DAI Confluence nr. 3 ~ PAF in St. Erme (France). March 1 till 11, 2024

DAI's crew is warmly welcoming the student body, tutors and guests, all to contribute to the four defining curriculum components of our program, Kitchen, WEAVER, COOP study groups and HTDTWT:  

Palestine Teach Out #2

The DAI community does not exist in a bubble: many of us are deeply affected and moved by the genocide that is happening under our eyes - with the complicity of our governements. At the initiative of the theory tutors and some COOP tutors we have decided to make "Palestine"part of our curriculum 2023-2024. For this DAI confluence we welcome the collective Subversive Film as well as the director Eyal Sivan for screenings, a lecture and a workshop. Read more about the Palestine Teach Outs

Roaming Academy 2023-2024

The itinerary for our Roaming Academy in 2023-2024 has been mapped out by the DAI crew, to be activated, animated and expanded by students, and faculty. This year we engage in location related partnerships with NAC (Nida Art Colony, Lithuania), Centrale Fies (Art Work Space for the production of contemporary performing arts in Dro, Italy), Vleeshal (Center for Contemporary Art in Middelburg, the Netherlands), Le18 (multidisciplinary cultural centre in Marrakech, Morocco) and Dar Souiri (cultural centre in Essaouira, Morocco) and of course beloved PAF (Performing Arts Forum) in the former monastery of the tiny village of St. Erme in the North of France where, in November we kicked of the academic year 2023-2024 and where we are now returning for Confluence nr. 3 in March. 

F2F sessions with Gabriëlle on 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 March !


FRIDAY March 1 

Arrival at PAF in St. Erme, France

How To Live & Study Together at PAF

COVID-19 and INFLUENZA Protocol ~ updated for PAF


Crew present on the ground:

*Senior co-ordinator logistics & production Roaming Academy | emergency response certificate holderJacq van der Spek and hospitality manager Kastė Šeškevičiūtė assisted by Philippa Driest.

*Senior production leader Roaming Academy & facilitator technical support to students and tutors: Peter Sattler.

*Student assistant Foad Alijani (DAI, 2025): photo-documentation on location.

*Culinary input by Sophia Braddel and Rowan Beasley assisted by Koen Scheffer

 SATURDAY March 2 


This Kitchen iteration sees 13 student presenters, while our guests Joy Mariama Smith and Edwin Nasr will share their improvised responses and reflections with the presenters and performers and with the student body at large.The Kitchen is convened by Gabriëlle Schleijpen, with Peter Sattler as production leader and as always luminously activated by student presenters, while Elisa Giuliano will return to PAF to further engage on a series face to face conversations with 2nd year presenters in preparation of the AEROPONIC ACTS 2024.



SUNDAY March 3

KITCHEN continuation till lunch. 

Essaouira Prelude ~ in preparation for DAI Confluences 4 +7 which will both take place in Essaouira, the city that for many years served as Morocco's principal port, offering the goods of the caravan trade to the world. The route brought goods from sub-Saharan Africa to Timbuktu, then through the desert and over the Atlas mountains to Marrakesh ~ we have invited Laila Hida, co-founder and director of LE 18 in Marrakesh.

On the 3th of March at 17:00 Laila will offer an online introduction to her research, her work for LE18 as it is embedded in the cultural fabric of Morocco and Essaouira’s significance in that. For April 23rd during DAI Confluence 4, Laila is in the process of convening and curating Roaming Assembly#31 a public symposium to be hosted by cultural centre Dar Souiri in Essaouira.

Factory ~ as always with the amazing input of our entire student body to a day packed with Student Led Activities, all fully part of our accredited curriculum. 

This year the WEAVER team consists of Nikos Doulos, Florian Göttke and Gabriëlle Schleijpen. 

WEAVER including Essaouira prelude 1

MONDAY March 4

On the 4th of March we are pleased to welcome theatre makers (among other artistic activities) Myriam Sahraoui and Leendert Vooijce joining us online for a presentation of their professional and personal experiences as members of the acclaimed, Amsterdam based theatre collective Female Economy, in the context of the different exchanges and projects they are involved in with their Moroccan artistic partners.

WEAVER including Essaouira prelude 2+3


Noor Abuarafeh, Marwa Arsanios, Lilia Di Bella, Frédérique Bergholtz, Dimitris Chimonas, Marina ChristodoulidouJurga Daubaraitė, Chiara Figone, Leon Filter, Samira GhoualmiaEgija Inzule, Dr.Snejanka Mihaylova, Lisa Montan, Savanna Morgan, Eyal Sivan, Dr.Leire Vergara and Jonas Žukauskas.

Remote contributions by Elias and Youssef Anastas (Radio Al-Hara), Cal Flyn, Emanuela MalteseDr. Eglė Rindzevičiūtė & Dr. Kathrin Streit.

COOP's education leader is Nikos Doulos.

The foundation for this year's COOP partnerships with:  If I Can't Dance I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution (Amsterdam), Bulegoa z/b (Bilbao), Neringa Forest Architecture (Nida), ARCHIVE (Berlin, Dakar, Milan),  de Appel Amsterdam (Amsterdam), has been laid by DAI's artistic director and head of program Gabriëlle Schleijpen. All partnering institutions have been commisioned to curate and tutor a year-long study group trajectory. 

Today: COOP


Today: COOP


Today: COOP


Today: COOP

FRIDAY March 9

HTDTWT (How To Do Things With Theory):

Mayra A. Rodríguez Castro, Dr. Ana Teixeira Pinto, Dr.Amit S. RaiDr. Ghalya Saadawi, Dr. Grant Watson and Dr. Hypatia Vourloumis.

HTDTWT's education leader is Dr. Florian Göttke.

Today:  HTDTWT

FRIDAY March 10

Today:  HTDTWT

The four curriculum components HTDTWT, COOP, The Kitchen and WEAVER are elaborately introduced through our Syllabus 2023-2024  Extensive information about the program on each of the Confluence days is to be found below, at the Program from Day to Day.


Departure ALL




Back Office (remotely)

* travel agent Monique Hemmink (Hemminkways), * Friends & Family booklets, student pages and more: Ricardo Liong-A-Kong,  * archive and documentation Baha Görkem Yalim, *Web- support student assistant Anastasia Nefedova (DAI, 2024).* house style and communication design Lauren Alexander & Hanna Rullmann,* our bookkeeper Corine van der Wal and, thrilled to introduce our new *admissions co-ordinator Marika Vandekraats, while we give thanks to Rebecca Sakoun (admissions co-ordinator 2006-2023). For generations of students her sharp, knowledgeable and brilliant style of interviewing was their first thrilling encounter with the DAI, and many have shared with us that the interview with her opened a multitude of new perspectives on their practices – excellently preparing them for life changing experiences and insights during their time at DAI. 

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