introducing apap VI

A few years ago, when adventure sports started booming, all kinds of survival training came into fashion. White-water rafting, canyoning and adventure trail lead into a world which still upholds the law of the survival of the fittest and allows for a type of hero romanticism far from the desk-bastions behind the mirror fronts of manager and administration strongholds. How nerve-wrackingly are average desktop-soldiers supposed to survive their weekend, how will they survive a catastrophe made in Hollywood? The training also serves another purpose. It is supposed to improve performance back at the stronghold, claiming: "I can survive everything."

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general information

In Giorgio Agamben's essay 'What is a People?', he notes that the way we use the word people (lower case) often refers to lower classes, the masses, the hoi-polloi. Any interpretation of the political meaning of the term people ought to start from the peculiar fact that in modern European languages this term always indicates also the poor, the underprivileged, the excluded. He goes on to differentiate between lower case people and upper case People, the upper case version signifying an integral body politic, lower case version a subset... the wretched, the oppressed, and the vanquished. One word, two very different meanings: inclusion and exclusion.

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apap VI (2007/2008)

The advancing performing arts project (apap) 2007/08 carries the number VI. The apap is now ten years old. It began with 5 partners, at the moment it is 8, and from 2009 it will be 14 european organisations. The network is developing and changing. What was founded for the joint support of young artists has increasingly developed into a platform for designing and implementing artistic projects which could only emerge within this network and, in addition, also into a forum for a theoretical examination of function, production and distribution of the contemporary performing arts in Europe.

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.