Press releases | Culture 21.10.2013

New Foundation and Extension of Academies for the Performing Arts in Latin America

Eszter Salamon: Dance for Nothing.
© Alain Roux

Since 2010, the Siemens Stiftung has engaged itself in the develop-ment of annual performing arts academies in Latin America that ex-plore socially relevant themes. Aiming at encouraging individual initiative and strengthening the cultural scenes, work platforms have been created in Argentina (PANORAMA SUR since 2010), Chile (MOVIMIENTO SUR since 2012) and Colombia (EXPERIMENTA SUR since 2013) by a strong network of local and international organiza-tions. This grew into a sustainable structure for collaboration and exchange among young artists in Latin America to raise awareness in the region about the possibilities of culture to impact societies. As a network partner, the Goethe-Institut cooperates in the expansion of the projects with an excellence initiative and provides grants to Latin American artists.

EXPERIMENTA SUR in Bogotá, Colombia from October 22 to 26, 2013
MOVIMIENTO SUR in Valparaíso, Chile from November 20 to December 1, 2013

Located in Colombia, the newly established academy EXPERIMENTA SUR focuses on developing interdisciplinary formats of cultural work. Young cura-tors, artists and mediators gather at Mapa Teatro in Bogotá for a weeklong laboratory. They use experimentation as a method of artistic research and learning. The roles and impact of culture in society will be discussed along with the need for adequate forms of production and communication. The renowned Brazilian art critic, curator and psychoanalyst Suely Rolnik will lead this labora-tory. She is professor at the Catholic University of São Paulo and she’ll flank the program with a public talk entitled “Why Think?”.

Innovative ideas at the interface among the disciplines are the theme of the second summer academy MOVIMIENTO SUR at Valparaíso in Chile. Valparaí-so was once a major port, but now its crooked staircases and not always relia-ble elevators are roofed by buildings that sprawl over 45 hills. This landscape challenges people’s mobility. Choreographers, architects, sociologists and art-ists from other disciplines work together during this two-week laboratory.

They explore questions arising from the interplay between urban development and artistic production. The first week is devoted to fieldwork. Findings from the first week’s research are shown during the second week to spark new artistic ap-proaches. The summer academy in Chile also offers an intensive, modularly structured program in choreographic composition, concept development, dramaturgy and communication of culture to non-dancers. Renowned choreog-raphers from Latin America and Europe support the upcoming young perform-ers and students with finding ways to realize their own ideas. A public program with lectures and performances presents trailblazing works of performing art from Brazil, Argentina and Europe.

After three years of development, PANORAMA SUR in Buenos Aires is now independently led by THE – Asociación para el Teatro Latinoamericano under the direction of Cynthia Edul and Alejandro Tantanian in a strong network of local and international partners.

The Parque Cultural de Valparaíso is a new cultural center built on the site formerly occupied by a prison in Chile’s port city of Valparaíso, which opened in October 2011. Directed by the Chilean curator and art critic Justo Pastor Mel-lado, it sees itself as an accelerator for the local imaginary and explores the heritage of the city in the bodies of its inhabitants. It intends to foster cultural development by serving as a centre for culture, the arts and the community.

The program aims to attract diverse audiences from the city and the region, as well as from the national and international cultural scenes and neighborhoods.
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The Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes de Chile is Chile’s national Ministry for Arts and Culture. It was founded in 2003 and is currently under the direction of cultural minister Roberto Ampuero. The ministry fosters the development and diversity of culture in Chile. It contributes toward fostering and promoting national artistic creation, Chile's cultural heritage and active participation by citizens.
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Escenalborde is a production platform for performing arts in Valparaíso. Its directors are Rocío Rivera Marchevsky and Iván Sánchez Ramírez. They have presented the Danzalborde Festival every year since 2001. They offer semi-nars, residencies, workshops and co-productions. They are Chile’s most active organization for contemporary dance. Escenalborde organizes cultural events in Chile and is also active in graphic arts and design.
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Mapa Teatro is an artist’s laboratory dedicated to transdisciplinary creation. Founded in Paris in 1984 by Heidi, Elizabeth and Rolf Abderhalden, theatre directors and Colombian artists of Swiss origin. Mapa Teatro has been based in Bogotá since 1986. In recent years, Mapa Teatro has focused on the produc-tion of artistic events between micro-politics and poetics: Through construction of ethno-fictions and the temporary creation of “experimental communities”, Mapa Teatro has spawned artistic experimentation processes at different loca-tions of the Colombian reality: a laboratory of the social imagination.
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The Goethe-Institut as the official German institute of culture was founded in 1951 as a non-profit and non-government organisation. It promotes German language and culture abroad, provides comprehensive information about Germany and fosters international cultural co-operation. With its 149 institutes in 93 countries and its multimedia online content, the Goethe-Institut provides a social and cultural communication framework to foster creativity, discussion, joint learning experiences and innovative experiments.
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ENCOURAGE. empowering people. The Siemens Stiftung wants to empower people to actively address today’s social challenges and is dedicated to the values of Werner von Siemens. Together with partners, the foundation designs and implements local and international projects with the aim of promoting indi-vidual responsibility and self-initiative. The foundation is committed to enlarging basic services and social entrepreneurship, promoting education and strength-ening culture. The Siemens Stiftung pursues an integrative approach and stands for responsible, impact-oriented and innovative project work.
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