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P.O.R.C.H. is an immersive training program, dedicated to body-based art-making. It is no ordinary training program — it is an intense, artistic, somatic, social, and performative incitement — a catalyst for transforming lives, an engine for offering new perspectives, a gazing-ball for imagining new possibilities.
P.O.R.C.H. stands for Ponderosa Ongoing Research and Collaborative Happenings, and it is one of the long-term events organised by Ponderosa — it has been happening every summer for the last decade.
P.O.R.C.H. is a program where creative minds and bodies stretch their limits, where potential is realised, where connections are nurtured, and where internationally-renowned facilitators, practitioners, teachers, and visiting artists offer an intense creative experience to all who wish to deepen their commitment to their work and life.
Nourished by the surroundings, inspired by the activities, in an atmosphere of febrile collaborative potential, P.O.R.C.H. is a place where nobody leaves unchanged.
P.O.R.C.H. has run for ten years at Ponderosa, from 2010 to 2019. In 2020, P.O.R.C.H. will take a well-earned break. We will see you in 2021. Watch the skies. 💥
P.O.R.C.H. concept and artistic direction
The artistic direction of P.O.R.C.H. is based around a commitment to mutual exchange between creative professionals and an ongoing engagement in the fields of dance and related forms. Our goal is to facilitate a multi-disciplinary artistic international meeting place, discourse, and platform by cultivating and facilitating an ongoing, growing network of practitioners, creators and educators for future collaborative projects and programs.
P.O.R.C.H. honors the wisdom and experience of our inter-generational mentor program and inspires participants to learn communally and independently. The interactive process at the heart of P.O.R.C.H. offers opportunities for friendship, mentorship, collaboration, and assisted access into the contemporary art scenes of Berlin and San Francisco.
P.O.R.C.H. international network
P.O.R.C.H. has been transforming minds and bodies from around the world since 2010. The network of past and present participants and faculty allows for many possibilities, projects, collaborations, and friendships to be created and explored.
P.O.R.C.H. grew out of artistic experiments and communities in Berlin and San Francisco, and P.O.R.C.H. participants are introduced to the performance, dance, sound, and art scenes in these places and elsewhere that have created and sustain the program. Foremost among these ongoing threads of connection are the P.O.R.C.H. Extended series of self-organised performance events that have happened in Berlin, New York, Tel Aviv, Stolzenhagen and elsewhere.
This international network represents an inspiring possible future network of connection for all P.O.R.C.H. participants.