Un-Label

The interdisciplinary, mixed-abled performing arts company Un-Label stands for artistic innovation and diversity. It brings together artists from all over Europe. Our performances featuring emerging artists with and without disabilities set new standards.

We connect international stakeholders, scientists and experts in the field from the inclusive cultural scene by hosting symposia, research projects and summits. We foster new talents through our series of open inclusive workshops.
Artistic Vision
We challenge established concepts of body, space and society, which allows us to push beyond the conventional criteria of contemporary culture. In doing so, we venture into territory even unknown to us. Encountering the unfamiliar, otherness and the unknown is the creative driving force behind Un-Label.
International
Cultural differences create tension, questions, boundaries, desire and encourage an exploratory spirit. Un-Label creates a space for artists who explore the dynamic nature of these differences and make them the foundation of their artistic work. Within a multicultural setting, art becomes the ultimate instrument of communication between individuals and cultures.
Interdisciplinary
Theatre as a hyper medium: Un-Label considers the equal synergy of different art forms essential for stage work. What is light and what is text, what rhythms do the sounds of the voice take and does sound equal silence?
Each element may take the leading role in shaping either a single image or the big picture. The multiple layers of the stories told define the expressive choices.
Inclusive
Differences are an integral and essential part of progressive artistic processes. Inclusion allows us to take a closer and more conscious look at our differences and commonalities. We think and practise accessibility as aesthetic vocabulary, which helps us expand our artistic expression and increase our social understanding.

We connect international stakeholders, scientists and experts in the field from the inclusive cultural scene by hosting symposia, research projects and summits. We foster new talents through our series of open inclusive workshops and masterclasses.

Artistic Vision

We challenge established concepts of body, space and society, which allows us to push beyond the conventional criteria of contemporary culture. In doing so, we venture into territory even unknown to us. Encountering the unfamiliar, otherness and the unknown is the creative driving force behind Un-Label.

International

Cultural differences create tension, questions, boundaries, desire and encourage an exploratory spirit. Un-Label creates a space for artists who explore the dynamic nature of these differences and make them the foundation of their artistic work. Within a multicultural setting, art becomes the ultimate instrument of communication between individuals and cultures.

Interdisciplinary

Theatre as a hyper medium: Un-Label considers the equal synergy of different art forms essential for stage work. What is light and what is text, what rhythms do the sounds of the voice take and does sound equal silence?

Each element may take the leading role in shaping either a single image or the big picture. The multiple layers of the stories told define the expressive choices.

Inclusive

Differences are an integral and essential part of progressive artistic processes. Inclusion allows us to take a closer and more conscious look at our differences and commonalities. We think and practise accessibility as aesthetic vocabulary, which helps us expand our artistic expression and increase our social understanding.

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    Verflüchtigung

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    Verflüchtigung

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    Verflüchtigung

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    L - Do I need Labels to Love?

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    L - Do I need Labels to Love?

    Un-Label

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    L - Do I need Labels to Love?

    Un-Label

  • Image © MEYER ORIGINALS

    L - Do I need Labels to Love?

    Un-Label

Our ensembles consist of international artists with and without disabilities. They use their varied types of artistic expression, which include music, dance, theatre, acrobatics, video, and poetry, to create performances that are both complex and accessible. Our work turns accessibility into a source of inspiration, experiment, and artistic creation. Auxiliary means such as captions and sign language are part of the performances and thus become art themselves. 

Our varied projects have a common
aim: To develop innovative and inclusive
opportunities for the performing arts —
across countries and borders. We bring
together artists with and without dis-
abilities from all over Europe. Together
they explore the enormous potential
of an inclusive and interdisciplinary
artistic practice. That This reduces barriers,
particularly in our minds, and allows
equal participation in art and culture
for everybody. The performances we
develop in our projects unveil the vast
artistic potential of the participants to
a wide audie

Contact details

Lisette Reuter
Creative Producer

Un-Label Performing Arts Company
Leyendeckerstr. 27
50825 Cologne, Germany

T +49 (221) 788560-13
info@un-label.eu
www.un-label.eu

Non-profit supporting organisation
Sommertheater Pusteblume e.V.
Hosterstr. 1-5 // 50825 Cologne, Germany
T +49

Artistic Director(s)

Costas Lamproulis, Lisette Reuter

Online

Email: info@un-label.eu
Web: http://un-label.eu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/un.label.eu/

The making of Un-Label (Original with English subtitles)

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Productions

L - Do I need Labels to Love?

Duration: 85
Number of people on road: 27
Freight: Excess baggage

Freight details:

n/a

Description

INTERNATIONAL MIXED-ABLED DANCE THEATRE PERFORMANCE

100 Artists from all over Europe
3 International workshops
1 Theme: LOVE

This resulted in the Un-Label interdisciplinary company of 16 international artists who through theatre, dance, music, poetry, aerials and media, seeking to understand and express the question – Do I need Labels to Love?

I see a tree and I say: “this is a tree”. Then I probably say: “this is a big willow tree”. Then I name it my shelter and I lie under it to enjoy the coolness of its shadow. The wind on its leaves blows away the shapes and the colors. It is not a tree anymore.

Apparently, we label everything. It is in our human nature. First we label and then we look to understand and connect. The more we connect, the more we un-label. The big “L” Love is a state in which labels and boundaries have faded away.

Extra information

Each performance is accessible through audio and text description for visually impaired and deaf audience.

Performance trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Db_uuyBaXo 

Each performance is accessible through audio and text description for visually impaired and deaf audience.
Performance trailer: https://youtu.be/7Db_u

PRESENT

Duration: 50 mins
Number of people on road: 7
Freight: Freight necessary

Freight details:

Boxes and parcels, big Cross Alushape Cretonne ecrü and projection backdrop brought by Un-Label Company.

Description

We are travellers. Stuck in the present. In the darkness. Partially present, partially absent. We are like wrapped presents. Surprises waiting to be revealed. As long as the present remains unwrapped, everything is possible. The stories we live destroy the wrapping. Stories created by our incomplete and automatised perception wrapped into the sweet, familiar illusions of our present existence. Again and again and again.

Extra information

Performance trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcjucmidmWs

PRESENT is a dance theatre performance by Un-Label in coproduction with the Pfefferberg Theater Berlin.
Accessibility: Sign language is an integral part of the performance.
Premiere: 1 Sept 2018 // Pfefferberg Theater Berlin
Running time: 50 mins

Accessibility: Sign language is an integral part of the performance.

When it comes to talking about accessibility in the arts, the main things that come to mind are audio descriptions, subtitles, or sign language interpreters. However, these are all foreign objects external to the stage. Our aim is to rethink accessibility, and to see it instead as an opportunity to experiment artistically.

PRESENT is the first performance of a research process which is taking place over a number of years. During this process, we want to find new creative approaches that will enable us to create an artistic product as an equal experience for all. Our central question, is to ask ourselves how we can use accessible aids in such a way that they become part of the performance itself, enriching the work with their own aesthetic possibilities, and thus becoming art forms in their own right. In this production, the focus will be on the integration of sign language.

Verflüchtigung - Can there be Identity without otherness?

Duration: 85
Number of people on road: 30
Freight: Excess baggage

Freight details:

n/a

Description

VERFLÜCHTIGUNG is a contemporary theatrical project about the foreign, the other, the common, the exclusion, the longing for normality. But what is normality and who defines and determines it? It is a project about possibilities, difficulties and the malignance of inclusion and socialization with a critical look at our society and at the personal search for identity.

Can there be identity without otherness? This is the fundamental question the inclusive theatrical performance VERFLÜCHTIGUNG deals with. 20 artists from Germany and Europe explore the importance and the allurement of being different, the charm of not fulfilling the norm.

What does it mean to our modern society, if humans do not adapt themselves to the so-called standards, thus meaning social norms and values? In a world, where diversity is reality and follows more and more the principles of fast, young and flexible, people are continuously finding themselves in a misfit position.
Under the pretext of a dystopian environment, the heroes of our myth are divided into two rival clans: the COMMONERS and the OTHERS. And as long as the COMMONERS have clear common traits, the OTHERS will be the different, the scapegoats.

But what happens if the signification of the ordinary and the diverse is reversed? VERFLÜCHTIGUNG is an allegorical journey into the world of our values, while at the same time a multidisciplinary performance that is willing to entertain and highlight the absurdity of our prejudices and appreciations. Due to the variety of performing arts as live music, dance, drama, acrobatics, video art and the Spoken Word, the international cast shows how to create cooperation despite growing differences.

Extra information

Performance trailer: https://youtu.be/49NJP4MvntM

Wrap-around work

Masterclasses

We welcome artists from all fields to meet key players from the scene and to break new ground in the performing arts. Our regular mixed-abled Cologne masterclasses examine and redefine the boundaries of art, body and creativity.

International Labs

In our international labs, our curated artists with and without disabilities from different backgrounds and cultures come together to exchange and work on ideas and methods.

International Summits

Our summits bring together selected international experts of the inclusive cultural sector and budding artists with and without disabilities from various genres.

International Symposia

Our international symposia offer a platform promoting exchange between artists and cultural, scientific and political operators. This fruitful exchange creates a European network that initiates and drives innovative cooperation.

In-House Workshops

Our in-house workshops are tailored to your specific needs and interests. We offer you an inspiring mix of different artistic approaches, dance, theatre and performance. We show you how to apply these during the inclusive creative process. We work with your ideas and input to develop new ways to express yourself as an artist.

Publications

To ensure that our projects are sustainable, we document the whole process, from finding the ideas and putting them into action, up to the resulting performances. Our publications contain not only information about the respective project, but also valuable advice for inclusive artistic practice.