East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Imaginary school for the future of the (art) institutions


Imaginary school for the future of the (art) institutions


What if none of the conditions of work that we knew are left? How can we regain the notion of democracy and reclaim the imagination, taken over by the populist narratives? Where to find a space that would not be trapped between the frames of ‘capitalist realism’ on one hand and neo-nationalism on the other?

The aim of the Imaginary School is to enable a free, independent exchange of ideas and experiences, to reinforce a real dialogue and long-term cooperation of performing artists and thinkers in Europe, to reclaim the notion of democracy and to open ways to imagine possible (and impossible) alternatives of being together. It is an answer to the populist, nationalist wave in the Eastern European societies and a space for imagining what seems unimaginable.

The first edition of the project focuses on the topic of artistic institutions in the socio-political and economic context of populism on one hand and late capitalism on the other. It will aim at inventing, naming and practicing ways of reclaiming institutions as public good and common wealth.



East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP)



BADco., Zagreb, Croatia

ColectivA, Cluj, Romania

Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany

Lokomotiva Center for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture, Skopje, Macedonia

Nomad Dance Academy, Ljubljana, Slovenia


The project is realised thanks to the support from Allianz Kulturstiftung


Project curators

Marta Keil, Grzegorz Reske (Reskeil)



Seminar in Giessen | 2-6 December in Giessen, Germany | Program

You can download the detailed program here.


Monday, 2 December 2019

19.00 – 20.00 Lecture: Ana Vujanović

20.00 – 20.45 Discussion / Bojana Kunst


Tuesday, 3 December 2019

10.15 –12.15 Talk / Presentation of the book A Live Gathering: Performance and Politics in Contemporary Europe A. Vujanović, L. A. Piazza (eds.), b_books, Berlin 2019

16.30 – 18.30 Case Study #1: Czarne Szmaty https://czszkontakt.wixsite.com/czsz

20.00 – 21.00 Lecture: Valeria Graziano

21.00 – 21.45 Discussion / Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski


Wednesday, 4 December 2019

15.00 – 17.45 Case Study #2: Swoosh Lieu https://swooshlieu.hotglue.me 2

19.00 – 20.00 Lecture: Livia Piazza

20.00 – 20.45 Discussion / Goran Sergej Pristaš


Thursday, 5 December 2019

19.00 – 20.00 Lecture: Henrike Kohpeiß

20.00 – 20.45 Discussion / Marta Keil


Friday, 6 December 2019

closed for participants ATW






Seminar in Lublin | 22-24 September in Lublin, Poland | Program


22th September, Sunday



Events in frames of Meet the Neighbours project:

Osiedle Słowackiego, LSM, Lublin


Asa Horvitz feat. Albert Karch & Kuba Więcek | Open Sound | concert | Labirynth Gallery, 5 Popiełuszki Str., Lublin

20.00, 21.00

Ludomir Franczak | Ludomir Franczak | 6 / mobile theatre | performance | “Miejsce” studio, ul. Balladyny 16 (Osiedle Słowackiego, LSM, Lublin https://Labirynth.com/miejsce-pracownia-magdaleny-i-ludomira-franczakow/ | registration required: [email protected] | admission free)


23rd September, Monday


Osiedle Słowackiego, LSM, Lublin

9.00, 10.00, 11.00, 12.00 (5-7 people each our)
Iwona Nowacka and Janek Turkowski | ^| video - performance | market ul. Wileńska

Barbara Gryka | Architecture From the Inside | exhibition

Magdalena Franczak | Stacze | installation | “Miejsce” studio, ul. Balladyny 16

10:00 - 18.00

Benjamin Verdonck | letter | “Miejsce” studio, ul. Balladyny 16


13.00-14.00 lunch in Labyrinth Gallery


Labyrinth Gallery

14.00 opening

14.15 - 15.30 Care and the practice of performance | Bojana Kunst, professor | Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Justus-Liebig University Giessen | lecture and discussion

15.30-15.45 break

15.45 - 17.00 We want to work here! - curatorial strategies for spaces of interdependence | Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski, executive director | Lokomotiva – Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture, Skopje | presentation and discussion

19.00 dinner | Café Trybunalska, Rynek 4, 20-400 Lublin



19.00 or 20.00
Ludomir Franczak | Ludomir Franczak | 6 / mobile theatre | performance | “Miejsce” studio, ul. Balladyny 16 (Osiedle Słowackiego, LSM, Lublin https://Labirynth.com/miejsce-pracownia-magdaleny-i-ludomira-franczakow/ | registration required: [email protected] | admission free)



24 September, Tuesday, Labyrinth Gallery

10.00-11.15 The worst is yet to come | Beata Barda director | Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest | presentation and discussion

11.15-11.30 break

11.30-12.30 Feminist Institution - the Agreement project at Teatr Powszechny in Warszawa | Marta Keil, curator | EEPAP /Performing Arts Institute, Warszawa

12.30-13.00 wrap up session

13.00-14.00 lunch


departure / optional:

14.00-15.30 CREART CONFERENCE, Labyrinth Gallery: Affects and Archetypes: Can We Ever Unlearn Nation? | Övül Durmuşoğlu, curator, writer, researcher | Berlin/Istanbul

15.45 CREART CONFERENCE, Labyrinth Gallery: Anti-fascism in the age of anti-communism | lecture | Vasyl Cherepanyn | head of Visual Culture Research Center (VCRC), Kiev

more information on the conference: http://labirynt.com/en/jak-rozmawiac-ze-strzelba-ktora-chce-sie-zabic-sztuka-w-dobie-post-prawdy-teorii-spiskowych-i-negacjonizmu-konferencja/




Beata Barda studied first English and History then Dramaturgy, worked for Pro Helvetia for a while and since 2006 has been working in Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, first as  programmer, then as artistic director and since 2017 as  executive director.


Marta Keil performing arts curator, researcher and dramaturg, based in Warsaw. Together with Grzegorz Reske works as a curatorial tandem Reskeil. Since 2019 co-runs Performing Arts Institute in Warsaw, Poland. She initated the EEPAP and worked as curator and dramaturg with i.e. Agnieszka Jakimiak, Rabih Mroué, Agata Siniarska, Ana Vujanović. Editor of several books, incl. „Choreography: Politicality” (2018) and „Reclaiming the Obvious: on the Institution of Festival” (2017).


Bojana Kunst is philosopher, dance and theatre theoretician, dramatist and teacher. She works as a professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Science at Justus – Liebig University Giessen. She is living in Frankfurt, Germany. Her primary research and teaching interests are contemporary dance and performance with the special focus on the late 20th century and 21st century. She also teaches history of performance, media arts, philosophy and political theory.


Biljana Tanurovska Kjulavkovski is a cultural worker and curator in performing arts based in Skopje, co-founder and executive director of Lokomotiva, co-founder Nomad Dance Academy (NDA) and Kino Kultura- project space for contemporary performing arts and culture. She has initiated, curated and managed various projects and programs related to the contemporary arts, cultural policy, regional and international collaboration, etc. She has authored several articles and co-edited multiple magazines and books. She is visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Music Arts in Skopje, Macedonia and other programs and Universities. She holds PhD from the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade. 



Monika Kwaśniewska Mikuła (PHD, lecturer at Jagiellonian University in Kraków), Piotr Morawski (professor, University of Warsaw), Stanisław Godlewski (lecturer, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań) and students from Jagiellonian University in Kraków, University of Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Theatre Academy in Warsaw.


Artistic program is realised in frames of the Meet the Neighbours project which addresses questions around changes in city environments, comparing 5 different yet relatable urban conditions. How are cities changing shape and what is the role of artists in the process? How can artists have a progressive and critical voice in relation to urban regeneration and development? How is access to cultural provision affected by the presence of artists in neighbourhoods? How can artists create space and relationships where conversations and action might occur?

In Lublin, the project will take place in the residential district of Lubelska Spółdzielnia Mieszkaniowa (LSM), which was born of a utopian urban living project in the 1960s. The core activities will happen at Osiedle Słowackiego settlement. Its architects, Zofia and Oskar Hansen, imagined the city as a common wealth, with shared spaces and responsibilities.

But today these ambitious ideals appear to have failed: shared spaces lie abandonedand uncared for and the idea of the common needs to be revisited.


Artists: Magdalena Franczak, Ludomir Franczak, Barbara Gryka, Asa Horvitz, Iwona Nowacka, Janek Turkowski, Benjamin Verdonck

Curators: ResKeil (Grzegorz Reske & Marta Keil)


Meet the Neighbours is a three-year cross-artform project inviting artists into rapidly evolving neighbourhoods in five cities across Europe and North Africa. Co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme, Meet the Neighbours is taking place in Manchester and Salford, UK; Béthune, Lillers & Bruay-la-Bussiere, France; Lublin, Poland; Marrakech, Morocco; and Groningen, Netherlands.