Berlin Diagonale - Show Camp (anne&ich, Bisu ro, Bridge Markland, Club Real, Derivat, Angela Fegers, Despina Kapetanaki, Frauen und Fiktion, Gosia Gajdemska, Howool Baek, Jan Mocek, julia maria koch, Bodypoet productions / Kazuma Glen Motomura, Marcela Giesche, María Ferrara, Nicole Felden, Nir de Volff / TOTAL BRUTAL, Nir Vidan and Adi Shildan, P_A_R_A_R / Immersive Performance Art, Pink Valley, Ren Saibara, Richard Pettifer, Rosiris Garrido, Simona Klaniute, the kickpäck, Welcome Project / The foreigner's theatre, weristjack, MS Schrittmacher, THE NAVIDSONS, Sisyphos, der Flugelefant, Daniela Ehemann/Carron Little, Eva Baumann & Katrin Wittig)
In German and English
Berlin Diagonale – Show Camp places the focus on approximately 40 Berlin-based artists and companies that present their tourable work in a bundled format. In a relaxed atmosphere, visiting industry professionals are able to quickly inform themselves of new projects and contact the Berlin performing arts community directly.
The tried-and-true open trade fair format is combined with 4-minute pitches, offering a brief overview with space for in-depth conversations. Afterward, we warmly invite the guests and participants to continue their conversations in a comfortable atmosphere with a cold drink and music.
Free admission. Registration is required due to the low possible number of participants. fachpublikum(at)performingarts-festival.de
Moderation: David Ford
aquarium: Festivalzentrum, Skalitzer Straße 6, Kreuzberg, 10999 Berlin
For all participants and guests of the Berlin Performing Arts Festival. Part of the ancillary program conceived and developed by the Performing Arts Festival team.
anne&ich is a theater collective including Anne Rietschel & Anton Krause. Previous works at Thalia Theater HH (Ich rufe meine Brüder by J. Khemiri) and with AFROTAK TV cyberNomads (Remains. Eine Rede). Their current piece Wahnsinn aus Heimweh premiered in March at Medizinhistorisches Museum HH. The concept and text for DJIN is co-created with the performer Nils Malten and the media designer/author Ricardo Gehn.
Bisu ro is a collective of freelance dancers, performers and mediators initiated by Susi Rosenbohm and Birte Opitz with changing collaborators. We like to question the borders between art and daily life.
The Berlin performer Bridge Markland is a virtuoso of roleplay and transformation. An artist who effortlessly crosses boundaries between dance, theater, performance, cabaret and puppet theater, her speciality are gender performances in which the change of woman to man (or vice versa) can be experienced. Markland is pioneer of drag and gender performance in Germany and has organized Drag King events, tours and festivals since 1994. She has toured her productions in Germany, Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. Her main focus are collages of classical German theater pieces with pop music – performed as lip-synced solos using role change and puppets plus short performances: silent movie expression, drag, erotic comedy, audience interactions. Alongside her solo performanes, she also works for other companies.
Club Real is an artist collective, working interdisciplinary, mainly between performance and installation. We have developed an art form we call scenic installation, a participatory kind of installation where you meet with performers and experience an altered form of reality. We also often use the format of interventions in public space in order to create and share art with as many different groups using public space as possible. Club Real was founded in 2000 in Berlin. The permanent members are Marianne Ramsay-Sonneck, Georg Reinhardt, Mathias Lenz and Thomas Hauck. We are very pleased about our continuous cooperation with the Finnish group Todellisuuden Tutkimuskeskus and the Cuban Arte Contextual center LASA in Havana.
The label Derivat uses its work to question the distribution of powers and rights, whereby the interest is passionately concentrated on events at the edges of society. Aurora Kellermann and Chris Wohlrab have led TATWERK | Performative Forschung, Studio und Produktionsstätte für die darstellenden Künste in Berlin since November 2014.
Angela Fegers received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the New World School of Arts in Miami Florida. Shortly afterward, she moved to New York City to dance for Erick Montes and Lindy Fines. Here, Angela began to concentrate on choreography and teaching, enjoying regularly presenting her own work. She founded DalioArts in 2013 and has produced since then between Amsterdam and Berlin with Monica Sharon. Together, they have worked in Iceland, German, the Netherlands, New York City and Miama.
Despina Kapetanaki, born in Athens, Greece, holds a degree in theater studies and a certificate in acting. She has performed her own projects in Ireland, Greece and Germany. Inspired by daily life, ordinary people and the contemporary sociopolitical situation, she develops her work with a focus on physical theater, dance and performance. She is interested in performing without using a separate stage, enhancing in this manner the communication between the performer and the audience.
Frauen und Fiktion (FuF) are researchers. With their performances, they open space for thought experiments on the topic of being a woman at the border between theory and theater. The scenographer and director Anja Kerschkewicz and the actor and applied theater scholar Eva Kessler came together in 2014 to form the interdisciplinary core team of FuF.
Is a choreographer, dancer, performer and dance educator. She became a member of the board of the K77 Studio e.V. in April of 2016. She has directed various dance projects (with professional artists, children and youth, immigrants, blind and deaf people) and site-specific projects.
In her work, she combines contemporary dance, improvisation and contact improvisation with somatic practices and visual arts.
Her performances and choreographies with her participation were shown, amongst others, in Sophiensaele Berlin, K77 Studio Berlin, Cankova Gallery and Kunstqarter Bethanien. Choreography as a visual art form, image and identity are in the focus of her creative work.
She is a scholarship holder of the Alternative Dance Academy 2017, The Old Brewery New Dance, Art Stations Foundation by Grazyna Kulczyk, Poznan/Poland.
Howool Baek is a Korean choreographer, based in Berlin. In the beginning, her choreographic works were focused on limited space and the discovery of movements that could be created in limited space. Through that, her work has been developed in a direction to explore the human body and to change body perception. Recently, she has focused on discovering the movement possibilities and own expressions of individual body parts.
Performances of the Berlin/Prague-based artist Jan Mocek combine elements of visual art, new media and theater. His works encompasses a wide spectrum of themes ranging from the personal to the political. He collaborates with various artists such as Matthias Hesselbacher, Irina Andreeva and others, who each contribute concepts and ideas to the performances that are result of a long artistic process.
Julia Maria Koch is a choreographer and works in Berlin. Her work has been invited to numerous international festivals such as the Sarajevo Winter Festival, Alexandria Festival of Contemporary Theater, Gdanski Festiwal Tanca 2017, Mexico City Contemporary Dance Festival and choreographic competitions such as the Stuttgart Solo Dance Theater Festival, Certamen Coreografico de Madrid, Certamen Coreografico Burgos New York, Festival 10 Sentidos / Valencia, Gdansk Solo Dance Festival and others
She has received several prizes for her work, including the special prize at the Arte Laguna Prize / Venice, the second prize from the Certamen Coreografico de Sabadell, the Special Mention at the Inshadow Festival / Lisboa, was finalist at the Solodance Contest / Gdansk and the 7th screengrab / Australia.
Half Japanese, half Zimbabwean/South African, trained in martial arts, street dance and contemporary dance theater, he seeks to communicate beyond culture and form(ality). Kazuma works in a versatile and wide spectrum, performing in close collaboration with political and environmental activists, touring with internationally renowned choreographers, teaching and dancing alone in nature...
Kazuma has worked with Richard Siegal (Forsythe Company) on a site-specific project in Egypt after the revolution as well as with Tsuyoshi Shirai and Takayuki Fujimoto.
Currently based in Lake Studios Berlin as a founder and permanent resident creating work in theaters and outdoor settings, he always challenges physical and mental boundaries.
Marcela Giesche is a freelance artist currently based in Berlin, Germany. She holds a BFA degree and certificate in dance and choreography from the Rotterdamse Dansacademie and Ohio State University and has received numerous scholarships including participation in the danceweb 2010 at Impulstanz.
Marcela has danced for Bianca Van Dillen and Beppie Blankert in the Netherlands, with Neuer Tanz / VA Wölfl, Veronika Riz, Romeo Castellucci and Thomas Ostermeier/Mikel Aristegui in Germany as well as for the Italian company Deja Donne (Simone Sandroni/Lenka Flory).
She began teaching and creaeting her own productions in 2006 and is the Artistic Director of Lake Studios Berlin.
María Ferrara studied acting and furthered her education with contemporary dance and singing. She worked with theater companies in Spain and England. She moved to Berlin in 2014. María is interested in applying dance parameters to everyday movements and in exploring large questions by observing the small. Her solo piece Zeitgenössischer Glanz (2016, funded by Bezirksamt Pankow-Berlin) was a dance made out of cleaning movements about finding beauty in everyday things. The 2017 pieces GANG and 1gang and the Zebra Project workshop and zuGANG workshop (funded by mapping dance berlin-Tanzbüro Berlin) go further in the same direction. In 2018, the ensemble GANG presents a new piece with a concept by María Ferrara: fluGANGst.
After working at various theaters as an assistant director and director, most recently Maria Magdalena at the Berliner Ensemble, Nicole Felden has been following her vision of her own, body-based stage language for over two years. It combines elements of dance and theater or movement and voice in a lively dialogue.
At Coaching Company Berlin, she received the opportunity to bring this vision to the stage. For more than four months, she pushed the performers to the boundaries so as to step into the unknown using intensive movement studies and body training and explored the interplay of voice and body.
With the play Playground Medicus, Nicole Felden breaks up familiar performative forms of expression and above all lets the whole body speak on stage.
TOTAL BRUTAL was grounded in 2007. Their work has been presented at Dock11, Sophiensaele, Schaubühne am Lehniner platz and the Maxim Gorki Theater.De volff creates international cultural exchange projects mixing social-political subjects with entertainment values. TOTAL BRUTAL is located on the edges of the dance world but refuses to be categorized unambiguously.It is dedicated to a major discourse and reveals its preliminary answers as expressive physical performances.
Nir Vidan is a choreographer and performer, based in Berlin and Israel and is a graduate of the B.Ed. program in dance theater at the Kibbutzim College, Tel-Aviv, Israel (2005-2011), the annual workshop at Yasmeen Godder Studio, Jaffa, Israel (2009-2010), and the BA program in dance, context and choreography at the inter-university center HZT, Berlin, Germany (2012-2015).
Nir has collaborated with various artists, such as Isabelle Schad, in the works Collective Jumps, Pieces and Elements and Double Portrait, with Clement Layes, Miriam Jacob, amongst others.
Nir has a long-term artistic partnership with Adi Shildan, a choreographer and performer based as well in Israel and Berlin. Together they have created three works: Measuring Arms (2012), Heritage of Harmonica (2014) and The Restlessness of Winged Creatures (2016)
P_A_R_A_R / Immersive Performance Art is based in Berlin and was founded in June 2015 by the choreographers and performers Karina Suarez Bosche (Mexico-Germany) and Andrea Krohn (Brazil-Germany) as well as the set designer Cheng-Ting Chen (Taiwan).
It is a dance and performance platform that aims to approach people in different ways, building new strategies of self-consciousness through movement.
Pink Valley is a three-member, Chilean-German performance collective that takes on the encounters, boundaries and coincidences of life and thus illuminates questions about humanity and cultural identity. The group largely works with the means of postdramatic theater and builds on scenically staged and biographical elements, works site-specifically and interactively with the audience and draws its aesthetics from the interdisciplinary.
Ren Saibara is a Japanese director and performer. She studied German studies in Tokyo and historical urban studies in Berlin. She founded the artist collective actnetwork. She has presented her works at several international theater festivals in Japan. In her works, she compares the Japanese perspective with the European, often calling the comprehensive global mechanism in current social problems into question. At the same time, she confronts the insurmountable strangeness between German and Japanese culture.
Richard Pettifer is a director, critic and scholar based in Berlin. He works solo and with groups in Australia, India, Indonesia, and Romania – including Bengkal Mime Theatre (INO), Dig Collective (AU), Atelier 35 (ROM) and Hoax (UK). He is part of the collective Atelierhaus Australiasche Botschaft Ost, which is housed in the former Australian Embassy in East Berlin. Apart from his critical writing platform Theaterstück, he writes for publications such as Samizdat (ROM) and A Younger Theatre (UK) and occasionally in academia. His work often concerns climate change and art activism, placing attention on our complicity with the global system through distancing norms and mechanisms in culture.
Rosiris Garrido received her education as a circus artist at the National Circus School in Rio de Janeiro, specializing in aerial acrobatics. She has been living in Europe for 20 years, where she has been developing her work as a performance artist as well as choreographing and conceiving spectacles.
The research on how different disciplines are shared and how they interact are the basis of her multidisciplinarity, transiting between the world of circus, dance and theater.
In the era of high-speed broadbands, advanced technology, online dating, fast weddings and even quicker divorces and a life generally on fast forward, we very often seek answers from the Internet. Click, search, type in your question and here you are: multiple websites, forums, blogs and more. that offer multiple suggestions, all we need to do just pick the one that feels the most suitable answer to us even if it’s the wrong one. Simona Klaniute presents Viki, How?, a one-woman show that explores the phenomenon of a so-called "strong Independent woman" and how to become one based on suggestions from Wikipedia.
The company the kickpäck, founded in the summer of 2016, stands for contemporary circus and highly physical theater, for theater that tells a lot using simple means - with minimal stage design and maximum bodywork. Christian Peter, clown, tightrope walker and the co-founder of Triko Cirkus Teatar Zagreb and Franziska Pack, acrobat, performer and theater teacher (Berlin), combine acrobatic and dance elements with guitar, trumpet, loop machine and well-dosed text to stories and situations in which the invisible moments become visible. Based in Berlin and Zagreb, they have presented their work not only in Germany and Croatia but also in Switzerland, Brazil and Israel. As a teaching team, they complement each other with their broad experience and offer a wide range of workshops.
Welcome Project - The Foreigner's Theater was founded 2015 by Chiara Elisa Rossini. Theater is another world, governed by others rules, a space where unordinary things can happen. Within its borders, we are all strangers looking for intimacy and dignity. The movie Welcome by Philip Loiret in which a clandestine migrant tries to overpass the English Channel by swimming to join his lover. The group’s first production, Intime Fremde, has been performed in many cities since it premiered in November 2015, including Milan, Genoa and Turin. In 2017, the production won the Jury Prize at the Crash Test Festival and was selected as one of the best productions of 2017 by the theater magazine Krapp's last post.
The international formation weristjack, founded in 2012, brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the development of theater projects. A strong research base and a process-oriented view represent the core aspect of the long-term development of their plays. weristjack often works in a site-specific way, taking local features into account. Since 2015, the group has increasingly devoted itself to the transplantation of Internet content into real spaces. Their current series Urban Nomad Online Symphonie situates its stories in the field of tension between a restless and partially uprooted life in urban space and the parallel existence in the online world. UNOS_1: das große halbe is the first part of this trilogy on HOME / NET / ART.
MS Schrittmacher (founded in Berlin in 1998) questions the classical situation of audience in its work and looks for new perspectives for audiences. In addition to their stage plays, they are increasingly using research and performance formats in public space. In their search for the grotesque in today’s reality, the group stands for a socio-political confrontation, which always intervenes in the direct experience of the audience.
The artistic team THE NAVIDSONS is a collective compromising Ole Hübner (composition), Tassilo Tesche (stage design and video) and Till Wyler von Ballmoos (director). They develop productions at the interface of performance, opera and art installations. Their work focuses on concepts of manipulations of realities and experiments with open dramaturgical forms. In their productions, they create live choreographies with the musicians and performers within a topography of media as a timeless co-authorship with the audience. The performances follow the idea of creating a “topography of states”. Their artistic motivation is the search for aesthetic, performative translations of unstable situations and fragile moments.
Sisyphos, der Flugelefant (SdF) is a project-based independent group, founded in 2008 in Berlin by the theater director Chang Nai Wen. Despite the diversity of the SdF projects, from theatrical and site-specific performances to live art to documentary films and sound- space-video installations, it is always about the founding philosophy: direct, participatory, and collaborative. In different venues in Berlin, Leipzig, Feldkirch, New York, Rome or Taipei, SdF leaves traces with their various formats, generating communications not only between performers and spectators but also among the audience members. In an immersive environment, socially and politically relevant topics are thus not only made visible but experienceable.
Daniela Ehemann and Carron Little have been developing a series of collaborative projects, like “Cities of a Floating World or “Hitchhike To Utopia” since 2013 after meeting in 2012 at an international group show at 6018North, Chicago USA. Carron’s public performance series Out of Site Chicago considers reshaping public space as a site for cultural enquiry highly influenced by the New Situationists Carron’s projects often start with interviewing a specific demographic of the population and she transforms the material into poetry, song and sculpture. Daniela explores the relation between space and identity, whereas the working area of her interest is connected to several media from installation, performance and video and urban intervention.
Eva Baumann is a freelance dance and choreographer working mainly in interdisciplinary projects connected to visual art, music and new media. Currently, she is working on a series of projects about forgotten female artists in history. herstory I is the prologue to this series.
aquarium, as the name suggests, is located in a former aquarium store. The space was initiated, amongst others, by Südblock. It sees itself as a space for encounters, exchange, networking and collaborative work: lively, heterogeneous, inclusive. A variety of art and culture projects are also frequent guests here, PAF was already here last year!