music, circus, and dance—, mostly international and resolutely contemporary shows each season. If le Maillon welcomes shows from around the world, it has also put down strong roots locally as many performances take place with or in local partners’ theatres: Pôle Sud, Théâtre Jeune Public, Hautepierre as well as the Offenburg theatre, just on the other side of the Rhine. Le Maillon has 33 000 spectators each season, including the Premières festival—dedicated to the work of young European stage directors and co-organised with the TNS. In 2013, the Premières festival will be held in Karlsruhe.

Acknowledged in France and abroad, le Maillon is involved in several European professional networks and regularly works with the theatres of Basel, Dresden, Mülheim, Poitiers, Utrecht and Nowa Huta to produce and present to the public new forms of theatre that explore the relationship between the stage and the city.

http://www.maillon.eu/

Utrecht

Population: 322.000

About

Utrecht is an old city with canals and old houses. It is situated in the geographical centre of the Netherlands and in one of the most booming economic regions of Europe: the randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag). Utrecht is fast growing: expectedly from 315.000 to 400.000 in the next ten years, with all the social and structural problems this fast growth will bring. Due to its universities the city’s population will grow younger. Acknowledging its rich cultural field and its universities and colleges, the city markets itself as City of Knowledge and Culture.

partner institution:

SPRING - Performing Arts Festival

The new Utrecht festival for the performing arts announces the first names From Thursday 15 - Sunday 25 May 2014 the new international festival for the performing arts, SPRING, will take place in the Utrecht city centre. SPRING Performing Arts Festival is a fusion of the two renowned festivals Springdance and Festival a/d Werf. The SPRING programme straddles the dividing lines between theatre, dance and performance, presenting the latest developments and crossovers in the performing arts. Work that is innovative, contemporary, and bold. This makes SPRING the place to be the first to see innovative and adventurous performances on an international level.

www.springutrecht.nl

Performing Cities

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