Forecast 7 will culminate in a two-day festival at Radialsystem on March 17–18, to conclude the 2022-23 edition of the mentorship program.
The seventh edition of the Forecast Festival presents new projects by artists, performers, filmmakers, and creative thinkers as they get their world premiere in Berlin at Radialsystem following a months-long collaboration with renowned mentors. From stand-up comedy to deconstructed magic, cinematic explorations, and vocal experimentations, the six mentees will showcase their projects through concerts, performances, installations, and conversations. In addition, the six mentors will share insights into their work and the themes that inspire and move them.
The mentors of Forecast’s seventh edition, who have selected their respective mentees and supervised their project development, are comedian and author Daliso Chaponda (Malawi), investigative journalist Alia Ibrahim (Lebanon), artist Ana Prvački (Romania/ Serbia), choreographer Florentina Holzinger (Austria), artist and filmmaker Laura Huertas Millán (Colombia/France), and vocalist Rully Shabara (Indonesia).
A Brief Overview of the Festival Program:
Friday 17 March, from 7:30pm
Florentina Holzinger Site-aware performance on the theme of Bodies in Action
Tom Cassani Expanded Magic
A mind-bending series of deconstructed sleight of hand that highlights the performing body as an unreliable measure of truth and a site of apparent deception.
Mia Štark An Anthology of Glances
A performance taking place within a multi-media installation that challenges our habits of looking and seeing and touches on the absurd in exploring how these can be expanded by using the body in unexpected ways.
Florentina Holzinger, Tom Cassani, Mia Štark, and Ana Prvački In conversation
On pushing the limits of performance art, deconstructing physical practices, and redefining the role of the audience.
Ana Prvački German premiere of a mystery piece
Saturday 18 March, from 5pm
Luciana Decker Orozco What Humans See as Blood, Jaguars See as Chicha
A film installation relating ancient oral traditions from the Bolivian Andes that imbue nature with personhood to revere and protect it.
Laura Huertas Millán Screening and discussion on strategies of resistance and survival in her moving-image work
Alexis Guillier Purgatoire (Cinema that Kills)
An immersive screening that looks at a deadly fire that broke out on the set of the 1969 Lebanese film Koullouna Fidayoun by Gary Garabedian, delving into the complexity of the film’s context, the precariousness of Lebanese cinema, and the investigation of the accident.
The screening is followed by a conversation between Alexis Guillier and investigative journalist Alia Ibrahim, moderated by writer and performer Sofi Naufal.
Alia Ibrahim Screening and talk based on the experience of a refugee in Berlin
Daliso Chaponda An intimate stand-up performance
Hamza Baig The Marblous Four
A screening of the first episode of a live-action series that reimagines the traditional Pakistani game of Five Stones with a female superhero twist.
Peny Chan 鳳殞 (Sorrow of the Phoenix)
An experimental reinterpretation of the Peking Opera style of singing, focusing on the traditional character of the concubine. Chan seeks to give agency to the female character with a richer, more versatile, and sometimes discordant voice.
Rully Shabara An exploration of the voice as a medium of creation, and language as material for experimentation
Workshops by LINA fellows Studio Inscape and Tevi Allan Mensah (from 3pm)
Forecast Mentorships for Audacious Minds
Forecast offers artists and creative thinkers from anywhere in the world the chance to work with accomplished mentors toward bringing their projects to fruition. Forecast transcends neatly defined disciplines and genres to provide insight into creative production processes, and carve out space for the questions on the minds of the next generation of trailblazers.
For each edition, Forecast selects six mentors of various disciplines who offer selected participants their expertise in specifying and realizing their project ideas.
In addition to the one-on-one mentorship program, Forecast also encompasses the workshop series Forecast Condensed; and is the initiator of collaborative projects with multiple institutional partners, such as Driving the Human (2020–2023) and Housing the Human (2018–2019).
“This international mentorship program again proves that encouraging strong artistic visions is worthwhile not only because doing so lays the foundations for future careers, but also because it allows creativity to flourish. This approach effectively facilitates talent by applying a global model spanning all regions of the world while also providing targeted, personal support. Mentoring here means focusing attention on each individual and their aims, interests, skills, and specific approaches. With its mentorship program, Forecast opens up space and provides access, letting creativity take center stage and forging uncomplicated, direct human connections.” Minister of State Claudia Roth, then Vice President of the Bundestag, 2020, about Forecast.
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