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Heike Langsdorf (1974, Burghausen) lives and works in Brussels. She stu­died Contemporary Dance at the Conservatory Arnhem (NL), (today: ArtEZ) and the post­mas­ter-pro­gram Advanced Performance Training (a.pass) at Antwerp. She wor­ked for and with various the­a­tre makers, cho­re­o­grap­hers, visu­als artists and archi­tects. Between 2000 and 2012 she for­med, together with Christophe Meierhans and Christoph Ragg, the col­lec­ti­ve C&H. Their per­for­ma­ti­ve (frame)works explo­red the con­di­ti­ons for acti­on insi­de and out­si­de the the­a­tre- and art-con­text. Since 2010 she pro­du­ces artis­tic work with radical_​hope, a plat­form for artis­tic researche/​s and cocreation/​s. Langsdorf’s func­ti­ons are here­by alter­na­ting bet­ween maker, per­for­mer, cura­tor, artis­tic researcher and pedagoge. 

Langsdorf works sin­ce 2013 at KASK school of arts HOGENT as a tea­cher, men­tor, coo­r­di­na­tor and sin­ce 2016 researcher. From 2016 until 2019 she was run­ning @KASK the research-pro­ject Distraction as Discipline in asso­ci­a­ti­on with Anna Luyten and in this con­text clo­se­ly col­la­bo­ra­ting with artists / scho­lars Alex Arteaga, Tawny Andersen, Julien Bruneau, Anouk Llaurens, Irene Lehmann, Miriam Rohde & Laetitia Gendre.

Throughout the years Langsdorf wor­ked and works in dia­lo­gue with dra­ma­tur­ges, edi­tors and pro­du­cers such as Sébastien Hendrickx (201214), Jeroen Peeters (2014÷15), Kristof Van Baarle (2016÷17), Elowise Vandenbroecke (2017÷19), Fransien van de Putt (2020-) and Simone Basani (2020-).

Parallel to making artis­tic work — pie­ces for sta­ge, inter­ven­ti­ons, col­la­bo­ra­ti­ve pro­ces­ses — Heike Langsdorf has always been devel­o­ping a dis­cur­si­ve prac­ti­ce, which ran­ges from co-orga­ni­s­ing con­fe­ren­ces and sym­po­sia and publis­hing occa­si­o­nal­ly (on com­mis­si­on). Together with Alex Arteaga she co-edi­ted the book series Choreography as Conditioning (2021), explo­ring the noti­ons of cho­re­o­grap­hy, under­stood as ways of orga­ni­s­ing sub­jects in their sur­roun­dings, and con­di­ti­o­ning, in both art-making and society-making. 

Her various foci lead her to ini­ti­a­ting the long term pro­ject radical_​house in 2019, which she cur­rent­ly co-runs and co-cura­tes together with Simone Basani and Alice Ciresola. They are sup­por­ted in their work by a long-stan­ding net­work of col­la­bo­ra­tors (artis­tic, prac­ti­ti­o­ners and organizations).

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* pic­tu­re by French & Mottershead (2010)