Students of If I Can't Dance's course Appropriation and Dedication at the Dutch Art Institute/MFA ArtEZ
are spending the week at the New Theater in Berlin with their tutor Matthew
Lutz-Kinoy and If I Can't Dance associate curator Susan Gibb, for an extensive
workshop developing material around Jean Genet's play The Balcony (1957).
Genet's play is the point of departure for a
presentation that will be shown in Arnhem in June.
Participating students are Aarti Sunder, Bryony Gillard, Coco Duivenvoorde, Celia Shomal, Bonbon
Juan, Constanza Puente, Jan Adriaanse, Kaste Seskeviciute, Maria
Barlasov, Monique Hendriksen and Laila Torres Mendieta.
In the weeklong development of their presentation, the students will
meet with artists living and working in Berlin who engage in a variety of
performance mediums. This will include sessions on scriptwriting with Calla
Henkel, Max Pitegoff (New Theater) and Pablo Larios (Freize d/e); sound with
artist Hannah Weinburger, Carsten Jost (Dial Records) and music scholar Bianca
Hauser; movement with performers Susan Ploetz and Adam Linder; and a meeting
with artist Yorgos Sapountzis. The group will also attend exhibitions and
performances happening in Berlin during the week, including a visit to the Hamburger
The workshop is hosted at New Theater, an artist-run performance space that
produces plays and performances by and with artists. It was founded by Calla
Henkel and Max Pitegoff in 2013 and is based in Kreuzberg, Berlin.
The past months the group has been introduced to different methodologies
of performance practice in workshops led by If I Can't Dance's Commissioned
Artists Sara van der Heide
, Snejanka Mihaylova
, Emily Roysdon
and Gerry Bibby