In his work, Colombian performance artist, researcher and lecturer Carlos Monroy questions the boundaries between the so-called repertoires of high, popular and mass culture, with the aim of exposing persistent colonial power structures. He has lived in São Paulo/Brazil since 2006. Upon awarding the fellowship to Carlos Monroy, the jury wrote: »Carlos Monroy’s work is based on strategies of appropriation. He investigates the influence of colonial transit, established over centuries, on local and global identities, revealing the subtle relationship between tradition, the behavior of the body and capitalism, as well as the effects of contemporary colonialism. During his fellowship period, Carlos Monroy will explore the historical demonology and origins of the »Alemannic Fasnet« dating back to the 13th century. He creates connections between ancient nautical charts, Catholic imagery and Greek mythology and links them to the realization of these ideas as found in the carnivals of Kye-Marn in Haiti, Rio Sucio in Colombia, Yare in Venezuela and Pancuartamo in Peru.«
Carlos Monroy will be a fellow in the context of Tanzpakt Stuttgart for six months in 2021.
The two fellowship holders will receive a monthly stipend of EUR 1,200 and ancillary funds of EUR 3,500. Both fellows will live at Akademie Schloss Solitude during their stay and will be able to use a rehearsal room at the Produktionszentrum Tanz + Performance. They can also lead and participate in the weekly professional training at the Produktionszentrum and in take part in workshops.
At the end of each residency, the results are presented in a format chosen by the fellows themselves. Participation in festivals that may take place is also offered (such as »SEEDS Dance Laboratory« in September 2021).
The jury consisted of Elke aus dem Moore (director, Akademie Schloss Solitude), Isabell Ohst (CEO, Produktionszentrum Tanz und Performance e.V.), Ash Bulayev (curator, artist and director of the Onassis residency program in Athens), and Karin Kirchhoff (curator of the Tanz! Heilbronn festival at Theater Heilbronn).
The residency fellowships are the result of a collaboration between Akademie Schloss Solitude and Produktionszentrum Tanz + Performance within the context of TANZPAKT Stuttgart. The alliance of the Cultural Office of the State Capital of Stuttgart, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Freie Tanz- und Theaterszene Stuttgart, Musik der Jahrhunderte, Produktionszentrum Tanz und Performance and Theater Rampe establishes and consolidates sustainable structures for continuous international exchange on the subject of artistic production at the highest level, qualitatively expanding the dance network in Stuttgart.
The fellowships are funded by the TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with the support of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), the special program »NEUSTART KULTUR« (BKM) and the State Capital of Stuttgart.