Choreographers' LAB: Fitri Setianingsih and Elia Nurvista

Choreographers' LAB is a residency program for German and Indonesian choreographers. It is part of Indonesia LAB, a collaboration of the Goethe-Institut Indonesia with six partners of the Frankfurt LAB: the Ensemble Modern, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste - Städelschule and Portikus, Hessische Theaterakademie, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main and the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company. Supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the KfW Stiftung.

Blind dates are the starting point for exciting love affairs. For some choreographers and visual artists from Indonesia, they also formed the start of unusual artistic encounters. At the initiative of the Mousonturm and the Goethe-Institut Indonesia, they met and paired up with artists from Germany, previously unknown to them. Over the last months, several encounters both in Indonesia and Germany followed in which the artist duos talked about their work and developed artistic ideas together. They examined various dance forms as well as everyday habits having to do with food, or fashion or even as simple as waiting for the bus or ferries. In Frankfurt, the artist duos opened their choreographic labs to the public for the first time with a series of performances, allowing guests to partake in the adventure of their meetings.

One of the participants, Fitri Setyaningsih, has always walked the line between choreography, visual arts and other cultural practices. She develops choreographic structures out of batik techniques and costumes out of plastic bottles that envelop the dancers like sculptures. Fitri shards this form of transgressive thinking with her Berlin colleague Nicola Mascia, her partner in the Choreographers’ LAB. Fitri and Nicola chose to take their shared interest as a starting point for encounters in which they explore the body, what encases it and the spaces that it produces. Starting from another point, visual artist and food researcher Elia Nurvista and Ex-Forsythe dancer Josh Johnson share a strong interest in food. For them, it is not only about flavour and good taste. True to the motto “You are what you eat!” they instead delved into the eating habits of Indonesia, Germany and the USA and explored their physical and socio-political implications.

Join our talk with Fitri Setyaningsih and Elia Nurvista on Tuesday, 15 December 2015 at 7 pm. They will share their experience about their collaboration at the Choreographer’s LAB and also how they managed creating something together with a blind date partner in a such a short time, despite the distance and cultural barriers.

This program is the seventh event of German Season/Encounters – a series of discussions presented at Cemeti Art House.

The German Season is an initiative of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairsheld from September to December 2015 in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Indonesien, the German Embassy in Jakarta and the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (EKONID) in major cities all over Indonesia.

For more information please click: germanseason.com