Asian Performing Artists Lab

Asian Performing Artists Lab


AmnAsia is a residency program that offers performing artists with asian background an opportunity to work in an environment surrounded by other performing artists with asian background and where they can share experiences, resources and knowledge with each other. It is also a space where they can support, as well as stimulate each other's artistic processes and works. At AmnAsia performance-making is not only about how we make works, but also about how we co-exist and thrive together. It is explicitly not production-oriented, but focuses on artistic processes and experimentations with ideas, approaches, ways of working, or whatever challenges or fascinates the artists. The artists have the autonomy to work with themes that concern them, as well as determine their own aesthetics and voices in their works. AmnAsia is a reminder of the risk of erasure that asian artists face in a predominantly white society and that we must resist it.

In this residency, performing artists can apply as individuals or as a group with a project, which can be in the form of an idea, a draft or a work-in-progress. At the end of the residency, they present their works-in-progress at Berliner Ringtheater. The residency operates on self-organization and reciprocity principles. Other than working on their own projects, participating artists must be prepared to support each other during the residency. 

  • Offer their skills and knowledge to support the other artists’ projects.
  • Plan the working schedule collectively
  • Share daily chores (such as cleaning, cooking, etc) and the available resources (such as rehearsal studios, equipment, rehearsal times, etc)

✭ When and where
3rd – 9th October 2023: In Residency at The Farm in Bräsen (Coswig). Check-in on 3rd October 2023 between 18 -- 20 hrs.
10th & 11th October 2023: 2 presentations at Berliner Ringtheater (Berlin).
(12. September 2023 @ 18 – 19.30 Uhr: Online-Einführungstreffen für die ausgewählte Künstler*innen)

✭ Who can apply?
Open to Berlin/Germany-based performing artists with asian background, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion or worldview, age, ability and nationality. Their work must involve a live performative medium, be it theatre, dance, choreography, music, song, text, new media, interdisciplinary, etc. Experimental formats and genres are welcome.

Artists can apply as individuals or groups. The maximum size for a group is 3 persons, all of whom must have an asian background. 

✭ What does APAL@AmnAsia provided?

  • Fee of 500€ for each artist for the whole period of APAL@AmnAsia
  • Shared working spaces and studios
  • Dramaturgical support
  • Presentations at Berliner Ringtheater
  • Accommodation on The Farm
  • Vegetarian meals on The Farm
  • Travel cost for a 2nd class, economy return ticket (Berlin - The Farm)

✭ Please apply, only if you agree to all the following conditions.

  • To be present for the whole period of APAL@AmnAsia (3rd - 11th October 2023).
  • To work within the technical limitations of APAL@AmnAsia and The Farm and to bring all extra equipment yourself (eg, laptop, webcam, mics, cables, adaptors, chargers, instruments, props, costumes, etc).
  • To be documented and interviewed in APAL@AmnAsia and to grant APAL the full right to use the documented materials for archival, publicity and press purposes.
  • To adapt your project for a digital format, in case of a lockdown.
  • To comply with all the Covid-19 health guidelines, which includes taking a quick Covid-19 test before the start of APAL@AmnAsia and providing proof of vaccination, if necessary.

✭ Jury
Frederika Tsai, Ming Poon and Sara Mikolai.

✭ The application is only possible via the online form.
Before applying, please read through the Vision and the FAQ. For further questions, please contact us: amnasia(add)apal(dot)info

Deadline: 25th August 2023 @ 23.59 Uhr (CET)


Funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe