How Monday mornings became
our favourite part of the week
As we conclude the first season of Teaching Each Other, the first large scale project working together as B&W, we are grateful and humbled to see a small community growing around our ideas. We wish to thank all participants of our Monday morning meetings, our hosts at Forsøgsstationen, and most of all our wonderful guest teachers from across the performing and performance arts.
We enjoy to look back and remember ten mornings of sharing a host of different personal and professional knowledge. In September we collectively created four large monsters that seem to have guided us through this adventure. In October, we walked and mapped collective memories with David Sebastian Lopez Restrepo. In November, we stared down the barrel of Tove Vestmø’s family gun. In December we sang, chewed apples and smelled shoes with Henrik and Ellen from Live Art Danmark. After a long and tedious corona break, we finally met again late in April, to re-write personal performance memories with Sara Hamming. In May we met every single Monday and discovered our family animals with Camilla Graff Junior, healed our backs and explored ideal working spaces with Lotte Faarup, told stories of scars and scares with Jesper la Cour, stretched into Xes and ran as a pack with Marlene Bonnesen and finally, next Monday, we will turn into Übermarionetten with Øyvind Kirchhoff.
For all of this we wish to say a very special thank you to Lotte and Øyvind from Forsøgsstationen, who hosted us throughout the season and believed in our ideas from the beginning.
We are proud and happy to have found such a diverse and exciting line up for this April and May, with these guest artists from performance art, theatre and dance generously sharing glimpses of their working methods and themes they are working on.
On May 14 to 16 we held a fresh edition of our Fluid Academy to take our experiments with non-hierarchical teaching and learning one step further. For one weekend, we abandoned the teacher position, made coffee and opened a studio just to see what would happen without any plan to kling to. There is lots to say about these sixteen hours. Not a single minute was wasted. We meandered through all the studios at Forsøgsstationen, balanced sticks on our heads, learned about Laban’s qualities of movement (tried them out of course), made a huge collage of the workshop as a family tree, and always came back to sharing our thoughts in deep, enlightening discussions. Special thanks to Jesper la Cour and Carmen Csilla Medina, who stayed with us for the duration and everyone who dropped by to move things onward in new directions.
Read a text about the first edition of the Fluid Academy here.
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Teach Each Other Mondays
B&W’s main project in 2021 are the Teach Each Other Mondays, our non-hierarchical knowledge sharing format that we are developing together with you. We look forward to seeing you again at Forsøgsstationen on Monday mornings starting April 26, 2021, if corona regulations permit.
A different artist will offer personal insights into their practice on each Monday morning for an hour.
Together, we will challenge hierarchies in teaching, adressing the contributions of everyone participating with equal attention.
Share your practice
Within the format we currently use, each Teach Each Other Monday features one guest artist. And we would like you to be one of them. If you can imagine to share your practice with a crowd of performers, professionals and enthusiasts for an hour on a Monday morning, this is how to do it. Talk to us about exercises, research practices, rehearsal methods, games, songs, dances and anything you’d like to try out. Please keep in mind that whatever you propose should be accessible for anyone and not require any particular education or ability.
Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out what we can do together.