WORKS AT WORK: Group works

FESTIVAL • Investigating artistic work as a form of life •
CPH. DENMARK • 27th-29th & 31st of OCT, 2016 

Are performance groups models of radical aesthetics or radical self-management? Can collective labor be a strategic, structural model for better workers rights, or rather a guarantee of too many and too low fees? And what if we don’t choose our collaborators or neighbors voluntarily: can “we” be strong in our common weakness? “Group works” is the grand finale of three international festivals in the series WORKS AT WORK investigating artistic labor as a form of life. Accepting that teamwork is an obligatory, yet temporal model in all kinds of organizations, we examine the production of aesthetics and look for solidary acts. WORKS AT WORK has invited renowned artists who each have developed a particular, continuous group practice, where issues like belonging, authorship, plurality and negotiation of power find their way on stage.
The festival is thought as an international contribution to the Scandinavian performing arts debate, but is with its extended symposium “Group works? On Feminism, Friendship and Borderlessness” also a proposal into a broader discourse on radical democracy and the production of commons.

Participating artists and thinkers: Alice Chauchat (DE/FR), Devika Sharma (DK), female trouble (DE/PL/IL), Forced Entertainment (UK), Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (IN), Heather McLean (UK), John the Houseband (IS/SE/DE/ES/BEL), RISK (DK), Samlingen (SE/CA/IS), ScriptedReality (DE),Valby Vokalgruppe (DK),White Horse (DE/CH), Sarah Charalambides (UK)

Curator: Cecilie Ullerup Schmidt
Dramaturge: Ida-Elisabeth Larsen
Head of production: Kir Qvortrup
Head of communication: Karen Toftegaard
Graphic design & Documentation: Søren Meisner
Web: Sam Moore
Technical crew: David Nicolas Abad, Martin Danielsen
Assistants: Anemone Schweitz, Hanna Westling

Supported by: Danish Arts Foundation, the City of Copenhagen Performing Arts Committee, Kulturkontakt Nord
In coopertation with: Dansehallerne, Goethe-Institut Dänemark, The Danish National School of Performing Arts, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - Schools of Visual Arts, The Association of Danish Stage Directors, Danish Actors’ Association, Independent Choreographers, Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin, Institute for Applied Theatre Studies Giessen, University of Copenhagen, DANSEatelier, Copenhagen Distillery