30. Jun 2023
09. Jul 2023


Folkwang students of the Free Interdisciplinary Performance Lab
Curated by Marina Abramović and Billy Zhao

International students from all faculties of the Folkwang University of the Arts have been working with Pina Bausch guest professor Marina Abramović since the 2022/23 winter semester. They have been creating Long Durational Performances as part of the Free Interdisciplinary Performance Lab. The results will be presented to the public for the first time at Museum Folkwang from 30 June to 9 July 2023 to mark the completion of the fourth and final work phase. The Long Durational Performances are centered on showcasing the focus, perseverance, and concentration of the 24 participating artists, who include singers, dancers, photographers, actors, directors and composers aged 17 to 39. The students have so far been spending three intensive workshop phases in various locations – the most recent being a „Cleaning the House Workshop” in the mountains of Sparta, Greece – preparing for this unique challenge with the help of the internationally acclaimed performance artist, teaching assistant Billy Zhao, and project manager Wayne Götz.

For 6 hours and 9 days at Museum Folkwang starting from 30 June, the students will be presenting newly developed performances, that expand the possibilities of long durational work through an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. Each work was conceived through the transformation of personal narratives into performative actions and environments that weave together a collective portrait of stories, memories, fears, desires, and realities.

Shown from 30 June at Museum Folkwang will be: Eleonora Arnold, Gloria Carobini , Leon Maximilian Focker, Klara Günther, Camillo Guthmann, Anna Veronika Hargitai, Paulina Holtkamp, Smila Vita Hoppe, Jakob Jentgens, Moonjoo Kim, Sophie Kockler, Goa-Louisa Kollewijn, Florian Kresser, Frederico Mendes Teixeira, Francesco Marzano, Julian Mattlinger, Anaïs-Manon Mazic, Gaia Pellegrini, Konstantin Pütz, Marija Radovanovic, Janina Schweitzer, Aleksandar Timotic, Luke Venatier and Anton Vichrov.

Marina Abramović is the first to hold the Pina Bausch Professorship. The Folkwang University of the Arts has used funding from the North Rhine-Westphalia state government to establish the new Pina Bausch Professorship – named after world-famous Folkwang alumna Pina Bausch and run in collaboration with the Pina Bausch Foundation – for the 2022/23 winter semester.

The Pina Bausch Professorship provides an opportunity to secure internationally acclaimed artists from all disciplines for one-year guest professorships at the Folkwang University of the Arts. These professorships enable them to work with the students to develop new work methods and adopt research approaches and mindsets that transcend all boundaries.
The Pina Bausch Professorship is made possible by the North Rhine-Westphalia State Ministry of Culture and Science. The first professorship is also being specially funded by the Kunststiftung NRW. The performance at Museum Folkwang is being supported by LEAP Contemporary Art Fund and the Folkwang-Museumsverein e. V.

Participation free of charge. The number of tickets is limited.

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Free Interdisciplinary Performance Lab – Reharsal
Photo: Gustav Glas

Free Interdisciplinary Performance Lab – Rehearsal Impressions of the Final Performance Photograph: Gustav Glas

Free Interdisciplinary Performance Lab – Rehearsal Impressions of the Final Performance
Photograph: Gustav Glas