The International Performance Association (IPA)

The International Performance Association (IPA) is an expanding network of process oriented artists, devoted to cultural awareness through the professional practice of performance art. IPA strives to provide a platform for such artists from all over the globe to exchange ideas and initiate progress in the world of performance art. Founded as IPAH e.V. in 2006, we have formed a series of workshops, performance festivals and meetings that encourage the development of participants‘ artistic endeavors.
In 2012 the original organization was split. IPAH e.V. still remains in Hildesheim/Germany. The original IPAH Summercamp and the Platform For Young Performance Artists is from now on organized by IPA, seated in Hanau/Germany, under the new title IPA Summer. In 2012, IPA Istanbul was established as partner organizations.

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Heike Pfingsten; Performance Art Meeting 2006, Hildesheim; Photographer: Jürgen Fritz

I PA arose from a seminar, which Jürgen Fritz had held in winter 2005 at the University Hildesheim. In spring 2006 he founded together with students the International Performance Association Hildesheim (IPAH e.V.). In summer 2006, the first summercamp with students from the University took place. The first teachers had been Boris Nieslony and Jürgen Fritz. In autumn 2006, the first meeting for Performance Art was organized, already with the partizipation of international artists: Marylin Arsem USA), Clemente Padin (Uruguay), Gusztav Üto (Romania), Boris Nieslony and Christopher Hewitt from Germany.
A special thanks for the development and commitment to the IPAH e.V. shall include: Adina Bier, Malte Beisenherz, Markus Gustav Brinkmann, Lisa Bauer, Tesi Gburek, Nadine Grobeis, Sascha A. Hermeth, Mayte Kappel Rovira, Isa Lange, Malte Pfeiffer, Heike Pfingsten, Kathrin Weber – Krüger and Sina Wachenfeld.

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Jürgen Fritz, Performance mit Black Market International, Aalborg 2015, Photographer: Peter Lind

J ürgen Fritz is the artistic director of the IPA Summer. Since the founding of IPAH e.V. he is instrumental in the design and implementation of all events.1982 – 1990 he worked as a theater director, curator and actor, since 1984 as performance artist. He is co-founder of Black Market International, since the beginning of this international Cooperation of Performance Artists with whom he works since 1985. He showed his performances in all countries of Europe, the USA, Canada, Mexico Asia and Australia. Since 2012 he lives as free lance artist in Hanau, Germany. He is co- founder of the International Performance Association (IPAH, registered association) and artistic director of the festival of performance art ZOOM!, co-founder and co-organizer of the Platform for Young Performance Artists and the IPA Summer. Since 1995 he is a lecturer in performance art at different Universities in Germany.

IPA Summer History

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IPA Summer 2011, Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben, Berlin, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Summer 2007, RAW Tempel, Berlin, Fotograf Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Summer 2008, Schloss Bröllin, Fotograf Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Summer 2009, Schloss Bröllin, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Summer, Schloss Bröllin, 2009, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Summer, Schloss Bröllin, 2009, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Summer, Schloss Bröllin, 2009, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Summer 2011, Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben, Berlin, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Summer 2011, Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben, Berlin, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Summer Istanbul 2012, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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Rocio Boliver, IPA Summer Bucharest 2014, Photo by Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Bristol 2015 - Photographer Juergen Fritz

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IPA VENICE 2016 - Photographer Juergen Fritz

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IPA The Hague 2017 - Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA The Hague 2017 - Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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Aino Sirje, IPA The Hague 2017 - Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA The Hague 2017 - Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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Platform Lublin 2017, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Summer Istanbul 2012

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IPAH 2006, Performance Art Festival, Hildesheim

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IPAH 2006, Performance Art Festival, Hildesheim

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Festival Emerging Artists, Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben, Berlin, 2009, Photographer Arielle Bier

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Festival Emerging Artists, Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben, Berlin, 2009, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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Festival Emerging Artists, Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben, Berlin, 2010, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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Festival Emerging Artists, Kunstfabrik am Flutgraben, Berlin, 2010, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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Platform Istanbul 2012

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Platform Istanbul 2012

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Platform Istanbul 2013, Performance in Hayderpasa, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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Platform Istanbul Istanbul 2013, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Summer 2014, Workshop Presentation at the Pionierul Factury in Bucharest, August 31st 2014, Photo by Juergen Fritz

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IPA Summer 2014, Workshop Presentation at the Pionierul Factury in Bucharest, August 31st 2014, Photo by Juergen Fritz

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IPA Summer 2014, Workshop Presentation at the Pionierul Factury in Bucharest, August 31st 2014, Photo by Juergen Fritz

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IPA Summer 2014, Workshop Presentation at the Pionierul Factury in Bucharest, August 31st 2014, Photo by Juergen Fritz

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IPA Venice 2016 - Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Venice 2016 - Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Venice 2016 - Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA Venice 2016 - Photographer Jürgen Fritz

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IPA VENICE 2016 - Photographer Juergen Fritz

I n 2006 it was the first time that the IPA Summer took place. In this time it was called IPAH Summer Camp. The idea was, to install workshop for the artists from Hildesheim, to create a situation for the exchange with experienced artists. But already in 2007 young artists from 11 different nations took part. Since 2008 IPAH cooperated with the Performer Stammtisch and the Flutgraben e.V. from Berlin. In this year, the results from the workshops were shown publicly, what was continued from 2009 on as Platform For Young Performance Artists. The Platform was mainly organized by Janine Eisenächer from the Flutgraben e.V.. In 2010 the “Conference about teaching Performance Art” was initiated by Jürgen Fritz.

Thus, the IPA Summer consists of three parts: the workshops, the Platform and the Conference. In 2012 the IPA Summer took place for the first time in Istanbul, followed by Bucharest and Bristol. Until IPA Summer 2017 in The Hague, 401 artists from 42 different nations took part in the IPA events.

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Origin of the participants since 2006

A bout the IPA Workshops: Most workshop participants are young artists who are professionally engaged in the practice of performance art. The workshops are open to age, the average age is between 20 and 35 years. There are about 45 invited participants who are taught in three groups. The teachers are well-known international performance artists. When we invite teachers, it is important for us, that they have developed an own artistic position. The educational qualification is of secondary importance for us, i.e. we usually invite any professors from universities, unless they are in the sense mentioned above artistically active and well known.

The workshops have been funded solely from the registration fees of participants, we get any public subsidies. Nevertheless, we try to keep registration fees to a minimum. There is no profit motive. It is important for us to also facilitate the participation of those artists who have little financial opportunity.

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Ximan Wank (China), Olga Skliarska (Ukrain);
Photographer Jürgen Fritz

The Performance Platform Lublin 2017 was organized by the Performance Art Foundation Lublin in cooperation with IPA. 27 young artists from mainly Eastern European countries took part. The workshops lasted 5 days followed by a three-day festival. All events took place in the Galeria Labirynt in Lublin.

Workshops led by Marylin Arsem (USA), Martin Zet (Czech Republik) and Jürgen Fritz (Germany).

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Lisanne van Brakel (NL), IPA The Hague 2017 – Photographer Jürgen Fritz

This year IPA worked with P. S – Performance Site Den Haag and PAS – Performance Art Studies on the topic of „the poetic in performance art“. The event lasted 12 days and included one-week workshops, live performances by local and internationally renowned artists, premieres, lectures, panel discussions, presentations and screenings. The events took place in Quartair, the former ‘The Hague Breadfactory‘ and in the ‘Nutshuis‘. 15 participants from 11 nations.

Workshop led by BBB Johannes Deimling and Jürgen Fritz, both from Germany. Organised by P.S. Performance Site The Hague, Jolanda Jansen and Lisetteh.

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Kimi Nguyen (UK), Gulhatun Yildirim (TR);
IPA Venice 2016

In the framework of the Learning Program of the Venice International Performance Art
Week, Studio Contemporaneo in collaboration with Live Arts Cultures and IPA presented
IPA Venice 2016. IPA Venice 2016 took place in the performing art work space – Palmanova
Pavillion in Forte Marghera, led by the Live Arts Cultures association and located
inside the former military area of Forte Marghera just 10 minutes from the island of Venice.
28 Participants from 16 different countries.

Workshop led by VestAndPage (Germany/Italy) and Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Organised by Live Arts Culture, Marianna Andrigo and Aldo Aliprandi.

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Thursday 22nd October 14:00-16:00, Castle Park
Artists
Alba Murcia (Spain)
Nicole Murmann (Switzerland)
Oozing Gloop Ye Olde (UK)
Taz Burns (UK)
Bojana Videkanic (Canada)
Pete Kennedy (UK)
Andrea Greenwood (UK)
Jolanda Jansen (Netherlands)
Carol Andrea Montealegre Pinzón (Colombia)

2015 – IPA Autumn Bristol. The first week we could run in Glastonbury / Uk, the magical home of King Arthur, the Round Table and the Holy Grail. The second week, organized by Eva Martino and Fay Stevens in Bristol, with performances at the Arnolfini, St. Nicholas Market and Bristol Harbour. Symposium entitled „Where performance Happens“. 21 participants from 12 countries. In collabaration with Arnolfini, organised by IPA Bristol Eva Martino and Fay Stevens. Performances in the Arnolfini, at St Nicholas Market and Bristol Harbour. Workshop led bei VestAndPage and Jürgen Fritz.

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Ines Miguel, IPA Summer 2014 Istanbul, Tarabya, Istanbul, Photo Juergen Fritz

In 2014, we conducted the IPA Summer in Istanbul and Bucharest. In Istanbul, the workshops were led by Nezaket Ekici and Jürgen Fritz with a total of 31 participants from 12 different nations. In collaboration with the Academy of Culture Tarabya, Salt Galata, MIXER, Space Debris and the Proje 4L.


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IPA Summer 2014, Workshop Presentation at the Pionierul Factury in Bucharest, August 31st 2014, Photo by Juergen Fritz

In Bucharest, we were able to run 3 workshops, led by Rocio Boliver, Zierle & Carter, and Jürgen Fritz. It was attended by 31 artists from 13 countries. Partners were Platforma Space and Pionierul factory.

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In 2013 there was great political unrest in Istanbul, hence the IPA Summer almost had to be canceled. Fortunately, we were able to conduct the workshops with 14 participants from 7 different countries in two groups. Workshops, conference and round table in Istanbul. Teacher: VestANDPage (Italy/Germany), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Koza Visual, Mixer, Salt Galata, Istanbul Modern, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Siemens Sanat.

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48 Participants from 21 different countries. Workshops, platform for young performance artists and round table in Istanbul. Teacher: Lynn Lu (Singapore/UK), Roi Vaara, (Finland), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Koza Visual. See Video Gallery. See Gallery of Participants here

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41 Participants from 9 countries. Workshops, platform for young performance artists and round table in Berlin. Teacher: He Chengyao (China), Ray Langenbach (Malaysia), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Flutgraben e.V. und Glogau Air
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Manuela Centrone, IPAH Summercamp 2010, Schloss Bröllin; Photographer Jürgen Fritz

43 participants from 14 countries, workshops at Schloss Bröllin/Germany, platform and round table in Berlin. Teacher: Kira O´Reilly (UK), Bartolomé Ferrando (Spain), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Schloss Bröllin und Flutgraben e.V.

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Tina Kramer, IPAH Summercamp 2009,
Schloss Bröllin; Photographer Jürgen Fritz

43 participants from 12 countries. Teacher: Klara Schilliger und Valerian Maly (CH), Elvira Santamaria Torres (Mexico), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Schloss Bröllin und Flutgraben e.V.

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Christine Haase, IPAH Summercamp 2008, Schloss Bröllin, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

41 participants from 13 countries. Teacher: Adina Bar-On (Israel), Arti Grabowski (Poland), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Schloss Bröllin und Flutgraben e.V..

See Gallery

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Neil Jefferies, IPAH Summercamp 2007, RAW Temple Berlin, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

24 participants from 11 countries. Teacher: Monali Meher (India), Alastair MacLennan (Irland), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Workshop at RAW Tempel, Berlin. See Gallery

First Summercamp at Fusion Ground in Eastern Germany. 18 participants from Germany. Teacher: Boris Nieslony (Germany) and Jürgen Fritz (Germany).

2017 - Lublin
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Ximan Wank (China), Olga Skliarska (Ukrain);
Photographer Jürgen Fritz

The Performance Platform Lublin 2017 was organized by the Performance Art Foundation Lublin in cooperation with IPA. 27 young artists from mainly Eastern European countries took part. The workshops lasted 5 days followed by a three-day festival. All events took place in the Galeria Labirynt in Lublin.

Workshops led by Marylin Arsem (USA), Martin Zet (Czech Republik) and Jürgen Fritz (Germany).

2017 - The Hague
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Lisanne van Brakel (NL), IPA The Hague 2017 – Photographer Jürgen Fritz

This year IPA worked with P. S – Performance Site Den Haag and PAS – Performance Art Studies on the topic of „the poetic in performance art“. The event lasted 12 days and included one-week workshops, live performances by local and internationally renowned artists, premieres, lectures, panel discussions, presentations and screenings. The events took place in Quartair, the former ‘The Hague Breadfactory‘ and in the ‘Nutshuis‘. 15 participants from 11 nations.

Workshop led by BBB Johannes Deimling and Jürgen Fritz, both from Germany. Organised by P.S. Performance Site The Hague, Jolanda Jansen and Lisetteh.

2016
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Kimi Nguyen (UK), Gulhatun Yildirim (TR);
IPA Venice 2016

In the framework of the Learning Program of the Venice International Performance Art
Week, Studio Contemporaneo in collaboration with Live Arts Cultures and IPA presented
IPA Venice 2016. IPA Venice 2016 took place in the performing art work space – Palmanova
Pavillion in Forte Marghera, led by the Live Arts Cultures association and located
inside the former military area of Forte Marghera just 10 minutes from the island of Venice.
28 Participants from 16 different countries.

Workshop led by VestAndPage (Germany/Italy) and Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Organised by Live Arts Culture, Marianna Andrigo and Aldo Aliprandi.

2015
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Thursday 22nd October 14:00-16:00, Castle Park
Artists
Alba Murcia (Spain)
Nicole Murmann (Switzerland)
Oozing Gloop Ye Olde (UK)
Taz Burns (UK)
Bojana Videkanic (Canada)
Pete Kennedy (UK)
Andrea Greenwood (UK)
Jolanda Jansen (Netherlands)
Carol Andrea Montealegre Pinzón (Colombia)

2015 – IPA Autumn Bristol. The first week we could run in Glastonbury / Uk, the magical home of King Arthur, the Round Table and the Holy Grail. The second week, organized by Eva Martino and Fay Stevens in Bristol, with performances at the Arnolfini, St. Nicholas Market and Bristol Harbour. Symposium entitled „Where performance Happens“. 21 participants from 12 countries. In collabaration with Arnolfini, organised by IPA Bristol Eva Martino and Fay Stevens. Performances in the Arnolfini, at St Nicholas Market and Bristol Harbour. Workshop led bei VestAndPage and Jürgen Fritz.

2014
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Ines Miguel, IPA Summer 2014 Istanbul, Tarabya, Istanbul, Photo Juergen Fritz

In 2014, we conducted the IPA Summer in Istanbul and Bucharest. In Istanbul, the workshops were led by Nezaket Ekici and Jürgen Fritz with a total of 31 participants from 12 different nations. In collaboration with the Academy of Culture Tarabya, Salt Galata, MIXER, Space Debris and the Proje 4L.


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IPA Summer 2014, Workshop Presentation at the Pionierul Factury in Bucharest, August 31st 2014, Photo by Juergen Fritz

In Bucharest, we were able to run 3 workshops, led by Rocio Boliver, Zierle & Carter, and Jürgen Fritz. It was attended by 31 artists from 13 countries. Partners were Platforma Space and Pionierul factory.

2013

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In 2013 there was great political unrest in Istanbul, hence the IPA Summer almost had to be canceled. Fortunately, we were able to conduct the workshops with 14 participants from 7 different countries in two groups. Workshops, conference and round table in Istanbul. Teacher: VestANDPage (Italy/Germany), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Koza Visual, Mixer, Salt Galata, Istanbul Modern, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and Siemens Sanat.
2012

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48 Participants from 21 different countries. Workshops, platform for young performance artists and round table in Istanbul. Teacher: Lynn Lu (Singapore/UK), Roi Vaara, (Finland), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Koza Visual. See Video Gallery. See Gallery of Participants here
2011

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41 Participants from 9 countries. Workshops, platform for young performance artists and round table in Berlin. Teacher: He Chengyao (China), Ray Langenbach (Malaysia), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Flutgraben e.V. und Glogau Air
2010
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Manuela Centrone, IPAH Summercamp 2010, Schloss Bröllin; Photographer Jürgen Fritz

43 participants from 14 countries, workshops at Schloss Bröllin/Germany, platform and round table in Berlin. Teacher: Kira O´Reilly (UK), Bartolomé Ferrando (Spain), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Schloss Bröllin und Flutgraben e.V.

2009
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Tina Kramer, IPAH Summercamp 2009,
Schloss Bröllin; Photographer Jürgen Fritz

43 participants from 12 countries. Teacher: Klara Schilliger und Valerian Maly (CH), Elvira Santamaria Torres (Mexico), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Schloss Bröllin und Flutgraben e.V.

2008
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Christine Haase, IPAH Summercamp 2008, Schloss Bröllin, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

41 participants from 13 countries. Teacher: Adina Bar-On (Israel), Arti Grabowski (Poland), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Partner: Schloss Bröllin und Flutgraben e.V..

See Gallery

2007
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Neil Jefferies, IPAH Summercamp 2007, RAW Temple Berlin, Photographer Jürgen Fritz

24 participants from 11 countries. Teacher: Monali Meher (India), Alastair MacLennan (Irland), Jürgen Fritz (Germany). Workshop at RAW Tempel, Berlin. See Gallery

2006

First Summercamp at Fusion Ground in Eastern Germany. 18 participants from Germany. Teacher: Boris Nieslony (Germany) and Jürgen Fritz (Germany).

A bout the „Platform For Young Performance Artists“: The platform serves primarily for networking and the exchange between artists of the IPA summer and artists from the region. It takes place in the week following the IPA workshops. Through this link, the platform receives a sometimes chaotic and anarchic liveliness, which differs pleasantly from other festivals. On two days here can be seen about 40 performances.

T he “Conference on the Teaching of Performance Art“ serves for the exchange of views about the methodology of the workshop. The invited workshop teachers will present their approach, and guest lecturers are invited to contribute on the subject.

IPA Teacher since 2006 (in random order)

IPA Organisers

IPA Summer 2006 – 2019 – A Brief overview (PDF Download)