DAI Week nr. 5 ~ PAF (St. Erme). March 2 till 11, 2023

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We are back at PAF!

After January's extended and super enriching period of study at Nida Art Colony on the Curonian Spit in Lithuania, 15 minutes away from the Russian border, DAI now returns to St. Erme in the North of France for a prolific week of "retreat" and semi-monastic life in the homey premises of  PAF - PerformingArtsForum.

Here in St. Erme no juries, no gatekeepers, some conditions but no selection: PAF is one of the very few truly open art residencies on the planet so to speak: a political project of love and generosity!  Our huge gratitude goes out to PAF's core collective for sustaining PAF’s vision and modus operandi, initially coined by the late theatre maker and founder of PAF, Jan Ritsema and for generously allowing us to be that DAI specific particle in their swarm. 

For the entire duration of DAI Week 5 we will be living together and making imaginative use of PAF's spaces and facilities, while carrying out our How To Do Things With Theory, Planetary Campus and COOP curriculum components & more.

Students and tutors, make sure to carefully read PAF PRACTICALITIES & our shared COVID Protocol :


The foundation for our curricular support structure in 2022-2023, with among other crucial institutional affiliations, the trailblazing COOP partnerships with: ARCHIVE (Berlin, Dakar, Milan), Bulegoa z/b (Bilbao), Casco Art Instite:Working for the Commons (Utrecht), If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam), Neringa Forest Architecture (Nida), SAVVY Contemporary (Berlin) has been laid by DAI's artistic director and head of program, Gabriëlle Schleijpen: to be activated, animated and expanded by our sparkling students, devoted crew and brilliant faculty. 

This DAI-Week's special guest: Wanderley Santos who will join us IRL to introduce "In-space", a supportive thinking space to reflect on issues around each student's own and others’ experiences as a member of the DAI community. This is an organic process where all students can explore their concerns about race, gender, sexuality, mental health, culture and beyond. 

The tutorial teams and their guests on board this month, all contributing to the 3 defining curriculum components of our program:                                               

How To Do Things With Theory Seminars 2022-2023:

Dr. Ana Teixeira PintoDr. Amit S.RaiDr. Ghalya Saadawi, Dr. Grant Watson and Dr. Hypatia Vourloumis. HTDTWT's Education Team Leader is Dr. Florian Göttke

COOP Study Groups 2022-2023:

Akinbode AkinbiyiMarwa Arsanios, Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro, Binna ChoiSagal FarahLouis Henderson, Aline Hernández, Egija Inzule, Svitlana Lavrenchuk, Dr. Emanuela MalteseSnejanka Mihaylova, Rory Pilgrim & Jonas Žukauskas. Remote contributions by: Nina bell F., Carol R. Kallend, Annette Krauss & Nuraini Juliastuti. COOP's Education Team Leader is Nikos Doulos.

Planetary Campus 2022-2023: 

The PC consists of several modules: the Kitchen is curated and hosted by Gabriëlle Schleijpen, with Peter Sattler as production leader and with the thought provoking input of student presenters. This DAI-week invited guests Valentina Curandi and Arnisa Zeqo, will share their improvised responses and reflections with the presenters and performers and with the student body at large. Factory 2.0 is curated by Nikos Doulos with the amazing input of our student body to a series of student led workshops, feed back sessions and assemblies. 

Crew (making it all possible!) present at PAF:

*Senior co-ordinator hospitality & logistics Roaming Academy | emergency response certificate holderJacq van der Spek, with regular assistance of Kastė Šeškevičiūtė and this DAI Week also assisted by Flip Driest.

This DAI Week Flip also brings her Kiosk, artist run bookshop from Rotterdam to PAF. Beautifully installed in the DAI bookshelves made by Chris Meighan, first in Arnhem, now at PAF. 

*Senior production leader Roaming Academy & facilitator technical support to students and tutorsPeter Sattler.

*Culinary input for this DAI Week, first by chef Karin Berentzen & her daughter as assistant chef and later by chef Kristinn Guðmundsson.

*Back Office (remotely): Vinita Gatne is our travel coordinator in dialogue with our travel agent Monique Hemmink (Hemminkways), Friends & Family booklets, student pages & more: Ricardo Liong-A-Kong. Corine van der Wal is our bookkeeper, while Rik Fernhout tracks all possible formal hurdles on DAI's pathways, in relation to examination -regulations.

*Currently also hyper active: our Admissions team led by Rebecca Sakoun, with Raj SandhuRaffia LiRaphael Daibert, Sonia Kazovsky, Dina Mohamed, Leon Filter, Sebastian De Line, Eduardo Cachucho, David Maroto and Aziza Harmel

The deadline for the second round of Applications is March 21. Spread the word!

Please consult our Crew-webpage for a more complete overview and the division of tasks.

DAI Week 5 from day to day:


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Saturday 11 - Departure ALL