A.P.E (art projects era) wants to challenge the limitations of given structures. The aim of the organization is to develop projects (performances, exhibitions, printed matter, meetings) that cannot necessarily be realized within traditional institutional formats or frameworks. A.P.E is initiated in 2010 by artist Keren Cytter and curators Maaike Gouwenberg and Kathy Noble. In 2012, A.P.E expanded to New York. Keren Cytter runs A.P.E from New York, and Maaike Gouwenberg runs the Rotterdam based part. Since 2013 A.P.E started to publish books and to work with guest curator Fleur van Muiswinkel.
The idea to start A.P.E sprung from the success of the first major dance-theatre performance by Keren Cytter, The True Story of John Webber and his Endless Struggle with the Table of Content. To execute the play, Amsterdam based commissioner If I Can't Dance, closely collaborated with three major partners; Tate Modern in London, Performa 09 in New York, and Hebbel am Ufer theater in Berlin. Within this collaboration the boundaries between disciplines disappeared; a theatre, performance festival, a museum and a fine art platform made this production possible. This working method formed the basis for A.P.E. For every production we will connect to partners that are interested to test the boundaries of the cultural disciplines.
Frederique Bergholtz, Chair
Hans Schamlee, Treasurer
Fleur van Muiswinkel
Show Real Drama
commissioned and produced by Deutche Bank
toured by A.P.E
I Eat Pickles at your Funeral
Co-producers Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; The Images Festival, Toronto
Composing Through Words
co-producer VeemTheater Amsterdam
Commissioner: Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Co-Commissioner: Performa, New York
Co-producers: Witte de With; Preromanbritain LLC.; Productiehuis Rotterdam; Rotterdamse Schouwburg; Performa 13, New York
Presentation Partners: Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York;theater festival De Keuze, Rotterdam
Production partners: A.P.E (art projects era), Codarts (academy for music and theater)
Dance International Europe Now is a dance theatre group formed in 2008 by artist Keren Cytter.
The evolving ensemble is composed of an increasingly intricate inter-play of theatrical genres
and visual mediums. In this way D.I.E. NOW should be thought of as a ghetto. (from their website)