Apap – Performing Europe



Since its foundation in 2000, European network apap (Advancing Performing Arts Project) has produced a large number of artistic programs and has successfully introduced programs which connect the in­ternational and the local aspect of contemporary arts in different contexts. In 2011, apap introduced a new, five-year long pro­gram Performing Europe, a program focused on the development of contemporary performing arts and its impact on European societies. The project is interdisciplinary and brings together artists from various backgrounds, under the guidance of renowned international artists as board of mentors.  Keeping the focus on the contemporary performing arts, Performing Europe particularly stresses the importance of audience development and new ways of mediation. The pro­ject leader is: Szene Salzburg (Austria), and the co-organisers are: Bit Teatergarasjen Bergen (Norway), Centrale Fies (Italija), C/U Foundation (Poland), Kunstencentrum BUDA (Belgium), Maison de la Culture, Amiens (France), The Student Centre of the University of Zagreb – Culture of Change (Croatia) and Tanz­fabrik Berlin (Germany).

  1. apap lab 22– 23.9. 10:00 -17:00 , Student centre Zagreb (HR) + 21.9. 18h Maria Jerez: What is Third, work-in-progress

 In the sense of a swarm intelligence, its possibilities surpass those of local units of production and presentation, and this expanded intelligence is the true capital of a network.

Helmut Ploebst (from Network and Emergence, NOTES ON THE APAP MEETING IN BERLIN, 2011)

The fifth apap lab in Zagreb deals with the evaluation of the Performing Europe project. Reflection on the project’s achievements usually means that something has come to an end. However, in order to recapitulate, we want to start with defining the evaluation itself. Rather than asking for results to be counted and measures to be taken, evaluation is taken as a process, a live feedback, a chance for apap artists and partners to share time and space together, asking questions, reflecting, conversing, exchanging experiences and practices, and at best reinventing work modalities, establishing better relations and learning something in the process. Working in different group formations and discursive formats, artists and partners will be expanding conversations on subjects such as the quality of communication and exchange within the network, different needs of individual network members, support mechanisms for artists/partners, strategies and models of collaboration, work modalities of different artistic and/or production issues, questions of limitation and sustainability, and hopefully co-invention of new structures. Lab is moderated by Siegmar Zacharias.


Siegmar was born and raised in Romania, studied philosphy, and comparative literature in Freiburg, Berlin and London and Performance at DasArts in Amsterdam. Next to her artistic work she has been teaching rhetoric, conflict management and negotiation mostly to worker representatives in the corporate world, since 1991.

Before the lab, Maria Jerez will present her work in progress – What Is Third. The project faces an enigma. The enigma of how the meeting of two things can create a third one, a third dimension, something that had not been there before. This “third thing” while arising, transforms both: first and second… thus producing a shift, a process of de-identification. Emotion! Friction! Critique! Love! Otherness! The limit of the spoken language! The project will be presented on September 21st at 18:00.