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… we will unfortunately have to postpone the opening of our exhibition project ACTS in cooperation with Ben J. Riepe’s Freiraum in Düsseldorf. But everything is ready to go and the exhibits are awaiting their big moment!

What a year – never before have our plans been turned upside down like this! Our year 2020 began with two highlights: Our ATLAS-project ‘Any Body Sounds’ was invited to the Heidelberg TECart Dance Festival and ‘ATLAS 3 – Blu Blu Blu’ was premiered at LOFFT – DAS THEATER in Leipzig.

And then COVID-19 changed everything, including our everyday-lives and our work. Fortunately, it looks as if nearly all of our cancelled tours and projects can be pushed back to 2021: the North Rhine-Westphalian premiere of ‘Blu Blu Blu’, tours to Rome and South Korea and the world premiere of the Beethoven-project FLUT, as part of and sponsored by BTHVN2020. There is already a new date for the latter project, which continues our cooperation with Oper Köln, Duisburger Philharmoniker and the electronics composers Wolfgang Voigt and Stefan Bohne: The premiere will take place on 5 September 2021 at Oper Köln’s Staatenhaus 2.

We used the additional free time to develop new strategies and concepts. And with success! For our concept for ACTS, we were awarded the RELOAD grant by the Federal Cultural Foundation and with ‘VOR ORT und UNTERWEGS’, we were selected for the national funding programme TANZPAKT RECONNECT,which was launched to strengthen structures in the field of professional dance during these times of crisis. We will also receive funds from the City of Cologne’s four-year programme KONZEPTIONSFÖRDERUNG TANZ. And, last but not least, Julia Franken and Cecilia Gläsker will be accompanying our work for six months through film, commissioned by iDAS NRW. All this is very good news!

We conducted some digital experiments with the two most recent editions of ‘Soavi’s LIVING ROOM’: Number XIV – featuring Wolfgang Voigt and Stefan Bohne – was streamed live and can still be accessed online and Number XV, featuring the performer/choreographer Cyril Baldy and the young pianist/composer Darius Held, was developed as a film from the outset. It will once more be available online in January.

We’re looking forward to the times when there will be once again be plenty of live art and encounters. Until then, we hope that you will keep your heads up and stay motivated. Have a wonderful New Year!
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