photo by Marc Seestaedt
The goal of the Ponderosa Movement & Discovery is to create a multifaceted experience for all who join us. We encourage being present with our practical selves as well as our artistic selves. We aspire to give the festival a spontaneous flair, breaking down the hierarchies between professional teachers, the Ponderosa team, the helpers, the visitors, the participants, the performers and the audience member. We encourage people to see the place as raw and ready for attention. Focusing on all aspects of the term improvisation, we hope to give room to our visitors to participate on many levels. There is enough open space at Ponderosa to extend your mental and physical potentials into your wildest dreams.
Ponderosa is a place of constant sourcing of the theories and practices behind performance. It is a place to come out, to show your beginnings. It is a place to trust non-goal orientated processes. It is an International meeting space for the living library of thoughts and ideas that are mixed within the free scene and the professional art world. It is where east meets west along old borders. It was and is, a place that is meant to provide for a large community of people. It has a continued history of infecting its surrounding depressed region with positive growth. It is a place to honor a practice, which is whatever you know that to be.
We are people who know how to lend a helping hand and know how to sit back and be part of the scenery. Encouraged by the beauty and the nature around us, we live with it, take care of it and use it in our daily aspirations. Part of Ponderosa is a ruin, while other parts house families, construction sites and gardens; each part is overflowing with potential. We invite people to use this potential respectively, taking risks with themselves as artists, performers and practical laypeople.
For a PDF version of our Ponderosa Mission Statement click here for download (PDF, 32 kb).
Ponderosa e.V. Gutshof 3, 16248 Stolzenhagen Germany