In our last public opening on Saturday the 22nd we invited the audience for a long session of sharings and performances. In four rounds the visitors were asked to navigate themselves through 10 different performative situations. Total Nicht Angesagt #5 celebrated one important aspect of Treffen Total- the challenge of collective and individual decision making: How do we meet and where do I want to go?
Someone eats a lot of cheese. Someone asks whether the eggs are hard-boiled. Someone has a hangover. Someone places their right hand on my left shoulder blade. Someone tiny carries a really tall one. Someone sits down in a cross-legged position. Someone bought seven blankets at “Onkel Tokay’s Bazar”. Someone rolls around the grass laughing. Someone brings her two kids along. Someone eats half of a jar of olives. Someone is a kid. Someone wants a child. Someone learns how to open a bottle of beer with a spoon. Someone does not eat all the food on his or her plate. Someone forgets to eat. Someone looks around and does not know how to choose where to go next. Someone enjoys the art-free-blanket. Someone plays the trumpet. Someone notices the veins on the trumpet player’s throat. Someone looks over to another blanket and would prefer to be there, but can’t leave his blanket (out of politeness). Someone licks the watermelon juice off his fingers. Someone is embarrassed because there is way too much food. Someone starts whining. Someone carries someone else’s child. Someone stumbles and trips. Someone mistakes a hammer for bread. Someone is afraid to roll the dice. Someone leaves early. Someone arrives late. Someone never showed up. Someone brought a cake. Someone didn’t bring anything. Someone brought his lover. Someone feels bad about having a picnic while the world goes crazy. Someone feels terrible about everything that is happening outside of this bubble. Someone brought her girlfriend. Someone never wants this to end. Someone eats with her eyes closed. Someone does not know what to do with herself. Someone explains why a Tamagochi is called Tamagochi. Someone talks to someone he has never talked to before. Someone is very pregnant. Someone else is very pregnant too. Someone is humming because the noodle salad is so delicious. Someone eats an egg. Someone is running away. Someone can taste that the fruit was cut on a chopping board on which onions were chopped on. Someone is carried on the back of an artistic director. Someone is carried in someone else’s arms. Someone is wearing his new friend’s lipstick. Someone is wearing a Portuguese scarf. Someone is wearing a hat someone else brought along. Someone is injured. Someone is collecting trash in a blue plastic bag. Someone asks when we will go home. Someone is smoking a cigarette. Someone never moves to another blanket. Someone asks for a hug. Someone is always there but no one knows her name. Someone is taking pictures. Someone plays an unknown instrument. Someone feels uncomfortable. Someone is running towards an arriving family. Someone pretends that it is a hot summer’s day. Someone asks whether “this is vegan”. Someone learns that you might get wet socks if you take off your shoes at a German picnic. Someone cannot find their bag. Someone asks someone to dance a waltz with her. Someone is in love with the word “picinici”. Someone thinks this is artifarti. Someone holds her god child. Someone runs around scared to go hungry. Someone wants to take their clothes off but doesn’t. Someone is passing by with a dog. Someone does not drink his opened beer. Someone calls asking where we are. Someone has never been to this part of town. Someone immediately knows that someone else is Danish too. Someone talks about her experience of taking the pill. Someone is a medium. Someone hasn’t had sex in a long time. Someone talks about Japan. Someone has been to Japan. Someone is holding a skull in his hands. Someone says strawberries are nuts. Someone calls hens a “sperm bank”. Someone feels the grass between his naked toes. Someone is melancholic. Someone has a rant. Someone opened a packet of crisps before the picnic even started. Someone keeps on asking where the guests are. Someone wears a shirt with an imaginary map on it. Someone needs to pee. Someone wears a turban. Someone wears a blue dress and red socks. Someone asks someone else if she could get off her coat because she is freezing. Someone is not feeling cold. Someone notices that a lot of leftovers have been used for the picnic. Someone arrives with a shopping trolley. Someone forgets to say goodbye. Someone greets someone else two times. Someone offers someone else a lighter. Someone picks up the plates. Someone only realizes that there is coffee when the picnic is nearly over. Someone distributes the food. Someone feels disgusted about paper plates. Someone talks about the funding procedures in Brussels. Someone eats the last Bavarian sausage.
Someone baked a crumble. Someone is already drunk. Someone is yawning. Someone writes down a score. Someone forgets what she wanted to say.
We kindly invite you to TREFFEN TOTAL NICHT ANGESAGT #3, a collaborative picnic, on Sunday 17 July, meeting point 3 pm at K3-Centre of Choreography | Danceplan Hamburg. The weather forecast for Sunday is beautiful and we would like to invite you to join us for a very specialpicnic! We at Treffen Total have been working together for two weeks at K3 and we are really longing for a day outside with you, our friends, your friends, strangers and lovers, kids and pets. Bring a little something to eat, for example cheese, chips or some beer, just a small gesture of sharing. We will take care of bread and some food for everyone. Bring your good spirit and time to share, this time the open event will be about sharing quality time. We will propose different picnic-situations for an hour and feel free to participate as you like.
Dieser alte Mythos ist leider gerade durch die aktuelle Fördersituation in der Hamburger Tanz- und Performance Szene realer denn je. Daher veranstalten wir, die Künstler*innen von Treffen Total 2016 im Foyer von k3 ein Kulturpolitisches Dinner mit den kulturpolitischen Sprecher*innen von SPD (Christel Oldenburg), CDU (Dietrich Wersich, Dr. Friedrich Bielfeldt), FDP (Daria Jablonowska), DIE GRÜNEN (René Gögge, Farid Müller, Stefanie Könnecke) und die LINKE Fraktion Hamburg (Norbert Hackbusch und Siri Keil).
An einer langen Tafel verbrachten Politiker*innen und Künstler*innen zusammen den Abend. Die Menükarte gab den Rhythmus des zweistündigen Dinners vor. In Zweiergesprächen lernten sich die sich gegenüber sitzenden Gesprächspartner kennen und unterhielten sich über Fragen wie „Wofür gibst du am meisten Geld aus, wie hoch ist der Anteil deines Lohnes, den du für Miete ausgibst, und hast du eigentlich eine Rentenversicherung?“. Als Tischredner*innen lieferten Lisa Lucassen (SheShePop), Susanne Reifenrath (DfdK Hamburg), Tobi Gronau (kampnagel) und Kerstin Evert (K3) kulturpolitische Impulse zu unserenHauptforderungen:
Erhöhung des Etats für Projektfördergelder, Einhaltung der Honoraruntergrenze in Projektanträgen ohne Nachteile für die beantragenden Künstler und langfristige Förderung von Proben- und Aufführungsorten.
Zum Abschluss luden wir nach einem kurzen körperlichen Aufwärmen zu einem Menuett der Entscheidungen, bei dem Politiker*innen und Künstler*innen gemeinsam tanzten und ihre Unterschiede oder Gemeinsamkeiten herausfanden.
After having worked for one week we opened our studios for the first time for interested visitors. After an explanation of the White Wall- our tool of selforganisation – and a physical warm-up guided, the audience could choose between several performative experiences, try-outs and proposals: An improvisation of voice and movement, an experiment of one- to- one- encounters in the upper studio, a first adaptation of a score by Steve Reich with the help of a pendulum, a dinner table installation as a preparation for the political dinner, an exercise about emotional labour and a tuning score of Lisa Nelson.
On our second day of working together we used the first public event in order to introduce ourselves to the audience and to each other. Each artist had therefor prepared a five minute long artistic input. In a parcours of short performances, small interventions, lectures and other surprises we had the chance to gain together insight into the motivations and interests of the artists of Treffen Total. In the course of the following three weeks we then invited the audience during our public events to witness the further developments of this first ideas and approaches.