EnQueery Within is on the way! A weekend to move, to dance, to discover, to touch, to be present — a weekend of contact improvisation creating space for FLTI* communities.
This weekend aims to create a queer, feminist safer space, a place to center women, femmes, transgender and intersex folks, butches, dykes, and bi’s, with any and all levels of experience, and from all backgrounds.
The facilitators, Diana Thielen and Kata Kovács, describe it like this:
“This weekend will be a loosely-facilitated space, allowing for dance and research, rest and walks. The Living Library will be available for us. Let’s explore intimacy, trust, the space around us, and our movements, together. With our diverse bodies, we’ll share weight, touch, contact, movement, and dances, and pave the way for healing from heteronormativity and gender normativity — in the dance and movement world, and beyond.”
The weekend of EnQueery Within has some practicalities associated with it, which are outlined on the page for the event — specifics around sleeping, cooking, surroundings, and language. Take a look to get all the info.
Additionally, the application process requires potential participants to get in touch by email in advance, so that the facilitators can try to ensure that there is a shared awareness of the political and social intentions that underlie this event.
The early-bird deadline for applying is March 9., which is coming up fast! So, jump over to the full details now, and see you here in April!
Garden as Studio is a series of occasional events at Ponderosa, which offer a platform for explorations of the garden, the land, and the ecologies of Ponderosa as a space for artistic practices, facilitated by Shelley Etkin. Its aim is to be a multiple and ever-morphing occurrence, providing a space for learning and experimentation by continually opening up questions.
And the next Garden as Studio is on the way! Yep, Garden as Studio: DIG is going to be happening at Ponderosa from March 30. to April 1., 2018, and the early-bird deadline – March 9. – is coming up fast.
We talked to Shelley Etkin (in glorious skype-o-vision), about Garden as Studio: DIG. She gave us a quick overview of some of the motivating ideas behind this iteration of the series. Take a look...
If you’re curious about participating in Garden as Studio: DIG, there are event pages on both Facebook and Tanznetz, and the registration form is right here.
There’s also a page, here, for the whole Garden as Studio series, with more on the past events and the surrounding context of these events.
And the talk that we had with Shelley was accompanied by a collection of forecasts, fragments, and scores for Garden as Studio: DIG:
Back in 2013, In Kyung Lee made a beautiful, lyrical short film – P.O.R.C.H. 2013: Poodles and Cats – that gave a portrait of the everyday experience of the P.O.R.C.H. Improvisation and Training Module. Take a look, it’s lovely.
And while you’re at it, now might be the time to mention (*ahem ahem*) that there’s one month to go until the early-bird deadline for the 2018 P.O.R.C.H. Improvisation and Training Module. Don’t miss out. 🌺
Hey! A last-minute update! There are two additional places available in the upcoming residency time in March 2018, due to some good old unforeseen circumstances. So, dear reader, we’d love to have you here in March. To apply, please send a letter of intent to Kata Kovács before Wednesday, February 7. (6pm CET). Get all the information about the springtime residencies here — and apply now!
There are many artists, dancers, researchers, makers, and explorers who have spent time in Ponderosa undertaking residencies, and we wanted to show some of the traces of that work, which are available online in various places. Over the years, the residency program at Ponderosa has been a place of investigation for and incredible variety of work — videos, sculptures, installation, sound, dance, movement, painting, and more. Including...
Tiffany Rhynard made a series of video portraits in 2012, of people who were at Ponderosa during this time. These portraits were an investigation of what it means to think about ourselves as being normal or abnormal.
Ethan Folk’s black-and-white short film, Clock Wipe, an investigation of duration, repetition, and neutrality, was created as part of the multidisciplinary CON|Verge residency in 2013, and features Anna-Lizette Conner, Miriam Wolodarski, Miguel Angel Guzmán, and Jillayne Hunter.
Katelyn Stiles created a short film here, Nest, as an semi-improvised piece which was shot, edited, and screened in one day June 2014. It is a collage of interviews with other residents and attendees at Ponderosa, about their relationship to home, and what they consider ‘home’ to be. It took place in a wooden nest installation that Katelyn created during her residency, in which many subsequent performances and happenings occurred.
Katelyn also created an interview-based film in 2013 From Somewhere in the Middle, loosely based around the participants in the P.O.R.C.H. program that was running alongside the residency.
Artist duo Kovács/O’Doherty used time during a residency in 2017 to work on a performative sound installation, 1-100, where sound from a hundred copies of the same record was slowly layered over time. The work was then shown at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin.
Also in 2017, Ainsley Tharp was working on After All This Time, a video and movement multimedia piece that was presented as part of The Beholder, a group exhibition at SomoS in Berlin.
Stephanie Hanna’s Lorelei film, shot with a head-mounted camera while swimming, is visually transfixing:
Ir/rational Studies is a dance film created by Reza Mirabi and Jozefien Beckers that was first presented as a work-in-progress at Ponderosa during a residency in 2015.
In 2014, A group of students from both HZT (Berlin) and SNDO (Amsterdam) spent time undertaking a residency at Ponderosa, working and living together, developing work, making connections, and much more — and it was documented in this video, edited by Diethild Meier, which gives a glimpse of what was happening while the residency unfolded.
Konrad Behr’s Branden is a spontaneous snapshot of filmic investigation, inspired by a poem by Viktor Dallmann. The film transports moments from an urban environment back to a place, a production facility that often gives town its character - a concrete factory. It was created on-site in Stolpe, at Betonest, our neighbours.
All of these works, and much more, were partly or fully realised at Ponderosa. If you’re curious about the possibilities of undertaking a residency here, take a look at the available information about residencies, including the upcoming spring residencies and the dual-location REMIX residency — or get in touch and propose your own to us. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.
The Ponderosa 2018 program is live, and registrations are open! All of the closer events also have their own Facebook event pages, and more will be added soon.
From residencies and retreats in the springtime, right through the workshops and special events of the summer, to the peak of the Ponderosa Tanzland Festival in August, and on to events and workshops stretching right through until October, the year is jam-packed with amazing and unique events, experiences, occurrences, and other mysteriousnesses. We’re super-excited to be able to show it all off, and we’re looking forward to welcoming you here in 2018.
And also, of course, we’re still not done. The work goes on behind the scenes, more events are on the way, and we’ll be adding updates as we go along. So, take a look at the program again soon, and keep an eye out in all the usual places for the latest news on it all.
It’s 2018! We’re officially living in the future. We’ll be posting plenty more about 2018 soon, but for now, here’s a quick look back at the year just gone.
And wow, it went fast. 2017 whizzed by: a year of changes, developments, transitions, movement, and reconstruction. Ponderosa put on a giant programme of events, and initiated a whole new structure, and connected to new people and communities, and started trying to figure out how this new situation can be made more sustainable, more accessible, and more open. So much happened!
So, here are some highlights from the things that we experienced in 2017 — artistic, communal, political, interpersonal, extraterrestrial.
Remember, if you’d like to get glimpses of what’s happening in more-or-less real-time, we’re also on Instagram, Twitter and other similar things, so give us a follow, and hopefully we’ll see you out here soon! But for now, let’s take a look back…
At the beginning of February, the Poodle Bar — a Berlin offshoot of Ponderosa energies, steered by Agnė Auželytė — jumped into 2017 at Fehre 6 in Berlin, with a concert and performances, and cake.
The first big event of the season didn’t even happen in Germany! Back in February and March, Ponderosa on the Road went for its first outing, heading to Israel for three weeks of sharing perspectives, practices, and performances.
There were the early-spring residencies in March, which overlapped with Shelley Etkin’s Unearthing Equinox celebration in Stolzenhagen, as the ground thawed and the land came to life.
And as spring was slowly turning to summer, one of the bigger projects of the year kicked off — the building of the brand-new porch on the side of the Ponderosa Guest House.
And then the season started for real, with the first Burnt-out Artist Weekend of 2017, overlapping with Spoon Camp and Time Camp…
And then the first module of P.O.R.C.H. kicked off! June’s improvisation and training module saw the 2017 porchies get physical and radical.
Summer kicked into high gear after this, with performances, workshops, special projects, installations, research, jams, group collaborations, dance parties, meals, celebrations, and of course the annual Stolzenhagen Dorffest — all the way through to the performance marathon in July. Here’s just a quick taste of everything that happened…
And, as the summer workshops and events continued, there was also the general members’ meeting of Ponderosa.
Into August and September, there was the P.O.R.C.H. performance module, Garden as Studio, COLOR BLOCK, another Burnt-out Artist Weekend, Benoît Lachambre’s giant four-week workshop, and lots more.
In November, there was Ponderosa’s first-ever Fußball für Mädchen (football for girls) event, the first group of autumn artists-in-residence came and went, and then the second group, at both Ponderosa and Betonest.
And the year wound up with one more Burnt-out Artist Weekend, then Fire Camp with Tereza Silon, then the annual Poppy meeting, the launch of P.O.R.C.H. 2018, and now, coming up fast, the winter and springtime residencies in early 2018, and a whole season to come next year — we’re looking forward to it all, and hopefully you can join us here once it’s all happening!
Woah! Here is is, finally — the Ponderosa blog. Long-discussed, ever-agonised-over, lovingly-ignored-for-more-immediate-priorities, but now, finally, online. In the coming weeks and months (and years!), we’ll be posting all kinds of things, including things like:
...and lots more! We’re looking forward to sharing it all with you — hopefully you can spread the word about it all, also, and hopefully we’ll see you all in Stolzenhagen in the summer for who knows what!
The Ponderosa Blog is an ongoing experiment in putting one foot in front of the other, and one word after another, to transfer ideas in ones and zeroes to minds around the world and beyond. A rumble from a ruined speaker to maybe bring the gov’t. down, one sorry heart at a time. xo