AGORA’S TEAM

Caique Tizzi (geb. 1984, BR) lives and works in Berlin. Tizzi is an artist, curator and co-founder of Agora Collective, where he directs from 2015-2018 the Berlin component of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP), co-funded by Creative Europe. Tizzi is interested in the development of social art practices, experimental methods of group work and interdisciplinary processes. The focus of his practice revolves around an artistic approach to food, where the kitchen becomes part a studio, part a laboratory and ideas around collaboration, self-organisation and sustainability are put into place. He has collaborated and contribute with his work for organisations like the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Martin Gropius Bau, Kunsthalle Osnabrück, Medialab Prado Madrid, Goethe Institut Kuala Lumpur amongst others.

Sheena McGrandles, born in Northern Ireland, graduated with a BA in Dance Theatre from Laban Center, London (2007). From 2008-2009 she was an artist in resident at Daghdha Church, Limerick Ireland, receiving a ‘Choreographic Bursary Award’ from the DanceHouse Dublin for her choreographic works. With a scholarship from Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes in 2012 she completed her MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship at HZT/UdK, Berlin. In 2013 Sheena was selected for the 8month residency in Kampnagel Hamburg “K3” in which she developed the work ‘true balls’. She has been the recipient of the ‘travel and training’ grant from the Irish Arts Council for research projects in (2013, Vienna and 2015 San Francisco). Sheena is also a dance web scholarship holder attending in 2013. She has received production grants from the city of Berlin and commissions from the festival Tanznacht to create the work BOUNTY (2016) with Claire Vivianne Sobottke. Sheena’s artistic practice, both performative and visual is concerned with queering the body in performance, drag and the representation of women on stage. From 2013-2017 she was artistic research associate at the BA “Dance, Context, Choreography” and MA SoDA at HZT Berlin. Sheena is now Co-Artistic Director of Agora Collective, Berlin’s Center for Contemporary Practices in Neukölln leading and programming the dance and performance platform MOVE.

Elena Polzer, as a trilingual independent producer, has worked with a wide range of performing artists in Berlin and beyond since 2001. She has an MA in Japanology, Cultural Anthropology and Cultural Theory and has translated Hijikata Tatsumi’s “From Being Jealous of a Dog’s Vein” into English. Artists and institutions, whom she has worked with closely include e.g the political Japanese performance group Gekidan Kaitaisha, contemporary Berlin choreographer Christoph Winkler, puppet theater group Das Helmi, as well as –for various events and festivals – the House of World Cultures Berlin, Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V., Podewil, Kampnagel, Tanznacht Berlin 2002 & 2004, Tanz im August 2005, and the Brazilian dance festival brasil move berlim 2009 and 2011. From 2005-2009, she was an honorary board member of ztberlin e.V., umbrella organization for contemporary dance Berlin. In 2006, she co-founded ehrliche arbeit – freelance office for culture as a platform for the independent performing arts community in Berlin and beyond and is a member of the new artistic directing team of the agora collective in Berlin-Neukölln since 2018.

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Paz Ponce (Cádiz, 1985, ES) is a Berlin-based independent curator & arts educator. With a background in art history (Universidad Complutense, Madrid / Freie Universität, Berlin), she researches on the collective context in which art is produced and mediated, with a special focus on self-organization and the culture of cooperativism, departing from the Arendtian notion of “the common interest” (Welt-Bezug). Her practice is oriented towards the development of co-creation formats in a collaborative and networked environment in Berlin and abroad, via archival research projects, art in residency programs and learning platforms open to the participation of artists and communities. She understands her curatorial role as an active mediation of thought-processes derived from the experience of encountering art. She is an associative member of: Calipsofacto Curators (Madrid, 2010), berlinerpool arts network (2013), Agora Collective (2016), Club Real artist collective (2017), Kap Hoorn (2018), and lecturer at Node Center for Curatorial Studies in Berlin. Upcoming projects: “Micro-Utopias: Cartographies of Relational Art in Berlin” – IV Edition of AFFECT Program for Collaborative Artistic Practices in Berlin (Agora Collective, Summer 2018) / “ ¡n[s]urgênç!as”: Networking events program for Latinoamerican artists in Berlin (Agora Collective, Autumn 2018) / “If you would be on an island… Laboratorio Artístico de San Agustín: 10 Years of Contextual Art in Cuba” (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba, XVIII Biennial of Havanna, Spring 2019).  www.pazponce.com