The performance (Un)Folding engages with transformations which evolve in the process of folding. Folding gives shape to an (undefined) surface. It requires time for preparation and execution. In a fold, time and space are entangled. In (Un)Folding spatial and performative elements grow into one another and transform the space over the course of the performance. This interplay of folding as physical exercise and the utopian desire to imagine unknown territories produces a landscape. Emerging and disappearing again, guests and visitors populate this landscape in the consecutive days for the sympósion Working Utopias.
By Christina Ciupke and Anke Strauß in collaboration with Gretchen Blegen (Light), Igor Dobričić (Dramaturgy), Barbara Greiner (Production Management/PR), Lilly Schofield (Press), Ditteke Waidelich (Space and Costume)
A production of A lot of body GbR in coproduction with Tanzfabrik Berlin, supported by the Berlin Senate Department of Culture and Europe in the frame of apap – Performing Europe 2020, co-funded by the Creative Europe Program of the EU.
Working Utopias is a project initiated by choreographer Christina Ciupke and organisation researcher Anke Strauß. Engaging with utopia and work, it focuses on the social side of artistic work. For two years, they visited various artist-led organizations and initiated dialogues on collaboration, solidarity, situatedness and the conditions of artists’ work lives. Sharing turned out to operate as a utopian principle in need of constant negotiation. The sympósion thus revolves around the principle of sharing by gathering people around a table. Over the course of two days, a conversation unfolds on desires, dreams and longings for diverse relationships that shape and are shaped by their work lives.
By Christina Ciupke and Anke Strauß in collaboration with Gretchen Blegen, Igor Dobričić, Barbara Greiner, Saskia Schlegel, Lilly Schofield, Caique Tizzi, Ditteke Waidelich, and guests.
The project Working Utopias is supported by the Volkswagen Stiftung
(Un)Folding: October 25, 9:30pm and October 27th, 7pm
Working Utopias: October 26, 11am to 6pm and October 27th, 1pm to 6pm