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Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (APiG)artists collective
Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (APiG) is based in Hamburg, produces stage plays, and initiates collaborative spaces. Antje Pfundtner was the first choreographer to receive the Conceptional Grant from the Department for Culture and the Media of the City of Hamburg in 2012/2013 to fund the establishment of her society.
Founded in 2018 by Patricia Bechtold and Johannes Karl, collective äöü employs means taken from theatre, performance, and installation. They subvert, collage, and animate influences originating in language, art, everyday life, and theory while searching for new forms and spaces for narratives.
Founders and core of the collective andcompany&Co. are Alexander Karschnia, Nicola Nord and Sascha Sulimma. The „&Co.“ abbreviation is meant to indicate the collective’s openness to new collaborations with national and international artists from various artistic disciplines.
Arrivatiassociation of refugees and people of color
Since 2014, Schwabinggrad Ballett has been working together with the group Arrivati – an association of refugees and people of color. On demos and in interventions on the street, the two collectives have developed a kind of experimental dance music, played on instruments that can be dragged onto the street: Junk drums, analog synthesizers, melodica, glockenspiel, congas, nineties samplers or the Böhmat, a sixties organ machine of Brechtian format.
Dr. Bayo Akomolafephilosopher, author, activist
Dr. Bayo Akomolafe ist ein international gefeierter Redner, Lehrer, Essayist und Autor von zwei Büchern: “These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home” (North Atlantic Books) und “We Will Tell our Own Story: The Lions of Africa Speak”. In der Reading Group im Rahmen des Projekts „Re_Generation“ haben wir am FFT sein Buch “These Wilds Beyond our Fences” gelesen.
Elisabeth Bakambamba TambweChoreografin, Tänzerin
Elisabeth Bakambamba Tambwe, she explores issues of body and identity, among others, and deepens her practice in contemporary dance as well as traditional Guinean, Senegalese and Afro-Cuban dance. She performs in many of La Fleur’s pieces and took the lead on Love is a warm gun with Franck E. Yao and Monika Gintersdorfer as artistic director of the project.
Verena Billinger & Sebastian SchulzChoreographer duo
Verena Billinger & Sebastian Schulz deal with society and the public sphere. For their artistic modelling and staging, they focus on the role of the body. They perceive its movements as vectors and vital signs.
Pêdra CostaVisual & Urban Anthropologist, Performer and Tarot Reader
Pêdra Costa is a ground breaking, formative Brazilian, Visual & Urban Anthropologist, Performer and Tarot Reader based in Berlin that utilizes intimacy to connect with collectivity. They work with their body to create fragmented epistemologies of queer communities within ongoing colonial legacies. Their work aims to decode violence and transform failure whilst tapping into.
Franck Edmond Yao alias Gadoukou la Stardance, choregrapher
Franck Edmond Yao, born in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, studied dance and acting at the Kingbok School. He won the African Award for best African dancer in Paris in 2003/04/05/06, developed choreographies for Lino Versace and Boro Sanguy (Jet Set), 2008 Couper Decaler album release as Gadoukou la Star.
Paca Farausdancer and choreographer
Paca Faraus develop a multidisciplinary practice revolving around the theme of self-reappropriation —sensorial and biographical, individual and collective— which they explore on stage, online, in film or during workshops. Each of their works exposes a possibility for thriving for their minoritarian peers and non-conforms, in particular neurodiverse and/or gender nonconforming.
Anan Friesdigital and performing artist
Anan Fries ist digital und performing artist. They ist Mitbegründer*in des Game-Theater-Kollektivs machina eX, welches für seine immersiven, gamifizierten Erlebnisse bekannt ist. Außerdem ist Anan Fries Mitbegründer*in von Henrike Iglesias, einem experimentellen Performance-Kollektiv mit starker Liebe für Pop und Politik.
Montserrat Gardó CastilloChoreographer, dancer, performer
Montserrat Gardó Castillo is a choreographer, dancer and performer from Barcelona. She lives in Düsseldorf and completed her dance studies at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Parallel to her artistic training, she completed a university degree in journalism.
Monika Gintersdorfer studierte Germanistik und Theater-, Film- und Fernsehwissenschaften in Köln und Regie in Hamburg. Sie ist Mitbegründerin der aktionistischen Künstlergruppe Rekolonisation und Regisseurin der 2005 gegründeten deutsch-französisch-westafrikanischen Theater/Performance-Gruppe Gintersdorfer/Klaßen.
Gintersdorfer/Klaßen have been developing projects since 2005 in which they make the life strategies and forms of expression of the performers the center and confront them with their own strategies and aesthetics. The team is German-ivory with international guests.
Gob Squad is a seven-headed monster with one body, an artist*s collective with many bosses. For 25 years, Gob Squad have been constantly searching for new forms and ways of medial and performative expression, switching accordingly between the formats of stage performance, video installation, interactive live film and urban intervention.
Alexis Pauline GumbsPoet, scientist, activist and author
Alexis Pauline Gumbs, born in 1982, is a poet, scholar, activist, and author of the forthcoming biography, The Eternal Life of Audre Lorde.
Marlin de Haandirector, sculptor
Marlin de Haan, Düsseldorf-based director and sculptor, realises theatre works, performances, and films, devises stage spaces, and presents exhibitions and performative interactions in varying working constellations with other artists, in theatre, art, private or public spaces.
half past selber schuldArtist duo
half past selbst schuld is a German-Israeli artist duo from Düsseldorf, who have been directing their musical comics for the stage for 23 years and have been producing brightly colored, opulent stage comics for the theater, no less opulent audio comics for the radio, and also music and films since 2002.
Carmichael Jones works in installation, sculpture, film, photography and performative objects to upend parameters of the encounter and orientation. Often playful and slightly irreverent, their work addresses political concerns of communication and what it means to be a body in relation; the structure of seeing and being seen.
kainkollektiv researches, develops, compiles and stages primarily its own texts, scenarios and performances, installations, exhibitions and theater productions and works constantly on its own opening, dispersion and expansion through closer or looser involvement of different artists, groups and houses.
Lea Kiefferdance artist, and costume/clothing maker
Lea Kieffer is a, dance artist, and costume/clothing maker. Her work explores processes of transformation and the dialogue between imagination and physicality through dance, bodywork and craftsmanship in hybrid and transdisciplinary formats.
Annick Kleizenindependent curator
Over the last 10+ years Annick Kleizen have cultivated an extensive practice of collaboration with artists and choreographers in a variety of supporting and co-developing roles: ranging from researching to editing, to co-conspiring, performing, producing and writing. These different roles are all threaded through with a desire to explore friendship and long-term conversations as a possibility to study otherwise.
LA FLEUR is a group that has connected dancers, performers, musicians and visual artists across different contexts and generations since 2016. Together, they develop a highly physical performance style suited for a multilingual theatre and film work in which they deconstruct classical authors under a postcolonial perspective while focusing on urban dance
Meine Damen und Herreninclusive collective
My ladies and gentlemen have turned into a collective. And how a collective works is an important question for everyday work. In many great and critically acclaimed performances, the professional and full-time collective has shown what it is capable of alone or in cooperation with renowned colleagues.
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosesescreenwriter, director, and cameraman
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is an internationally renowned filmmaker with roots in LesothoHe lives and works in Berlin and Lesotho.
Morgan NardiPerformer, Choreograph, Mentor
Morgan Nardi is a choreographer and director working in the field of dance and performing arts. He developed a series of projects in collaboration with performers, musicians and visual artists from different countries. In his work he is interested in questions of gender and power.
Eroca Nicolschoreographer, a dancer, and a convener
Eroca Nicols currently works as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, but her multi-faceted practice stems from her family of semi-mythic, nomadic caravan people.
Mzamo Nondlwanaartist, dancer and choreographer
Mzamo Nondlwana ist queer, nicht-binär, Künstler*in, Tänzer*in und Choreograf*in, und kommt ursprünglich aus Johannesburg, Südafrika, mit Wohnsitz in Wien. Nondlwanas Arbeit beschäftigt sich hauptsächlich mit marginalisierten Körpern und unsichtbarem Wissen.
pulk fiktionperformance group
pulk fiktion is a Cologne-base performance group founded in 2007. A heterogenous pulk (german for “bunch” or “group”) of artists from the fields of theatre, film, music, performance, video art, and interactive media, in different constellations, works on productions for children, youths, and adults
Saskia RudatPerformerin, Choreografin, Regisseurin, Autorin
Saskia Rudat, born 1991 in Dresden, works as a performer, choreographer, director and author. Her artistic skills and interests range from music, text, directing and acting to mask, puppet and object theater, performance art, dance and acrobatics.
Oliver Sieber + Katja Stuke (Böhm/Kobayashi)Artist couple
Since 2010, Böhm/Kobayashi have curated the exhibition ANT!FOTO once a year at Kunstraum Düsseldorf and Künstlerverein Malkasten. In 2016, together with Oliver Sieber, they curated the main exhibition of the festival of the International Photoscene Cologne under the title „Innere Sicherheit, the state I am in“.
Kathrin Spanioldancer, choreographer, lecturer
After training as an advertising clerk and studying sociology, sports and media sciences, Kathrin Spaniol studied dance at the European Dance Development Center (EDDC) in Arnhem/NL. A recurring approach in her work is the humorous and poetic investigation of individual and collective human failure.
STERNA | PAUtheatre and performance network
STERNA | PAU is a theatre and performance network with members from Bochum, Dortmund and Berlin, represented by Maren Becker and Laura Pföhler for this production. The artists create theatre for youths and adults, always trying out new participatory formats – during the development process as well as in performance situations.
Joy Mariama Smithartist, activist, educator, and architectural designer
Joy Mariama Smith ist Installations- und Bewegungskünstler*in, Aktivist*in, Pädagog*in und Architekturdesigner*in. Joy Mariama Smith studierte am Niederländischen Kunstinstitut in Arnheim, an der NewSchool of Architecture & Design in San Diego, an der L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris und am Oberlin College in Ohio.
Neha SpellfishProgrammer, Software Developer, Artist
Neha Spellfish is a programmer, software developer, activist, and multidisciplinary conceptual and noise artist.
Prof. Dr. phil. Vassilis S. TsianosProfessor, Autor
Prof. Dr. phil. Vassilis S. Tsianos (FH Kiel) unterrichtet Soziologie an der Fachhochschule Kiel. Zu seinen Arbeitsschwerpunkten gehören die Soziologie der postmigrantischen Gesellschaft, sozialwissenschaftliche Rassismusforschung sowie die Biometrisierung der europäischen Grenze.
Kathy-Ann TanIndependent Curator, Writer and Scholar
Kathy-Ann Tan is interested in alternative models of art dissemination, exhibition-making and institution-building that are attuned to issues of social justice. Her practice is informed by a desire to create accessible spaces and formats of conversation, sharing and discussion outside of academia.
Siegmar Zachariasartist, activist, researcher and death doula
Siegmar Zacharias works in theory and practice of performance. She develops performances and formats of artistic research in her works. Performance is her medium of ecological, posthuman, artistic and political practice, in which uncontrollable materials such as smoke, slime or the nervous system emerge as collaborative partners.