In music the program has included Alexander Krichel (piano), Valentin Radutiu (cello), Olivia Trummer (jazz) and the Signum Quartet (chamber music), while in theater we have supported the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art [LINK TO www.hfs-berlin.de] and in the visual arts (as part of the invitation to art colleges series) the University of Art and Design Halle, Düsseldorf Art Academy and, most recently, Leipzig Academy of Fine Arts.
From the 2016/17 season, we are refocusing the program and placing it on a broader basis. As well as fostering individuals, we will be giving greater weighting to project ideas aligned to the original idea of stART. What does that mean? Alongside our established activities, we will be giving greater space to the idea of patronage of the arts. Financial support is an important aspect of fostering artists - especially young artists - as their careers develop, but mental and personal support is equally important. This may take the form of discussions that provide valuable stimulus or assistance in the search for a new manager. It also means there will be fewer individual performances by stART protégés and the focus will be on more lasting, joint events. In the medium term, the aim is to create a network that individuals can use for themselves.
To reflect this shift, the program is being renamed. In the future it will be referred to as the stARTacademy. This name has its roots in Plato's academy in Athens (from the Greek “akademeia”, named for the Attic hero Akademos). For us, the term academy also stands for a kind of “society for scientific and artistic research”. The choice of the English term “academy” was a conscious decision because alongside German artists we want to work with many international artists, providing a basis for interaction and to help us all broaden our cultural horizons.
That brings us to our first new partners. We are delighted to present the German National Youth Ballet as our future “ensemble in residence”. Some of you will already have encountered this ensemble, which was established in 2011 by John Neumeier, when it gave a performance in the Erholungshaus in Leverkusen in the 2014/15 season. The passion of the young dancers filled us with enthusiasm and encouraged us to offer the ensemble a partnership. We are pleased that its manager John Neumeier and artistic director Kevin Haigen have taken up our suggestion. In the 2016/17 season, the ensemble will be performing in the Erholungshaus on November 5, 2016. The program has not yet been decided because one of the principles of this ensemble is that it accepts new dancers every two years. The auditions had not been completed by the editorial deadline, so further details of our cooperation and the new team will be published on our website and in the blog.
We have worked with Pre-College Cologne since 2009. Pre-College Cologne provides musical training for exceptionally gifted children and young people from the age of 10 and has been part of the Cologne Academy of Music and Dance since the winter semester 2005/2006. We offer an opportunity for young people from this institution to provide the musical accompaniment for our exhibition openings. In the coming season, we are placing our collaboration on a new basis and will be providing financial support for Pre-College Cologne to facilitate a concert tour of Austria and Italy in summer 2016.
We will also be continuing our exploration, collaboration and creative work with our “classic” stART artists. Support for Tamar Beraia and Tobias Feldmann will be continued for another year. Their concerts last season were highly acclaimed by both the audiences and the media and they will be returning to the Erholungshaus in the 2016/17 season with equally fascinating projects. At the end of 2016, Tamar Beraia will be performing works by Mozart, Ravel, Rachmaninov and Liszt with her sister in Leverkusen and by Schumann and Mussorgski at a solo recital in Wuppertal. Tobias Feldmann will be making a guest appearance in the Erholungshaus in April 2017 with Lise Berthaud (viola) and Julian Steckel (cello). Together, they will be performing works by Beethoven, Françaix and Mozart.
If you are interested in experiencing more performances by our stART protégés, keep the weekend of June 24-25, 2017 free! On that weekend we will be organizing a “get-together” of past and present stART musicians and turning the Erholungshaus into a platform for musical encounter with Olivia Trummer (vocals), Tobias Feldmann (violin), Valentin Radutiu (cello), Hardy Rittner (piano), Benjamin Schaefer (piano), Alexander Krichel (piano), Tamar Beraia (piano) and the Signum Quartet. This meeting of past and present stART musicians will - naturally - lead to several concerts: “After shopping”, a program of light classical music, a chamber music evening with large-scale works, and a relaxed morning jazz session. Why not come along and find out how a sponsorship program like the stARTacademy can help launch remarkable careers and the experimental drive of some highly likable people.
Last but not least, our program includes our established “Invitation to art colleges”. For 2017 we have invited the class of Mischa Kuball at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM). Media arts students will be presenting studies and final works from January 17, 2017 in an exhibition entitled “The world is a theater - The city is its stage”. The exhibition curator is Julia Ritterskamp.
Our stARTacademy protégés and events are: