Kreuzberg 3
Möckernstr. 68
10965 Berlin
Photo: Caio Werneck

Lab 1: Remembering the Future – fully booked

Workshop with Gabriele Reuter, Christina Ciupke, Anke Strauß
In the frame of Open Spaces/Sommer Tanz 2018

Dance artists, artists and professionals of all disciplines meet in this two-day lab on the topic „Remembering the Future“ to exchange artistic research, choreographic and other practice. Each of the two days starts with a shared warm-up. In their session - "Nowhere Now Here" - choreographer Christina Ciupke and researcher Anke Strauß will then give insights from their current research on work and utopia. This two-year research titled „Working Utopias“ engages with artists and their work-lives with a particular interest in the social dimension of it, for instance in artists’ renewed longing for forms of solidarity. Based on this, Gabriele Reuter will be moderating an exchange of participants in the afternoon on their own research questions. The goal is to continue to think about the impulses given in smaller groups, to apply them to one's own practice or research, to exchange skills or just to try things out in an open, process-oriented working environment. In an open studio at the end of the lab, the working process will be shared with an interested audience.

Nowhere, now here

Utopia is a word created by Thomas Morus, which paradoxically covers two meanings simultaneously. One means "good place", the other means "no-place". Such good non-places can only be experienced temporarily. They are an intensity that arises in the interaction between people, places, materiality and other living beings and which inevitably disappears after a while. What remains is the memory of an ideal time in an ideal place that is at the same time present and not reproducible. The simultaneity of the ideal and the unattainable is important, because it is this simultaneity that can produce a sense of longing, which also carries the potential to influence action in the now. Christina Ciupke and Anke Strauß report on their two-year research project on work and utopia, within which they have visited various artist-led organizations. Some do not exist anymore, some still exist but in a different way and some are just about to come into being. The question is, how do we remember those intense moments? What do we do with it? And what does the memory do to us?

The lab is free of charge for the participants and includes a daily lunch together in studio 2. The number of participants is limited. Please register online via our website and then send a short letter of application stating your background, specific artistic projects to bring into this lab or more general interests or questions around the topic, to reuter@tanzfabrik-berlin.de.

Gabriele Reuter

Gabriele Reuter is a choreographer/performer and urbanist. At the heart of her artistic practice and teaching is an ongoing interest in improvisation on stage and in life. In this context she has collaborated and performed with many artists in the field and initiated a range of performance events. As a facilitator and moderator she supports transformation process of teams and organisations through applied improvisation, using frameworks and approaches from Design Thinking, Agile/Scrum. Gabriele taught Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Dance, Composition in dance institutions and universities internationally since 2003. Her choreographic works and interdisciplinary projects were shown internationally at festivals such as nottdance Nottingham, Springdance festival Utrecht, SpringLoaded at The Place London and idans Istanbul. Gabriele co-lead the workshop programme of Tanzfabrik Berlin between 2009-18. www.gabrielereuter.de

Christina Ciupke

Christina Ciupke is a choreographer and performer based in Berlin. She develops her projects in cross-media collaborations. Within these projects, specific spaces and situations are created where proximity and distance, intimacy, sense of time and the being together of spectator and performer are constantly being re-negotiated. She has worked intensively with the choreographers Nik Haffner, Mart Kangro, Jasna L. Vinovrski and Ayse Orhon, the composer Boris Hauf, the dramaturg Igor Dobričić. Since 2020, she has been developing the project «Silent Trio» with visual and performance artist Darko Dragičević. www.christinaciupke.com

Anke Strauß

Dr. Anke Strauß is an organisation researcher interested in relationships between the art and the business sphere, specifically with regard to differing types of knowing, inter-disciplinary collaboration and changing modes of organizing (alternative) work-lives. Having worked at the Social Science Centre Berlin (WZB) on artistic interventions in organisations, she is currently at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. Together with Christina Ciupke she is working on a project founded by the Volkswagen Foundation on artist-run organizations and the performativity of utopian thinking for (re-)organizing cultural labor.

Short application required