The artists’ network Renegade (under the umbrella of the Pottporus e.V. society in Herne) is a firm fixture in the dance scene of North Rhine-Westphalia and beyond. Renegade has its roots in hip-hop culture and brings together textual, visual, dance and sound components. In the twelve years since its inception, Renegade has achieved the full recognition of hip-hop culture alongside, and in connection with, more established dance and art forms. It has worked on productions with acclaimed choreographers, urban and contemporary dancers as well as artists from the hiphop scene, including a flatland BMX rider in Schwarze Katze by Malou Airaudo and a graffiti artist in Crayfish by Samir Akika; in 2014 Susanne Linke reconstructed her legendary piece Ruhr-Ort together with urban dancers to provide fresh impetus. Promoting upcoming talents in dance and choreography and bringing together artists from various genres continue to be some of the network’s principal goals. In 2015, for example, Renegade worked with the theatre and film director Neco Çelik. In late 2015, the independent production platform Renegade found a home in Bochum’s Zeche 1 – a rehearsal and performance venue that perfectly suits and supports the network concept. Here, various creative ideas can be brought to fruition through cooperation with institutions. By these collaborations, Renegade hopes to continue its explorations into urban culture and put them into artistic practice, and so break more new ground.
Adam’s R.I.P. (2014)
Choreography: Lenka Kniha-Bartunkova
Choreography: Susanne Linke
The Family (2014)
Choreography: Julia Cesar Iglesias
Einer flog über das Kuckucksnest (2015)
Choreography: Samir Akika
Choreography: Neco Çelik
Since 2003, Pottporus e.V./Renegade has realised dance theatre productions with various international artists, dancers, choreographers and cultural institutions under the artistic direction of Zekai Fenerci. The company became resident artists at Schauspielhaus Bochum in 2010, where they have staged six productions so far. These include Irgendwo (2010) by Malou Airaudo, which appeared at Tanzplattform Deutschland 2012, Ruhr-Ort (2014) by Susanne Linke, a TANZFONDS ERBE project, and most recently, in 2015, Ruhm by Neco Çelik, as well as Einer flog über das Kuckucksnest by Samir Akika in cooperation with Bremen Theatre. In 2012 the company was awarded the promotion of excellence grant of the Federal State of NRW.