:: WELCOME ::

:: ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLE ARE WELCOME ::
to the conference Tanz Körper Erweiterung – Stretching the Physicality of Dance‘

Although we introduced on this blog all people who are involved in our conference in German, we are happy to be able to open up the event as well for English speaking people. The conference’s languages are German, English and German sign language – each with simultaneous translation.
All presentations and discussions in the mornings will be translated simultaneously. One of the three working groups will be in English and the evaluation of all three working groups will be in both languages.

For the various contributions, we have selected some here and hope that these will make you curious – we are already:

 


:: CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY AND MOVING BEYOND INCLUSION ::

Presentation of Joanne Lyons, General Manager of Candoco Dance Company and Producer of the MovingBeyondInclusion EU-Projekt and Tanja Erhart, dancer of Candoco Dance Company

They will give a general introduction to Candoco Dance Company, presenting on the company’s values and vision, and where the company finds itself at 26 years of age. They will also discuss how Candoco came to develop the idea of Moving Beyond Inclusion and what the project aims to achieve within a European context.

 

:: AND STILL I RISE _ OTHERING AND BEYOND ::
Presentation of Brenda Dixon Gottschild, a freelance writer, consultant, performer, presenter, former consultant and writer for Dance Magazine and Professor Emerita of Dance Studies at Temple University.

As she works with concepts of othering, differentiation, equality, and trauma, she takes an overarching perspective in examining the tools needed to successfully navigate these „troubled waters.” A power point presentation accompanies her talk, illustrating ways in which particular artists have taken alternative routes despite the bane of discrimination.

 

:: WHAT IS THE ARTISTIC BENEFIT OF PHYSICAL DIVERSITY? ::
Karin Kirchhoff moderates the working group

From 2014-15 Sigal Bergman was part of „Störung / Hafra’ah הפרעה“, a collaboration between choreographer Yasmeen Godder and Freiburg theatre that brought together scientists,dancers and people with Parkinson’s disease, to explore movement and movement disorder. Sigal  Bergman creates dance and video pieces, her most recent work; Pale Fire (2016), is a duet about age and memory that premiered at Kelim Dance Centre in Israel and is currently touring. This project will be the starting point of this working group.

 

:: DIVERSITY EXISTS ::
matanicola (Nicola Mascia & Matan Zamir), choreographers and dancers in conversation with Ursula Schorn, dance educator, dance/Gestalt therapist, trained with Anna Halprin.

Having met for the first time in 2016 during the research project for and with tanzfähig in the framework of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union „Moving Beyond Inclusion“, matanicola and Ursula Schorn discovered their mutual interest in asking open questions concerning the phenomena of diversity in the field of dance.

This new encounter, set up as an informal dialogue, in the context of the conference „Stretching the Physicality of Dance“, will be a continuation of their exchange of ideas, a confrontation with the challenges presented by diversity and physical diversity in dance, with the hope of possibly expanding their discourse beyond dance itself and entering the field of intercultural and gender related issues.

Cosidering the fact that there are no easy answers to all related questions concerning diversity, they will share their experiences and look for the common ground in their practice of physical research.

Since the physical expression in dance opens the vast field of nonverbal communication, there are tremendous opportunities to connect beyond words, beyond explanations, beyond limitations, embodied feelings and states of being. Can we open our minds to the basic phenomena of interconnectedness?

This exchange of  ideas will be a leap into diverse aspects of dance, spanning from the physical to the philosophical. Questions will be asked, opening new pathways to the diversity of physical, emotional and transpersonal expression.

Their intention is to open the mind to new ways of looking at the richness of diversity and interconnectedness in today’s world.

 

 

 

 

:: K O N F E R E N Z ::
TANZ KÖRPER ERWEITERUNG
STRETCHING THE PHYSICALITY OF DANCE
Berlin | 23. – 24. August 2017

Foto: Benjamin Cocaign

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