Research program / 2018 – 2019

As part of my master in futures studies, I develop a research program built around residencies, workshops and other related activities at the crossroads between futures studies, art, and political activism. I intend to research in an open exchange process with artists, social practices and citizen initiatives, within the broad framework of “Future as empowering discourse/tool in contexts of activism”. I’m especially interested in creative tactics of reframing in the arts and social contexts, as they somehow find matches in futures research methods. Building on both fields, I wonder how a creative futures method could look like – and what futures it would produce.

16 – 26 October 2018: Autumn Artist Exchange residency at Ponderosa (DE)

September 2018 – May 2019: following various campaigning initiatives in relation to the European Elections 2019 (European Alternatives, Diem25, European May…)

Ongoing: Exchanges with artists from the performing arts field on speculative and alternative futures (October 2018: Krassen Krastev and Christopher Füllemann,  Ponderosa artists, …).

Cultural evaluation / 2016 –

Stemming from my activities as cultural manager, I was approached in order to conduct evaluations and surveys for Swiss dance organisations and subsiding bodies.

“Report on the promotion of dance in Switzerland – Panorama Dance 2017” for National Culture Dialog / 2018

The National Culture Dialog coordinates public cultural policies at a national level (cities, cantons, state) through various working groups at both political and administrative levels. On behalf of its Dance Group, and with its support, I carried out a survey on public funding for dance in Switzerland, resulting in a “Report onthe promotion of dance in Switzerland – Panorama 2017”, an overview as of 2017 which provides the basis for policy recommendations to be addressed to the same subsiding bodies. The consultation process is now underway and the report will be published in 2019. Continue reading “Cultural evaluation / 2016 –”

Cultural management / 2004 – 2018

I have had the pleasure of working as a cultural manager in the performing arts field for the past fifteen years, where I was lucky to exchange and collaborate with a wide range of artists, cultural promoters and programmers in Switzerland and Europe.

Here you will find a selection of past and present activities. For a detailed account of my professional curriculum, please visit my page LinkedIn.


Manager – Krassen Krastev / 2017 – 2019

Currently, I assist choreographer Krassen Krastev in the development of his next project with management, touring and dramaturgy help. His next production will premiere at Arsenic in Lausanne in February 2019. More on this in the news.

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Manager – Reso Dance Network Switzerland / 2013 – 2016

Operating under a mandate from regional and national public subsiding bodies, Reso – Dance Network Switzerland as the national competence center for dance aims at improving the framework conditions in the artistic discipline. It coordinates programs and projects with more than 200 partners per year.

As head of Reso between 2013 – 2016, I had the pleasure of setting up and piloting various programs and projects with a team of six, i.e. the international dance platform Swiss Dance Days, the Switzerland-wide audience development festival Fête de la Danse / Tanzfest, the national meeting of the branch Forum Dance. Continue reading “Cultural management / 2004 – 2018”

Counsel (voluntary) / 2016 – 2018

With more time now, I regularly counsel young dance artists (political context, management, touring) on a voluntary basis in order to pass on the knowledge earned over the years. My knowledge is mainly focused on the Swiss context but I’ll be happy to help further if I can.
Feel free to contact me (even if you are an established artist)! Finally, please note that the offered help is not meant to take someone’s job

image @ Karen Khaydock