Hello, dear amazing members of the Ponderosa Verein! (And everyone else!)
This is a quick update for you all — which some of you will have already received by email — about Ponderosa, about your membership of the Ponderosa non-profit association, and about our future dreams. :)
It is only through having an active membership that it is possible to keep Ponderosa moving forwards, growing, exploring our future artistic and social possibilities in all their technicolour strangeness. You make it all possible!
Ok, and now the practical details — here are all of the ways that you can update your membership:
A note on membership fees:
In 2017, as part of our call-for-members campaign, we asked for an annual membership fee of €36. This year, we are asking for a contribution of €50 — which is the total that all newly-joining members will pay, and which is accompanied by our return gift of our hand-made new free cotton tote bags.
If any member would prefer to continue paying €36 per year, and not €50, this is an option that we can provide for these members. However, in this case, we cannot also additionally provide a gift. If you would prefer to keep paying €36 per year, and not €50, please contact us and we can arrange the necessary steps directly with you.
Why are we asking for €50? This is for a couple of different reasons.
The first one is that we want to offer the possibility of different tiers of support, starting at €5 per year for basic support, and then also offering €50 per year for full membership, €500 per year for those fortunate souls who can afford a deeper commitment, and €5000 per year for all the local millionaires. We will have more information about these tiers of support online soon, and we’ll be posting more about them then.
The second one is that we want to offer a membership that broadly corresponds with the equivalent fees proposed by similar Verein organisations. In general, €50 per year is a common and widespread total for membership fees, and we would like to align our longer-term planning with the conventions followed by similar organisations.
Thirdly, we ask for this new total in order to be able to do more things at Ponderosa — we want to be able to present a more diverse and widespread array of teachers, facilitators, and artists, we want to allow for the place to be more accessible while also remaining sustainable, and we want to ensure that there will be plenty of amazing and cool things happening here in a viable and ongoing way. Your support makes this possible!
On Saturday, April 7., the much-fabled Poodle Bar returns to Berlin, to turn a new page in the Ponderosa story, at Vétomat, in Friedrichshain, Berlin.
This will be a launch event for the whole Ponderosa 2018 program — and the brand-new Ponderosa logo! And also, we will launch the Ponderosa 2018 membership call — now with super-cool free hand-made screen-printed cotton tote bags! And that, of course, is not all — there will be performances, there will be DJs, there will be laughing, and singing, and revelry, and merrymaking until the wee small hours.
Here are all the vital details:
Ponderosa 2018 Launch — Poodle Bar #17
Yes, Berlin’s poppiest pop-up bar will host Stolzenhagen’s floppiest superstars, at Vétomat in Friedrichshain, for a one-night-only cataclysm of transformation — from old to new, from winter to spring, from purple to pink.
Why, you say? Well. So much to tell. We will be launching the whole Ponderosa 2018 program — and the brand-new Ponderosa logo! And also, we will launch the Ponderosa 2018 membership call — now with super-cool free hand-made screen-printed cotton tote bags!
And that, of course, is not all — there will be performances, there will be DJs, there will be laughing, and singing, and revelry, and merrymaking until the wee small hours.
With performances and offerings from:
…and a special open-mic moment for spontaneous contributions.
Remember, also, that you can become a member of the Ponderosa e.V., or renew your membership, right here on-the-spot — and get your personal super-cool tote bag right away! So bring your purse with you and look for us with a pile of bags...
All accompanied by effervescent sounds from our crack team of beat scientists — DJ Hug, DJ Fabrikant, and DJ Modh Coinníollach.
The doors open at 7pm, with performances from 9pm, and DJs and party until late.
Some words of poetic context, from Stephanie Maher:
A big pink bubble
The beginning of the end?
The end of the beginning?
Dead end ponderosa?
live on switches & butches ?
shining the keys?
launching that old rocket?
Reclaiming her vegan pagan sprouts?
ponderosa claims her space in the oasis of the Odertal valley
otherwise known as stolzenhagen----
a place where we still dance
help us celebrate the 2018 season and launch our new look
by refining our space.
ponderosa is the seed of everything
you need us and we need you!
About the Poodle Bar
Poodle Bar is a pop up bar, art(ist) space, dance floor, DIY disco, and instant gallery, happening in Berlin on no set schedule.
This event is presented by both Ponderosa and the Poodle Bar — this event will be Poodle Bar #17.
Poodle Bar is a meeting space to share practices and artistic work, as well as dances, songs, new experiments and culinary fantasies. Poodle Bar has been in slumbering hiatus since early 2017, but it returns to life now in order to give a little whoosh to Ponderosa’s 2018 plans.
If you’re curious to dig deeper, take a look at more here.
Vétomat is a project space in Friedrichshain, Berlin. It’s a little bit difficult to summarise neatly (a characteristic that it shares with Ponderosa).
One of the Vétomat team, Alex Upatov, made a short introductory video about Vétomat, which is on their website in both German and English — take a look. Likewise, the video that they made to introduce their crowdfunding campaign last year also gives a great overview — it’s here below.
In short, though, Vétomat is a place for film, music, art, and much more (and it is one of those stubborn corners of independent culture that still makes Berlin such an occasionally amazing and mind-blowing city, despite all the gentrification and churn). ❤️
This year, Color Block will be returning to Ponderosa for its third annual iteration. This unique event creates a space held by and for people of color — to work and play and experiment around ideas of performance, improvisation, and activism. Color Block invites you to move and dance, to discuss and examine, to explore possibilities. Joy Mariama Smith and Hana Tefrati will be proposing strategies for resistance, and support, and practice, and healing.
And this year, in the run-up to the start of Color Block, there will be two further events — the Freedom|Moves Symposium (hosted by Thomas F. DeFrantz, Jaamil Kosoko, and Jennifer Polins, with Joy Mariama Smith and special guests), and the Freedom to Move Caucus, hosted by Joy Mariama Smith. All three events are happening from 15. to 29. June. (15.–17. Jun: Freedom|Moves Symposium; 18.–22. Jun: Freedom to Move Caucus; 24.–29. Jun: Color Block).
The video that Chani Bockwinkel created, last year, gives a sense of the 2017 Color Block event at Ponderosa — it hopefully gives a taste of what can await you in 2018.
Before Color Block, the Freedom|Moves Symposium will be a weekend of movement, discussion, and collaboration, exploring the possibilities of the idea of freedom — the elusive freedom of dancing, the implications of freedom as it applies to black, queer, mixed, trans, visible, invisible, cis-, bi mutabilities, and beyond. Take a look at more here.
The Freedom to Move Caucus is a five-day event comprising talks, happenings, performances, screenings, experiments, workshops, and food, hosted by Ponderosa, and curated by Joy Mariama Smith, with guest mediators Jen Polins and Kathleen Hermesdorf. It presents opportunities to engage with this theme, and how it relates to various disciplines such as improvisation, porn, ritual, storytelling, intersectional feminism, self-defense, and beyond. Read more about it all right here.
All three of these upcoming events are bound to dig deep, to ask incisive questions, to allow new possibilities. Now is the time to start planning to participate — the early-bird rates are available until May 11., and the events will be filling up quick. Let us know if you have any questions, and hopefully see you here in June!
Here are some words from Stephanie Maher and Peter Pleyer about the second P.O.R.C.H. module in 2018 – the P.O.R.C.H. Performance and Choreographic Synthesis Module, coming our way in August.
Of course, it can be a little bit difficult to describe everything that P.O.R.C.H. encompasses in just a short introduction – so instead, we didn’t try to give an outline, but more a sort of fragmentary series of connected thoughts about the upcoming module. Possibly like some of how P.O.R.C.H. itself can be on occasion! Take a look.
And, also! If you are thinking about possibly coming to Ponderosa to be a participant in P.O.R.C.H. this summer, remember that you are not limited to just one of the two modules. If you want to come for the whole summer long, you can do that too! It can be a comprehensive, all-summer-long deep dive into your own artistic potential and creative capacities. If you have any questions about it, please let us know, and hopefully see you here soon...
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