Uferstudios 13
Badstr. 41A, Uferstr. 23
13357 Berlin

Studio 13: ecologies of practice

Talk + Practice (1) by Silke Bake, Alice Chauchat, Bettina Knaup, Siegmar Zacharias, Anna Nowicka, Maria F. Scaroni

A research and discussion series in four editions with Silke Bake, Alice Chauchat, Bettina Knaup, Siegmar Zacharias and guests.

Part 1
Hosted by Alice Chauchat. Guests: Anna Nowicka, (dancer/choreographer) and Maria F. Scaroni (dancer/choreographer).

Alice’s current research approaches dance as a practice of subjectivity, where the individual is a porous entity, constantly in the making, dynamically entangled with her environment. It is therefore, also and necessarily, a practice of relationality. Relating implies living with alterity. The other is always unknown, forcing us to acknowledge the existence of an experience that is not (completely) shared. If experience is a mode of knowing, how can not-knowing be experienced as an integral part of experience? Can dance help the dancer act response-ably to what he doesn't know? For the evening of November 28th, we invite you to come and dance, talk and be together through dances (or dance scores) proposed by Alice Chauchat and two other choreographers. These dances emphasize the unstable character of “the person” and his capacity to be affected by his environment vs. a fantasized “autonomy”. They are occasions to feel how relations produce us, and to make room for being connected to more than we can know.
You don’t need to have any dance background, only a body, curiosity for letting go of “one self", and comfortable clothes.

In English. Duration: ca. 180 minutes

Ecologies of practice
The permanent state of crisis, which we witness today, can't be restored to a previous sense of order, neither through disciplinary / disciplining thought nor through acts of distancing and exclusion. It requires global agency and imagination, which bears with the un-known and takes into account our relational interdependency. It requires radical openness, a speculative attitude, pleasure in engaging with the un-known and un-certain and a willingness to think beyond human-centred catgories and temporal and spatial dimensions.
Classical ecology is the theory of environmental relations, of distribution and movement of energy and matter in a house(hold). Meanwhile the term is used in a broader sense – including the social, the environmental, the intellectual realms. ecologies of practices* experiments with various settings of work and conversation. Silke Bake, Alice Chauchat, Bettina Knaup, Siegmar Zacharias - all working in the field of contemporary performing arts – take their current interests and methodologies as starting point to engage and think with guests from contemporary dance and other disciplines: categories of aesthetics (technology/technic, ethics/practice, form/format, process/product, subject/object/agent) are being explored in their multiple conditionality and relationality.  *borrowed from Isabelle Stengers

Concept 2016/17: Silke Bake, Kuratorin/ Dramaturgue Mentor; Alice Chauchat, Choreographer/Dancer/Teacher; Bettina Knaup, Curator/Autthor; Siegmar Zacharias, Artist/Theoretician.
STUDIO 13 was initiated by curators Silke Bake and Jacopo Lanteri in 2015 with the aim to offer a space for exchange about working methods and interests in the field of performing arts. 

Silke Bake

Silke Bake lives in Berlin, and works as curator, dramaturge and mentor. She has worked for diverse institutions (including TAT Frankfurt, Hebbel-Theater Berlin, Tanzquartier Wien) and realised programs for the House of World Cultures, the Academy of the Arts Berlin, Kanuti Gildi Saal Tallinn and Theaterformen Hannover/ Braunschweig. She worked as the dramaturg and project manager for the performing arts festival IN TRANIST at House of World Cultures in 2008 & 2009, she was the co-curator of the biennial NU Performance Festival On Hospitality on the occasion of the cultural capital program of Tallinn 2011 (with P. Stamer), and of performance platform. body affects at Sophiensaele Berlin 2012 (with B. Knaup). Together with collegues she is continuously working on formats for discussion and discourse as a.o. „from dusk till dawn and further“ - a 12 hours talkshow with 24 international guests at ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna in 2010 (with P. Stamer), „Visionärer Widerstreit“- a seven hours event, or the talk & practice formats „Let’s talk about work (and life)“ (with J. Lanteri), and „Ecologies of practice“ (with A. Chauchat, B. Knaup, S. Zacharias) at Tanzfabrik Berlin. She has been the artistic director of the biennial programm Tanznacht Berlin in 2016 + 2018, and was guest professor at the MA program SODA / HZT Berlin in 2018.

Alice Chauchat

Alice Chauchat is a choreographer, dancer, assistant, teacher, etc. She choreographs mostly in collaboration with other artists and co-developed numerous platforms for the production and exchange of knowledge in the performing arts (everybodystoolbox, PAF, praticable). From 2010-12, she was Co-Artistic Director for Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers. Recently, her choreographic practice has been geared towards processing the knowledge and complexity of collaborative practices into an aesthetic experience. www.alicechauchat.net

Bettina Knaup

Coming soon

Siegmar Zacharias

Siegmar Zacharias studied philosophy, comparative literature & performance art. She now works in theory and practice in the field of performance. She works in situations of embodied thinking together through matters and matter. This practice collides approaches from philosophy, with pop culture, science and parascience, observing and realising the entanglement of the relations of human and non-human actors in different constellations into an ecology of performance.  Her works develop formats of performances, lectures, installations, discursive formats and sharing, dealing with questions of  agency, the contract of the willful suspension of disbelief and the critical substance it produces.They are situated between labour and humour, do-it-yourself low tech and high tech. They have been presented nationally and internationally at festivals, in theatres, galleries, green houses, clubs, the woods, and up in the sky.  She is the co-founder of the transdisciplinary group SXS Enterprise and initiator of Women On Work- WOW We work here, a platform  of exchange of Berlin based artists. www.siegmarzacharias.com

Anna Nowicka

Anna Nowicka is a dance maker and a Saphire® practitioner, weaving her artistic research out of imagery work, dreaming principles, and attentive embodiment. She is expanding this kaleidoscopic approach during her PhD studies at the Polish Film School in Łódź. Anna’s work has been recognized with the DAAD Prize, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, and Tanzstipendium from the city of Berlin. This is only possible through the continuous production support from the Art Stations Foundation in Poznań. Anna taught a.o. for Meg Stuart, at Tanzfabrik, SMASH Berlin, HZT Berlin and at the Alternative Academy of Dance in the Art Stations Foundation in Poznań.  www.annanowicka.com

Maria F. Scaroni

From Italian TV dance productions to release-based and post-modern dance techniques, from contact improvisation to literature studies and theoretical engagement, Maria Francesca Scaroni is moving through the complex network of learning and making dances since 1996. Scaroni’s works focus on the process of collaboration, play with durational experiences and are featured by a crossbreeding between performance, choreography and installation. Recently Maria is involved in researching dance as a possible divination form or Oracle. She created theatrical/installative/durational events with Jess Curtis (The Symmetry Project), with Vania Rovisco (within AADK, The State of Things) and since 2014 meets Frank Willens in Towards Another Miraculous. Since 2011 Maria is creating and touring works with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, (Until Our Hearts Stop, Sketches/Notebook, Built To Last) and shares with Meg Stuart and the Berlin dance community the commitment to Improvisation as a performance event. She interprets works by Tino Sehgal and collaborated as dancer/creator in many Berlin independent production (Jeremy Wade, Wilhelm Groener, Hanna Hegenscheidt to mention a few). She teaches in Berlin’s University HZT and is actively involved in forging other independent training programs (P.O.R.C.H. and Smash) where she is developing methodologies focusing on the body as material. With Peter Pleyer she facilitates laboratories around tracking one own’s dance lineage, weaving histories and practicing works from the Judson and Post Judson era. She holds a Masters degree in Italian Modern Literature, with a focus on Media and Communication and a thesis on education and dance.

5 € (incl. soup/snack)