– a study of non-hierarchical learning in the performing arts

Everyone has experience that can be turned into material that can be developed into a performance or a show. The experimental team invites a wide range of people to take part in two days of labs, where participants explore and share with each other what they each ‘master’, based on the premise that everyone masters their own practice and has knowledge that can be shared and bring new perspectives to the group.

It is free to attend the laboratory d. 12 and 13 December 2018 at the Experimental Station from 10.00 – 16.00.

Registration at burmesterandwium@gmail.com

Photo: Jörn Burmeister Wium

The project is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.

Read the trial’s statement of intent here


Jorge Tadeo Baldéon, performance artist from Lima, Peru.

Jörn Burmester Wium, performance artist, curator and dramaturg from Berlin, Germany / Copenhagen.

Dorte Burmester Wium, artistic producer Copenhagen / Berlin.

Description from intention report – invitation to participate:

“Performance Art (like other art forms, maybe more so) requires of each practitioner to invent their practice. Each artist’s performance is profoundly their own. Performances are created based on personal interests, knowledge and skills. No specific knowledge in any discipline (of art or otherwise) is needed. All skills can be useful, none are necessary. Any life experience can serve as a starting point or material for a performance art piece. That’s why we find it difficult to decide if and – if yes – how and by whom performance art can and should be taught. We all learn from each other.

Jorge Tadeo Baldéon, performance artist, visual artist and scenographer from Lima/Peru and performance artist, curator and dramaturg Jörn Burmester Wium invite Copenhagen based artists, performance practitioners, dancers, theatre people, students and scholars to two free master classes at Forsøgsstationen this December.

Starting from the knowledge that all participants are equally masters of their own practice, artistic or not, these master classes leave the position of the teacher vacant and ask all participants to teach each other what they know and found useful or what they don’t know yet but would like to find out. There will be suggestions for methods to be used, but also ample time for developing new ones.

The Teaching Each Other Lab was initiated by B & W – Art and Support, and is produced and organised by Dorte Burmester Wium.”

Research Report is available here.