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.
In the season 2018/2019 Patricia C. Mai, Naïma Mazic and Reut Shemesh K3 are K3 choreographers in residence. On 06.12. as part of the Probebühne Eins, they will give a first insight into their work processes. The final productions will be presented as part of TanzHochDrei in March 2019.
Patricia C. Mai (Hamburg) studied dance at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, the SNDO Amsterdam and Performance Studies at the University of Hamburg. The focus of her work as dancer and choreographer is the examination of the body as a central memory of memories. She presented her work at international festivals and more. in Israel, Italy, Belgium, and Korea.
As part of her residency at K3, she continues her research on "bodies in extreme states". She researches together with 70 people of all ages to HAMONIM (Hebrew for "what moves the crowd"). Through physical interview methods she looks at protective mechanisms manifesting in the body. Through Contact Improvisation, GAGA, and martial arts she examines how the contrast of normality and states of emergency is affecting groups of humans, and whether the feeling of excessive demands and powerlessness can serve as a starting point to renegotiate community.
Naïma Mazic (Austria | Belgium) is founder of the company n ï m. She was part of danceWEB15 & the Hip-Hop Continuum of Jacob’s Pillow, studied at P.A.R.T.S., the Reykjavik Academy of Arts, and the Vienna Conservatory. Her focus is the exploration of the relationship between dance and music through rhythm within the field of Jazz.
In the K3-Residency Naïma Mazic continues to explore the relationship between Dance and Jazz Music. She investigates how rhythm manifests itself in dance and how different rhythmicalities change the quality of movement. Through the work with polyrhythms Naïma wants to slow down and speed up time within time, and let dance and music communicate within that friction. Her recent questions are: How can tools and specificities of Jazz Music flourish within dance? How can the pulse between dancers and musicians be shared? What makes movement groove and swing?
Reut Shemesh (Israel | Cologne) studied choreography at ArtEZ (NL) and completed a Masters at the Academy of Media Arts (Cologne). Alongside her creative work, she is teaching choreography in several Universities. Shemesh's artistic spectrum ranges from contemporary choreography through experimental film to poetry. Her works were presented in many venues and festivals.
Shemesh will dedicate a research to the exposure of the female Hasidic identity, by looking at embodied repetitive rituals, their social manifestation, their effect on gender roles in regard to her personal biography. Throughout the process of incorporating such rituals in contemporary practice, Shemesh will be using different working strategies such as re-enactment photography, and interviews. The project's aim is the creation of a contemporary group piece, with both, contemporary dancers and femaleorthodox Jews from the local community.