Kadri Sirel is an Estonian choreographer, performer, and artist researcher whose often site-specific projects address the topic of production. Be it self-production, production of meanings, values or products, she works with the dancing body to investigate the tension between individual and societal desires. Her methods include improvisation and somatic practices, documentation, and co-creation to reimagine the value of dancers’ labour within capitalism. She graduated from the Viljandi Culture Academy Dance Art department (EST) and holds a Master’s degree from the Home of Performance Practices at the ArtEZ University of Arts (NL).
Artefactourists* are a collective of four choreographers Valeria Januškevitš, Keity Pook, Sigrid Savi and Kadri Sirel and the dramaturge Kerli Ever. The dancers share a history of studying at Viljandi Culture Academy and the group recently worked together on a performance at Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (2022). Their autobiographical investigation includes memory, labour, and the inherited working body in the Eastern European context. The group is developing a co-creative nomadic performance practice that, emerging from the body, remains truthful to individual needs within a group while concentrating on the experience of rooting amongst scattered identities.
* the act of remembering through movement; memories triggered by travelling through places and artefacts.
Vaba Lava is a unique theatre/production house and performing arts centre. A theatre created as a meeting place for freelance creatives to meet and bring their ideas to life. The daily work is to create international theatre projects involving freelancers from Estonia and abroad. The foundation Vaba Lava provides opportunities for independent performing arts companies in Estonia, and to promote international cooperation through joint projects, co-productions, workshops, and seminars. From 2018 Vaba Lava has a Performing Arts Center in Narva, the city on the eastern border. The center provides 3 stages, hostel, stage/light/video/sound equipment, administrative and technical team.
Kunstenwerkplaats VONK is a studio and residency space for visual and performance arts in Hasselt and Genk, Belgium. At their 3 buildings they support artists with artistic feedback, an international network, presentation opportunities, studio-space and a financial contribution (for the residencies).
HELLERAU is one of the most important international centres of contemporary arts in Germany and Europe. The interdisciplinary co-production and guest performance house offers genres such as dance, music, theatre, performance, media art and visual arts spaces for production and presentation.
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