Deadline: June 25th, 2017
The third edition of DANCE IN RESPONSE will take place from November 9th to 11th, 2017 in the Kleinen Michel in Hamburg. The theme this year is „PERFORMING COMMUNITAS – OPEN BODIES“.
In this extraordinary place, an experimental (nondenominational) ‘play-space’ is created for contemporary dance and performance art, a space in which the artists can enter an open dialog with each other, as well as with the audience. Up to seven choreographers or artist collectives will be invited to present their works on this year’s theme. Choreography is broadly understood here, and it can range from dance and performance to installation and other interdisciplinary forms. The high-ceilinged and bright performance space, with a special architectural structure, allows for extraordinary theatre situations and a close proximity to the audience. In addition, moments of silence before and after each performance open up to another reception experience and allow a special attention to the works on display. Established artists as well as new and emerging artists are equally welcome.
Discussions, keynote speeches, workshops and moments of silence will allow us to reflect on the performances in relation to this year’s festival theme and the overarching question of responsibility – RESPONSE-ability: What possibilities of ‘response’ do I have, as an artist, to the various challenges of life and society?
For the next three years, DANCE IN RESPONSE will be focused intensively on the theme „PERFORMING COMMUNITAS“. It deals with the connective phenomenon which emerges between people during a performance and puts the theatre’s community building aspect into the foreground. The artists are invited to raise questions and to explore them artistically with a focus on the following sub-topic:
These questions, among others are an invitation to discover the relevance of community in theatre, as well as in today’s society. We are excited to hear your ideas!
DANCE IN RESPONSE is a small festival and therein lies its charm: the artists come together with the audience in a direct exchange and, in this way, they can get to know each other better and network. In addition, the moments of silence before and after each performance open up to another reception experience and allow a special attention to the works on display. We call upon participants who wish to spend all festival days with us in the church, if possible, and who wish to see the other performances, take part in workshops and engage in dialog – in other words, to go into response. Moreover, we are looking for a readiness to help the other artists and the festival team during the free afternoons before the performances. Last year’s experiences have shown that a special, communal atmosphere is possible.
More information about the festival is available on this website and at www.facebook.com/danceinresponse.
We look forward to your applications!
Your DANCE IN RESPONSE Team