Interview with Agnes Quackels - kunstencentrum BUDA, Kortrijk
Interview with Agnes Quackels - kunstencentrum BUDA, Kortrijk

The concept of the curator has become in recent years more and more influential. Therefore, apap decided to put more focus on the curators involved in the network and entice a discussion about their views on the role of contemporary performance in art, society and economy.

We already talked with Sven Åge Birkeland, artistic director of BIT Teatergarasjen and Barbara Boninsegna, artistic director of Centrale Fies in Dro / Italy about this topic. In terms of Performing New Europe we are continuing the short Q&A with Angela Glechner, artistic director of SZENE salzburg / Austria and with Omar Rajeh and Mia Habis, artistic directors of our associated partner Maqamat/Beit El Raqs and BIPOD Festival in Lebanon, Beirut and Ludger Orlok, artistic director of Tanzfabrik Berlin / Germnany.

This time Agnes Quackels, artistic director of Kunstencentrum BUDA / Kortrijk Belgium answers the questions.

As a performing arts curator, what do you feel the role of contemporary performance is nowadays in art, society and economy?
For me, the role of the performance art is the same as any other contemporary arts, and I would say it is about creating Otherness. Might it be Poetry, Pure Movement, Social Imagination, or name it all, contemporary arts brings otherness into the real.. During a certain amount of time, in a certain place, something is different. A crack opens and „something else“ is coming out of that crack. You’ve been displaced, in your thoughts, your emotions, your gaze, your understanding.

How does the context of End of Winter and Kunstencentrum BUDA produce an added value and impact for the apap network?
By offering a presentation frame but also residency time, technical an productional support to the (apap) artists, BUDA allows creation’s conditions that are otherwise difficult to find in Europe. The fact that the artists are then also invited to stay for the whole lenght of the festival fosters a feeling of community among the apap artists – but also together with a local artistic community and audience.

How do you feel audiences should engage with contemporary performance?
Any reaction is a good reaction. There isn’t such a thing as The good answer or the right way to engage.



Short Biography Agnes Quakels
After having worked as a producer in the performing arts for 8 years, Agnes Quackels is since 2011 appointed as artistic director of the Arts Centre BUDA in Kortrijk (Belgium), where she’s responsible for the residency program, the presentation festivals and the coordination of alternative learning platforms.