CHICKS* freies performancekollektiv
CHICKS* independent performance collective gather experts and interdisciplinary artists around the idea of a queer feminist network. Through intense research, CHICKS* are examining their different realities to find out what moves them, what they need to get rid of, what they want to change. CHICKS* are queer feminist. They question socially established images of gender, sexuality and power. Their performances combine interactive spaces and installations with a theatre of images, objects and ambience. In addition, they host workshops, seminars and trainings in queer feminist and sexual education employing techniques of performative theatre.
Nina Mühlemann (she/her) founded project Criptonite, a crip-queer event series, in 2020 with Edwin Ramirez. She majored in English Literature and earned her PhD at King’s College London in Performance and Disability Studies. From summer 2018 until the end of 2019, her and artist Jeremy Wade ran the Future clinic for Critical care, a socially and culturally motivated project with events at Gessnerallee Zürich and Impulsfestival Wien, highlighting the issue of care and care work. In addition, she co-curated the IntegrART Symposium 2019, a networking project by Migros-Kulturprozent supporting artists with disabilities. She also ran the IntegrART reflexion forum in 2021.
Edwin Ramirez (they/them) is a performance artist and stand-up comedian from Zurich. Since 2015 they have been performing on all big comedy stages of Switzerland as well as on swiss TV. With Nina Mühlemann, they have operated Criptonite since 2020. From summer 2018 until the end of 2019, they were a part of the Future clinic for Critical care, a socially and culturally motivated project with events at Gessnerallee Zürich and Impulsfestival Wien, highlighting the issue of care and care work. October 2020, they were a part of the play Star Magnolia at Theater Neumarkt.
die apokalyptischen tänzerin*nen
Artists Mona Louisa-Melinka Hempel, calendal, Jasmin Schädler and Sara Glojnari form die apokalyptischen tänzerin*nen (apocalyptic dancers). Since the founding of the collective, they have collaborated closely with production agency schæfer&sœhne. This is how Viccy Link became part of the team. Dedicated to the literal meaning of the work apocalypse – unveiling or disclosure – die apokalyptischen tänzerin*nen explore contemporary mechanisms and hierarchies by means of the performing arts. Their work focuses on choreographic research and developing installations, compositions and performances often featuring a program of supporting events. In 2021, the project Wunderland led them to explore work hierarchies. In their current projects, they continue this exploration focusing on theatre in general as well as on its relationship to audiences.
Die Soziale Fiktion & Friends
DIE SOZIALE FIKTION (DSF) is a conglomerate of authors, performers, organizers and DIY-artists founded during their joined studies of Cultural Sciences and Aesthetic Practices in Hildesheim. DSF are developing theater performances, audio walks, site-specific artistic formats, audio pieces and events in changing constellations and contexts. Working as a collective is a set precedent, yet constantly renegotiated. DSF work in regular close collaboration with Schwankhalle Bremen, LOFFT – DAS THEATER Leipzig and Gessnerallee Zürich. Another important partnering institution is Theaterwerkstatt Pilkentafel Flensburg.
Gruppe CIS’ varying lineup works interdisciplinarily between live theater, performance and film. The group investigates social corporations and their interrelations and tensions with diverse medial settings and societal scenarios. In 2015, the group curated and organized the queer panel The Land after the Rainbow at Württembergischer Kunstverein, at Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart and at Projektraum LOTTE. Their serial film Dark Daily Soap premiered at Theater Rampe in 2019 and was shown at Sophiensæle in Berlin. In 2020, the performance Stress was shown at Theater Rampe. The consecutive movie Stress- The Screensaver was broadcast on demand through the website of Theater Rampe.
Hard Art Workers
The Hard Art Workers are Munich artists working together equitably and across genres – or should we rather use the hip term collective. Luft!! is the first work of the group in this constellation, while single members of the group have collaborated before. In the future, more projects will be initiated and enacted under this label, while cooperating with other artists remains the goal of the group. Encountering and clashing with new perspectives is understood as an enrichment both with regards to contents and aesthetics.
Kolja Huneck graduated in Object Manipulation from Codarts Circus Arts in Rotterdam. This was where he decided to focus on vinyl records and his self-developed discs with a 30 cm diameter as the main material of his artistic work. In addition to contemporary circus, Huneck explores current streams of Magic and is working to combine both art forms. His production CM_30 was selected for European scholarship program circusnext in 2020. In 2021 he participated in a collective launching the world premiere of austrian-dutch Sawdust Symphony in Den Haag. He tours Europe with both pieces. Furthermore, he is an active member of contemporary circus association BUZZ – Bundesverband Zeitgenössischer Zirkus e.V and co-founder of ‚Zirkus ON‘, creation alliance for circus.
Lau Lukkarila with Luca Bonamore, Ju Aichinger und Manuel Riegler
Lau Lukkarila (they/them) is a choreographer and performer born in Oulu, Finland. Currently based in Vienna, they graduated from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Helsinki and Royal School of Performing Arts in Madrid. In 2018, they were granted a music and performing arts scholarship by the Federal Chancellery of Austria as well as the danceWEB-scholarship at ImPulsTanz Festival. Their most recent works are Trouble (2019) at Rakete Festival, Tanzquartier Wien, NYXXX (2020) at imagetanz with brut Wien and Lapse (2022) with Luca Bonamore at S_P_I_T Festival at Tanzquartier Wien. Going by Laux (lap dog) they released two online EPs, Superlike (2019) and Hufklang (2020). In their performative works, they seek out interdisciplinary encounters while exploring devoted awkwardness and the presence of the emotional body.
Lea Ralfs and Jan Geiger
Lea Ralfs graduated from Theaterakademie Hamburg in 2017 and has been working as an indepentent director since. She developed her first works at Theater Basel, Volkstheater Munich, Kampnagel Hamburg and Junges DT Berlin. From 2019 to 2022 she was the artistic co-director of PATHOS Munich with Judith Huber.
Jan Geiger is an author and since 2016 member of NMT*, Neue Münchner Theatertexter*innen. He graduated in Literary Writing from the German Literature Institute in Leipzig. Within the collective NMT* project Münchner Schichten (Layers/stories of Munich), he published the monologue drag me out. With Lea Ralfs, he developed the works Innuendo (2020) and Lacrimosa 2020 (2021). Since 2022, he is a member of the artistic directing team at PATHOS Munich.
Léonard Engel was a classic ballet dancer before he decided to become a freelance artist in 2016. Since, he has created solos, group pieces and video works. He collaborated with artists like Laurent Chétouane, Meg Stuart or Paula Rosolen. His choreographic work focuses on the body and the change in its perception through movement, costumes and states of being, utilizing radical settings and the means of reduction.
Manasvini K. Eberl
Manasvini K. Eberl is a dancer, choreographer, sports researcher and yoga teacher. She creates her own dance pieces and installations which were performed in Switzerland, Italy, Germany and India. Working across genres, she was a dancer, among others, for artist duoFlexer & Sandiland, Tanzwerk Vertikal and Theater Regensburg am Bismarckplatz. An essential part of her work is the exploration of sensitive states of the body and their qualities of movement based on tactile and kinesthetic processes of perception. She created her debut piece Tasting Water in 2020/21 in Munich. Because of the pandemic she also created a video version.
Rosalie Wanka and Kassandra Wedel
Rosalie Wanka is a freelance choreographer based in Munich. Her main artistic focus lies on interrogating the emergence of identities, feminism and the (im)possibility of interpersonal communication. She is fascinated by encounters, universes clashing, observed from a female point of view. Intercultural and cross-disciplinary, her works are equally infused by her passion for languages and the transfer of knowledge. Interdisciplinary approaches are one pillar of her artistic explorations.
Kassandra Wedel is a freelance dancer, choreographer, actor and performer living in Munich among other places. She is deaf. From her disability she develops a style of movement influenced by sign language, sign language poetry and the sound of her own voice. In addition, her work incorporates acting, performance, Hip Hop, Vogue and Contemporary Dance. She regularly performs across Germany and internationally. In her own works, she examines emotions, faith, the flexibility of identities and her own limits.
S. Rudat & das (i)dentityteam
S. Rudat (Gemini Rising) is creative, flexible and resilient. She* majored in Psychology and Physical Theatre (which, really, could mean anything). She* creates theatre, dance, movies and music both alone and collectively, regionally and internationally. After two short pieces which toured internationally, S. Rudat developed her* first full length solo Defining (i) dentity olo dentity oio dentity (I) dentity. With composer Jakob Lorenz, stage designer Dorothea Mines, dramaturg Nina Weber and light designer Jan Widmer, she* works in holistic processes structured by individual interests and competencies rather than hierarchies. Within the network of Freischwimmen, the group developed a concert performance in drag in co-op with the video artists from TeamLEN!
Sandra Chatterjee with Arko Mukhaerjee, Kanishka Sarkar, Veronika Wagner
Smells Of Coexistence. The Bee Of The Heart is a project by Sandra Chatterjee with Arko Mukherjee, Kanishka Sarkar, Duduzile Voigts and Veronika Wagner. They have been collaborating since 2019 researching the political dimension of odors.
Sandra Chatterjee, choreographer, scholar and co-initiator of the platform CHAKKARs – Moving Interventions, is especially interested in participatory performances. She is trying to integrate senses usually left out by theater, e.g. the sense of smell.
Arko Mukhaerjee is a unique singer and multi-instrumentalist exploring the migratory aspect of music and the connections of pan-indian music with the music of Africa, Europe and the Americas. He played at important music festivals in Europe, the USA, Bangladesh and Nepal and works with his own flexible collective as well as with the world-electronic duo Ashram.
Kanishka Sarkar, also a member of Ashram, is one of the founding members of the bengali pop-rock band Cactus and a successful music producer for independent movies, commercials and albums.
Duduzile Voigts has a degree in Contemporary African Dance and Psychology from Kapstadt and is currently studying sciences of culture and religion in Berlin. A main focus of her current artistic work is the postcolonial discourse and how it affects our relationship with, and access to nature as a privilege.
Veronika Wagner majored in Theatre and Iranian Studies. She is a published author at Die Neue Deutsche Biografie, teacher at the Department of Theater Studies at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and is as a dramaturg in the independent theater scene. Core areas of her work are posthumanism and postcolonialism as well as current issues.
Syndikat Gefährliche Liebschaften
Das Syndikat Gefährliche Liebschaften aims to create visibility for stories of rural spaces that invite you to change your perspective. To do this, they adapt varying cultural practices: exhibition, pop-up shop, dance ball, bike tour. Between honest interaction and steep assertion, the audience is seduced into assuming responsibility. The group mainly works in Quakenbrück and Leipzig. They were invited to residencies at Schwankhalle Bremen, Haus am Wehrsteg (Heidelberg), Theaterlabor Bielefeld and Tokyo Wonder Site and developed knowledge formats for TRAFO and MKW NRW.