LAB Artists

For one year, five local artists from different disciplines realize their research projects in the Kaserne LAB. This will provide sustainable support for regional theater, dance and music. The Kaserne LAB includes artists who regularly perform at Kaserne as well as artists from partner houses in the region, who can also continue their research projects outside Kaserne.  

How to apply for the Kaserne LAB?

Applications for the Kaserne LAB are possible in January of the relative year. The call for application will be published on this site.

The selection will be communicated shortly after the application deadline.

The Kaserne LAB in the 2023/2024 season is funded by the Ernst-Göhner Foundation. The accompaniment with sign language interpreters is supported by the Eckenstein-Geigy Foundation.

Coordination Kaserne LAB: Julia Ritter (Care & Share)

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Declan Whitaker

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Declan (he/him) is a dancer and choreographer interested in high and low culture in equal measure.

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Declan is a dancer and choreographer based in Basel. His choreographic interest lies with implicit expression, pop aesthetics and the border between fantasy and reality. He holds a Master of Arts from London Contemporary Dance School and has completed other artistic education courses at SKH/UniArts, Stockholm. Declan is also part of The Field, the associated collective at Tanzhaus Zürich where he has worked with Ofelia Jarl Ortega, Meg Stuart, Isabel Lewis and Simone Aughterlony. Declan regularly collaborates with the choreographer Frédéric Gies and has also performed with Martina-Sofie Wildberger and Martin Forsberg amongst others. His choreographic work has been shown at ROXY, Tanzhaus Zürich, Tanzplan Ost, PACT Zollverein (DE), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (DK), The Place (UK). In 2019 he received the danceWEB scholarship at ImPulsTanz and in 2023, was part of Springback Academy in the frame of Aerowaves. 

Jana Furrer

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Jana Furrer (she/her) creates stage spaces and costume designs, based on transformations and the speculation of «it-could-be-so», which are build on memories and associations.

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Jana lives in Basel and works for state theatres and independent venues. She studied interior design and scenography at HGK FHNW Basel with an exchange semester in the stage and costume design class at KHB Weissensee Berlin.
Afterwards she has worked as an assistent at Theater Basel and Schauspielhaus Zürich, among others. 

In her work, she is interested in the immediate and the unpredictable. She works with clear references and puts them speculatively into new visual realities.
Jana collaborates with others to search for a collective language in which to talk about the spaces that surround us and their narratives. She works with the groups hexen flexen, schwestern and rat. 

Miriam Coretta Schulte

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Miriam Coretta Schulte (she/they) is a theatre maker and performer who went back to university for studying migration law and legal gender studies. She is convinced that science fiction is an amazing source to develop abolitionist visions.

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Miriam grew up in Frankfurt am Main and studied theatre studies and directing in Hildesheim and Giessen, but mostly in Paris. She has been living in Basel since 2013 and works as a freelance theatre maker, performer and dramaturge. In 2017, she went to Cairo for three months with a scholarship from Pro Helvetia, and has spent time there every year since then, working with artists from the region. Together with the Egyptian performer and activist Salma Said, she has developed several theatre pieces, as well as workshops on the topic of «Imaginative Justice».

In 2020, she began working for NGOs in the field of migration in Basel during the pandemic and has been studying migration law and legal gender studies part-time ever since. In her artistic work, she is increasingly concerned with the abysses of the migration regime and the potential that lies in a radical reshaping of legal fictions (most recently in the theatre piece «Court Fantasies», 2023 at Kaserne Basel). She is also a co-founder of the queer-feminist reading group «Blasphemic Reading Soirées» and reads tons of anti-colonial science fiction as a starting point for new visions.

Ophelia Young

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Ophelia Young (she/her) is a dancer and performer and works internationally in various contexts and collaborations.

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She works hybrid in institutional contexts and as a freelancer. For several years, she has been trying to strike a balance between performing «for others» and self-initiated projects. She lives in Basel.

She is interested in combining themes of «being human» with movement, processing them in transdisciplinary contexts and making them tangible.
She would like to continue working on this approach in her LAB:
How do you as a creator create situations in which a public can gather to deal with topics somatically, playfully and intellectually and perhaps as a consequence gain an experience, an insight and/or a reflected attitude towards a topic.

She has been working on the topic of emotions for years - the emotional body. She would like to explore emotionality in relation to social contexts such as work and the public sphere. How can people use this valuable information, which the body constantly provides, to create, to enter into relationships and to work creatively with and for each other?

Artmann & Duvoisin, Ensemble Ballett Basel, Ben J Riepe, Christine Auberger, Dimitris Papaioannou, Fabrice Mazliah, Julie Shanahan, Katharina Weisheit, L Twills, Magdalena Weniger/ KOMA&Ko, Maria Schmid, Mario Eick, Mertixel Aumedes, Michaela Christensen, Mirjam Klebel, Nazareth Panadero, OFEN Co-Arts Platform, Oleg Stepanov, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Tim Etchells, PACT Zollverein, Pina Bausch Foundation, Regina Advento, Rodolpho Leoni, Rosi Kunz, Saar Magal, Stefan Brinkmann, Saburo Teshigawara and Rihoko Sato, Malou Airaudo, Senga Nengudi, and many more. *

*Selective listing of influential encounters in alphabetical order,
However, this does not do justice to the eclectic mass of influences and valuable encounters <3




Robin Michel

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Robin Michel (he/him) is an electronic musician and artist with a broad focus on electronic sound generation.

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His involvement with electronic music ranges from computer music, drum machines, and analogue synthesizers to modular synthesizers and DIY projects. He is also active in various music projects. At the beginning of the year, Michel and Mikolaj Rytowski toured Switzerland and abroad with the audiovisual performance «Kolloid». In addition to concerts in Switzerland, they also performed «Kolloid» at the Naxos Halle in Frankfurt and the «House of Music Hungary» in Budapest. 

Michel is currently working on an installation for the Rümlingen Festival and is collaborating with the composer Anna Sowa and the duo Mao Zhu and Li Kun on the «Bamboo Shoots» project as part of Pro Helvetia's co-creation programme. After earning his first bachelor's degree at the Institut Kunst Basel, he completed another bachelor's degree and a master's degree in audio design at the Musikakademie Basel. In 2022, he received the inaugural Eduard Brunner Composition Prize for the piece «Formen». In addition to his work as a musician, he works freelance on technical development and sound design for art projects and exhibitions.