The A.PART-Festival goes for the second round!
Since last year, two of ada Studio Berlin's most successful event series – “S.o.S. - Students on Stage” and “Alumni.Tanz.Berlin” – have been united under the umbrella of A.PART in a diverse festival: From May 9th to 17th, 2020, students and graduates of Berlin's institutions for contemporary dance education will present solo and group works of their own creation. Berlin has a lot to offer when it comes to dance education: there is the Dance Academy balance 1, Die Etage, the Berlin Dance Institute, the Dance Intensive Program of Tanzfabrik Berlin, the three degree programs at the Inter-University Center for Dance, the Seneca Intensive, and not to forget Flying Steps and Motions, which specialize in other contemporary forms such as urban dance and show dance.
How many of these programs are known to the Berlin audience? What characterizes these training programs, what distinguishes them from each other, what do they have in common? We certainly did not know – and are dazzled, surprised, and excited considering the quantity and variety of offers – so many different ideas about bodies, about choreography, about creative work, and about a dance artist's professional profile!
We, in this case, refers to Diethild Meier and Julek Kreutzer, the new curating team of the A.PART Festival. For this first edition curated by us, we are inviting 15 dance artists to ada Studio, both students and alumni, who will put together an explosive and unusual program over the course of six evenings. In English, apart means: separated, isolated. In German, though, it means striking, distinguished. Our festival is chaotic and weird, strange and attractive, bizarre and special.
In short: it will be WILD! Some wake sleeping lions. Some celebrate hesitation. Some accompany mothers on a walk. Some play with puppets. A human being faces the imminent extinction of its kind. Some negotiate the stability of instability. Some think of a cowboy and point their toes and their tears. Some think of animals that hatch and shed their skin. A snake has a tantrum and produces a lot of energy. Some hug houseplants while others dance as if there were no tomorrow.
We don't even try to make comparisons, conceptual connections, or create an aesthetic line. We place one next to the other, mix and match, and celebrate the diversity of Berlin's dance education.
Anyone who wants to join the celebrations should highlight the festival week from May 9th to 17th, 2020 in their calendar. Three different programs will be shown on two evenings each. The two weekend programs will start shortly before sunset at 20:30, the program during the week will start at 19:00.
And whoever arrives in the Uferstudios courtyard in Wedding an hour before the program starts will witness a short and absolutely un-stale introduction to the upcoming evening. It will be fun!
Come and crawl out of your holes. Get on your horse. Come paddle over the Panke. Or take the U8 to Pankstraße or the U9 to Osloer Straße.
And also keep the possibility open to enjoy the A.PART festival from your homescreens. Given the current measures due to corona virus and the uncertainty for the coming weeks, we are thinking about alternative formats for the festival. In any case, there is no lack of creative ideas even now, so we can say: The A.PART festival will happen, no matter what!