An attendee

By Antonia Steffens

A co-production of Veem House for Performance & Nicole Beutler Projects

Through a set of spaces and moments, An attendee explores the potential relationship of the human species to relate to the grounds it is existing upon. It looks for that “gap” space, where neither “the one” nor “the other” exists, but primarily its interference pattern.

The ground and performer appear to alter one another to find details and fractures of missing links, information and memory. In the catacombs of western patriotism, where eco-feminism is bonding with fascism and late (and tired) capitalism, the performing materials are still restlessly vibrating. An echo, an echo, can never, can never, be taken, be taken, back, back.

In this zone, the work searches for an area alongside different materials and conversations, hoping to sense possible ways of “attending”, even in great impossibility and uncertainty.

Referenced attendees of this work are the artists Alina Popa, Ana Mendieta, Camille Claudel, Chantal Akerman and Teresa Winter.


Antonia Steffens (Germany, 1992) is an Amsterdam based performer, dramaturg and advisor. She studied contemporary dance and choreography in Cologne and Amsterdam. In her practice, Antonia looks for a dialogue in between spectatorship and material, often to be found in an environment made out of movement, objects, materials, light and sound. Antonia’s recent interest lies in researching ways of attention that exceed the separate/binary idea of subjectivity and focuses on the concept of co-emergence. Out of this interest, she co-initiated “Unfamiliarities'' in fall 2019: a platform for artists to show work in process.

An attendee is a co-production of Veem House for Performance and Nicole Beutler Projects.

Veem House for Performance and Nicole Beutler Projects are collaborating on the development of GREENHOUSE, a new sustainable talent development network for innovative dance, performance and mime. Network partners are: Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot, Keren Levi|NeverLike and BAU platform for dance and performance.

Cast & Credits

Choreography and performance: Antonia Steffens
Set design: Nikola Knezevic and Antonia Steffens
Sound design: Antonia Steffens (sources: Teresa Winter, Free sound Archive)
Light design: Paulina Prokop
Costume: Ginta Tinte
Advice: Keerthi Basavarajaiah
Produced by: Veem House for Performance
Co-produced by: Nicole Beutler Projects