RESA – Residency for Exchange and Sustainability in the Arts

Transnational Research Residencies
Within The Field of Choreography

Dansehallerne has invited a European network of arts organisations, academic research platforms and artist-driven venues active in the field of choreography, to design a pilot programme dedicated to experienced, mid-career choreographers conducting research with own artistic practice as its base and object, aiming for deepened insights, knowledge and collegial exchange needed for artistic development and sustainability in the field.

RESA is a part of The Artist’s Research Lab and Residency Programme

Current Artist in Residency

Eva Meyer-Keller is the first artist to be supported by RESA pilot programme.

Eva Meyer-Keller (*1972) lives and works in Berlin. Eva works at the interface of choreography, performance and visual art and has a fascination for natural sciences and trans-disciplinary approaches. Before graduating from the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam she studied photography and Visual Arts in Berlin (Hochschule der Künste) and London (Central St. Martins and King’s College).

Photo: Rhonda Repotente

Her artwork is distinguished by its meticulous attention to detail. Eva often uses everyday objects from her immediate surroundings, things that she finds at home, in the supermarket or in the tool shed. This lends the work an obsessive, domestic aesthetic. Her working method is marked by a constructive disregard for the imposition of any boundary between visual and performing arts. Throughout her artistic career, Eva has developed a number of solo and group performance pieces, as well as exhibition, installations, films and workshop formats. She has held on-going teaching positions at several degree programs across Europe since 2010, for example at HZT (Inter- University Centre for Dance Berlin (2010-2018), DOCH (Dans och Circus Högskolan, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2018) and the MA course ‘The Autonimous Actor’ in Stockholm, ZHdk (2012, 2013) in Zurich, den Danske Scene Kunst Skole in Kopenhagen (2016), Applied Theater Studies at the HfBK in Dresden (2016), Erg, École Supérieure des Arts, Brussels (2018). For the Winter Semester 2013/14 she was a guest professor at the University of Hildesheim and developed the performance project “Deus ex Machina” with the students of the BA and MA courses.

Her works include the performances “Death Is Certain” (2002, performed in more than 200 venues around the world), “Pulling Strings” (KunstenFestivaldesArts, Brussels, 2013), the installations VOLKSBALLONS (2004 Palast der Republik, 2013 Centre Pompidou-Metz) and “Handmade” (NGBK Berlin, Bonniers Konsthall Stockholm, Palais de Tokyo Paris).

Eva develops projects alone and in collaboration with other artists, such as Uta Eisenreich, Sybille Müller and Kate McIntosh. She also lends herself as a deviser and performer to other choreographers and works as a dramaturgical advisor/ mentor.

She has worked with Baktruppen, Jérôme Bel, Christine De Smedt/ les Ballets C de la B (9×9), Juan Dominguez, Kate McIntosh and Agnes Meyer-Brandis.

What are RESA objectives?

  • Support the development of artistic quality, content and substance
  • Exchange and disseminate knowledge, experiences and insights within the field and across borders
  • Promote artists, creating new professional opportunities and expanding markets
  • Create sustainable careers, supporting activities that provide new skills and know-how in a strong collegial setting

What is a transnational residency?
The network has created a support scheme complimentary to existing residency formats and academic opportunities, in order to support the transnational research trajectories of artists. The network is committed to artists’ development by supporting each participant to shape the best transnational research trajectory, connect with artists and academic researchers, and make the most of opportunities existing in the different European contexts. The network has a solid expertise and benefits from the knowledge and other resources of its galaxies of contacts at local, regional, national as well as international levels. The network aims at establishing a quality and trustful dialogue with artists, on the long-term, and provide them with tailor-made services.