31 August 2014

29 August 2014


Last night, we had A LOT of fun. I think the (many) pictures below speak for themselves...

Here we are in the car en route to the Kunstmuseum Bochum to see, well, Kunstmuseum - a new installation by Gregor Schneider. The jury brought... CANDY!!!! 

28 August 2014

Sunday in Duisburg at De Materie

Sunday afternoon, after a morning at the Museum Folkwang, we took another jury to see De Materie in Duisburg. I LOVE this group shot - here we are in the lobby before the show!

26 August 2014

THE FEAR: When artists are afraid of kids

All artists are informed ahead of time of the kids' attendance at their shows, especially when they will sit in the front row of the audience. In some cases, the artists aren't too keen, and request or demand they don't sit up-front, fearing--only fearing, of course--that they might be loud, disrupt the performers, and potentially ruin the whole performance.

Recently, the jury attended a show where, well, let's just say, the artists weren't thrilled about their presence. They didn't want the kids sitting in the first row, and were averse to an announcement of their arrival. This type of situation is complicated for us, the festival and the artists to deal with, and raises a whole slew of questions in trying to solve it. Who gets what they want? Who wins? We don't want to upset anyone, but we also have our own show to run--the CCA jury is, after all, a performance within the festival itself, the artists players within it. 

25 August 2014

Fun times at the Folkwang

On a bright and early Sunday morning, we returned to the Museum Folkwang in Essen to take another jury to critique the exhibition Eine Einstellung zur Arbeit. We had lots of fun running and jumping around the parking lot before we went in....

Jury hands

20 Pianos and a PARTY in Essen

Ladies and gents, on Saturday night we headed to Essen for 20 Pianos! Here's the jury doin' their thing outside.

Melt - Das Künstlergespräch

24 August 2014

Sänger ohne Schatten, aka The Spaghetti Show

It's Friday night, at the end of the first week of school. We headed out to see Sänger ohne Schatten, the new piece by Boris Nikitin, but arrived early, and were stuck in the car in the rain. What else to do? Put on some tunes, turn them up loud and have an AUTO PARTY.

23 August 2014

A Second Visit to Le Sacre Du Printemps

Thursday - and we're back at it. A new group of kids headed to Duisburg to see Castellucci's Le Sacre Du Printemps and judge it for the second time. Here are the girls from Herten!


Verklärte Nacht - Gespräch mit Samantha Van Wissen

A ROMANTIC Evening with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker

On Sunday, we closed the opening weekend by attending a performance of Verklärte Nacht, a dance-piece by choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Set to beautiful music by Schönberg and a poem about a woman finding true love (while pregnant with another man's child!), there was romance in the air of the Jahrhunderthalle.

The girls from Osterfeld!

20 August 2014


Q&A mit Romeo Castellucci

Late nights out: 11pm Nachtkonzert

On Saturday night, to top off an epic day of THREE shows, the jury headed out LATE for an 11pm concert with Ensemble Morton, performing For Philip Guston by Morton Feldman.

Here is the jury, walking and ROCKING the red carpet!

19 August 2014

Le Sacre du Printemps - an afternoon with Castellucci

On Saturday afternoon, after the Folkwang Museum, some french fries and a run around the Landschaftspark, we walked the red carpet at Le Sacre du Printemps, a new performance by Italian director Romeo Castellucci.

18 August 2014

Folkwang Museum, POMMES and a tower climb!

Saturday morning we had a date with Museum Folkwang to see the exhibition Eine Einstellung zur Arbeit. First we had to put magnets on the cars - here's Ken getting creative

17 August 2014

A Friday Night Premiere - De Materie

After spending the afternoon at Melt, the jury made an appearance at one of the Ruhrtriennale's biggest shows this year: De Materie. To kick it off, they walked the red carpet in front of dozens of people!

A selfie with Castellucci

There are more photos to come, but here's a great one from yesterday: Ken taking a selfie with Romeo Castellucci, director of Le Sacre du Printemps.

MELT-ing, in the rain

On Friday, we got the premiere day underway with a visit to Urbane Künste's installation at Duisburg's Landschaftspark, Melt. Unfortunately, the installation is outside--and it was pouring rain. Nonetheless, we made the most of it, and the jury were the first members of the public to test it out!

Melt is made of 49 (not 50, we were told!) aluminum plates with nearly 2000 steel springs underneath that make it bounce-y and fun to walk, jump and run on. Here are our tentative first steps - what the photos don't reveal is how LOUD this piece is.... (stay tuned for videos to see!)

16 August 2014


After the premiere of De Materie on Friday, we went with the kinder jury to the Ruhrtriennale's opening party, where we met the people, got to know each other a little better and kicked back a LOT of sugary drinks.

The man taking cool to a whole new level - 

15 August 2014

WELCOME TO THE RUHRTRIENNALE 2014: Starting with.... "Doing Kitchen"

We're back in the Ruhr for year three of the Children's Choice Awards! Look out for the cars on the autobahn, as we'll be ALLLL over the region the next 7 weeks chauffeuring the VIP's around.

For our first jury visit of 2014, we headed to Duisburg for the frietagsküche's "Doing Kitchen," a performance/meal where artists, performers and kids get to hang out and eat together ahead of the festival's official start. With a full meal included, we were feeling pretty optimistic that this performance would go over well from the start.

Here are 2 VIP's from Essen, posing with their VIP wheels to get the show started!