Bundesweite Artist Labs & B.A.L.L. 2023
Since July, artists and art professionals have been conducting research in 64 Artist Labs on issues related to the public sphere of the liberal performing arts. At the second Bundesweites Artist Labor der Labore - B.A.L.L. for short - on October 20 and 21, 2023 at Kampnagel in Hamburg, joint research will be taken to the next level: Lab participants will meet artists*, theatergoers* and experts* from all over the republic. Impulse lectures, practical workshops, in-depth talks on stage and in the stream, heated debates in thematic working groups, a show program every evening and party formats will negotiate a wide range of issues: Who is watching? Who is participating? Who is (still) missing? Artistic works that reflect the role of the spectators round off the BA.L.L. program and open up an echo chamber. With: Rimini Protokoll, raumlaborberlin, Simone Aughterloney, Queereeoké and many more.
Find out which panels and workshops you can attend on both days of the event.
You can register via our online form until 17.10.2023.
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64 Bundesweite Artist Labs: Post-pandemic and audiences
As part of its evaluation NEUSTART-KULTUR- funding programs, the Fonds Darstellende Künste initiated a total of 64 Artist Labs this spring based on an open call process, which have been and will be conducted throughout Germany between July 1, 2023 and October 31, 2023.In self-responsible, exchange-based lab formats, artists of all genres and disciplines will address questions of audience acquisition and retention with reference to empirical values before, during and after the pandemic. This artistic evaluation discusses an immensely broad range of topics, negotiating aspects of sustainability, diversity, mobility, and digitality as well as digging deep into specific target groups such as queer and BIPoC communities or genres such as performances for young audiences and theater in public spaces. How must political theater practice be aligned along current social issues? How can postcolonial perspectives be made accessible to children and young people? And what potential for dialogue do the performing arts offer in times of overall social fragmentation?
Which artists and groups have been commissioned by the Fund with nationwide Artist Labs? An overview of all Labs can be found here.
What did the individual labs research? What were their questions and what are the results of their labs? The labs will be presenting themselves here shortly.
Various cultural journalists have visited the nationwide Artist Labs and interviewed them about their strategies around the topic of audience. We will soon publish the resulting articles here in the magazine.
An event of the Fonds Darstellende Künste in cooperation with Kampnagel Hamburg and the 64 Nationwide Artist Labs. Supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of NEUSTART KULTUR.
Program: Julian Kamphausen, Uta Lambertz, Susanne Schuster | Set design: Philine Rinnert | Production management: krass & krasser - Franziska Bald, Ann-Kristin Meivers, Luca Sonnen | Technical direction: Andreas Harder | Editing: Elisabeth Wellershaus
Project management: Björn Frers, Steffen Klewar | Project coordination: Anna Kondring | Communication: Anne John, Carolin Meyer
B.A.L.L. Program curation
Artistic Coordinator / Curator / Dramaturg / Partnerships | Hamburg
Uta LambertzArtistic Coordinator / Curator / Dramaturg / Partnerships | Hamburg
Uta Lambertz (they/them), born in Unna in 1983. From 2003-2007 she completed her studies in theater and media at the Ruhr University in Bochum. During her studies she worked for the Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen and Schauspiel Essen and worked as a musician and freelance dramaturg for various scenic projects. From 2008, Lambertz worked as an event manager and project manager for Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, where she subsequently completed her master's degree in Communication & Cultural Management from 2008 to 2010. Since 2010 she has been working at Kampnagel Hamburg. As a curator and dramaturg, she is now primarily responsible for queer performance, cross-genre formats, and collaborative projects. She oversees, among others, the long-term EU project ACT- Art, Climate Transition and various other national and international collaborations at Kampnagel. Since 2010, she has been a regular guest lecturer, so far at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater/ Theaterakademie, University of Hamburg, University of Witten/Herdecke, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, Ruhr-University Bochum, among others, as well as in the framework of the stART.up scholarship program of the Claussen-Simon Foundation.
Künstlerische Leitung Prater Digital, Dramaturg, Regisseur | Hamburg, Berlin
Julian KamphausenKünstlerische Leitung Prater Digital, Dramaturg, Regisseur | Hamburg, Berlin
Geboren 1975, begann er 1994 in unterschiedlichen Funktionen hauptsächlich in den darstellenden Künsten zu arbeiten. Am Anfang hat er viel in Staats- und Stadttheatern gelernt und arbeitet seit 2003 selbständig als Autor, Kurator, Dramaturg und Regisseur. Hier hat er besonders viel Erfahrung als Regisseur von Galen und Charity-Veranstaltungen gesammelt, die wichtige Inhalte und große Unterhaltung miteinander präsentieren. 2013 hat er für das Performing Arts Programm Berlin (PAP) den Branchentreff der Freien Darstellenden Künste Berlin mitkonzipiert und zusammen mit anderen bis 2017 geleitet. Für das PAP konzipiert er auch weiterhin Fachtagungen, die spezifische Themen für ein professionelles Publikum vertiefen.
2016 hat er für das PAP zusammen mit der re:publica die Performersion gegründet, ein Format für Kooperationen der digitalen und der darstellenden Künste, das er seitdem auch mit einem inzwischen internationalen Fokus fortführt.
Die kuratorische Arbeit an der Schnittstille zwischen digitalen und analogen Künsten setzt er in Laborformaten für die Technologiestiftung Berlin u.a. oder als Mitglied des Culture Track Teams der re:publica um. Vermittelnd arbeitet er in diesem Spannungsfeld auch als Beiratsmitglied der bbw – University for Applied Sciences, des Berlinforums der Stiftung Zukunft Berlin, als Speaker oder Workshopgeber.
Dramaturg and Festival Director
Susanne SchusterDramaturg and Festival Director
Board to select the labs
Architect, raumlaborberlin | Berlin
Benjamin Foerster-BaldeniusArchitect, raumlaborberlin | Berlin
Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius studied architecture in Berlin and Copenhagen. He directed two theater groups and founded the "Institut für angewandte Baukunst" in Berlin in 1999. In addition, he has since been part of the collective raumlaborberlin and works on the culture of the city and public space. He is the founder of Floating University, whose association he has chaired since 2018 and for which raumlaborberlin received the Golden Lion at the 2021 Venice Archieturbiennale. He realized two theater buildings in Frankfurt in 2021. There he is professor for cohabitation at the Städelschule, Hochschule für Bildende Künste.
Dan Thy Nguyen
Theater maker, director fluctoplasma festival, Studio Marshmallow | Hamburg
Dan Thy NguyenTheater maker, director fluctoplasma festival, Studio Marshmallow | Hamburg
Dan Thy Nguyen is a freelance theater director, actor, writer and singer in Hamburg. He has worked on various productions at Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Kampnagel, MDR and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, among others. In 2014 he developed and produced the play "Sonnenblumenhaus" about the pogrom of Rostock -Lichtenhagen, which won the "Hörnixe" in 2015 in its radio play version and is still played at various institutions. Since 2020, he has directed the Hamburg festival "fluctoplasma - 96h Kunst Diskurs Diversität" with his production company Studio Marshmallow and he is deputy board member of the LAG Kinder- und Jugendkultur Hamburg. In 2021, together with the entire ensemble, he received the German Radio Play Award for his acting performance. In 2022 he published, among other things, his first volume of poetry "Über Wasser und Tote" and co-curated the exhibition "Wer wir sind" at the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn in 2023.
Director | Hamburg
Mable PreachDirector | Hamburg
Mable Preach has been present in the Hamburg art scene for many years - as a director or choreographer, as a curator and networker. She is the initiator of the festival for urban BIPoC youth culture FORMATION**NOW and director of the cultural and youth association Lukulule. Most recently, she showed her directorial work EMB*RACE YOUR CROWN** as part of the season opening at Kampnagel. In her work she critically engages with racism and (neo-)colonialism, promotes empowerment and produces alternative images and narratives to the white mainstream.
Moritz von Rappard
Curator, director, dramaturg | Berlin
Moritz von RappardCurator, director, dramaturg | Berlin
Moritz von Rappard studied theater, film and television studies, German language and literature, and education at the University of Cologne. After working on a wide range of projects as a curator, director, and dramaturg, as well as gaining additional qualifications as a moderator and mediator, he has been increasingly involved with participation formats and opening up and participation in cultural institutions since 2015. Thus, within the framework of the competence network KIWit initiated by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the g3 method for better working in heterogeneous groups was developed. In addition, he is co-founder of the consulting and development network "HANDS ON" and has been active in the Berlin-Brandenburg regional group of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft as a spokesperson since 2021.
Laia Ribera Cañénguez
Freelance theater maker | Berlin
Laia Ribera CañénguezFreelance theater maker | Berlin
Laia RiCa, born in El Salvador, studied Physical Theatre in Barcelona and Theatre Pedagogy at the Berlin University of the Arts, where she is currently completing her PhD. Her work moves between documentary and object theater, between performance, physical and visual theatre, with a strong reference to visual arts. In 2015, Laia moved to Germany from Central America. In the "in-between-ness" of different languages, theater genres and geographies, she seeks a utopian space to bring together her own and structural opposites, paradoxes and contradictions. In doing so, she is primarily concerned with feminist, decolonial and queer perspectives. In recent years, together with KMZ Kollektiv, Laia has produced the multiple award-winning production "Kaffee mit Zucker?" (2021) and the play "FÜNF EXPONATE" (2023) staged and performed. The KMZ Kollektiv group develops its own visual, biographical and documentary aesthetics. www.laiarica.com
freie Regisseurin, Konzepterin, Moderatorin | Berlin
Anne Schneiderfreie Regisseurin, Konzepterin, Moderatorin | Berlin
Anne Schneider is a freelance director, conceptual designer and moderator. She is a founding member of the collectives MischPULK (Hamburg) and Kollektiv nachhaltige Kultur (Berlin). From 2017 to February 2021 she worked as the executive director of the Bundesverband Freie Darstellende Künste, and from 2014 to 2017 she was the artistic director of the festival Hauptsache Frei, after having directed the Kaltstart Festival in the years before.
In 2021, Anne Schneider conceived and moderated a participatory evaluation process on the funding structure for the independent performing arts in Munich on behalf of the Munich Department of Culture. Since 2021, she has also been working closely with Theaterwerkstatt Pilkentafel to create a digital archive of the venue. She has been and is a member of various juries and advisory boards, such as the advisory board of LOFFT Das Theater or the jury for the awarding of top funding in NRW.
Freelance dramaturg, curator | Berlin, Amsterdam
Felizitas StillekeFreelance dramaturg, curator | Berlin, Amsterdam
Felizitas Stilleke is a freelance dramaturg, artist and curator. She directs conferences, such as the B.A.L.L. - Bundesweites Artist Labor of the Labore 2022, the Branchentreff 2019-2021, the Bundesforum 2017 or the RATSCHLAG DER VIELEN 2019, and takes over festival dramaturgies (Berliner Theatertreffen 2018, Impulse Theaterfestivals 2017 (under Florian Malzacher) or together with Johanna Yasirra Kluhs the theater festival FAVORITEN 2014) and is on the road as a production dramaturg in NRW, Berlin, Amsterdam and Zurich. She completed her Bachelor of German Studies/Education in Bochum and a Master in Cultural Poetics at the Wilhelms University in Münster. In 2018/19, she studied "Expanded Curation" as part of the international master's program at DAS theatre in Amsterdam. In 2020, she launched a series of podcast sessions at Ballhaus Ost titled "The Mother in Me is the Mother in You," in which she subjects the topic of not-yet/not-more/maybe/maternity to a collective rededication of discourse.
Dance dramaturg Sophiensæle, artistic director Tanztage Berlin | Berlin
Mateusz SzymanówkaDance dramaturg Sophiensæle, artistic director Tanztage Berlin | Berlin
Mateusz Szymanówka is a dramaturg and curator currently working at Sophiensælen in Berlin, where he is responsible for the dance program and curation of Tanztage Berlin. He also co-curated program focuses and thematic festivals Queer Darlings 3 (2022), Queer Darlings 4 (2023) and Leisure & Pleasure (2023). From 2019 to 2020, together with Michał Grzegorzek, he developed the performative and discursive program To Be Real at the Center for Contemporary Art - Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, which explored the relationship between contemporary performance and club culture. From 2021 to 2022, he co-moderated with Kasia Wolinska the Work Culture working group within ZTB Berlin, which published the booklet “How To (Make) Dance in Berlin - a Toolbox for a Better Work Culture in the Independent Dance Scene”. He has also worked with and for institutions and initiatives such as Nowy Teatr, Teatr Studio and Pomada Queer Festival in Warsaw, Art Museum in Lodz, Art Stations Foundation in Poznan, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Performing Arts Festival Berlin.
Prof. Caspar Weimann
Professorship for Acting | Düsseldorf
Prof. Caspar WeimannProfessorship for Acting | Düsseldorf
Caspar Weimann (he*/they) holds a professorship and a mentorship for acting at the ADK Baden-Württemberg; is an initiating force of the free internet theater onlinetheater. live and the app "Loulu" (Amadeu Antonio Prize 2021, Heidelberger Stückemarkt 2022); conducts seminars and workshops on digital and hybrid theater strategies, on participatory theater on the net, and on the theatricality of social media; has an equal opportunity commission at the ADK Baden-Württemberg with a special focus on queer empowerment and is concerned with a change in the contemporary concept of acting.