Petra Sabisch Petra Sabisch

Petra Sabisch

is choreographer and philosopher (art philosophy, arts, aesthetics, practical philosophy).

In the last years, Sabisch has conducted the research project A Topology of Practices that examines the current situation of experimental choreography and performance within Europe. As a critical contribution for a progressive cultural politics, the first volume of this study has just been published by the International Theater Institute/ The Balzan Foundation in Rome and Transcript.
The second volume - gathering the artistic points of view in a range of interviews and thus offering a kind of cultural history of choreography and performance - is forthcoming 2016/17, in collaboration with the Belgian laboratory for discursive practices and expanded publication and Swedish arts committee Konstnärsnämnden.

From January to September 2012 Sabisch was Visiting Professor (Dance Studies, W3) and directed the MA Choreography & Performance in the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies at the Justus-Liebig University Giessen.

In 2012, she initiated the international Practice Symposium on invitation by the International Dance Programme of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Konstnärsnämnden, that she curated together with Stina Nyberg, Zoë Poluch and Uri Turkenich. In the same year, she receives the Icelandic Dance Award for Practice by the festival A Series of Events, Reykjavik.

In 2011 Sabisch receives the award for dance studies (tanzwissenschaftspreis nrw) by Tanzarchiv Köln, Ministerium für Innovation, Wissenschaft & Forschung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, SK Kultur Stiftung.

In 2010, Sabisch is awarded the doctor of philosophy (PhD) with her dissertation Choreographing Relations: Practical Philosophy and Contemporary Choreoraphy in the works of Antonia Baehr, Gilles Deleuze, Juan Dominguez, Félix Guattari, Xavier Le Roy & Eszter Salamon (München: epodium/ Tanzplan Deutschland 2011). Her PhD took place within the programme "Media, Arts, Philosophy" and was supported by a scholarship of the University of Greenwhich (London) for her philosophical research on the works of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.

Next to her dissertation and to numerous artistic and theoretical collaborations in Paris and Berlin since 2000 (Antonia Baehr, Jérôme Bel, Alice Chauchat, Mette Ingvartsen, Xavier le Roy, Marten Spangberg et al.), Sabisch has been involved from 2004 to 2007 Sabisch as co-commissioner in the artist and producer collective Fernwärme im Ausland (Berlin); from 2005 on, she is engaged in the development of the Performing Arts Forum (PAF, St. Erme) and in the application of open source strategies in the Performing Arts with the open group Everybodys.

Her choreographic works encompass relations (Berlin 2013), method, unplugged #17 (In-Presentable, Madrid 2012) method, unplugged #1 (Living Room Festival Berlin 2010), the choreography conversation piece: work release (Tanzfabrik Berlin 2008), "dance"-"lecture" with Frédéric Gies (2007, Giessen), the lecture-performance contaminated (2005, Atelier Frankfurt), the site-specific audio-choreography cartographics (2002, Danças Na Cidade, Lissabon) and the research laboratoire du désoeuvrement (2001, Paris).

In the last years, Sabisch has been lecturing and teaching in key institutions of philosophy and art in Europe, most recently e.g., in the department of Philosophy and Aesthetics at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe; at the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome, Italy; in the department of arts and cultural studies of the university of Copenhagen, Denmark; in the master-programme ex.er.ce in the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier, in the department of art and litterature at Paris 8 (Rancière), France, at the Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen, in the M.A. Choreographie und Performance at the Justus-Liebig University of Giessen, at the Inter-University Center of Dance Berlin (HZT), in the M.A. choreography (mychoreography) and in the B.A. Dance in the University of Dance Stockholm, as well as in Tanzquartier Vienna or in Stary Browar in Poznan, Poland.

For her diverse international publications on philosophy and art as well as translations from French, see publications.