Norbert Pape is a dancer, choreographer, mathematician and pedagogue based in Berlin, currently invested in the interplay of Art, Science and Technology.
He studied classical and contemporary dance at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, obtained an M.A. in Choreography and Performance at the Institute for Applied Theater Sciences in Gießen under the direction of Prof. Bojana Kunst. Further, he recently obtained a B.Sc. at the FU Berlin and M.Sc. at the KU Leuven in Mathematics with research focus on Category Theory and Type Theory.
Since 2021, he has been involved in choreography and VR/XR (extended reality). He was a fellow of the Beyond Gravity VR residency program, received a Fonds DAKU research grant on “Schnittstelle XR und Darstellende Kunst” in 2023. June 2023 he premiered the XR work “Digit(al) – on touching clouds” as a choreographic object at the Moovy Festival and presented it in the frame of the New Now festival, with further upcoming performances in Nice, Berlin, Dortmund and again in Köln for the symposium of the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung. In his choreographic work “O” (2021 Hamburger Bahnhof + 2023 FfM) and in collaboration with Mette Ingvartsen in “Moving in Concert” (2019 to 2024) he researched the relationship between materiality and abstraction. He recently developed choreographic tools for a robot arm for the visual artist Simon Speiser.
He collaborated and toured internationally with artists such as Mette Ingvartsen, Antje Pfundtner, Christine Cuipke, Noé Soulier, Richard Siegal, William Forsythe, Nancy Stark Smith, Jan Ritsema, Bojana Cvejic, Kristina Veit, Nina Vallon, Nicole Peisl, Prue Lang, Vanessa Le Mat, Dieter Heitkamp. His work has been presented in museums and venues such as Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin (2021), Mousonturm Frankfurt, Frankfurt LAB, Schwankhalle Bremen, PACT Zollverein, Festspielhaus Sankt Poelten, Theater Altenburg-Gera, Elizabeth-Kirche Berlin.
As a co-founder of ID Frankfurt and active member of the Performing Arts Forum, he has been committed to matters of self-organisation and creation of infrastructure that makes space for experimental and critical modes of production, exchange and research.
Fall 2021, he co-founded the International Agency for Space Affairs (IASA) together with Pêdra Costa, Göksu Kunak, Yuri Shimaoka and Elena Polzer.