EDN Atelier “Working Together Transnationally. Structures, Conditions and Artistic Practices” at K3 Hamburg · Programme

31 MARCH – 2 APRIL 2017

The three-day symposium, curated by the Brussels based sociologist Rudi Laermans, will discuss and practice models of solidarity within and between production structures and artists, investigate the “media” of collaboration and test choreographic forms of colaboration.

The first and the second day of the Atelier combine panel discussion and impulse statements with working groups. While the aim of the first day is to develop together suggestions and questions on how to improve artistic working conditions in Europe in a joint movement of artists and institutions, the second day targets at developing a glossary of the parameters that make people work together. The third day joins people in the studio and introduces four choreographic approaches on how to work together artistically:
Day 1. Improving Artistic Working Conditions
Day 2. The Media of Collaboration – A Glossary
Day 3. Choreographic Practices of Working Together (Workshops)

Invited artists and experts are Annelies van Assche (Brussels/Berlin), Eleanor Bauer (Brussels/Stockholm), Janina Benduski (Berlin), Jenny Beyer (Hamburg), Roberto Casarotto (Bassano del Grappa), Leonardo Delogu (Italy/Brussels), Eszter Gal (Budapest), Kristin de Groot (Rotterdam), Walter Heun (Vienna), Brendan Keaney (Ipswich), Marble Crowd (Iceland), Bettina Masuch (Düsseldorf), Sandra Noeth (Berlin), Fearghus Ó Conchúir (London/Dublin), Biljana Tanurovska (Skopje), Steriani Tsintziloni (Athens), Gesa Ziemer (Hamburg).

The symposium takes place in the frame of celebrating the 10th anniversary of the choreographic centre K3 in Hamburg and is part of the festival togetherapart – choreographic approaches to standing together in Europe: Whether as a continent or a union – Europe faces new challenges every day. Its cultural, political, social and economic cohesion is being called into question, attacked, demanded, lived out. How can we operate, live together and separate in this context? What do we want to have in common and what helps us to stick together?

For the festival three international choreographic teams –Marble Crowd (Iceland), Arkadi Zaides (Israel) and Chiara Bersani|Marco D’Agostin (Italy) – are invited to deal with aspects of ideal and real cohesion in Europe and beyond from various artistic perspectives. The resulting three world premieres, further productions as well as lectures, workshops and talks will address various facets of (European) cohesion.

K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie| Tanzplan Hamburg and the European Dancehouse Network. The festival togetherapart is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.


Programmers, curators, artistic directors, artists, dramaturges, students in the field of performing arts, producers, cultural managers.

For ticket reservations to participate in the Atelier, please send an email to tanzplan3@kampnagel.de

Download the pdf programme here.

Thursday 30 March
The day before the Atelier: Party with us!

19:00h. Performance: In the Forest there is, by Deter|Müller|Martini.
20:30h. Party: 10 years K3

Friday 31 March
Atelier Day 1: Improving Artistic Working Conditions

In the last year all over Europe artistic budgets are under pressure and/or have been cut. Theatres, festivals, dancehouses and other artistic institutions on the one hand have to face increasing fixed expenses, but cultural politics on the other hand often expects them to program more events with less budget. Thus, the amoung of artistic activities and productions in general does not seem to decrease, but to grow. This is also due to the fact that in the past years, numerous training courses for choreography, dance, dance meditation, and performance have been developed and young artists try to find their way into the tight professional market.

In reaction tot his highly competitive situation artists, who are used to work under precarious working conditions but don’t want to accept this any longer, start to organize themselves in order to discuss fair working conditions, minimum standards and modes of transparent decision making. These activities are not easy to organize among an artistic scene in a city or country, but become even more complicated when it touches the transnational sphere of artistic production and thus the incomparability of living and working conditions among European countries. By sharing best practices and innovative concepts that try to initiate models of solidarity, fair practices and sustainable and reliable working conditions, the day aims at developing key questions as well as minimum standards in order to improve artistic working conditions in Europe together.

Statements by: Annelies van Assche, Janina Benduski, Jenny Beyer, Roberto Casarotto, Kristin de Groot, Walter Heun, Bettina Masuch, Steriani Tsintziloni.

10:00 – 10:45h. Warm up, by Victoria Hauke
11:00h. Introduction by Kerstin Evert and Rudi Laermans
10:10h. Impulse lecture by Janina Benduski (chairwoman German Association of Independent Performing Arts)
11:45h. Coffee break
12:00h. Panel 1: 3 statements of best practices
12:45h. Tables 1: discussing best practices and parameters for fair practices and minimum standards
13:30h. Lunch break
14:30h. Panel 1: 4 statements of best practices
15:15h. Tables 2: discussing best practices and parameters for fair practices and minimum standards
16:00h. Coffee break
16:15h. Plenary: presenting table discussions and results of fair practices and minimum standards
17:00h. End of Atelier day 1
Evening program
19:00h. Performance: Premiere The Olympic Games, by Marco D’Agostin/Chiara Bersani (Italy)
20:30h. Performance: Premiere Moving Mountains in Three Essays, by Marble Crowd (Iceland)
22:00h. Party

Saturday 1 April
Atelier Day 2: Media of collaboration

To a certain extent, each collaboration is a social experiment in “togethering” that necessitates both resources and particular “media of collaboration”. Although that latter expression is not exactly an established one, the notion of medium may offer a stimulating eye-opener in trying to think through collaborative practices.

A medium literally lies in the middle: it is in between partners or participants and/or things. Simultaneously, this “middle” acts as a fluid that relates and through which something can be transmitted. As such, a medium differs from an instrument or a mere resource like money. Friendship and non-sexual “love”, mutual trust, a shared personal interest, reciprocal respect and recognition, the capacity to relate both professionally and diplomatically, and common value priorities or cultural frameworks can be regarded as are some of the prime media of collaboration. However, media of collaboration are overall somewhat ambivalent. Their principal facilitating role can never eliminate the intrinsic possibility that they start to hamper or block a collaboration. While quite a lot has been said on collaboration’s recourses, we want to focus on both the uniting and dividing functioning of media of collaboration on the basis of practical experiences as well as more elaborated statements. In thinking through existing and potentially new media, we close the day with a temporarily validated glossary of media of collaboration.

Statements on specific media of collaboration by: Eleanor Bauer, Leonardo Delogu, Kristinn Gu∂munsson, Brendan Keaney (tbc), Sandra Noeth, Biljana Tanurovska, Gesa Ziemer.

10:00 – 10:45h. Warm up, by Victoria Hauke
11:00h. Introductory lecture: Collaboration’s media, by Rudi Laermans
11:30h. Panel 1: 3 statements on specific media
12:15h. Coffee break
12:30h. Tables: discussing the introduced media as well as others that came up in the discussions
13:30h. Lunch break
14:30h. Panel 2: 4 statements on specific media
15:30h. Tables: discussing the introduced media as well as others that came up in the discussions
16:15h. Plenary: presentation of medium definitions, prepared at the tables, subsequently general closing discussion
17:00h. End of Atelier day 2
Evening program
20:00h. Performance: Premiere The Olympic Games, by Marco D’Agostin/Chiara Bersani (Italy)
Performance: Premiere Moving Mountains in Three Essays, by Marble Crowd (Iceland)
21:30h. Party/Lounge

Sunday 2 April
Atelier Day 3: Choreographic Practices of Working Together

Having discussed structural aspects of solidarity as well as the binding and/or separating “media” of collaboration, the third day of the Atelier joins people in the studio. Two parallel workshops in the morning and two parallel workshops in the afternoon suggest methods and approaches of how to work together artistically and on a practical level with the body involved. How can these models of collaboration feed in to other working frames, how does the artistic and choreographic approach open new perspectives on the way people practically work together?

Workshops on collaborative artistic practices by:  Eleanor Bauer, Leonardo Delogu, Eszter Gal, Saga Sigurdardóttir/Marble Crowd.

09:00 – 09:45h. Warm up, by Victoria Hauke
10:00h. Introduction, by Fearghus Ó Conchuír
10:15h. Workshop session 1 (two parallel workshops)
12:15h. Lunch break
13:00h. Workshop session 2 (two parallel workshops)
15:00h. Coming together: feedback and closure round of day 3
16:00h. End of Atelier day 3
Evening program
18:00h. Performance: Premiere The Olympic Games, by Marco D’Agostin/Chiara Bersani (Italy)
Performance: Premiere Moving Mountains in Three Essays, by Marble Crowd (Iceland)
19:30h. Lounge / “Abendbrot”