Performance Situation Rooms

PSRs are open, highly focused artistic gatherings with their content being shaped by upcoming and current artistic, political and social developments. As such, they adapt to the actual situation and the partners specific environments – from artists’ gatherings to debates to performances and assemblies. They invite and address members and experts from different fields and civil society; they intervene in local burning issues, develop educational and participatory practices and allow for spontaneous collaborations with activists and the cultural field as such.

On (dance) art and cultural politics

Sweden is facing a shift in art and cultural politics, and we’re not the only ones. As one travels internationally in Europe nowadays, almost everyone (with a few exceptions) is talking about the massive budget cuts and how artists and institutions are struggling. In some countries, this is also tied to democratic restrictions.

14.06.2024 - 15.06.2024 @ MDT Stockholm
Domino Residency

Nomad dance academy Croatia is a guest at the Karlovac Dance Festival!

The summer edition of the 14th Karlovac Dance Festival brings collaboration and partnership with the Nomad Dance Academy Croatia through their Domino Residency and Modular School programmes.

27.06.2024 - 28.06.2024 @ Karlovac Dance Festival
Work-in-progress-showing HOT BODIES #4 in Sofia
27.05.2024 @ NHK Burgas

Expose brings together authors and artists from various fields of art who practice (self)archiving, (self)musealization, (self)documentation, (self)recording or/and (self)mapping through mixed formats and media. This three-day public event will explore these practices and their relation to the fields of dance and new media art.

24.05.2024 - 26.04.2024 @ Zagreb
Work-in-progress-showing HOT BODIES #4 in Veliko Tarnova
23.05.2024 @ NHK Burgas
Dance Magazin 2024 release coming up

Bulgarians only print magazin entirely dedicated to dance – Dance Magazin – releases its 2024 edition The Value of Dance in May.

20.05.2024 @ Sofia, Bulgaria
Work-in-progress-showing HOT BODIES #4 in Burgas
19.05.2024 @ NHK Burgas

HOT BODIES, organised by ICC (Imaginative Choreographic Center), supports, stimulates, and nurtures new generations of artists in the field of choreography and dance. The 4th edition of the programme takes place in Burgas, Veliko Tarnovo and Sofia, Bulgaria for 3 weeks in May!

07.05.2024 - 28.05.2024 @ Bulgaria
Without Distance Platform 2024

The Without Distance educational platform is an integral part of the International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance Antistatic in Sofia. This year's programme features three lectures by Boyan Manchev, Margarita Dorovska, and Angelina Georgieva, alongside a workshop led by Jason Respilieux.

07.05.2024 - 23.04.2024 @ Brain Store Project Sofia
Open Call | HOT BODIES #4

HOT BODIES #4 is intended for dance artists who haven't yet encountered the dynamics of freelance work in this field, or who are just starting out.

Apply now and spend three weeks in May in Bulgaria. Do studio work, sessions with other dance artists, co-sharing lectures, co-sharing workshop and presentations – accommodation, rehearsal and performance space as well as per diems are covered.

NOTE: The application end got changed to 21 February!

05.02.2024 - 21.02.2024
Artists Lab at Uferstudios Berlin

End of January Uferstudios Berlin, together with the network project Making a Difference, is organising the artists lab Wie wir tanzen – Wie wir arbeiten! (How we dance – how we work!). The invited artists are Anajara Amarante, Angela Alves, Camilla Pölzer, Carolin Hartmann, Irene Giro Paradell, Jan Kress, Kate Brehme, Rita Mazza and Roisin Keßler. Noa Winter is moderating.

25.01.2024 - 26.01.2024 @ Uferstudios Berlin
A follow up on DANCEOLITICS

In 2021 a round table discussion between artistic teams of Tanztage Berlin, Bâtard in Brussels and Les Urbaines in Lausanne got published in the book DANCEOLITICS, supported by Life Long Burning.
Starting from this publication, a panel discussion at Tanztage Berlin continues the conversation about this fragile state tonight.

Together with colleagues from different European scenes – curators, artistic coordinators and organizers (from Vienna Chris Standfest is joining, artistic director of [8:tension Young Chreographes' Series] at ImPulsTanz Festival) – they would like to exchange on the intertwinement between the lives of artists at the beginning of their career and the platforms presenting artists and aesthetics that need to “emerge”.

Further information and free download of the book DANCEOLITICS here.

15.01.2024 @ Tanztage Berlin
Through Performative and Choreographic Practices – Workshop by Thiago Granato

Thiago Granato gives a workshop at CoFestival in Lubljana: Through Performative and Choreographic Practices.

Thiago Granato invites to an artistic immersion where individual and collective work situations serve as a basis for exploring different compositional logics. Through choreography we studies the body’s performative capacity to create, penetrate, melt, fuse, move and transform different contexts. With this workshop Granato shares his work methodology and propose parameters to discuss how we can identify, situate and sustain a performative practice and a choreographic project nowadays.

24.11.2023 - 26.11.2023 @ CoFestival, Ljubljana
CrowdKill by Anthony van Gog
Troubling Times Trembling Bodies

At this Performance Situation Room in Amsterdam Anthony van Gog and Alice Pons (MOHA) will not only share heartwarming soup but a check-in moment: How do troubling times affect your body and, what helps you to keep moving? This evening is intimately linked to Anthony van Gog’s performance CrowdKill, which will be shown as a work-in-progress presentation in the course of the evening.

24.11.2023 @ Veemhouse Amsterdam
PSR in Skopje: A Missing Institution

Lokomotiva (Centre for new Initiatives in Arts and Culture) and Firstborn Girl (Festival of Feminist Culture and Action) teamed up with MOT Festival. They set up the performance platform A Missing Institution. The dramatic advisors Jette Büchsenschütz and Maeve Johnson are participating and will follow up with an article, a reflection on the contemporary performance scene of Skopje.

11.11.2023 @ MOT Festival Skopje
© Kerstin Schroth
Soup Talks at Moving in November

At Moving in November festival visitors and artists can mingle daily over a bowl of hot soup. The Soup Talks are a series of informal conversations with the artists presenting their work during the festival. Everybody is invited to join in, to listen, to pose questions and to take part in the discussions. Each of the talks is hosted by an artist based in the Helsinki area.

04.11.2023 - 13.11.2023 @ Caisa, Helsinki
© Ursa Rahne
Historical Figures. Introduction to Contemporary Dance

This workshop led by Rok Vevar and Jasmina Založnik draws on documentary film footage from the collection of the Temporary Slovenian Dance Archive at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova. It takes the form of lectures and discussions, provides the spectator with basic reading and contextual tools with which we enter into the process of »reading« and thinking about contemporary dance.

13.10.2023 - 08.12.2023 @ TSDA at MSUM Ljubljana
Sindri Uču performs live & online

Transforming digital space of livestream into mobile house theatre, where technician, cameraman and performer – all the same person – dissect potentials of that multi layered media format.

12.10.2023 - 15.10.2023 @ online
© Andreea Căpitănescu
Intimate Choreographies – Rencontre Internationale

Intimate Choreographies - Rencontre Internationale is a performative exploration. The concept, developed under the artistic direction of choreographer and curator Andreea Căpitănescu, revolves around the idea that surveillance spaces can surprisingly foster a deep emotional intimacy that transcends the unequal authoritarian structure of technology.

Performed by Judith State, Flavia Giurgiu and Elena Vlădăreanu at Magdalena Festival in Montpellier.

30.09.2023 @ Magdalena Festival
© Viktoria Bubalo
Domino. Open Doors at Modular School

With: Boris Barukčić, Ela Đimoti, Dora Pocedić, Nika Špekuljuk, Linda Tarnovski, Sara Trbara and Jovana Zelenović.

The participants, who joined the programme led by Aleksandra Janeva, had the opportunity to present their work. This event was a space for exchanging knowledge and experiences, a space for mutual support and opening questions in cooperation with other participants and the independent scene in Croatia and abroad. Participants have self-curated and organized the weekend in which visitors had the opportunity to meet them through very different formats.

30.09.2023 @ TALA PLE(j)S, Zagreb
Performance: Swivel Open by Julia B. Laperrière

In continuation with her research on the topic of Dangerous Women, Julia B. Laperrière wondered, how to propose a body (or bodies), a dance (or dances) that could be dangerous to hegemonic structures of power? In Swivel Open, this question puts her body at work through the materiality of a two meter high metallic structure, fully intertwined in a physical duo. In an attempt to (swivel) open, bend or deconstruct this structure, she works between technical maneuvers, brutal force, risk taking, mathematical precision, gentleness and refined sensuality to fuel a dance that allows complexity, where multiple relational modes can appear and exist simultaneously.

29.09.2023 @ Magdalena Festival
Expose. Remembering topologies

Dora Đurkesac and Tea Kantoci were discussing with the artists after every performance during Improspections festival. They generate collaborative material which was interpreted afterwards at the closing session and shaped into a publication/zine, using interdisciplinary knowledge (art, design and museum studies).

25.09.2023 @ MSU Zagreb
Cyborg Dancing by Luka Švajda: Matèrie ecrite and immediate irreality

Improspections invited Luka Švajda to share his artistic research project with students of the Department of Animation and New Media and the Department of Dance, within a four-day workshop and a public presentation.

As a part of the larger research project investigating how dance operates as a meaning-making mechanism, the workshop focused on the notions of matèrie ecrite (written matter) and immediate irreality. Matèrie ecrite is an invention of the French avant-garde artist Pierre Guyotat; however, this oratory, visceral, and rhythmic lexicon (i.e., a method of writing) was repurposed, allowing to experiment with different forms and media.

16.09.2023 @ MSU Zagreb
Close encounters of the dance kind by Laura Kirshenbaum: Faune/ In the garden

The lab embarked on a sensorial exploration in Zagreb’s botanical garden, using the different physical and vocal tools that were at hand in the artistic research of Faune/in the garden.

The garden is a vibrant and vivid ecosystem where multiple events take place; everything, everywhere, all at once: Participants opened up their field of vision – from the insect perspective to what’s there – on top of trees, the skin took an active part in the garden’s landscape and imaginative ears covered each centimetre of our bodies in order to tune in to the lowest sound, touch introduced us to the plant’s textures and their different shapes.

Alone and together, close to the plants and to each other, participants were traveling in the garden’s paths and its ever-changing tempor(e)alities.

25.06.2023 @ Antisezona #1
Without Distance Platform 2023

The Without Distance Platform is an educational programme in the frame of Antistatic Festival. It takes place once a year in Sofia and is organised by Brain Store Project. This year there are offered workshops by Sergiu Matis – Visible Thinking Body (VTB), Anton Ovchinnikov – Nothing Private and Simon Mayer – Being Moved as well as a Dance Criticism Lab, led by Angelina Georgieva.

09.05.2023 - 19.05.2023 @ Brain Store Project, Sofia