Foreign Affairs Festival (2012-2016)

International performing arts festival at Berliner Festspiele

Foreign Affairs was the international performing arts festival of Berliner Festspiele, first initiated by Frie Leysen in 2012, then curated under the Artistic Direction of Matthias von Hartz. I worked as part of the festival’s program team from late 2013 until summer 2016.

With a focus on artistic explorations at the intersection of performing arts and visual art, we developed and realised international programs of performances, exhibitions, and conversations, at Haus der Berliner Festspiele and at Martin-Gropius-Bau, enabling ambitious works by artists such as Boris Charmatz, Angélica Liddell, Forced Entertainment, Ragnar Kjartansson, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, and William Kentridge. More info: Foreign Affairs program archive 2012-2016.

For Foreign Affairs 2014-2016, I coordinated commissions and project adaptations with artists such as Yan Duyvendak, Florentina Holzinger & Vincent Riebeek, Nástio Mosquito, Johannes Paul Raether, Mary Reid Kelley, and Dries Verhoeven.

With an agenda for art-induced critical discourse, I organised the symposia How to Dance With ArtZeitverschwendung and Landscapes of Uncertainty, as well as the Academy of Creative Resistance, including a one-week Action Adventure Game Lab for Climate Justice with art-activist collective The Laboratory of Insurrectionary Imagination.