A.PART 2020 –– the festival for Berlin dance students and alumni –– is taking place in the digital realm.
On this blog, the invited artists post content about their pieces in process –– and thus give an indication of how their creative work is influenced, changed, accelerated or decelerated by the current global crisis caused by the Corona pandemic, but not interrupted.
This site marks a space in which artistic work is made transparent; in which it is less about the finished product or a final event than about the inner dialogue with a developing idea; in which new formats for rendering visible and for sharing are given a chance.
This is also where a digital memory is created, a contemporary document of an exceptional social situation and its impact on an art form (and on the people who practice it).
What is performing art without the physical presence of performers and audience?
What is the art of the acute without physical proximity, haptic experience, dirty material, unforeseen mishaps, the fleeting nature of the moment? No: streaming, posting, uploading, zooming cannot replace smelling, touching, breathing. That is not the intention here either. At this point, it’s about defiantly carrying on no matter what. About nevertheless continuing communication. In other words: about survival. The medium of the Internet does not take us, but we take it –– and we take it as dirty material.
Together, we are venturing through a chaotic experiment. Take a look!
The A.PART Festival team
Julek, Diethild & Gabi