SPRING Performing Arts Festival
16 - 25 mei 2019

SPRING Academy

SPRING Academy 2018 – 10 days of theatre, dance and more: performances, workshops, lectures, encounters and exchange.

SPRING Performing Arts Festival invites artists who present work at the festival to share more than a performance within its contextual program through SPRING Academy.

Situated in Het Huis in Utrecht, SPRING Academy is a dynamic platform where artists share their knowledge and experience with students, researchers and (emerging) artists in different ways. Activities include a.o. watching performances, having dialogues with artist, attending symposia, and participating in workshops.

With the 2018 theme The One and The Many SPRING Academy promises another exciting edition that will rock Het Huis! We will explore questions on social and political responsibility of the individual in relation to that of the collective. Find below information about our 2018 programs.

Looking forward to seeing you in May at SPRING Academy!
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Contextual programs for (emerging) artists
Artists and creative thinkers seeking extensive contextual knowledge and experience can apply for the Masterclasses and Intensive programs with separate themes and mentors.

The aim of a Masterclass is to offer in-depth perspective into the concepts, working methods, and vision of the selected artist while giving individual space for participants to translate gained knowledge and experience into their own artistic practice.

- The Red Pieces: Ethics of Intimacy
by choreographer, performer and researcher Mette Ingvartsen

The Red Pieces is a series of performances in which Mette Ingvartsen explores relationships between sexuality and the public sphere. In it she investigates naked and sexualized bodies and their influence on societal structures. The masterclass is based on these topics that will be shared in a safe environment.
May 18th, 10-13h. Deadline for application was 9th of April.


- Hands On - objects, materiality and performance
by choreographer and performer Kate McIntosh

During this masterclass, Kate McIntosh will share practical explorations of her practice using objects and materials for performance / installation. Participants will concentrate on the interaction of physical materials and locations that can build metaphoric imagery and action (with or without a human body).
May 21st, 10-17h. Deadline for application was 9th of April.



SPRING Intensives 
Under the assistance of selected mentors from the practical and/or theoretical field, participants will follow 5 days of the festival, watch performances, meet artists, discuss emerging themes and share their own (artistic) practice and research.

- SPRING Intensive 1. Performing Commons
hosted by Janez Janša

In this Intensive we will unpack the notion of commons as a social construct and examine it from the different viewpoints of selected artworks. By looking into propositions of commons, such as in dreams (Lindfors&Abdelkarim), pornography (Ingvartsen), and VR (PIPS:lab), participants will discuss the various ways with which artists deal with this subject.
May 18-22, everyday 10 am until late. Deadline for application was 9th of April.


- SPRING Intensive 2. Delegatable: Agency and Technoperformance
hosted by Zeynep Gündüz

In this Intensive we will examine agency as a dynamic concept fluctuating between human and non-human performance within the field of theater, performance, and dance. On the basis of workshops and watching selected performances, participants will examine different propositions of agency, such as in non-humans (Jisun Kim), objects and physical limitations (Doris Uhlich), and narrative (PIPS:lab), and discuss consequences of its delegation.
May 21-25, everyday 10 am until late. Deadline for application was 9th of April.


Featured student programs
SPRING Academy features programs for students of various educational institutions such as Utrecht University, Utrecht University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU), ArtEZ and De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Interested what a SPRING Academy program for your group of students could look like? Please contact us at springacademy@springutrecht.nl 


City Spymposium
Technology plays an increasingly active role in our day-to-day lives, in industry, education and science. Instead of a passive tool, technology is quickly turning into a partner in all kinds of activi- ties. Developments like these are drawing our attention to the role of technology as a performer and to what SPRING Festival Fellow Jon McKenzie calls ‘technoperformance’: the performance of technological agents. The SPRING City Symposium discusses the links between the developments today and a history of technological performers in the arts. McKenzie (Dean’s Fellow Media & Design, Cornell University) will be introducing his ideas on technoperformance. He will be followed by Pedro Manuel (Coordinator of the Theatre Practices Master at ArtEZ) who presents his research into the history of theatre without human actors, and a talk by Marian van Dijk (Director of Museum Speelklok) on the project Robots love Music.


Festival Fellowship
In collaboration with the department of Theatre Studies at Utrecht University and the Centre for the Humanities, SPRING is organizing another Festival Fellowship. This year we have invited Jon McKenzie to be the SPRING Festival Fellow. McKenzie is Professor of English and holds a PhD in Performance Studies from NYU. He is currently researching new media, performance theory, globalization and civil disobedience. As part of his Festival Fellowship, McKenzie will be contributing to the City Symposium and giving a seminar for (research) Master students and PhD students. He will also be a guest speaker during a number of meetings of the SPRING Academy.



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