Communication is crucial for curators: they communicate online and offline with the artists, audience, politicians, and colleagues. Surrounding the topic of communication, we will learn about the necessary communicative skills from experts, discuss strategies, and exchange experiences.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this course will be facilitated online with a mixture of live-sessions, group discussions, and break out sessions in a more leisure atmosphere.
Experts from different fields will share their knowledge with us and there will be a group discussion after each presentation. Furthermore, the workshop includes input from experienced curators. One of them is Virve Sutinen, Artistic director of the festival Tanz im August. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Tanz im August 2020 will be presented online as a special edition. The participation in some of the online formats will allow us to discuss digital alternatives to live performances and what makes a curation stand out.
As announced, the group size remains very exclusive and there will be enough space for mutual exchange and networking.
Day 1: Curatorial Choices / Artists and Curators
Introduction to the topic. The participants will introduce themselves and meet for sessions in smaller groups. In the afternoon Virve Sutinen, Artistic director of Tanz im August, will talk about general questions on how to curate a festival, curatorial choices, and the communication between curator and artists.
Day 2: Audience: PR and Mediation
Communication with the audience starts with marketing and public relations. Hendrik von Boxberg, an experienced PR consultant, will provide us with helpful information on different marketing tools with a focus on digital activities.
It is possible to address the audience via many kinds of mediatory activities, e.g. community projects, after-show talks, physical introductions, etc. The field of contemporary dance in particular has developed several inventive mediatory formats, some of which will be presented by the mediator, educator, and dramaturge Amelie Mallmann.
Day 3: Team Communication
Working in a theatre or another institution that houses performances, demands collaboration between many people in various departments. Motivating the colleagues, solving conflicts in the team, or navigating between different organizational structures can be challenging. Anke Kautz, coach and communication trainer with a focus on diversity, will discuss these issues while providing hands-on communication exercises.
Afterwards, we'll address the topic of curator-artist communication again and discuss power structures within the arts community.
Day 4: Sponsors and Politicians
If you need to raise funds and acquire public funds for your organization, you may need to not only send in applications but also convince politicians or sponsors of your ideas and your mission. With Madeline Ritter, a lawyer, dance curator, director of a dance company and the Tanzfonds by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, we will discuss how to prepare those talks and have your message successfully reach those "important people".
The course is presented in co-operation with the international festival Tanz im August: www.tanzimaugust.de/en/
Karin Kirchhoff is a freelance curator, production manager, and dramaturge. She has worked with institutions and artists in Berlin such as Berliner Festspiele, Sophiensaele, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Rubato, Jo Fabian. From 2005 to 2008 she has worked at the Tanzbüro Berlin and held numerous seminars on cultural management since then.
Since 2009, she has been curating Tanz! Heilbronn, an annual international festival at the Theater Heilbronn. The festival represents a variety of contemporary dance productions, from large companies to works created by young choreographers, including educational formats such as community projects, workshops, dance film, work introductions, etc.
Virve Sutinen studied comparative literature, theatre and sociology at the University of Helsinki and graduated from the New York University Performance Studies Department in 1994. From 1997 until 2007 she was director of the Kiasma Theatre and head of the Performing Arts Programme at Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. Besides that she was artistic director of the festival Moving in November and Rotation Dance Film Festivalin Helsinki, as well as artistic co-director of the festivals theatre.now and URB Urban Festival in Helsinki, both of which she co-founded. From 2008 until 2013 Sutinen held leading positons at various international and european institutions and networks, among others at the IETM (international network for contemporary performing arts).
Since 2018 Virve Sutinen is a Jury member of the European Festival Association Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE). Since 2014 Virve Sutinen serves as artistic director of Tanz im August- International Festival Berlin, produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer.
Hendrik von Boxberg (b. 1976) is a freelance PR consultant based in Berlin. He studied Journalism and Communication Science at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. From 2005 to 2011 he was Head of Communications at Museum Folkwang, Essen. From 2012 to 2014 he was Head of PR at Ruhrtriennale – International Festival of Arts, under art director Heiner Goebbels. After moving to Berlin in 2014, he established a PR office specializing in cross-genre projects with a focus on visual arts, photography, performing arts, contemporary music, and architecture. Projects and clients include La Biennale di Venezia, Deutscher Pavillon (2015), HAU Hebbel am Ufer: Tanz im August – Internationales Festival Berlin (2015-today), KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen (2015-today), Tanzkongress (2019), Forecast Forum/Festival (2019-today), Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss (2019) and the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie (2017/2020), among many others.
Amelie Mallmann is currently working for Tanzkomplizen in Berlin as dance mediator and educator. She studied Dramaturgy in Munich. From 2002 to 2005, she was a dramaturge at the Landestheater Linz (Austria), in 2005 she moved to Berlin to work as a dramaturge and theatre pedagogue at the Theater an der Parkaue. From 2011 to 2018, she was a freelance dramaturge, theatre and dance pedagogue and worked for different venues and festivals, e.g. Kunstfest Weimar, Festival Theaterformen, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Festival Augenblick mal!, tanzfabrik Berlin. Since 2015, she is a member of Tanzscout, a Berlin initiative for dance mediation.
Anke Kautz is a mediator BM® as well as a coach and trainer for communication, conflict management, team building, and diversity. She supports people in how to best manage change within an organization or in their personal lives. Alongside being a mediator, she has also been a journalist for more than 25 years. Anke is engaged in the German Association of Independent Performing Arts and gives workshops on conflict management/communication while also supporting artists in designing inclusive projects. She also moderates talks and events.
Madeline Ritter is a lawyer, arts manager, and dance curator. With her Berlin-based non-profit organization DIEHL+RITTER, she has been developing and driving forward new funding policies for dance and creating ground-breaking models for sustainable cultural practice. In 2016, she received the prestigious European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award for Dance Fund Heritage, an innovative program fostering a diverse and lively cultural memory of dance. In 2014, DIEHL+RITTER launched Dance On, a multi-faceted initiative promoting artistic excellence in the context of 'dance and age'. Madeline Ritter is a certified coach and facilitator of processes of change and teaches cultural management at various European universities.