ACADEMIC AND ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Amelie Deuflhard, Gabriele Klein (Chair), Martin Jörg Schäfer, Wolfgang Sting

ACADEMIC AND ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES: Uta Lambertz, Jonas Leifert     ASSISTANCE: Navina Neverla, Ewelina Benbenek

PSi#23 OverFlow. A project by Performance Studies Universität Hamburg and Kampnagel

In collaboration with Performance Studies international (PSi). Partner: Theater der Welt and K3 Zentrum für Choreographie I Tanzplan Hamburg

Funded by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Minister of Science, Research and Equalities (BWFG) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Under the patronage of Katharina Fegebank – Second Mayor and Minister for Science, Research and Equalities of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

Gabriele Klein

“A few weeks before the G20 Summit in Hamburg, the great interest of the academic world in the PSi#23 OverFlow-conference demonstrates that science and art can only exist beyond national borders, restrictions and regulations; the development of new ideas can only be developed in the free interplay between scholars and artists of different cultures.“ (Gabriele Klein, Chair)

Professor for Sociology of Human Movement and Dance at the Universität Hamburg (UHH) since 2002. Her main research areas include Urban Studies, Performance Studies, Dance Studies, Dance in popular culture and urban environments, and transnationalisation of dance cultures. She is speaker of the research group “Translating and Framing. Practices of Medial Transformations”, deputy speaker of the graduate school “Collectivity in Urban and Digital Spaces” and PI of the graduate school “Virtuality of the aesthetic”, Director of the Center for Performance Studies Hamburg and Vice‐Director of the Research Center for Media and Communication at the University of Hamburg. She was a Guest Professor i.a. at the University in Bern, Switzerland, the ‘Mozarteum’ Salzburg/ Austria, the Smith College (USA), the University of Stellenbosch/ South Africa and Osaka City University/ Japan. Her latest book publications include ‘Electronic Vibration. Pop Kultur Theorie’ [Electronic Vibration. Pop Culture Theory], ‘Is this real? Die Kultur des HipHop’ [Is this real? The Culture of HipHop], ‘Performance’, ‘Bewegungsraum und Stadtkultur’ [Movement Space and Urban Culture], ‘Stadt. Szenen’ [City. Scenes. Artistic Productions and Theoretical Positions], ‘Emerging bodies‘, ‘Dance [and] Theory’.


Amelie Deuflhard

In 2007, Amelie Deuflhard became artistic director of Kampnagel, Europe’s biggest production center for scenic arts where she realizes works at the intersection between theater, performance, dance, music, visual arts and architecture. From 2000 until 2007, she was managing director the “Sophiensæle” in Berlin and became Head of the Association: “Zwischen Palast Nutzung”, a festival in relation to the dismantling of the “Palast der Republik“ in Berlin in 2003. She is part of the curatorial team of the festival “Theater der Welt 2017“ which is organized by Thalia Theater and Kampnagel in Hamburg from May, 25th until June, 11th 2017. She is author of numerous publications and is regularly lecturing at universities. For her work she was awarded with the “Caroline-Neuber Award” and 2013 received the “Insignien des Chevaliers des Arts et Lettres Award.“

Martin Jörg Schäfer

Martin Jörg Schäfer is a Professor of Literature and Performance Studies at the Hamburg University German Department where he has taught since 2014. He also received his PhD there in 2001 before holding research and teaching positions at Paderborn University, NYU, Erfurt University, the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, Siegen University, and Rutgers University. He is interested, among other things, in literature, theatre, and theory sincece 1750; in labor, idleness etc., in the production of the political imaginary. His books include: The Theatre of Education (2016). The Art of Being Many (co-editor, 2016) art works. Ästhetik des Postfordismus (2015, as a part of the research network “art&work”), The Violence of Leisure (2013).

Wolfgang Sting

Wolfgang Sting is Professor of Applied Theatre Studies and Education at the Hamburg University and Head of the Master Programme Performance Studies. He is a guest professor at the Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg (South Africa) and co-editor of the journal for theatre pedagogy. His focus lies on: theory and practice of applied theatre and theatre in education, inter- and transcultural theatre, Theatre Language Camps, cultural education. Relevant publications: Performance Positionen zur zeitgenössischen szenischen Kunst; Irritation und Vermittlung – Theater in einer interkulturellen und multireligiösen Gesellschaft; Poetiken des Theatermachens – Werkbuch für Theater und Schule.

Marc Wagenbach

Marc Wagenbach studied Theater Studies, Film and Television Studies at the University of Cologne, in Sydney and Bayreuth, and gained his doctorate in the field of Media Studies and Aesthetics at the University of Cologne. In 2007, he became Assistant to Pina Bausch and a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. Following the death of Pina Bausch he was appointed Research and Development Manager of the Pina Bausch Foundation (2009-2013) and involved in the archiving project “An Invitation from Pina. An Archive as a Workshop for the Future.” In 2014, he founded Ekeby International Research Center for Contemporary Arts in the Netherlands.


Jonas Leifert

Leifert, Jonas (DE) MA in Performance Studies, Universität Hamburg. Cultural management and artistic production, cooperation and project based productions among others with Universität Hamburg, Kampnagel, Elbphilharmonie, K3 ­ Tanzplan Hamburg, Tanz im August. Voluntary activity in the artist associations Dachverband freie darstellende Künste Hamburg e.V. and Probebühne im Gängeviertel e.V.


Uta Lambertz

Uta Lambertz (DE). Dramaturge and Programmer for Kampnagel Hamburg, Europe’s largest production centre for contemporary performing arts. As a curator and programmer she is primarily responsible for cross-genre-formats and strategic partnerships. Since 2010 she has been guest lecturer for several universities (Hamburg University, Theater Academy Hamburg, University of Witten/Herdecke, and Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen).

Navina Neverla

Navina Neverla (DE). Works for PSi #23 OverFlow in the congress coordination and guest management. She has experience the field of film, media and visual arts in production, on set and curation. Navina also works as a freelance artist in the Performance and Visual Arts. She teaches Yoga and Contemporary Dance. MA Creative Practice: The Dance Professional Practice Pathway @ Trinity Laban/Independent Dance, Diploma in Visual Communication @ HFBK Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg, BA Mediaculture. More infos: www.MovingImageMovingBody.com

Ewelina Benbenek

Benbenek, Ewelina (DE). Research Assistant at the Professorship of Contemporary German Literature/Theatre Research (Prof. Martin Jörg Schäfer) Hamburg University. Her research fields include the question of postcolonial and post migrant discourse in contemporary German theatre, aesthetics of violence and the question of the political in literature, theatre and performance art of the 21st century. ewelina.benbenek@uni-hamburg.de