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 2019/2020 Luísa Saraiva, Raymond Liew Jin Pin and Maria Zimpel are K3 choreographers in residence. On the 21st of November 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 2020.
Luísa Saraiva (Portugal) has an M.A. in psychology from the University of Porto and a B. A. dance from Folkwang University of Arts. Her work Hochwasserwas selected for Danse Élargie Seoul Edition in 2016. In 2017 she was a scholar of the 1-year program for Artistic Individual Development from the MKW of NRW. As a part of her research she collaborated with Lea Letzel in the creation A Concert, with which they won the NRW Kultursekretariat prize Ground Support in 2018.
Her research for the residency focuses primarily on the relationship between movement and language as simultaneous meaning-making processes. There is an interest in reading and interpreting movement through the use of sung, spoken and written language and on the development of a speaking, thinking body. She will take as a departure point Henry Purcell’s work Hail! Bright Cecilia and use it as a physical score to explore a sonic approach to bodily presence.
Raymond Liew Jin Pin (Johor Bahru) graduated at the Folkwang University (Essen) with BA/MA in dance and choreography, as well as a Diploma at ASWARA in Malaysia where he learned the multiple traditional dance forms such as Malay,Chinese and Indian dance. As a dancer he worked among others with mit Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, Theater Bremen, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Samir Akika, and Ben J. Riepe. His choreographies were shown at International Contemporary Dance Festival of Panama and d’Motion International Dance Festival in Malaysia.
By reflecting his dance background, Raymond researches what a fusion of dances can be. He questions the encounter of different dance techniques within his body and works, disintegrates these techniques and interweaves them to seek a common base. The aim is to figure out a method to fuse these influences with an equally analytical and intuitive approach.
Maria Zimpel (Poland) studied dance and choreography at HZT at University of Arts in Berlin. In her choreographic research she draws on quantum physics and broadly understood perception in movement. In her works she explores limits of physicality and focuses on creating her own dance language. Her choreography Noish~ has been awarded Aerowaves20 in 2016. She is an author of many solo and collaborative projects. Her works were shown in Austria, Poland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Russia and other places.
During the K3 residency Maria will continue to follow her interest regarding the relations between sensing, inteligent body, Spacetime and movement. It explores the idea of dance as an elementary force creating and transforming places. Places are not static. They appear and disappear, open and close in accordance to the quality of actions they welcome. The notion of place as dance-based event is explored via movement research and a dialogue between music, light, space design and dance.