Artist-in-Garden-Residency: Tis Aly und Suzanne Stavast

Tis Aly and Suzanne Stavast: ACTS OF LIVING (16. — 23.09.)

The artists Tis Aly and Suzanne Stavast are part of the Artist-in-Garden Residency in HELLERAU and will come to Dresden in September to work on their project “ACTS OF LIVING” in the Kulturgarten behind the Festspielhaus.They are looking for participants who want to connect, learn from each other and create alliances for sustainable living during the residency from September 4 to 24. The project started as a research performance to search and understand ways to increase awareness for the current climate crisis and environmental issues, in which everyone shares a responsibility. Looking into new perspectives of living together and fostering communal fictions.

As an Act of Living, the artists want to interact with locals and use the Kulturgarten as a space of gathering, a place for creativity, discussion and exchange. The project invites participants to weekly performances, a one-day workshop and a collective performance at the end of the residency. Movement, voice, feelings and all possible and impossible ways will be used to get moving together.

Stavast and Aly take the space of art as a place to resist, rest, and exchange with visitors, and present practices and procedures of care. Looking at ecofeminism, decolonization and social justice, recipes for staying rebellious and healthy – queerness and how people define it and what matters to them. This process is an invitation to discover old and new ways of living together, to find reconciliation, and to reunite forces for sustaining life on Earth – and beyond.

Suzanne Stavast – a Queer gender non conforming person born in the Netherlands, based in Berlin. They are seeking change and healing through performance and believe in the transformative quality it could bring. They work with ritualization, clowning, movement, voice, drag/queering, and they like to create costumes from recycled and organic materials.

Tis Aly – BIPOC/QUEER – born in Brazil, based in Berlin – Aly has been searching ways to turn creative paths into political choices – seeking for a healing process throughout social justice, and a process of loving , giving and performance as a narrative of the present towards the (desirable ) future. Aly’s artistic practice comes from decolonization, body movement, investigation and other forms of making, recycling and looking toward paths of reviewing, rewriting, renewing.