Why do you do what you do?
What matters to me is to widen the available space. I am curious what is between you and me. Not knowing keeps my senses alert, keeps me moving - I am investigating the desire to come closer, which I like to offer and share with the audience.
Since today time is so precious to each of us, the theater has become an exceptional place in which the spectator agrees to stay for a certain period of time to dedicate his/her attention to the performance from beginning to the end. It is a particular moment of togetherness taken from the speed of everyday life where the possibility unfolds to experience something new.
How do you work? (What are your source of inspiration and how do you work on them? You have daily practices?)
I take a lot of inspiration from things that happen around me. My artistic work is not a self-contained activity. It is connected to the ways in which my natural and social environment functions. Besides I take a lot of inspiration from the people I am working with. Collaboration always involves a strong attraction and a preoccupation with similar questions, often from very different angles. While working with others I deeply engage and invest a lot of time, even waste time together, in order to interfere, to juxtapose, to complement each other and slowly build a common enriched and extended vocabulary beyond our mutual previous knowledge and experience.
For you, what role does the artist have in society today?
To listen, to sense, to be attentive and responsive to what is present, although at times invisible. To affect and to be affected.
Christina Ciupke is a performer and choreographer based in Berlin. She develops projects and specific situations in collaboration with artists from dance and other fields of art. Within she maintains ongoing collaborations with choreographer Nik Haffner, Mart Kangro, film maker Lucy Cash, visual artist Lars Ø Ramberg, composer Boris Hauf, dramaturge Igor Dobričić, and light designer Mehdi Toutain-Lopez. From 2003 to 2004 Christina Ciupke was guest artist at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. In 2013 she received her M.A. in Choreography from the Amsterdam School of the Arts. Her work („kannst du mich umdrehen“ 2011, „wait and see 2012, „what moves moves“ 2013, “undo, redo and repeat” 2014) tour nationally and internationally. Tanzfabrik Berlin is Christina Ciupkes partner in Berlin since 2014 and presented most of her recent work in the frame of their festival formats.