Anna Kuch – GINCUBATOR 2023-2024
Anna Kuch works between Hamburg, Brussels and Zurich as choreographer, dancer, pedagogue, puppeteer and actress. In her work she combines the political and the poetic, greatly influenced by poetic, philosophic or scientific texts and research. She aims to liquefy the sovereignity of the mind over the body, and conceives her work as a place of resistance and undoing, a place where norms of thought and perception can be questioned and changed. Her solo works deal with violent nationalism, collective heritage and normalised forms of communication. Slapstick and the inherent tragic and absurd comedy of the human condition inspire her work.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Theatre with honours from the Accademia Teatro Dimitri, Switzerland (with the support of Ernst Göhner Stiftung). Her final thesis “The Sausages of Truth” received several awards. Further she holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from the Institut Supérieur des Arts et Chorégraphies, Académie Royale, Brussels.
As a maker, she co-founded the company MÜLLER&KUCH with the dancer and choreographer Angie Müller (supported by Kulturförderung Kanton und Stadt Schaffhausen and Rhybadi Schaffhausen). The tension of their work comes from the deliberate incorporation of unpredictable elements. They toured with two pieces: “Das sagst du immer.” and “Das ist Wahnsinn, du spielst mit meinen Gefühlen.” She also creates masks and objects for several dance and theatre productions, and did the music for the show “Die Bedingte Welt”.
In 2020 she started the artistic research project ‘Performative Archiving / Women* in German Colonial History in Namibia’ with Ewe Benbenek, Nesindano Namises and Meera Theunert (with the support of flausen+ scholarship by the German government). The work is currently being continued digitally as ‘Archiving Immaterialities’. Further she is engaged in an ongoing research about instant creation, developing skills for movement, sound and theatre improvisation on stage with EnsembleSolo, a group of performers, dancers and musicians based in Switzerland.
As a performer and narrator, Anna worked with Meera Theunert, Cathrin Jarema for the Werkschau Zürich, Afsaneh Salari, Project Detachment. and Tianyu Gu, amongst others.
Currently she develops her own choreographic work, holding a research grant from the German government whilst engaging in a Fighting Monkey mentorship. She is also active in the field of performance and dance through dramaturgical support and clown coaching for works in creation.
At Garage29 Anna will be developing her new creation A generous cushion for my aggression (working title).
More about Anna: https://www.annakuch.com/en
18>22.03.2024 : Open residency
24.03.2024 / 17h : Try-Out
22.04>03.05.2024 : Open residency + dramaturgy
05.05.2024 / 19h : OFFShot
Si on peut rire de tout, peut-on rire avec tout le monde? Dans un combo de questionnement sur la relation au public et à la dramaturgie de sa création, Anna choisit deux périodes de travail se terminant à chaque fois par une rencontre avec le public afin de tester et doser son humour clash ! Rendez-vous le 24 mars à 17h et surtout le 5 mai à 19h.