The Fallbach farm in the municipality of Anger in the Berchtesgadener Land, Upper Bavaria has undergone regular transformations in its 500-year history. While in the beginning, there was a focus on dairy farming, in recent decades the agricultural activity has shifted towards a contemporary balance of horse farming and ecologically conscious use of the land around the farm. This was accompanied by the interest of the current operators (director and curator Susan Quinn and alternative energy expert and farmer Josef Eckart) in revitalizing the farm: From an entity in seclusion to a place of encounter: animal and human, human and nature, nature and contemporary art.
This genesis gave rise to the cultural center SQ•FARM Fallbach Art Research Movement, which makes the activities at Fallbach Farm and its infrastructure available as an alternative space for contemporary artists. Promoting communication about the rural area, the cultural center pursues goals to improve the common cultural identity and involves disadvantaged groups in cultural events. Social-creative integration gradually contributes to positive change in the rural region through the means of art and culture.
Susan Quinn graduated in Dance in 1981 from the New York University of Fine Arts and then joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for seven years as a dancer. She continued her exemplary career to dance in New York City and abroad with various choreographers while deepening her interest in the study of choreography, teaching technique, and composition. After more than ten years of working as a dancer and teacher in the USA and Europe, she moved to Anger in the early ’90s and founded the internationally renowned dance academy SEAD. From 1991 to 2006 she created pieces for her own company, the Susan Quinn Dance Company. In 2012 Susan was awarded a Merce Cunningham Fellowship by the Merce Cunningham Trust.
Susan is a founding member of the platform tanz_house Salzburg, taught contemporary dance and composition at the University Mozarteum Salzburg from 1991 until 2013, and was a member of the Regional Council for the Arts in Salzburg from 2001 to 2004. In 2008, Susan founded the touring company BODHI PROJECT. In addition, she is the initiator and curator of several festivals and performance series for contemporary dance. The City of Salzburg has honored Susan Quinn in 2016 with the International Award of Arts and Culture. In 2021 she founded the cultural center SQFARM. Fallbach Art Research Movement as a meeting place for artists in residence and people from the surrounding area in Anger (Upper Bavaria).
The Fallbach Barn was transformed into a space for professional and safe performative work, meetings, and presentation. In addition, the infrastructure of the yard was adapted so that today we can accommodate guests and hold public events or festivals.