Christina Ciupke

As choreographer and performer I live in Berlin. I develop my projects with artists from the field of dance and other art fields. Within that specific areas and situations arise where closeness and distance, intimacy, sense of time and the being together of audience and performers are constantly negotiated. A longstanding collaboration unites me with the choreographers Nik Haffner, Mart Kangro, filmmaker Lucy Cash, the visual artist Lars Ø Ramberg, the composer Boris Hauf and dramaturge Igor Dobričić. From 2003 to 2004 I was a guest artist at the Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM). 2013 I obtained a Master of Arts in choreography (AMCh) at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. My works tour nationally and internationally. In the yearbook Tanz 2014 I received the award Hoffnungsträgerin along with 33 other artists. From 2016 I am with Tanzfabrik Berlin involved as artist in the European network apap – advancing performing arts project.

Portrait on Tanzforum Berlin

 

works

2018
Now and Then, Tanzfabrik Berlin
collaboration with choreographer and dancer Jasna L. Vinovrski

2017
At Close Distance, Tanzfabrik Berlin
collaboration with choreographer und dancer Ayse Orhon

2016
Assembling the Object of Discomfort, Tanzfabrik Berlin
collaboration with dramaturge Igor Dobricic, composer Boris Hauf, and light designer Mehdi Toutain-Lopez

life and death of a melody, Uferstudios Berlin
collaboration with composer Boris Hauf

2015
edition #1 und #2, Tanzfabrik Berlin
collaboration with dramaturge Igor Dobricic

2014
undo, redo and repeat
collaboration with choreographer/dancer Anna Till

2013
what moves moves, Uferstudios Berlin
collaboration with composer Boris Hauf

invitation to dance, Tanzfabrik Berlin
collaboration with dramaturge Igor Dobricic

2012
wait and see, Uferstudios Berlin
a trio collaboration with choreographer/ dancer Nik Haffner and Mart Kangro

by invitation only, aula
collaboration with dramaturge Igor Dobricic

2011
a lot of body, a lot of work, Uferstudios Berlin
a re-collection of 8 choreographic works

kannst du mich umdrehen, Uferstudios Berlin
collaboration with choreographer / dancer Nik Haffner

2010
yes. no. a bit. not really, Sophiensaele Berlin,
collaboration with composer Boris Hauf and artist Lucy Cash

from the other side, Sophiensaele Berlin
collaboration with Lucy Cash

2008
dealing with life, Tanznacht Berlin 08 Uferstudios,
collaboration with choreographer/dancer Nik Haffner

nochmal, Karl-Marx-Allee, Berlin
performative installation in public space
collaboration with visual artist Lars ø Ramberg

winners vs losers, Kanuti Gildi Saal, Tallinn, Estonia
Aula, Ateliergemeinschaft im Milchhof Berlin
collaboration with choreographer / dancer Mart Kangro

2007
longer than expected, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin
a collaboration with Mart Kangro

2006
subtitles, Tanzplattform Deutschland, Stuttgart
collaboration with choreographer/dancer Nik Haffner

subtitles / film
collaboration with interdisciplinary artist / film-maker Lucy Cash and Nik Haffner

2005
it could all begin again/kill the king, Centre national de la Danse, Paris (cnd)
collaboration with Myriam Gourfink and Kasper Toeplitz

2004
souvenir, Tanztheater International, Hannover
in collaboration with composer Martin Schüttler and dramaturge Kerstin Follenius

souvenir 2, Tanznacht Berlin
in collaboration with Lina Lindheimer and Kerstin Follenius

2003
bildbewegung 003, Tanztheater International, Hannover
in collaboration with Kerstin Follenius

2002
bildbewegung 001, Theater am Halleschen Ufer, Berlin
dance and photography in collaboration with photographer Gisela Dilchert

bildbewegung 002, Stadtbad Oderberger Strasse, Berlin
photography and dance

2001
rissumriss, Theater am Halleschen Ufer, Berlin

 

about

being both the author and performer, it is a fundamental basis of my daily practice to work towards a state of expectation and speculation. each of my performances quietly requires you to phase-shift your perceptions and anticipation. as i'm frequently a spectator of other performance work, i'm also dedicated to and bent on suspending my viewing habits for the duration of the experience i am offered. my artistic approach / practice pursues an intention to create a particular experience for an audience and each piece of work is an invitation and challenge at the same time – aiming for a state of being sensory, associative, contemplative and unresolved. how can the unexpected provoke and complete the expected? ?making a performance is for me an exciting process involving negotiations: between the intention and a place, between individual collaborators and between predictable as well as unpredictable parameters.

through a kind of physical intensity, i try to establish a direct dialogue and intimacy between me as a performer and you as the viewer - as happens when watching a film, where you build up over the duration of the story your own intimate relationship with the protagonist and they become part of your reality.

some of the things i make are more resolved than others. some give a lot, whilst others are more open, challenging the willingness of the spectator to actively, (imaginatively) join in and investigate. the moment an audience walks in, the quality of resolution reveals itself. up until then, it is a matter of projection and speculation. the unpredictable diversity of an audience as individuals and its dynamic as a group matters, and determines how the work is perceived.

moments of uncertainty, moving between different levels of perception and sensual provocation hold a strong attraction for me. in my work i examine fragile situations in dialogue with my own body and in dialogue and cooperation with other partners.

the content of my solo work is more abstract and focused on the fragmentation of the body, structured by means of a composition, which is based on a concentrated reduction of the range of means and movement. further on a rigorous development of detailed and complex repeated structures creates over an extended temporal duration a physical intensity and a specific relationship between time and space.

intensive collaborations are an extension of my solo work and have taken a specific place in my working-practice. collaborations on an equal level in direct exchange and confrontation with one or two partners, i find very productive and exciting, similar to working hand-in-hand, which takes place in many areas of everyday life, where people - time and again - create something together in a surprising way.

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