Flutgraben Performances Residencies

Flutgraben Performances Residencies | Open Call #3 | 2023

We are happy to announce the third 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 art 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 Clément Layes, artist, co-founder and member of the FPR team: “A great number of performers and dance artists in Berlin are also committed to therapeutic practices. With this residency I would like to support the work between art and therapeutics/ somatics with a particular focus on group therapeutics, collective body practices, and somatic activism. Feel invited to share your ideas for creating a space for experimentation, a brave space, safer space, healing space … “

The applicant should have a background in dance/performance/choreography and therapeutics, 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 15 May to 11 June 2023 (four weeks studio time) plus one week for post-production.


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

12 April 2023.


Application language is English.

What to send

• Please send a short text (about half a page) 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. 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.

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies

In the frame of Flutgraben Performances we encountered many artists, who while participating in our events expressed a strong desire to spend more time working and researching at Flutgraben. Finally this dream came true and we are very happy to announce that we now have the opportunity to offer artistic residencies to Berlin-based artists, which will allow them to work in the studio for a longer time and without financial concerns.

Flutgraben Performances Residencies was initiated in 2020 by Clément Layes, Jasna Layes-Vinovrski, Moritz Majce and Sandra Man. Since early 2021 it is run by Clément Layes, Moritz Majce and Sandra Man. Production and organisation management is done by Tiphaine Carrère Loquet.

The following texts are written by artists who took the time to research with us changing ways to invite new resident artists. Each artist was asked to find their own approach to the process of selection, discussing their criteria of deciding with us and their colleagues.

We want to thank all the participants for their effort in finding with us new ways to choose, host, accompany artists in residencies that try to care about and pay attention to the diversity and the complexity of the Berlin dance scene.

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies: Residency in January/February 2023

We are happy to announce Zrinka Užbinecs and Kasia Kania as our next resident artists in 2023.

Zrinka Užbinec, in collaboration with Kasia Kania, will take time to research on choreographic clashes between cuteness and violence, thinking of choreography as an unstable state that can observe and produce ambiguous affections. By developing choreographies and practices that question violent acts in a performative way, this research will reflect discursively, critically and practically on (miss)representation of violent acts in performance and self-defence practices. With this research, Zrinka and Kasia will test choreographies that function as a counterpart to violence: a sensual activity, a caring force seizing agency and acute passivity – sometimes.

We wish Zrinka and Kasia a rich and inspiring time during their residency!

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies: Residency in November/December 2022

We are pleased to announce Guilherme Morais as our next resident artist in 2022.

Guilherme Morais is a Brazilian choreographer, performer and pedagogue. His research focuses on both dance and neuroscience; the mind and the nervous system. He’s particularly interested in how the unconscious and conscious are activated through movement and specific motor coordinations. In Berlin he contributes to decolonial, anti-racist and queer discourse in collaboration with collectives like Grupo Oito and Santix Schwarz. During the residency at FPR, he will continue his research on monsters, based on the phrase,  „I claim my right to be a monster“ by „trans sudaca artist“, Susy Shock. 

We wish Guilherme an intense and productive time during his residency!

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies: Residency in August/September 2022

„I chose Nasheeka Nedsreal for the Flutgraben Performances Residencies series 2022 because I was given an opportunity to select an artist whose work and creativity I deeply admire. I’ve worked with her for Jeremy Shaw, we frequently consult each other on professional matters relating to performance and the arts, we offer each other dramaturgical support when either one of us requests it, and she is a close friend of mine. So when I had the opportunity to choose her for a residency where she could have time and space to develop and showcase her considerable creative talent, my decision was made very quickly and I didn’t even need to consider anyone else. Nasheeka is a spectacular artist, and an amazing friend and it is my honor to ask her to take part in a residency that I myself found so rich, so nourishing, and so critical to my professional progression.“

Djibril Sall on his choice for Nasheeka Nedsreal

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies: Residency in July 2022

We are pleased to announce Ana Bisbicus as our next resident artist in 2022.

In her work “Tracing Nepantla in Berlin” Ana Bisbicus is interested in researching queerfeminist and migrant in-between spaces in the city, where contradiction establishes a state to embody. “Nepantla” is an indigenous Nahuatl word and means “to stand in the middle”. Her work seeks to identify the tangible and visible manifestations of Nepantla by mapping those spaces and places from her body and life experience as a queer migrant of colour. Understanding the contradictory challenge of capturing something that is in an in-between state and in constant transformation, Ana aims to approach the work by expanding the practice of mapping towards embodiment and performative strategies in a collective exploration.

Ana, we wish you an enjoyful and insightful time during your residency!

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies: Next Residency in 2022

We are pleased to announce Anna Konrad + Romuald Krężel as our next resident artists in 2022.

With the idea of Social class (in)visibility in the field of performing arts, Anna Konrad in collaboration with Romuald Krężel will dive into the intensive research on how the class consciousness shapes the aesthetics of artistic practices, their discursive levels, and working methodologies along with the personal and creative experience that has accumulated by tackling the questions about labor, gender, and environmental issues. This work attempts to explore political and choreographic practices that draw on the experience of growing up and being raised in a „lower class“ social environment.

We wish Anna and Romuald a pleasant and fruitful time during your residency!

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies: Final Result for 2021

We are pleased to announce Michiyasu Furutani as our new resident artist for December 2021.

Michiyasu Furutani is interested in establishing relationships, and asks: how we relate to things other than ourselves? And how do we establish the relations through the body? He seeks to establish connections not only with organic but as well with inorganic objects, and by blurring boundaries between them, turning attention to the “voiceless”. During Flutgraben Performances Residencies he is aiming for a search of collective empathy through his practice and exchange with others.

We wish Michiyasu an enjoyable and insightful time during your residency!

The Flutgraben Performances Team

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies: Results of Round #3

We are happy to announce our new resident artists for August and September 2021: Gabrielle Curebal + Djibril Sall and Colette Sadler.
We wish you a enjoyable and productive time during your residencies, and are looking forward meeting you!
This time the jury members were Flutgraben Performances artists Asaf Aharonson and Stella Geppert. There will be one more jurying artist´s decision by the end of September for a residency at the end of the year.

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Flutgraben Performances Residencies – Round #3

While preparing our next call for Flutgraben Performances Residencies, knowing how many great applications we received last time without being able to meet the demands, we felt that we do not want so many artists to put again a lot of work and effort into their applications with such a small amount of residencies we have to offer.

For this next round, our jurying artists are therefore going to select the next resident artists from the applications we already received in our first two calls. All artists who have applied in the first two calls have been informed about this.

We are doing our best to announce the first two residencies at earliest date as possible, i.e. around mid-June.