Ilka Theurich
  • Hannover
  • Germany

Ilka Theurich's Friends

  • Mélodie Duchesne
  • Kyrahm Human Installations
  • The guts company
  • Adrien Gaumé aka Sidelaner
  • Galerie Kunstkomplex
  • Runabout project
  • Gina Hillberg
  • Dimanche Rouge
  • PAS | Performance Art Studies
  • Performance Klub
  • Kika von Kluck
  • Eames Armstrong
  • Julie Vulcan
  • Tuija Kokkonen
  • Month of Performance Art–Berlin

Ilka Theurich's Page

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Performance Discipline
Performance Artist, Researcher & Curator
Ilka Theurich (*1971) has exhibited and performed in a variety of countries and contexts. She works as a researcher, curator, consultant and teacher of a broad range of projects, including large-scale events, intimate performances, publications and workshops.

Her work revolves around questions of the performative context of space, horizontal democracy, critical spatial practice and spatial politics. She is interested in the deployment of her social-poetical-performance-practice as a methodology in the field of critical spatial practice.

Currently, she collaboratively works and consults on conceptualising and implementing performance art based research on urban planning and architecture on all scales as well as projects that include strategic frameworks, research, curatorial approaches, and discursive activities in order to create customised approaches for each project.

Artist Statement

My thesis is, that the moment of a poetic encounter may irritate, disclose, or unsettle, but at the same time has the potential to be a stimulus to the public space and the residents. This moment has the power to activate, to give shape to public places through actions, and to create space for shared human experiences.

Ilka Theurich's Blog


Posted on February 14, 2018 at 9:00pm 0 Comments


The atelier:performance series was developed, to create a space for performance art without borders. The studio of Ilka Theurich opens their doors for Live Art…

ALASTAIR MACLENNAN to be aware of the moment - or the quality of engagement

Posted on April 24, 2011 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

an essay written by Ilka Theurich

While I was looking at the cover of Manuel Vasons book “encounters” for the first…

TRANSFORMATION from body technique to body knowledge?

Posted on March 2, 2011 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

an essay written by Ilka Theurich


The phenomena of intercultural performance is growing worldwide and often analysed through the lens of globalization. But what does it mean in particular for the performer who is working between two or more cultures? How does it change his or her body knowledge also with regard to future…


Posted on February 20, 2011 at 11:30am 0 Comments

a site-specific research and an institutional critique

thoughts about the theatre frame in contemporary performance art 

written by Ilka Theurich  …


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At 1:57am on April 23, 2011, Tania Frolova said…
I like your work! It's amazing!

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