In the third round, tanz:digital is funding 22 projects, which we briefly present here. Further information will be available in due course on the websites of the respective institutions.
Philipp Contag-Lada is considered one of the pioneers of "digitality in theater" and collaborates with numerous artists, programmers and creatives from all disciplines. His goal is the fusion of the most diverse forms into new media art whose location is never fixed. For "Interfaces" he gathers top choreographers like Marco Goecke and computer art greats like Iskra Velitchkova and completes this encounter with coding black belts like Lars Bergmann. The result will probably be somewhere between hip NFT-artworks and plotter art of the 80s.
MS Schrittmacher was founded in 1998 in Berlin. Since then, over 40 productions have been created, and artistic director Martin Stiefermann has succeeded in giving the company a distinctive artistic identity. The group sees itself as a pool of independent, interconnected artists. Continuity and further development of form and idea are important components of their work. In their consistent search for the grotesque in the real, they stand for a socio-political debate that always reaches into people's direct experience and increasingly takes place in public space. MS Schrittmacher are currently active with their project Bruchstücke in the Oderbruch, building up an audience in rural areas and breaking new ground in the presentation, development and mediation of dance and performance. This approach is to be further developed with digital means in the future.
Forsythe Productions is the studio of choreographer William Forsythe and oversees performances of his stage works and exhibitions of his Choreographic Objects worldwide. In addition to his stage works and Choreographic Objects, William Forsythe developed new approaches to dance documentation, research and teaching. Beginning in 1994, Forsythe collaborated with the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany, to develop an interactive application that visualizes the key principles of his improvisational work. Originally conceived as a professional training tool for the Frankfurt Ballet, the CD-ROM Improvisation Technologies - A Tool for the Analytical Eye was published in 1999 to make these principles accessible to a wider audience. In cooperation with the ZKM, content from the CD-ROM is to be transferred to an interactive website in order to make the content available on a long-term basis and free of charge.
Over the past 20 years, filmmaker Wiebke Pöpel has realized numerous artistic film projects, video installations and documentaries which have been shown at festivals worldwide, and have received various awards. Her experimental dance film FORA DENTRO was awarded the German Video Dance Prize. Her TV documentary HELMUT LACHENMANN – MY WAY received the German Documentary Film Prize (music category). The majority of her projects are collaborations with artists from other disciplines, such as musicians, composers, choreographers/dancers, and visual artists. For the tanz:digital funded project, Wiebke Pöpel, together with art teacher Elke Strauch from Bad Münstereifel, will bring together an interdisciplinary team from the fields of dance, film, art and education, transforming the place that was badly hit by the flood catastrophe in 2021 together with young people through dance.
Dance company Süderelbe - Since 2013, dance theater projects for and with children and young people from the south of Hamburg have been taking place under the name 2013. In addition to dance, the projects integrate fine arts, film,
music and, since 2021, motion capturing, for example. The current project deals with space in our and the digital reality.
Regina Rossi is a choreographer, performer and dance teacher. The Brazilian artist produces her own choreographic works since 2011, which are shown throughout Germany and internationally. Her pieces have a humorous, sensual and provocative movement aesthetic. She merges contemporary dance with movement cultures such as couple dance, samba, capoeira, and performance art. Rossi choreographs walk-in spaces in which audience members are involved in direct and indirect participation. In her current research she examines the limits and possibilities of the virtual space for dance. Since 2018 Regina Rossi has been focusing on the production of performances for children and young people as well as on dance teaching under the label Regina Rossi Tanzproduktion.
As a platform for communicating knowledge about dance, “Munich Dance Histories” (MDH) hosts a website which documents the history of modern dance and the evolution of the independent dance scene in Munich since 1900. MDH also brings this history to life through live formats such as the “DANCE History Tour”, “SALONS”, and re-enactments. The MDH team consists of the choreographer, author and curator Brygida Ochaim; the literary scholar, art historian and dance publicist Thomas Betz; and the dancer and production manager Barbara Galli-Jescheck. The trio also collaborates with archives and museums, theatres and dance practitioners, academics and artists. MDH is currently producing a hologram of the so-called “dream dancer” Magdeleine G., whose spectacular dances under hypnosis caused a great stir in Munich in 1904. The French artist Dominique Gonzales-Foerster revives these unconventional performances and stages them as a hologram in the historical rooms of the museum Villa Stuck. The installation will be shown in cooperation with the Festival DANCE of the City of Munich for the duration of the festival in May 2023 and beyond.
As a dancer, writer and performer, Carolin Hartmann explores the spiritual part of movement, the poetry between spirit and matter that underlies almost all of her artistic projects. Movement research, neuroscience, spirituality, psychology and poetry meet in her art. Her body is very peculiar and partly split off due to her chronic nervous disease, but in her art she is one!
In her "research diary on the optimal mental handling of a physical limitation" she expresses her thoughts on expanding mental and physical limits in poetic texts. In this diary she is looking for a way of dealing with her neurological illness mentally.
Together with the videomaker Macarena Cox, she makes this audible as a voice-over in her "Monkey Mind Videos" on her YouTube channel. In addition, the videos document the practical part of her work and allow the viewers to participate in their movement research visually, mentally and on a neurological level.
MIRA Performance, directed by the choreographer Julia Riera (based in Cologne), develops multi-layered productions of high sensitivity and intense imagery. Experimental or sensitive, MIRA explores boundaries - imaginary or spatial, between genres, personal and interpersonal. Nominated and awarded several times in regional and international competitions, the performances are always on the cutting edge. The performances deal with central human questions - in an attempt to tear down facades. MIRA creates interdisciplinary projects that interweave dance with film, architecture, photography and now also with digital worlds.
The project "MIRA 11_shift," funded by tanz:digital, explores humanity and technology in the visual language of dance. Artificial intelligence movement suggestions from an application developed for & with MIRA are at the center of the choreographic process. Contrasts between personal & anonymous, dispossessing & appropriating, and human & inhuman are explored in a performance in which the dancers' physicality is juxtaposed with the infinite possibilities of AI.
Küppers & Konsorten is a team of artists from performing arts / dance / visuals / music around the Düsseldorf choreographer Claudia Küppers. It has been developping dance theatre projects for everyone from the age of five since 2015. The projects take up current topics from the everyday life of children and young people and implement them catchily and light-footedly with the means of dance and object theatre. All productions are accompanied by an extensive educational programme with a thematical orientation on the contents of the pieces. The team’s first outdoor performance Bubbles funded by the NPN / Stepping-out programme celebrated its premiere in May 2022 in a historic park and enters new territory with a human and object installation. In September 2022, Claudia Küppers founded the 60+ dance theatre ensemble "Die Goldene Garde", made possible by the DIS TANZ SOLO funding of the DTD. Its first project "My Valentine" will premiere in January 2023. The Theatermuseum Düsseldorf is a constant companion and partner of all productions and projects.
Choreographer Howool Baek has established her own choreographic language by discovering faceless body expression through body fragments. And she proposes a different perspective on the body through the deconstruction and transformation of the body. By breaking stereotypes about the body, she wants the audience to have a new experience with the body and to look at society from a different perspective. Recently, she expanded the concept of the stage to the digital space and is experimenting with her own choreography method on the digital stage.
Diego Tortelli and Miria Wurm,both members of Munich’s independent dance scene, have been developing projects together since 2018. Their artistic language and aesthetics are characterised by clarity and complexity, both in terms of choreographic style and the subject matter of their works. Drawing on cutting-edge technologies and theoretical concepts, they create contemporary dance pieces that reflect on current issues from a personal perspective.
Pivotal to each piece is Tortelli’s very own choreographic idiom, which splits the body into its various limbs and joints and then reassembles them over and over again like a game of Tetris. The torso remains the fixed point around which everything revolves, as if calculated by geometric formulas – at times playful and surreal, at others architectural and rigid. The body is revealed in all its beauty and artistry, but also its fragility and brokenness. Traces of bodily memories are brought to light through a process of poetic abstraction.
Christoph Winkler is one of Germany's most distinguished and versatile choreographers. The "Company Christoph Winkler" helps dancers from all over the world to work together as temporary collectives on a broad spectrum of content. Since 1996, he has worked as a freelance artist on more than 80 dance pieces. In 2016, one of his productions won the "Faust Prize", when Aloalii Tapu was awarded as "Best Dancer" for the solo "Urban Sou Café". In 2020 Christoph Winkler was awarded a George Tabori award and in May 2022, he received the German Dance Award, the highest honor for dance professionals in Germany.
Dmytro Grynov is a Ukrainian dance artist currently based in Berlin, Germany. Dmytro works in the field of contemporary dance, performing arts, cinematography, pedagogy and choreography. His background is based on various dance styles and techniques such as ballroom dance, hip hop, house dance, popping, break dance, voguing, contemporary dance, improvisation, partnering, acting and martial arts. As a dance artist, Dmytro has performed in numerous projects in both theater and film productions across Europe working with a wide range of dance companies and independent freelance artists. In addition, Dmytro is the founder and creator of the movement practice "Free Limits", which has been successfully taught in various professional dance institutions throughout Europe and is one of the main pillars for his profound choreographic work.
Anna-Carolin Weber works as a dance practitioner with a focus on media choreography at the interface of artistic practice, mediation and research. As a dramaturge, she designs performance projects and choreographic processes that bring dance into confrontation with other media, and as a choreographer she realizes cross-disciplinary dance productions using video, virtual reality and photography, among other media. For more than 10 years, she has been sharing and reflecting on her media choreographic approach in project work, teaching activities and international research stays: e.g. at the Ruhr-University Bochum (2016-2020), at the Bauhaus-University Weimar (2019), at the Center for Contemporary Dance/Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (2010-2014), with the ensemble of Tanztheater Schlebusch (2008-2019) and at the Research Academy for Contemporary Dance and Choreography in Zurich (2017 and 2014), at the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal (2019), at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles (2017), with Anna Halprin in San Francisco (2018), and with Movement Research in New York City (2014/15). Together with games and digital expert Tobias Kopka - who in his work as a curator builds bridges between digital and physical arts and brings people into encounter at the boundaries of their knowledge and experience - Anna-Carolin Weber explores which new interaction experiences the combination of virtual reality and dance open up for encounter formats in live contexts. With "BEAUTIFUL CONNECTION: A Social Performance Training"(2023) Anna-Carolin Weber and Tobias Kopka continue their successful collaboration of "I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE - Duets for one head and two hands" (Munich/ Cologne/ Dubrovnik/ Essen 2022 as well as TEMPS D ́IMAGES FESTIVAL 2023) in the field of hybrid VR Experiences as cross-disciplinary experiences in the field of tension between dance, interaction and play.
Video artist Giacomo Corvaia and choreographer Enrico Paglialunga collaborate since 2018 creating digital projects which merge dance, movement, story telling and interaction with the audience. After Me (working title) will be an interactive film experience on demand, where the public, through digital devices, can shape the content of the film, make their own choices and lead the development of the characters.
PMD-ART stands for interactive worlds of experience for over a decade. Software developer André Bernhardphysicist and video choreographer Dr. Marcus Doering and dancer, choreographer and director Lars Scheibner form the constant core of the artist collective PMD-ART Productions. With KAISER RESONANT TECHNOLOGY, we enable augmented reality applications, mapping and tracking in real time and the control and networking of awide variety of digital systems. Since 2002, designers, directors, choreographers, conductors, singers, musicians,dancers, artists and actors have been inspired by the fascinating possibilities offered by this special human-machine communication.
Performance artist and choreographer Charlotte Triebus researches with her ensemble New Human Body Society and the MIREVI (Mixed Reality & Visualization, www.mirevi.de) research group at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences at the interface between dance, art and technology. She combines artistic practice and theoretical research, specifically asking about the acting body, agency and queer identity relations. The MIREVI team, led by Christian Geiger, works in the field of VR/AR/MR and Human-Technology Interaction, Robotics, Digital Health and Intelligent Systems. One focus of the work is on motion-based interfaces and the use of digital technologies in art and cultural contexts. In particular, non-technical aspects of user experience and social and ethical implications are also considered. www.precious.dance
Aaron Lang is a Berlin-based dancer and choreographer. His artistic research is informed by his background in dance, sociology and architecture. He uses states of the body as a catalyst for imagination, clarification and transformation, negotiating current technological developments and memory culture. BNSL studio is the collaborative practice of Maurice Wald and Felix Ansmann. Through a range of artistic media, they explore the aesthetics of artificial intelligence and ontologies of computer technology. With backgrounds in AI engineering and technology anthropology, respectively, they investigate computational modes of thought and their discourses.
The performance project 'uncharted property' deals with our perception of avatars and digital embodiment. By imagining sensual aspects of virtual worlds, we initiate an interpretative process in which, while looking at them, identification and alienation are mutually subtracted. We are not only interested in the failure of the human body to grasp digital principles, but also in the borderline area in which logics of digital and analog physicality develop a chimerical quality.
As a duo and in collaboration with artists of various media, Artmann&Duvoisin develop pieces, videos, installations and publications. In this context, we are concerned with questions of shared authorship and the political content of dance practice. We focus on structures and conditions against which we feel powerless - be it the power of the nuclear family, the housing conditions in our neighborhood, our membership in a community that denies people their right to asylum, or our own embodiment of neoliberal beliefs - and develop exercises for other conditions. We understand our practice as documentary in a synopsis of everyday experience, bodily sensation, and current events experienced through the media.
The video series "Substitute Activities", directed by Ale Bachlechner, in collaboration with the digital studio frankaflux and involving old and new colleagues, focuses on those moments in our work processes that are not themselves result-oriented: the training, the trying out, the discarded, the trappings. It continues our preoccupation with labor relations in cultural capitalism and with emotional labor as service, which we most recently explored in the production "Service and Feeling" and in our lab "Labor and Love." With "Substitute Activities" the ensemble Artmann&Duvoisin undertakes the attempt to expand the everyday documentary recording of their own work experiences on the platform "Gentle Work" with videos and to explore this medium artistically.
Kiraṇ Kumār is an artist, researcher and writer whose practice lies at the intersection of dance, critical historiography and speculative computing. Drawing from embodied and conceptual inquiries into yoga & tantra, he articulates dis/continuities in contemporary thought through performance, writing and visual art.
'SPI-RITU+DIGIT-AL COMPLEX' is an artistic research into the collaborative potential of ritual, spiritual and digital practices and discourses for the 21st century. Drawing upon a hybrid computational-choreographic process that digitally de-scribes a ritual dancer's subtle body, the present research extends this digital articulation of something subtle beyond dance into dematerialised art/painting, sonic composition and kinetic sculpture, towards conjuring a digitised ecology of de/material entanglements. This research brings 3 of Kiraṇ's long standing collaborations into transdisciplinary dialogue with each other: with programmer Matthias Härtig; as the Sono-Choreographic Collective with composer/sound artist Bnaya Halperin-Kaddari and sculptor/media artist Kerstin Ergenzinger; and as the Department of Para Pedagogic Practices with writer/art historian Shruti Belliappa.