Talk & Connect

  • 1 September
    11:00 – 12:00
  • NRW-Forum | Talk & Connect Space
  • Wheelchair Access Impaired mobility International Sign Language Subtitles
  • Duration: 60min

Panel (Un)expected Relations

The first day of “Talk&Connect” sets the focus on reshaping the international and deals with questions of international and transnational collaborations. What does it mean to work internationally these days? How do we find cooperation partners beyond our existing networks and obvious connections, and how do we work together? Which voices and perspectives are present in our collaborations, which are not, and why is that? What does it mean for cooperation when we enter into connections beyond tried and tested structures?

Panelists: Soohye Jang / PAMS Performing Arts Market Seoul (KR) | Buse Yildirim / Beykoz Kundura (TR) | Angela Conquet (AU) | Maria José Cifuentes/TACTO, GAM - Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (CL)

Moderator: Joanna Leśnierowska (PL)

Soohye Jang / PAMS Performing Arts Market Seoul

Soohye Jang is a performing arts producer and researcher based in Seoul, South Korea. She has been working in the international exchange of festivals and projects as a producer in Seoul International Dance Festival, Nordic Culture Festival, and Seoul Improvisational Dance Festival. Currently, she is organizing Performing Arts Market in Seoul Dance Season 2022 as an Associate Director/connector. Soohye is a founder of Connected A, arts and culture planning and research company, and a committee member of Seoul Dance Center.

Buse Yildirim / Beykoz Kundura

The Istanbul-based artistic director, curator and filmmaker S. Buse Yildirim has been playing an essential role during the construction of artistic and cultural identity of Beykoz Kundura – an industry heritage site of Istanbul. She is managing artistic director of Kundura Cinema & Stage by curating the creative programme and pursuing the cultural policy. Furthermore, she directs her own films and video works on ethnographic methods basis at the production house.

Angela Conquet

As independent dance curator, consultant and researcher Angela Conquet has worked both in Europe and Australia, where she is currently based in Melbourne. In her 20-year career she has been working across and within a multiplicity of disciplines, contexts and territories. Most recently, she was the International Guest Curator of Dance in Vancouver (2021) and Artistic Director / CEO of Dancehouse Melbourne (2011-2020). She considers art and culture as a socio-political practice to activate imagination, creativity and change.

Maria José Cifuentes/TACTO, GAM - Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral

María José Cifuentes is a PhD in History candidate, from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and holds a Master in Performing Arts and Visual Culture, University of Alcalá, Madrid. She works as a researcher, teacher, curator and cultural manager. Between 2013 and 2022 was Artistic and Executive Director of NAVE – Center for Creation and Residence. During the pandemic (2020) she led the creation of outstanding associative projects: NODO de Artes Vivas and TACTO, a dance co-production platform. Currently she works as Programing Director for GAM - Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral in Santiago de Chile.

Joanna Leśnierowska

Joanna Leśnierowska is an independent choreography curator and visual dramaturge. Between 2004-2020 she has run the first regular dance space/choreographic development center in Poznan, Poland. Within that frame she also conceived and led several international collaboration projects. Parallel to her curatorial work, she has been developing her own practice as visual dramaturge/light designer and performance maker. Since 2019 she runs Acziun Susch – based at Muzeum Susch (CH) programme of choreographic reflection and research.