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DOCK 11 – expanded | OPEN CALL

Writing Workshop 4: Touch, Energy, and Healing – exploring the Essay with Sarah Shelton Mann.

 We are looking for three participants interested in geeking out over a ubiquitous writing format by way of the dance legend Sarah Shelton Mann. With the help of Sarah’s toolbox, Astrid Kaminski and Louise Trueheart are hosting a writing workshop that explores the essay. What does the essay generate? Which strategies and formalities keep us anchored in the text, and which can be released?

Sarah Shelton Mann’s practice, notably as supported and unpacked with her collaborator Jesse Zaritt, makes bedfellows of hyper-specificity and total release. Zaritt describes it as "boundaryless energy without edge, but still anchored" and says her world is "limitless, but also tangible." In Sarah Shelton Mann’s words, "spirit is very technical." Departing from topics present in her work – touch, energy and healing – we will write essays over two sessions by borrowing from this micro-as-macro methodology.

The first session on June 8th will be used to discuss the genre of the essay, read excerpts from contemporary examples, and have a talk with Sarah Shelton Mann and Jesse Zaritt. Over the summer, the participants are expected to work on their texts, and will be offered a personal feedback session. At the end of the summer we will come together to edit, discuss, and share the fruits of our experimentation.

Familiarity with Sarah Shelton Mann’s practice is interesting but not necessary. Enthusiasm about sharing knowledge and developing as a writer through the freest and therefore trickiest literary format is a must.

Applications: Please send your applications including a short CV and a letter of interest (each approx.1000 characters including spaces) until May 21, 2021 to

The participants will be selected by May 25, 2021. 
Research fee for the participants: 400.- Euro
Workshop days: June 8, 2021 and TBC Aug/Sept 2021
Language: EN, DE & FR

By participating, the participants agree to a possible publication on the DOCK 11 website and / or in a print publication. However, publications in other media are possible!

Louise Trueheart is a Berlin-based performer and writer whose work explores the politics of belief, transcendence, and how these operate in the cultural fields, especially dance. Louise is part of queer feminist art and curation collective COVEN BERLIN, notably as the editor of COVEN’s online magazine.

Astrid Kaminski is a Berlin and Athens-based journalist, writer, and inventor of creative public dialogues. She is interested in the transfers from text into other media or cognitive fields and vice versa. As an editor, she most recently was responsible for “Recipes for the Future” (Onomatopee, 2020) and “Why Criticism” (Radialsystem 2020).

About the workshop series „DOCK 11 – expanded“:
Writing about or for dance & live arts, writing as (a form of) movement: Our workshops are the right place for people who position themselves in this triangle of writing temptations. We consider writing as a bodily practice. What forms of presentation and embodyment are suitable for which concerns of writing? Which criteria must be fulfilled in order to make texts communicative? In seven writing workshops we set different focuses using elements from creative/fictional, journalistic and academic writing. We will link oral history with writing, read tarot cards about performances and also practice formal genres like interviews or reviews. The resulting texts will be shared with the public live and/or as (e-)publications. All workshops will be announced via open calls. The workshops are directed by Mariama Diagne & Astrid Kaminski (concept), Seda Niğbolu, Louise Trueheart and guest lecturers.

Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

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