Spacelab is a research and co-working space in Essen. It is open to freelance groups, choreographers, dancers and performance artists from Essen and the surrounding area. The space is also the office and headquarters of Polymer DMT / Fang Yun Lo.
Address: Kreuzeskirchstr. 25, 45127 Essen, Germany
Contact / Info: Kati Masami Menze, Marlene Helling, email@example.com
In addition to work facilities, Spacelab offers a regular programme of workshops and lectures for members of IG Tanz Essen and interested artists from the region - the Spacelab encounters (2021), The flow work (2022) and space|lab is running (2022/23). We also organise festivals and other events and help coordinate the activities of IG Tanz Essen.
„A DIGITAL HABITAT FOR (MEMORIES OF) MOVEMENTS PAST – loading“
The remains of the dance – showing and sharing event of a work in-progress with artist talk in space | lab, on Friday, 15 December 2023, at 6pm
The 366 scores from choreographer Foteini Papadopoulou's Movement Journals/Moving Journals of the year 2020 are currently exhibited in the Tanzmusuem (Museum for Dance) of Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln (German Dance Archive Cologne). At the same time the choreographer is planning a digital exhibition of the complete work. This encompasses the 366 aforementioned notated movements plus further 366 remembered movements photographed by Christian Clarke as well as texts contextualizing/reflecting on the work and the process. The website shall not merely statically show what has been done, but rather invite the visitor to approach the work via a special vertical and horizontal navigation concept. This „digital habitat for movements“ shall also anticipate the editions of Movement Journals/Moving Journals to follow: in 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036. On Friday, 15 December in space | lab Foteini Papadopoulou together with her collaborators in this project, designer of the website's prototype, Uwe Ernst (Essen), and dialogue partner for curation and dramaturgy, Florence Freitag (Berlin), will offer a tour to parts of the exhibition. An artist talk and Q&A will follow. Further exchange and a relaxed conclusion to the evening will go on over snacks and drinks.
Note: The event will take place in German and/or English, depending on which language most audience members/participants are fluent in.
The entry to the showing is free; we kindly ask you to register for the event by emailing Foteini at firstname.lastname@example.org
A DIGITAL HABITAT FOR (MEMORIES OF) MOVEMENTS PAST – loading
a project by Foteini Papadopoulou
Funded by Kulturamt der Stadt Essen (Cultural Affairs Office of the City of Essen)
cooperation partners: Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln (German Dance Archive Cologne); space | lab – Forschungs- und Co-Working-Raum in Essen (space | lab – research and co-working space in Essen)
Artistic direction, choreography, exhibition concept: Foteini Papadopoulou
Photography: Christian Clarke
Design of the website prototype: Uwe Ernst
Curatorial and dramaturgical dialogue partner: Florence Freitag
Graphic design: Valentina Boneva
Press and public relations: Daniela Endrulat
“It’s more than Bilingual”
In space | lab on Saturday 16 December at 18:30 for a screening with snacks and drinks!
from December 16th to December 30th on Youtube
In their dance film "It's more than Bilingual" Nene Okada and Ching-Mei Huang explore their differing artistic processes and singular perspectives influenced by their distinct cultural upbringings.
Individually choreographed but recorded in the same space and on the same piece of music, intertwining and overlapping their movements, the artists bridge the gap between their cultures while the set design quite literally offers a frame in which to reflect on their individual histories and find a common narrative.
"space|lab is running 23 - one theme, two perspectives".
In this series of talks in space|lab and in our immediate neighbourhood, we want to talk to artists and specialists from teaching, research and science about their expertise and socially relevant topics. Which parallels exist in art and science, how and what can we learn from each other?
FRI, 10 FEBRUARY 2023, 19:00 [Start in Kunstraum jETZT, Weberstraße 8, Essen]
Archives - A task for eternity? - with Foteini Papadopoulou, freelance choreographer & Dr. Claudia Kauertz, head of Haus der Essener Geschichte/ Stadtarchiv
WED, 05 APRIL 2023, 19:00
AI - About Cyborgs, Chatbots and Chthuluzän - with Till Bödeker, visual artist & Anne Küper, Researcher in the DFG post-graduate programme “The Documentary. Excess and Withdrawal”, Ruhr-University Bochum
WED, 03 MAY, 2023, 19:00
Sounds of Our City - Noise or Signal? With Anna-Luella Zahner, dramaturge and translator & Frank Niehusmann, composer
Fri, 02 JUNE, 2023, 19:00
Assembly - How do we want to live together?
- We invite you to a dinner where different perspectives on a future life in the city will have space. How do we want to live? How do we imagine the city and urban society in the future?
- Admission free, pre-registration requested: email@example.com
space | lab is running 2022
The summer festival of IG Tanz Essen
DAY 1: JULY 29, 2022 - to start.
- 11:00 - 16:00, space | lab [not public] – Internal Sharing of the IG Tanz artists and the space | lab residents with representatives of the art and culture scene NRW. With: Alberto Curci, Marlene Helling, Marie-Lena Kaiser, Josephine Kalies, Gustavo Leite, Fang Yun Lo, Kati Masami Menze, Foteini Papadopoulou, Robert Schulz, Giovanni Zazzera Z Art Dance Company mit Enora Gemin
- 18:00, Gitterraum – Opening space | lab is running, drinks and food
- 19:00 - 21:00, Gitterraum – DJ Set
DAY 2: JULY 30, 2022 - we are running.
A tour through Essen's City Nord, transformed through dance, performance, music, film and exhibitions by dance and performance artists from IG Tanz.
- 14:00 START (in the order of the tour)
- space | lab: “Octupus.” by Pin-Chen Hsu, “Salz ||: im Blut” by Camila Scholtbach, “STAND BY” by Lara Pilloni/ music by Alvaro Severino (video works)
- Gitterraum: “now we're talking” by Josephine Kalies in collaboration with Kati Masami Menze, Paloma García de Juan, Elisa Spina and Tristan Berger (performative tryout / photo work)
- Weberplatz: “Frauen.Frieden.Flügel” by Anca Huma (dance performance)
- Konsumforum 2nd floor: “Untouch” by Alexandra Krutikova and Jan Chris Pollert (dance performance)
- Gitterraum: experimental concert by Marco Girardin
- Kopstadtplatz: “Zwei alte Damen” by Claudia Mauerer and Mariela Rossi (street performance)
- Kunstraum jETZT: “MOVEMENT JOURNALS/MOVING JOURNALS” by Foteini Papadopoulou and Christian Clarke (photo work)
- former Restaurant Mayflower: “Asia Restaurant” by Polymer DMT/Fang Yun Lo (video installation)
- 16:45 Picnic at the Weberplatz
DAY 3: JULY 31, 2022 - to finish.
Film screenings and discussions about choreographers' and dancers' engagement with film
- 11:00 - 14:00, space | lab
- Talk about the video installation "Asia Restaurant" with the artists of Polymer DMT/Fang Yun Lo
- Film screening "Die Erde ist gewaltig schön, doch sicher ist sie nicht" by SKORONEL RELOADED
- Film screening "Vale of shadow" by Annalisa Palmieri and Stsiapan Hurski
space | lab Events
Dec 16 2023"It's more than Bilingual" dance film by Nene Okada and Ching-Mei Huang
Dec 15 2023WAS VOM TANZE ÜBRIG BLEIBT Präsentation eines Werks in Entstehung mit Künstler*innen-Gespräch im space | lab. Foteini Papadopoulou, Uwe Ernst, Florence Freitag
Dec 6 2023Meeting IG Tanz
Jun 2 2023Assembly - How do we wish to live together?space | lab is running 23
May 3 2023Sounds of Our City - Noise or Signal? With Anna-Luella Zahner & Frank Niehusmannspace | lab is running 23
Apr 5 2023AI - About Cyborgs, Chatbots and Chthuluzän. With Anne Küper & Till Bödekerspace | lab is running 23
Feb 10 2023Archives - A task for eternity? With Foteini Papadopoulou & Claudia Kauertzspace | lab is running 23
Nov 4 2022The flow work - dance & writing - workshop with Judith Ayuso
Sep 16 2022The flow work - There is always a way: a workshop on freelancing as an artist - with Robert Schulz
Aug 31 2022 - Sep 3 2022
Jul 29 2022 - Jul 31 2022space | lab is running - summer festival
Jul 4 2022 - Jul 10 2022Residency - Foteini Papadopoulou
Jun 20 2022 - Jul 3 2022Residency - Bianca Sere Pulungan
Jun 10 2022The flow work - Improvisation with principles of Feldenkrais method - with Mu-Yi Kuo
May 23 2022 - Jun 5 2022Residency - Josephine Kalies
May 9 2022 - May 21 2022Residency - Marco Girardin
Apr 18 2022 - May 1 2022Residency - Kati Masami Menze
Apr 2 2022The flow work - Documentary theatre research workshop - with Fang Yun Lo
Mar 2 2022 - Mar 6 2022Residency - Marlene Helling
Feb 7 2022 - Feb 17 2022Residency - Marlene Helling
Jan 24 2022 - Feb 6 2022Residency - Hsiao-Ting Lee
Jan 17 2022 - Jan 23 2022Residency - Foteini Papadopoulou
Oct 28 2021Encounter #6 - Methods of Inclusion for Dance/Performance Art, with Elisa KneiselOnline
Aug 20 2021 - Aug 22 2021the flow work - workshops with Marie-Lena Kaiser, Verena Hahn, Samandhyana Company, Magdalena Öttl and Foteini PapadopoulouMaschinenhaus EssenEssen, DE
Jul 5 2021 - Jul 11 2021Folkwang RUNDGANG 2021
Jul 4 2021Encounter #5 - Mobile audio recording techniques for choreographers, with Marius Kirch, Dipl. Audio EngineerOnline
Jun 25 2021Encounter #4 - Turning reality into art - techniques of research and interviewing, with Khuê Phạm, ZEITmagazinOnline
May 17 2021Encounter #3 - The Art Sector and Sustainability, with Iris Ping-Chi Hung, TaipeiOnline
Apr 29 2021Encounter #2 - Precarious Art, with Prof. Dr. Bojana Kunst, Frankfurt/M., GießenOnline
Apr 9 2021Meeting on cultural policy - with Muchtar Al-Ghusain, Margrit Lichtschlag
Mar 22 2021Encounter #1 - Building a regional artists' network, with Cindy Hammer, Magdalena Weniger / TanzNetzDresden e.V.Online
Mar 12 2021Opening ceremony
Spacelab is an initiative by Polymer DMT / Fang Yun Lo, in cooperation with IG Tanz Essen and Sabina Stücker Kulturproduktion, supported by BUREAU RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, which is funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative, and by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia - Spitzenförderung Tanz