I N T E R V I E W
Conducted by Aïsha Mia Lethen
We are Julek Kreutzer und Diethild Meier. We both started dancing at a young age, and met in the audition for HZT in 2011. Now, we look back on 9 years of dance experience together: 4 years of study at the HZT, 5 years in the Berlin professional dance scene, 10 joint dance productions and over 40 joint stage performances. Beyond that we have been in close contact with each other over the years about our individual artistic and professional development; we have supported each other in the formulation of funding applications, in important decisions and in the process of orienting and positioning ourselves in the independent dance scene.
In addition to our work as dancers and choreographers, we are involved in dance and art projects in various roles and positions, as teachers, production managers, dramaturgs, translators, happy faces.
Gabi Beier is a very important figure in the free contemporary dance scene in Berlin. With ada studio she has built a space that supports young dance artists in a consistent way. When starting out as professionals in the berlin dance scene, we ourselves were supported by ada studio, and so we were intrigued by the idea to get involved in A.PART Festival and work with Gabi. We are very happy that it worked out.It’s the first time we are curating and wee want the festival to be a blast. We are noticing that „the different dance education programs and the different scenes within Berlin seem to be disconnected. A.PART now gives an opportunity to bring them all together. And especially because it’s mostly people who are making first steps into the professional scene, who are learning, it’s a very vibrant moment. From the position we are in now, we really hope we will be able to reach out and bring young dance makers together. It should be a celebration of what’s already there, of the heterogeneity in Berlin! We can learn so much from each other. We are very curious and open. We want to create space. It will be a challenge to connect people from different dance educations, with different aesthetic proposals, different visions of how to approach a career as a dancer or dance maker. It will not be a festival with one aesthetic line, it will bring together people with different ideas about what dance is. We really like the idea of putting them next to each other, to see the image that the puzzle produces.
It’s very interesting to read the applications and to understand that the process of selection is not only about choosing the best proposals but to see for whom it’s most productive to perform in this year’s edition of the festival — we tried to understand: who are the people applying, what is their motivation, what are they interested in and in how far can we and the festival support their process?? We sat together with Gabi, who threw in different considerations for us to think about while selecting. It’s a huge responsibility and we are looking forward to take on the challenge.
We’re still in the process of discovering how exactly we will make the festival happen. One of our ideas for the festival is to offer a workshop for all the artists, in which all of them get acquainted with each other. We want to initiate a process in which they follow each other’s creative process until the festival. We want to generate dialogue, we want to open up the process and encourage the artists to invite people to come to rehearsals, even if it’s still fresh and vulnerable. Sharing should be an integral part of the festival. As friends and colleagues, we ourselves have experienced the impact of dialogue and exchange. Of course, developing a language around feedback is crucial. That may be a task for us to prepare — how do you equip people with tools to go into each other’s processes and be critical and supportive. We want to take care of that. bwe think it’s. It is a question regarding our professional landscape: How can we actually create a scene that is in tune with values like respect, care, support? We have to build a net of support, be respectful and care for each other. In the end, that’s what “to curate”/curare means.
Photos taken by Aïsha Mia Lethen