Lab 1: Remembering the Future – fully booked

Christina Ciupke, Gabriele Reuter, 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

Christina Ciupke lives as a choreographer and performer in Berlin. She develops her projects with artists in the field of dance and other art fields. Within that, specific areas and situations arise where closeness and distance, intimacy, sense of time and the being together of audience and performers are constantly negotiated. Intensive collaborations connect her with choreographers like Nik Haffner, Mart Kangro, Jasna L. Vinovrški and Ayşe Orhon, the composer Boris Hauf and the dramaturg Igor Dobričić. From 2003 to 2004 Christina Ciupke was guest artist at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM). In 2013 she received a Master of Arts in Choreography (AMCh) at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. In the yearbook Tanz 2014 she received the award Hoffnungsträgerin along with 33 other artists. Since 2016 she is involved with Tanzfabrik Berlin as an artist in the European network apap – advancing performing arts project.

Gabriele Reuter is a choreographer, dancer and urbanist in Berlin and Nottingham. After her studies of Contemporary Dance and Art Management (BA) in Great Britain she has been working in independent projects with different artistic disciplines and formats since 2003. In 2014 she began to collaborate with composer and sound technician Mattef Kuhlmey. Her dance productions Inventory (2008), Tourist (2010) and The Amplitude (2015) were all first shown at the nottdance festival in Nottingham and then toured internationally. In the past 15 years, Gabriele has worked in numerous improvisational series and formats in England and Germany, among others Freistil at Tanzfabrik Berlin. Together with Christa Flaig, she also runs the Workshops at Tanzfabrik Berlin.


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.

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Photo: Caio Werneck