Flutgraben Performances Residencies

Flutgraben Performances Residencies | Open Call #4 | 2023

Flutgraben Performances Residencies 2023

Open Call #4 “the space between two bodies of water”1

This call is created in thought of those who live in the in-between space. It is for those who dwell in liminalities – in the crack between the worlds, as the queer-feminist writer Gloria E. Anzaldua used to write2. Those who are constantly moving back and forth, who are always in transition. This call is for performers and dancers who have developed practices, forms or ways to negotiate and explore this state of living at the intersections between different identities and worlds. And who are going in their work and practice beyond simplistic notions of exclusionary boundaries and binaries.

We are happy to announce the fourth open call of our artist-in-residence program Flutgraben Performances Residencies. FPR is open to Berlin-based choreographers and artists from the fields of choreography, performance and contemporary dance.

Who we are

Flutgraben Performances Residencies is an independent project. It started in 2020 and is currently run by artists Clément Layes, Moritz Majce, and Sandra Man together with producer and administrator Tiphaine Carrère-Loquet. With Flutgraben Performances Residencies we are extending and complementing our vision of an artist-run initiative for experiments and exchange. Flutgraben Performances Residencies is funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

About Flutgraben Performances Residencies

Since the beginning of the project we were interested in challenging and finding new ways of selecting and inviting artists to our residency program. This year there will be four residencies, three of which will be chosen by former resident artists and one by a member of the FPR team. Each of these jurying artists was invited to find their own procedure of choosing one next resident artist and is presenting their choice in a common meeting with the FPR team.

As we are also interested in more sustainable forms of care and collaboration, e. g. in redefining the relation of juror and artist, we asked our jurors to accompany their chosen artists during the residency period.

Who we address with this call

This call for residency is proposed by Ana Bisbicus, architect, researcher and performer and also former residency participant in FPR 2022. In their ongoing research “Tracing Nepantla” they work with the writings of Gloria E. Anzaldua and her depictions of the in-between space and the concept Nepantla. “Nepantla” is an indigenous Nahuatl word and means “to stand in the middle“. Their work seeks to identify the tangible and visible manifestations of Nepantla by mapping those spaces and places from their own body and life experience as a queer migrant of color living in Berlin.

The applicant should have a background in dance/performance/choreography and be based in Berlin.

We would like to encourage and support the resident artist to open up their residency and sharing their practice with guests, previous FPR resident artists, and the FPR team.

Duration and period of the residency

In this call we offer a residency from 10 July to 07 August 2023 (four weeks studio time) and 1 week of post-production time.


No application fees.

What we offer

A grant of €2.500 is offered for the residency.

The residency includes 4 weeks access to a 80m2 studio in Flutgraben artists house (Kreuzberg-Treptow) plus basic technical support. There is WiFi in the studio and use of a common kitchen.

Application deadline

2nd June 2023


Application language can be English/German/Spanish.

What to send

Please send a short text (around 250 words max.) in which you describe your practice and what you would like to do in the frame of your FPR residency. Please be specific on what you want to do artistically in response to the theme of the call. We are interested in getting a feeling of your artistic approach of working.

• Some information about your artistic work (e.g. website, video and textual documentations – please check your links and passwords.) and CV

to this email address: residency@flutgrabenperformances.org

If you have questions please use this email address for contacting us.

Please be aware that this call is only for Berlin-based artists.

Information about the venue

With the Flutgraben Performances Residencies project we are one species among others, adding to the diversity of the Flutgraben artists house biotope. The Flutgraben artists house is administered by Flutgraben e.V. More information about the building can be found here: www.flutgraben.org


We are limited in inviting people with physical disabilities as the building is not yet equipped for mobility handicaps. The studio for this residency is located on the first floor of the building and is only accessible via a staircase. An elevator is under construction but will not be ready for the time of the residency.

1 Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Aunt Lute Books 1987, p. 43.

2 Anzaldúa, Gloria: Light in the Dark/Luz en lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality (Latin America Otherwise: Languages, Empires, Nations), Illustrated, Durham and London, England: Duke University Press, 2015, p. 71.