Co- (lab) / 9 ::::::::: collaboration & co-elaboration

Friday 29th Juli 2016 at Grüntaler 9, (Grüntaler Straße, 9) Berlín

Co- (lab) / 9: collaboration and co-elaboration

12:00 // LAB intro discussion
12:30 – 19:00 // LAB
19:00 – 21:00 // PERFORMANCES

21:00 – Friday Süpperclüb (dinner by donätion)

Co- (lab) / 9 is a one-day group intensive, comprised of artists of various disciplines including: performance, dance, movement, sound, and visual arts.

Working in small groups, and as an entire group, the artists will propose, conceive, and develop scores, structures, and performance material; addressing the topics of: collaboration and co-elaboration (or simultaneity).

Working both site-relatively and site-responsively, they will utilize and draw inspiration from the remnants of previous performances, both recent and past, as well as the unique architectural and aesthetic qualities of the space itself.

Participants will have a chance to introduce and lead scores, structures, and concepts for their own practices. The lab will culminate in an evening of performances by the participants.

Everyone is welcome to witness and observe the lab at any time throughout the day.

The participants of the lab are (in alphabetic order) :::::::::

William “Bilwa” Costa – artistic dir. / performance

Lena Czerniawska – drawing

Juan Duarte – sound / visuals

Johanna Gilje – performance / dance

Irene Cortina González – dance

Emilio Gordoa – music

Lauren Hart – theatre / performance

Aya Imamura – visual art

Teena Lange – artistic direction

Marta Lodola – performance

Patrick Monte – performance/research

Sigrid Savi – dance

Dace Šteinerte – theatre

Ayaha Tokusa – words

A couple improvising a duo


photography: Luca S 

A men, a woman and the story of a couple.

The relationships we have are an eternal improvisation. To know what we want, what the other needs… complement each other, sometimes, contradict each other, other times.

This is an instant composition duo, with contemporary dance and live music. A vulnerable piece, like any other love relationship.

Cia. Irene Cortina

Dance: Irene Cortina González

Music: Paul Dill


29 Jan '16 Club der polnischen Versager. Berlin. Part of MusikTanzNullDreißig (MT030)


Improvising on Broadway to the song “teaser of your body” by Paul Dill

Paul Dill and I went to New York this past October to perform our piece “Polvo y Tierra o Formas de Lidiar con la Muerte Ajena” at the Kraine Theatre.  After the show, the technician from the theater told us that, as every Tuesday, there was an open mic at Under St. Marks and that we should definitely play there as well. We were excited about exploring as much as possible the art scene in the city, and what’s better than an open stage, a bunch of artists wanting to share their work and some biers.

After coming literary down to “The Open Mic Downstairs” and make our way through with the huge luggage filled with 40 bulbs and 80 meters of cable, one guitar, one bass, one accordion and 60 liters of soil (all what we needed for the previous show); we discovered a small and cosy room filled with people, a very enthusiastic moderator on stage and an incredible amount of highly talented musicians, rappers, poets and comedians. The energy of the room was amazing, people were excited and supporting and it felt great to be in that crowd.

And out of the blue, we were announced on stage. We put our beer aside, Paul played a couple of his songs and I took my shoes off and danced to the second one.

After that we mingled with the other people, who, by the end of the night, were basically all have been on stage as well, and was then when we met Brad Geyer. He told us about his video project “The Street Noise Project” and asked if we would be interested in filming some songs on the New York streets.

We met up the following Sunday, our last day in NYC.

We explored a bit the city together and recorded a couple of Paul’s songs at different locations.

One of my favorite places was a spot  in Williamsburg by the East River, behind an old warehouse/power station. It was quiet and dingy, with a history of it’s own, with the memory of people working there and boats coming and going. You could see the busy city from the distance, which I liked very much.

Another great location was at 50th and Broadway. That was basically the opposite from the one I told before. People rushing, huge and bright commercial screens, guys recording us with their smartphones and a lot of street noise. It was great to have both experience and it felt nice to bring something a little different to the day of the people that saw us. Their faces seemed interested and happily surprised, it was refreshing to see that you can spice up a little somebody’s day, even in a city that has lived it all… you just need to put yourself out there, and somebody will notice, and somebody will appreciate it.

Here you can read Brad’s experience of our meeting. 

solo improvisation with salad, carrots, potatoes and other beings

Performance where the dancer gives different tasks to the audience members and together they all create the dance performance.

The collaboration with the audience is the main issue of this piece.

The vegetables are the organic link between the performer and the audience members and it is through the use and placement of those vegetables that the audience has the power to intervening in the performance.

The performer has created the structure of the piece, deciding the placement where each scene will happen, the tasks that the audience can do and the length of the total performance.

This is a wonderful combination of social collaboration, dance technique and group studies.

So far it has been performed at “the green house” as part of “Gape 01 Berlin’s experimental lounge” and “Tatwerk, Berlin”

“solo improvisation with salad, carrots, potatoes and other beings”

Dancer/creator: Irene Cortina

Costume: Christin Noel

OSMOSIS:: Poznan–Berlin

osmosis 18-25 May, 2014
Zamek Cultural Center, Poznań, Poland.


OSMOSIS:: Poznań – – Berlin – laboratory focused on relation of the sound and physical movement, exchange between Berlin and Poznań based artists, culminating with two public performances on May 24th and 25th.

The lab is intended for both musicians and dancers to experiment and question the physicality of sound, the sonic dimension of movement, the role of energetic waves in both mediums, and how these aspects influence each other within the compositional process. 
The project engages in a dialogue between performance oriented research and experientially focused exploration. The concluding performances contextualize the laboratory within the physical and public spaces of Poznan, and bring our attention to the circumstantial nature of artistic creation.
This project echoes a previous project Friv Move led by Marta Romaszkan and Patryk Lichota in the Zamek Cultural Center of Poznan 2013/2014 (,en,366,friv-move-castle.html). As in Friv Move, the present project focuses on the encounter between musicians and dancers, but also aims to expand this encounter by including researchers based in Berlin as well as Poznan, thereby facilitating new collaborations among the experimental artists’ community and supporting the cultural exchange between the two neighboring cities.


The lab will be divided into two parts, the first half, the mornings, will be lead by the dancer and musician Manon Parent. She will propose a common physical practice worked out in order to bring each individual into a specific state of awareness and availability to sensations. This will be an opportunity to feel, see, hear, in depth. 

The second half will be dedicated to experimentations somehow more « in-situ », where artists can try out ideas, collaborate with each other and reflect on different questions on the subject of composition and/or elaboration of improvisational structures, such as : how do the use of these two mediums informs structural choices, and how can they support each other ?
We believe that the morning practice and its experiential dimension will open new perspectives in each artist’s way to create work.

The residency will conclude with two public performances in two distinct venues of Poznan. These venues will be established prior to the residency and visited by the participants at the beginning of the week. 

The awareness of the body established through the morning practice includes an awareness of the physical environment; the space acts on the body. The exploration of improvisational and compositional methods and structures of the afternoon involves a conscious engagement with the place; the body acts on the space. Consequently, the laboratory and the culminating performances are implicitly site-specific, the result of a fundamentally circumstantial research.

May 18th – 24th laboratory work
May 24th, 19.00 – performance at Zamek Cultural Center
May 25th – 2nd performance ZAKŁAD, ul. Wawrzyniaka 39

List of Participants:


Adam Goodwin (USA) – contrabass
Irene Cortina Gonzales (Spain) – dancer, choreographer
Patrick Faurot (USA) – choreographer, performance artist, saxophonist
Michiyasu Furutani (Japan) – actor, dancer
Amélie Legrand (France) – cellist
Manon Parent (France) – dancer, violinist


Weronika Cegielska – dancer, choreographer, performance artist
Justyna Chaberek – dancer, actress, vocalist
Michał Biel – saxophonist
Tomasz Szczepaniak – percussionist
Marta Romaszkan – dancer
Karolina Wasilewska – musician, vocalist, performer
Maja Ziarkowska – actress, performer
Piotr Korsak – percussionist


Manon Parent

Zamek Cultural Center

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