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SPURENSUCHE 2022 | June 19–22, 2022

SPURENSUCHE 2022 | June 19–22, 2022

From June 19 to 22, 2022, the working festival of independent children’s and youth theaters will take place. Under the motto PERSPEKTIV:WECHSEL, SPURENSUCHE aims to initiate change processes and thus ensure more diversity and fewer barriers on the aesthetic, structural and personnel levels.

Léonard Engel’s “PAROTIA” selected for RODEO Festival 2022!

I am happy to announce that “PAROTIA” will be featured at this year’s edition of the RODEO Festival in October 2022.

“Three dancers spin around their own axis – slowly at first, then faster and faster; their floor-length skirts form colourful spinning tops. That’s all it takes to make Léonard Engel’s Parotia (‘Bird of Paradise’) a spectacular evening of dance. One thinks of classical fouettés, of Bauhaus dances; but also of Sufi whirls, waltzes and Alpine dirndl dancing. The abstract, sensual events cast a spell over you, at the same time forcing you to think about tradition and cultural appropriation. Who ‘owns’ the revolving dance? At the end, the dancers take off their skirts and stagger around the room. The floor sways beneath our feet.”

Jury statement

FREISCHWIMMEN meets RODEO-Festival (theater-hochx.de)

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#TakeHeart Residencies @MetaTheater

#TakeHeart Residencies @MetaTheater

New round, new luck: 16 artists can once again pursue their artistic research with an open mind under the roof of Meta Theater from February to May 2022. They will be accompanied by mentors and can exchange ideas in monthly work evenings. We are very much looking forward to it!

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WHAT KEEPS US ALIVE? - Nov. 2021

WHAT KEEPS US ALIVE? – Nov. 2021

At the end of life, you ask yourself what you have lived for. You know that your life will not be long anymore. But the finite, the limited is also what gives freedom. A theatre project by Christine Umpfenbach. | Performances as part of the SPIELART Festival

Art is a process, not a product

Feb. 3, 2021 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Ebersberg – Creative in the crisis : art is a process, not a product (German)

My short #TakeCareResidencies interim report on the success of artistic research.

Now, halfway through the residency period, it becomes clear that this is precisely what seems to be the special challenge: to free oneself from the idea of having to “deliver” something, but to be allowed to fail, to allow oneself to follow the traces that become visible in the process without immediately thinking, in an act of self-censorship, about whether this will lead anywhere and whether one will ever reach a goal and result in this way.

RELOAD. THE FURIES

Thanks to the Reload Scholarship of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, we can now with THE FURIES

GIVE US TIME – TAKE US TIME

In other words, to step out of the mill: to ask, doubt, reject, start anew, ideas, perspectives, experiments, self-understanding – to give space and time to solidary discussions.

New publication: “Dialogue – a way through crisis”

The essay has now been published in “ACT – Zeitschrift für Musik und Performance” (www.act.uni-bayreuth.de). In it I deal with the dialogicity of the production “ACCATTONE” (J. Simons, Ruhrtriennale 2015). The essay is available for download on demand.

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JOY!

JOY!

Thanks to the team of “Beethoven with us” and especially to the many artists and hosts for a wunderful, intimate, individual and divers start to the Beethoven year 2020!