Lab „Staging Transformation“

* English version below *

Um auf frühere Flausen-Residenzen aufzubauen und die Ansätze der praxisbasierten Forschung auf den Produktionsbereich auszuweiten, soll das Lab darstellende Künstler:innen zusammenbringen, um ihre Erkenntnisse auszutauschen, sie mit einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit zu teilen und einen Beitrag für den Wandel im Bereich der darstellenden Künste in Deutschland zu entwickeln. Aufgrund der Grenzen zwischen einer praxisbasierten/ künstlerischen Forschung und der Produktion finden viele gute Ideen und Themen keinen Weg bis zu einer Finanzierung, Produktion und öffentlichen Präsentation. Das Lab soll eine Gelegenheit bieten, über diese Grenzen zu reflektieren und zu thematisieren, wie Dynamiken und Machtstrategien innerhalb des Bereichs der darstellenden Künste und der Kulturpolitik verändert werden können. Dafür suchen wir gemeinsam nach innovativen Taktiken, um die Bandbreite der Themen, Formen und Praktiken innerhalb des Bereichs zu erweitern.

Geplante Themen des Austauschs sind die Performance von Trauma, Schmerz und Gewalt, die gesellschaftspolitische und generationenübergreifende Suche nach Heilung, Repräsentation und Transformation; die Bedeutung der Anwendung feministischer und kritischer Perspektiven auf Darstellung, Tanz und Neugestaltung von Identität durch Performance sowie die künstlerische Praxis und Formen des Widerstands/ der Solidarität in der Performance, Überwindung institutioneller und elitärer Normen/ Grenzen hin zu einem neuen kritischen/ politischen Diskurs in der Performance.


To build on previous Flausen residencies, and to extend the approaches from practise-based research into production, this lab suggests to bring together performing artists to exchange their findings, share them with the wider public and develop them as solid input for the transformation of performing arts field in Germany. It remains a fact that there exist borders between the practise-based/artistic research, and the field of production. These borders exclude some brilliant ideas and topics from finding their way into funding, production and presentation. Therefore the lab also provides an opportunity to reflect on these borders and how to transform the dynamics and power strategies within the performing arts field and the cultural policy, while searching together for innovative tactics to expand the scope of topics, forms and practises within the field.

Topics will include: Performing trauma, pain and violence, socio-political & trans-generational quest for healing, representation and transformation; the importance of employing feminist and critical perspectives onto embodiment, dance and re-shaping identity through performance; artistic practise and forms of resistance/ solidarity in performance, moving beyond institutional and elitist norms/ boundaries towards a new critical/ political discourse in performance.

Konzept, Moderation, Kuration: Nora Amin // Sprecher:innen: Nora Amin, Tümay Kılınçel, Lo/Gloria Höckner, Lois Bartel, Naomi Boyce und andere

Eintritt frei


SO 17.09.23 11h00-20h00

Eine Kooperation zwischen Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, flausen+ und theater wrede +

Lois Bartel (she/ her) will talk about her current work, exploring the effects of trauma on the body and the nervous system. She is researching on healing practices working with the body and its stored memories, together with choreographer Verena Brakonier they asked how these could be integrated in a choreographic and performative practice and how this could be a practice of empowerment. In her performative intervention „imagine a body“ Lois will give a short interactive insight in her research „Bodies in Trouble“ with Choreographer Verena Brakonier on movements and voicing.

Lo/Gloria Höckner (they/ them) will speak about their journey towards research and practice-based approaches of creating performances, questioning the idea of a linear development in which research is just a step towards the actual presentation of the performance – that is often regarded the centre of the creation and not as part of the research. They will share aspects of their artistic research on systems of categorisations and recognition technologies, asking how they are embedded also in human relations and performance practices.

Tümay Kılınçel (she/her) will talk about what she has been working on since 2018,  specifically about the so called ‚Belly Dance‘ or ‚Oriental Dance‘ or how she uses the term „Raks“. Kılınçel started her professional research about it at Flausen residency in Bonn in 2018 together with Nguyễn Baly, Hiba Shammout and Berna Kurt. Tümay will talk about her research experiences and her personal and artistic journey to Raqs and what it means for her to dance and bring Raqs on stage and shimmy the audiences minds.

During her Flausen residency, Naomi Boyce (she/her) considered pain and violence in performance as it relates to queerness, health, wellness and generational trauma. Using performance and translation, her current research is particularly interested in moments of dissociation in creation, collective decision-making practices, as well as formal choices, which resist and respond to violence, preceding, during, and following the staging.

Nora Amin
Concept, curation and moderation

Performer, choreographer, author, theatre director and scholar/researcher/lecturer. Fellow of the centre for Theatre of the Oppressed (Brazil, 2003), founder of Lamusica Independent Theatre group (Egypt, 2000) where she choreographed, directed & produced 45 performances of dance, theatre & music.

Founder of The Nation-wide Egyptian Project for Theatre of the Oppressed and its Arab network (Lebanon, Sudan & Morocco), fellow of the Academy of the Arts of the World (Cologne, 2015), fellow of the International Research Centre for Interweaving Performance Cultures (FU, 2015-2016), Valeska-Gert guest professor for dance sciences (FU, 2018), visiting lecturer at the centre for contemporary dance (Köln, 2020/2023), workshop instructor at Tanzfabrik (2019-2021), at Berlin Mondiale (Wasserwerk program, 2020-2021), at Sasha Waltz & Guests (community dance, 2022) and Mentor at PAP (Performing Arts Program/LAFT Berlin) and Flausen+bundesnetzwerk program (2018-2021). Her latest book is “Dance of the Persecuted” (2021), a feminist perspective on the history of Baladi dance in Egypt linking coloniality with patriarchy and capitalism, published by MSB Matthes & Seitz, 2021. She was the main curator of the symposium POSITIONS:DANCE#4 Creating Access #Diversity by Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (PACT Zollverein, Essen 2021), co-curator of the symposium on Equity in the Performing Arts by Save the world, Theater Treffen, Akademie der Künste and the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (2022), and curator of “The Other Body?” On Racism in Dance, by Offensive Tanz für Junges Publikum and Tanzpakt (2020). She is a board member of the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute, member of the scientific of Performing Tangiers annual conference, and of the Barba Varley Foundation headed by Ariane Mnouchkine.

Lois Bartel (she/ her) is a theatre / performance artist and lives and works as a freelance performer and theatre-maker in Hamburg. Her artistic work moves at the interfaces of spoken theatre, choreography and performance. Her work deals with the overlapping of fact and fiction in social and scientific narratives. She is particularly interested in the body, its desire and how this is culturally shaped. Lois is also a board member of the non-profit association Probebühne im Gängeviertel with wich she realized numerous collective and cultural political events.

Lo/Gloria Höckner (they/them) is a performance based artist. A main interest of their work is the body and its relationship to power structures as well as its possibilities to re-formulate them through new relations. Their practice is engaged with the desire for the creation of a working environment based on solidarity and care, as well as queer – & intersectional feminist perspectives.

Tümay Kılınçel [she/her] studied contemporary dance and performance in Berlin and Giessen, trained in movement in India, Istanbul, Cairo, Nigeria. She defines herself as an artist in movement & body. In her work she deals with power relations, questioning the dance canon again and again and playfully bringing them into motion with empowerment strategies. Since 2018 she has been working on the theme of Raqs and has realised the following works: „Raks á la Tümay“ (Krass Festival Hamburg, 2023), „WE ♥ 2 RAQS“ (HAU Berlin, 2021), „Dansöz“ (Kaserne Basel, 2019); Flausen Residenz (Theater Ballsaal Bonn, 2018). She participated in the pitching of the Tanzplattform Deutschland Munich (2020) and the professional congress on dance and racism „The Other Body“ (2020), as well as receiving the CAA – Promoting Young Contemporary Artists Contemporary Dance / Choreography (2021/22) and the Tanzpraxis Scholarship (2020/21). Kılınçel is a resident artist at Atelier Galata, Istanbul (2023) and the Tarabya Istanbul Cultural Academy (2024). Her new production „Melodarama Suit Her – A Revenge Evening“ (HAU, 2024) this time deals with female film characters.

Naomi Boyce (she/her) is a theatre maker, researcher and translator. Currently she is a doctoral candidate at the Collaborative Research Center 1512 “Intervening Arts” at Freie Universität Berlin, researching decision-making, violence, as well as activist performance and interventions. In the context of the Flausen residency (2020) at TheaterlaborBielefeld she worked on a research project titled“Melpomene: Violence and Female Identified Pain”, which she continued during a stay at the Watermill Center in 2022.