About Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft
A for Associating, Articulate & Affective
P for Poking, Poignant & Peculiar
i for impassioned, incorruptible & interviewing
G for Gathering, Guests & Gone
A for Antje
P for Pfundtner
i for in
G for Gesellschaft
„Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft“ (APiG) is headquartered in Hamburg, produces stage pieces and initiates collaborative spaces.
To found her Gesellschaft, her community, Antje Pfundtner received the concept funding of the Hamburg administration for culture and media as the first choreographer in 2012/2013.
APiG is made up of a core team: Anne Kersting (dramaturge)/ Michael Lentner (lighting design and technical director)/ Jana Lüthje (distribution and company development)/ Yvonne Marcour (outfitter and costume designer)/ Hannah Melder (production manager, PR and marketing)/ Juliana Oliveira (artistic assistant and performer)/ Irene Pätzug (visual artist), Antje Pfundtner (choreographer, dancer and artistic director) and Nikolaus Woernle (composer and sound designer). Alternating guests and colleagues of Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft are, among others: Jenny Beyer, Verena Brakonier, Dani Brown, Silke Hundertmark, Sven Kacirek, Barbara Lubich, Trinidad Martínez, Matthew Rogers, Anna Till.
In addition to her stage cooperations with Kampnagel Hamburg, K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie, FFT Düsseldorf, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft develops formats of artistic sharing. It is currently initiating the TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN, a meeting initiative to network, share resources and stabilize the exchange of knowledge.
In the context of questions such as „How do you share ideas? How do you share money?“, the TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN serve to promote a constant exchange among art professionals as well as to research their working conditions:
„We hope for a sustained self-empowerment of the scene in regular meetings to exchange creative and structural ideas on the practice of sharing – in the development of concrete new approaches for financing of dance art beyond individual projects as well as by focusing energy and resources.“ Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft
This three-year dialogue platform project is made possible with support from TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund. It takes place at regular intervals in different constellations and at different locations.
Dramaturge. She has been working with Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft since 2010.
She was responsible as a curator for the dance and live art program at Kampnagel in Hamburg from 2007 to 2011. Together with Jochen Roller, she conceived the European „Live Art Festival“ (founded in 2009) and curated its first three Hamburg editions. In 2009, she was project coordinator for the Tanzkongress Deutschland.
From 2014 to 2017, she accepted the artistic direction of the dance and performance department of the Theater Freiburg and created many interdisciplinary projects at the theater, in public space and at the Museum für Moderne Kunst with Antonia Baehr | Josep Caballero García | Phil Collins | LIGNA | Ivana Müller | Mickaël Phelippeau | plan b | Jochen Roller | David Weber-Krebs | WLDN/ Joanne Leighton | Mia Habib | Sebastian Matthias | Gisèle Vienne, among others.
In addition to her activity as a lecturer (FU Berlin | Theaterakademie Hamburg), mentor (K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie Hamburg, Dampfzentrale Bern) and jury member (NPN | K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie Hamburg), Anne Kersting works as a dramaturge for the choreographers Antje Pfundtner, Jenny Beyer, Josep Caballero García, Mickaël Phelippeau & Alban Richard, among others.
Lighting design and technical director. He has been working with Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft since 2008.
Michael Lentner is a master of event technology with a focus on lighting; he has been working at Kampnagel Hamburg since 2000.
He develops lighting concepts for a variety of dance, performance and theater groups; in addition to Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft, also for She She Pop, Johanna Wokalek and norton.commander.productions.
Distribution and company development. She has been working with Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft since 2019.
Jana Lüthje studied cultural and media management (Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg), curating in the scenic arts (University of Salzburg and LMU Munich), as well as American studies, Hispanic studies and Latin American studies (Universität Hamburg und Smith College, USA).
She worked as the artistic project director for the Thalia Theater (production „Hereroland“ – TURN-Fonds Kulturstiftung des Bundes; Theater der Welt 2017). In 2017/18, she was the co-director of the Tanzbüro Berlin after having other functions at the Tanzbüro from 2011.
With the label M.i.C.A. – Movement in Contemporary Art, she has been working as a production manager and PR agent with artists and institutions – among them, the Tanzfabrik Berlin/ EU-Projekt apap – advancing performing arts project, WILHELM GROENER, Paula Rosolen / Haptic Hide and Milla Koistinen as well as the presentation format of the independent performing arts Berlin Diagonale.
She headed the counseling office of the Performing Arts Program Berlin, worked for Tanz im August – HAU Hebbel am Ufer, as an assistant dramaturge for the performing arts festival IN TRANSIT 2008 with André Lepecki and Silke Bake, and for the K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie. She curated the exhibition series „Kunst am Ende des Milleniums“ at the Centro Nacional de las Artes in México D.F.
Outfitter and costume designer. She has been working with Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft since 2006.
She received her diploma as a costume designer from the Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften in Hamburg in 2002.
In addition to her work in the Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft team, she is also involved in projects at the Theater Magdeburg and Theater Braunschweig. She works regularly at Hamburg venues such as the Ohnesorg-Theater, Kammerspielen, Altonaer Theater, Kampnagel and Lichthof Theater.
As a stage and costume designer, she has also worked in pieces by Ingo Putz, Gero Vierhuff, Michael Uhl, Wilfried Dziallas, Konstantin Moret, Henning Bock, Franz-Josef Dieken and Eva Hosemann (in cooperation with Sabine Kohlstedt).
In addition, she has also outfitted numerous short films and advertising, and was artistically involved in the exhibitions „Sexarbeit“ and „Werbewelten“ by the Museum der Arbeit in Hamburg and Bern. She managed the project ,,Freies Atelier“ for children for a number of years. On the side, she is also involved in projects within the fields of styling, theater sculpture, masks, creating costumes and props as well as printing technology.
Production manager, PR and marketing. She has been working with Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft since 2015.
She studied cultural sciences in Frankfurt an der Oder, Sofia and Nice. She completed her studies in 2010 with a German/French MA in media/communication/culture.
She has been working as a project manager at JOINT ADVENTURES – Walter Heun in Munich since 2010. She was responsible, full time, for the program planning and realization for the annual festival for dance and performance TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA (workshops, performances, symposium) as well as parts of the international guest performance season ACCESS TO DANCE. In addition, she also administered the support structures for guest performances (dance and theater) as well as co-productions (dance) of the NATIONALEN PERFORMANCE NETZ as well as the Bayerischen Landesverband für zeitgenössischen Tanz e.V.. Since 2016, she has been a part-time administrator the support structures for guest performances in the field of theater for the NATIONALEN PERFORMANCE NETZ.
She has been working freelance as a production manager for various artists since 2015. In addition to Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft, she has also worked with the choreographers Stefan Dreher, Sabine Glenz, Stephan Herwig, Anna Konjetzky, Moritz Ostruschnjak and Johanna Richter (Munich).
Artistic assistant and performer. She has been working with Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft since 2014.
Born in Portugal, she has been working as a freelance performance and theater artist in Hamburg since 2008.
Since her MA in performance studies in 2012 at the Universität Hamburg, she has produced her own works at different institutions and off spaces in cooperation with a variety of artists from the fields of performing arts, visual arts and music. Her solo „Ruins“ opened the 2018 festival HAUPTSACHE FREI; she is currently touring in concert spaces with her work „FrontMan“.
Together with Greta Granderath, she opened „Die Palette“ in 2017 – it was a one-month performative bar project loosely based on Hubert Fichte’s novel of the same name (Jupi Bar, Gängeviertel). „ISO 400“, based on her continual performance series called o.T., premiered in 2020 at the Lichthof Theater. As a dramaturge, she collaborates with Nora Elberfeld und Teresa Hoffman, among others, and as a performer with Barbara Schmidt-Rohr. She has been a member of the Probebühne im Gängeviertel e.V. since 2012; since 2017, she has been broadcasting the Plateau Magazin on Radio FSK every month together with Heike Bröckerhoff.
Visual artist. She has been working with Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft since 2016.
Born in Dresden; she lives and works in Berlin. She studied sculpture at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee and Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden.
In 2012, she founded the artist duo Pätzug/ Hertweck with Valentin Hertweck. It explored the medium of space with the means of large-format performative installations; it often operates at the interface between visual arts, dance and theater.
She has been designing stage spaces and objects for pieces by Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft since 2016.
Pätzugs works have been seen at exhibitions and festivals in institutions of visual and performing arts such as the Zentraltheater Leipzig, Ballhaus Ost Berlin, Städtische Galerie für Gegenwartskunst Dresden, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery Ulaanbaatar, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, DA Kunsthaus Gravenhorst, Skulpturen Triennale Bingen, Centre of Contemporary Art Torun, springhouse Dresden and Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art during the 7. Thessaloniki Biennale.
has been living and working as a choreographer in Hamburg since 2001.
In addition to the solo „eigenSinn“ that she danced in and showed worldwide (GERMAN DANCE PLATFORM 2004) and „TIM ACY“ (GERMAN DANCE PLATFORM 2012), numerous group and cooperative pieces were created, among them „selbstinschuld“ (2005), „Outlanders“ (2006), „inDeckung“ (2007), „RES(E)T“ (2008), „VERTANZT“ (2011), the TANZFONDS ERBE project „NUSSKNACKER“ (2012), „Dating my memory“ (2013) – a work for the Staatstheater Braunschweig, „Tanz unter freiem Himmel“ (2013, Cameroon), the „ARCHIV DER AUFFÜHRUNGEN“ format (2014), which she developed together with the dramaturge Anne Kersting, and „Aus der Reihe tanzen“ (2015).
Antje Pfundtner has been touring internationally with her solo „nimmer & nimmermehr“ (2014/2015) – her first dance piece for children and adults that was shown at the GERMAN DANCE PLATFORM 2016. Since then, she has developed two additional pieces for children and young adults: „Für mich“ (2018), in the context of the explore dance – Netzwerk Tanz für junges Publikum project at the K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie, as well as „Ich bin nicht du“ (2019), a work on commission by the Junges Theater Bremen (Moks).
For the period from 2015-2019, Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft once again received a concept grant from the Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg and is devoting a trilogy to the subject „melancholy“. The first piece in the trilogy, „ENDE“, had its world premiere at Kampnagel Hamburg in December 2016. „Alles auf Anfang“ (2018) followed, as did the performative video installation „Letzte Schritte“ (2019), together with the filmmaker Barbara Lubich. The trilogy ended in October 2019 at Kampnagel Hamburg with the collective solo „Sitzen ist eine gute Idee“.
In 2016, Antje Pfundtner was awarded the George Tabori Prize, in 2020 the German Dance Award for „outstanding artistic developments“.
Her project „TEILGESELLSCHAFTEN“ is made possible by support from TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund.
Composer and sound designer. He has been working with Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft since 2016.
He has been active in the fields of film sound, sound design and music production since the beginning of the 1990s.
Due to his musical education on the clarinet, guitar and piano, as well as career experience in the recording studio business and on film sets, he has developed a work method that unifies his technical and artistic abilities.
From 2002-2013, he was a member of the theater and performance group norton.commander.productions; it received the 2010 George Tabori Prize. Since 2005, he has been creating diverse installations in the field of sound art as well as appearing on stage in performances that transcend genres.
His compositions can be heard on stages throughout Germany (among them, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Schauspielhaus Braunschweig, FFT Düsseldorf, Kampnagel Hamburg, Theater an der Parkaue).
Photos: Simone Scardovelli
WHAT IS THE BASIS OF THE TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN?
The urgent questions: „How do you share ideas? How do you share money?“
In the context of its TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN, the core team of ANTJE PFUNDTNER IN GESELLSCHAFT (APiG) will explore these questions and invite people to a dialogue format that is meant to facilitate resource sharing among artists as well as research into their own working conditions.
This three-year TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN project, which is divided into numerous episodes, is made possible with support from TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund.
WHO ARE THE TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN GUESTS?
They are colleagues from dance and the performing arts who would like to exchange knowledge with one another and/ or might already organize their own sharing networks. We are looking forward to sharing issues, experiences, motivations, exigencies and expertise with you. So, for that, in advance: thanks!
WHAT PERSPECTIVES ARE WE INVITING YOU TO SHARE WITH US?
We develop visions together of what practices and formats of sharing can be developed in TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN and seek out the first projects and initiatives that TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN could already initiate today.
Beyond all stage productions, APiG has examined forms of hospitality and has initiated different forms of dialogues with audiences, theaters and institutions from the field of cultural politics. Up until now, the means were not available for a focused and sustained exchange with artists from the national dance scene – on questions of transparency, sharing knowledge and passing knowledge on to others. We would thus like to establish a dialogue platform for dance and performing arts professionals in order to discuss sharing practices.
We hope for a sustained self-empowerment of the scene from regular meetings to exchange creative and structural ideas of „How do you share ideas? How do you share money?“ – in the development of concrete new approaches for financing of dance art beyond individual projects as well as focusing energy and resources.
APiG takes the first step and suggests possible subjects for further TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN:
„GETEILT DURCH“ [DIVIDED BY]: What could alternative work and support models look like? How can an „artist fund“ be created that secures exchange and can be financed by public (project) funding?
„FÜR WEN?“ [FOR WHOM]: Here, the role of the audience will be discussed while they are present. Who are our audience members? How can an audience perspective flow back into artistic work?
„WIEDER DA“ [BACK AGAIN]: Independent dance creators produce pieces that are rarely shown and usually can not be repeatedly due to a lack of funds. What perspective on artistic works would make revivals possible? What could work on your own archive generate for audiences and future generations? This TISCHGESELLSCHAFT aims to initiate an interdisciplinary discussion about cultural politics and about the responsibility in dealing with artistic resources in independent performing arts.
We are looking forward to collecting more subjects with you!
WHO ARE THE CONTACTS?
Antje Pfundtner (artistic direction at APiG)
Anne Kersting (dramaturge and curator at APiG)
Hannah Melder (production manager, PR & marketing at APiG)
Jana Lüthje (distribution & company development at APiG)
Funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with the support of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg, Behörde für Kultur und Medien.
About Antje Pfundtner
Antje Pfundtner received her education at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the Moderne Theaterdans department. As a dancer, she worked with Michèle Anne de Mey, Marcelo Evelin, Tony Vezich and David Hernandez, among others. Various grants – among them, a danceWEB grant – brought her to New York and Vienna.
Since 2001, Antje Pfundtner has been living and working as a choreographer in Hamburg. In addition to her solos, which she danced herself and presented worldwide, such as „eigenSinn“ (GERMAN DANCE PLATFORM 2004), „TIM ACY“ (GERMAN DANCE PLATFORM 2012) and „nimmer“, her first piece for children (and adults) (GERMAN DANCE PLATFORM 2016), many other group and cooperative projects were created: „selbstinschuld“ (2005), „Outlanders“ (2006), a cooperative work with the Chinese choreographer Wen Hui of the Living Dance Studio Beijing, „inDeckung“ (2007), „RES(E)T“ (2008), „VERTANZT“ (2011), the TANZFONDS ERBE project „NUSSKNACKER“ (2012) as well as „Dating my memory“ (2013 Staatstheater Braunschweig), „Tanz unter freiem Himmel“ (2013 Cameroon), a cooperative project with the choreographer Gladys Tchuimo and André Takou Saa, „Aus der Reihe tanzen“ (2015) and „Für mich“ (2018), her second piece for children (and adults) in the context of the explore dance project – Netzwerk Tanz für junges Publikum at the K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie. On May 25th, 2019, her next piece for children „Ich bin nicht du“ (a work on commission for Junges Theater Bremen) premiered. The solo „Platz nehmen“ is her contribution to the Monologfestival Berlin and premiered there in November 2019.
To found her Gesellschaft (Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft), her society, Antje Pfundtner received the concept funding of the Hamburg administration for culture and media as the first choreographer in 2012/2013. For the 2015-2019 seasons, APiG once again received concept funding; in this context, it worked on a trilogy about mortality and the laws of temporality. The first piece of the trilogy, „ENDE“, premiered at Kampnagel Hamburg in December 2016. „Alles auf Anfang“ followed in February 2018, also at Kampnagel Hamburg. In October 2019, the trilogy ended with the last part, „Sitzen ist eine gute Idee“.
In January 2019, the performative video installation „Letzte Schritte“, which APiG developed together with the filmmaker Barbara Lubich, also premiered at Kampnagel Hamburg. This work was created during the research for the piece „ENDE“.
In 2012 and 2014, Antje Pfundtner, together with i.a. the dramaturge Anne Kersting, developed artistic formats of exchanging knowledge: in 2012, APiG presented the „TAUSCHBÖRSE DER ERINNERUNGEN“ and was a co-host of the DANCE PLATFORM GERMANY with the „ARCHIV DER AUFFÜHRUNGEN“ in 2014.
In addition to various commissioned works and collaborations, Antje Pfundtner also offers international workshops. On invitation by Linz09, she took part in probably the largest European school project, „I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT“. Antje Pfundtner was the recipient of the Patenschaftsfonds der Kunststiftung NRW, was selected for the network Modul-dance in 2012 and nominated for the George Tabori Förderpreis in 2014. In 2016, she received the George Tabori Hauptpreis, in 2020 the German Dance Award for „outstanding artistic developments“.
For her „TEILGESELLSCHAFTEN“ project, APiG will receive the TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund funding from 2018-2021!