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Director's Note for ›Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home‹

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home is a new version of an existing project in which we present the complete works of Shakespeare, using an ordinary table top as a stage and casting everyday objects as the characters. We’ve been presenting this work all over the world since 2015. In this new version of the project the plays are presented at a table in the performers’ own homes – in the kitchen or amongst the books in a bedroom or workspace.

A letter from Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Maria Francesca Scaroni & Tian Rotteveel

Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Maria Francesca Scaroni & Tian Rotteveel are currently fellows at PACT. How did they experience the last weeks and how did this shape their collaboration? »During the last months, where life, relationships and work changed radically as a consequence of COVID, we were both inspired and forced to come up with alternative ways of meeting, researching and of creating mutual support in times of crisis*. Not able to touch, meeting outside became our working room.«

A letter from Sophie De Somere & Barbara Raes

During the time of the Corona crisis Sophie De Somere and Barbara Raes reflected on the notion of ›being with‹ and forms of care: “Being with” involves allowing yourself to be touched by the joys, sorrows and sadness of another. To be touched by external circumstances. We learned to “be with” during these months of pandemic crisis. It highly influenced our fellowhip at PACT, not only in the impossibility, but more overly in the potential to research how we could turn this dramatic period into something filled with radical hope. 

Threads of ›TechnoPoesis‹ – Letter

Johannes Paul Raether's aLifveForms and Nathan Fain are currently Fellows at PACT. In their letter they share an insight to their collaboration process and its thematic threads: »As part of the process of finding a common language between our artistic practices, we have started to situate our work as a grouping of threads that can be seen as collaborative methods which create a shared vector space. In some corners of this multi-dimensional space tangible outcomes may be blatantly noticeable, while in other areas the intersection of thematics seem distant making material outcomes elusive.«

#ResidencyInsights
THE AGENCY

Im Rahmen der PACT Residency schließen wir an unsere Recherche über kommerzielle Leihmutterschaft in Indien an, die wir 2019 als Gäste des Goethe Instituts Bangalore Max Mueller Bhavan durchführen konnten. Die Lektüre von Sophie Lewis “Full Surrogacy Now” führt uns - abgesehen von den Ungleichheiten des globalen Marktes - zur Leihmutter als einer potentiell utopischen Figur: Hier wird das Muttern ("Mothering") als soziale Praxis erdacht, die unabhängig von Blutsverwandtschaft, der Ausstattung durch einen Uterus oder Gender stattfinden kann.

Anne Nguyen: À mon bel amour / Emotions - Phrases - Masques

Anne Nguyen moves fluently between the boundaries of diverse dance styles and combines them with casual elegance. In ›À mon bel amour‹, which would have been presented at PACT in March, the French-Vietnamese choreographer questions perceptions of the individual, the couple and the collective, of identity and beauty. The production brings different urban dance styles including Voguing, Waacking, Popping, Locking and Krump into mesmerising interaction with classical and contemporary dance. For #pactconnected, Anne Nguyen has now compiled a glossary of urban dance styles and shared three video sequences of her work.

Kat Válastur: Arcana Swarm

This video is an attempt to bring to the surface the emotional core of ›Arcana Swan‹ and the thread that traverses it. ›Arcana Swan‹ is a work about the state of humanity today and an allegory of humanity.

#RemoteResidency
Deepika Arwind

We can read people who have thought and written about the world and civil society. We can try to look past the warlike nomenclature of these times and find a language that cares about the collective. We can define our ‘we’ and find ways to expand that definition, including non-humans as well.

Ingrid LaFleur: Breathing in Blackness – Temporal Dimensions of Utopia

In her lecture ›Breathing in Blackness: Temporal Dimensions of Utopia‹ in the framework of IMPACT19, La Fleur investigated the notion of utopia within Afrofuturism in an attempt to examine how Black bodies can access, build and evolve their safe spaces.