About OFEN

Gala Moody and Michael Carter co-founded OFEN Co-Arts Platform (formerly Cie.OFEN) in 2012 with the aim of integrating social values, collaboration, and performance research to their combined artistic work.

At the core of the company’s practice is an analysis of the context surrounding projects, including working conditions and the role of arts in wider society.

OFEN’s goal is to create works that reflect their creativity and interests, while contributing to a shift to ethical and sustainable working practices.

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The name OFEN is an anagram which is derived from the title of Cie.OFEN’s debut work One Final Evolutionary Note which premiered in 2014 in the Spring Forward festival (Umeå, Sweden) and also saw OFEN selected by Aerowaves as a priority company in 2014.

After One Final Evolutionary Note, OFEN made a giant leap into what became The Vase. An evening length work about the destruction and power of love, The Vase pre-premiered in Wim Vandekeybus’ Ulti’mates Festival (Kortrijk, Belgium) and premiered at die bôrse Wuppertal in June 2017.

New People (2019), their first group work, is co-produced by Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and OFEN.  New People is a work that tackles the theme of choreography as social practice and was presented as a triptych; including a sculptural work (New People 1.0) and a performance work (New People 3.0) both presented at UNDERGROUND IV,  a film work (New People 2.0)  presented at Dance Screen 2019 + Tanzrauschen Festival.

Most recently, OFEN hosted a Youth Symposium as part of the Under Construction Festival Wuppertal. Working with the students from two local schools via the medium of text message, the students exchanged video, voice and picture messages in conversation about their ideas for the future and their own personal utopias.  The film Wupper-topia depicts the project and was premiered in November 2020 on the festivals live-stream broadcast.

Gala and Michael were shortlisted in 2020/21 to be co-artistic directors of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.

OFEN’s daily practice aims to research how art practices can be decolonised and separated from capitalistic goals, which essentially leads to placing well-being, environmental sustainability and accessibility at the forefront of planning and decision making.  Gala and Michael, in a bid to share and build transparency around their practice, hold regular discussions and talks around these themes.  

OFEN is based between Belgium and Germany.

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