In 2007, K3 began its main residency programme, which each year provides three choreographers with a chance to work on site for eight months. This internationally unique programme is intended for artists currently at the beginning of their professional careers, who have produced some choreographic work of their own. The residency begins middle of August and runs until middle of April of the following year.
The goal of the residency is to develop and strengthen the connections between choreographic practice, research, artistic production, and qualification. Over the course of the residency the three choreographers will each develop a full-length piece that is presented towards the end of the residency, in the frame of TanzHochDrei on three evenings. Choreographers-in-residence receive a monthly grant, a production budget, mentoring, dramaturgical support, and opportunities to acquire additional skills and qualifications.
The residency programme is closely linked to the courses and professional training programs offered by K3. The residency includes mentoring and dramaturgical, technical, and production related support. It moreover links the projects proposed by the choreographers in residence closely to the various on going programs of K3.
The call for applications for the K3 Residency takes place annually in early summer for the residency starting in the following year. The application is only possible through the online form on the K3 homepage, which will be activated during the application period and which contains e.g. questions concerning artistic background, motivation, and details on the artistic project being proposed for the residency. The application period, start and deadline, are announced in the K3 newsletter.
choreographers in residence 2022/2023
Eng Kai Er is a choreographer and performer from Singapore. In Singapore, she received support from The Substation’s Directors’ Lab, and was Associate Artist at TheatreWorks. She was also the founder and main responsible person for the experimental performance studio Make It Share It . In Giessen she studied MA Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies. She is interested in sports, intimacy, and touch.
During the K3 residency, Eng Kai Er will work on her new project Fair Enough. Fair Enough is an attempt to engage with the notion of work. During the research process, Eng Kai Er will historically and autobiographically immerse in the topic. Real perspectives on work and consequences of work are explored and wishful thinking and playful approaches to the concept of work are imagined.
Aloali'i Tapu is a Samoan stage, design and dance artist from New Zealand. As a mentor and youth worker, he was involved in the street dance community and did community work. He studied contemporary dance at UNITEC (NZ). Tapus collaboration with Berlin-based choreographer Christoph Winkler lead to the win in the category of “Best dancer” at the “Faust” award for their bio-pic solo Urban Soul Café. He is a co-founder of Ta'alili Dance Company, which has had a profound impact on the perception of contemporary dance in New Zealand. Within his own productions he collaborates with Pacific artists with street and Island dance expertise.
During the K3 residency, Aloali'i Tapu will explore and deconstruct his identity within the dance scene. His interest lies in continueing his research about being described as “other” due his upbringing in a samoan home, his appearance and his language within the dance community. In Hamburg his work will revolve around connecting diasporic communities that fall under that same judgement.
Enad Marouf is a Syrian/ German performance and video artist based in Berlin. He has a MA in choreography and performance from the institute for Applied Theatre Studies Giessen/ Frankfurt. His solo works and collaborations have been presented in Athens Biennale, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, Sophiensaele Berlin, Centre culturel Francais de Damas, Tate Modern London, Art institute of Chicago, Shedhalle Zurich a.o.
Marouf’s work occupies itself with queer intimacy, loss and memory. By understanding queer gestures and speech not only as behaviour, but as action, his work revolves around body and text. During his residency at K3, he aims to develop a practice of fragmentation, with a focus on memory, its temporality and how memories are embodied through text, gesture and image.