Lab 2: Remembering the Future of Diversity in Dance

Adam Benjamin, Jess Curtis, Michael Turinsky

In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2018

A one-day lab with the topic "Remembering The Future of Diversity in Dance" will take place on 18.7. in the context of the 40th anniversary of the Tanzfabrik Berlin and Open Spaces # 2 / Sommer Tanz, as well as in cooperation with the HZT in the Wedding Tanzfabrik in Uferstudios. Adam Benjamin, Michael Turinsky and Jess Curtis a.o. will encourage conversations and practice-oriented exchange formats on inclusion and physical diversity in dance. The aim is to bring together actors and participants at various levels of dance in order to work together on future-oriented questions and work assignments.

The lab is free for participants and includes a lunch together. The number of participants is limited and a short application letter is required. More information about the application and details about the program can be found here from 6.3.2018.

Open Studio 18.7. 17:00 - Uferstudios

Adam Benjamin (UK) is an award winning choreographer and a National Teaching Fellow. He was joint founder of CandoCo Dance Company and a pioneer of integrated dance, author of the seminal text Making an Entrance. Theory and practice for disabled and non-disabled dancers (Routledge 2002). He founded Tshwaragano Dance Company, the first South African dance company integrated on both racial and disability lines, more recently helped establish the first professional integrated company in Japan; Company-Kyo. During his time at Plymouth University he helped build the fully accessible theatre The House – now home to the Integrated Dance Summer School. As a performer he was a founder member of 5 Men Dancing and has taught and performed with amongst others Russell Maliphant, Kirstie Simson, Jordi Cortés and Gabriele Reuter.

Jess Curtis is an award-winning choreographer, performer and scholar committed to an art-making practice informed by experimentation, innovation, critical discourse and social relevance at the intersections of fine art and popular culture. Curtis has created and performed multidisciplinary dance performance throughout the U.S., Europe with seminal group Contraband, the radical performance collective CORE and the experimental French Circus company Cahin-Caha, Cirque Batard. From 1991 to 1998 he co-directed the ground-breaking San Francisco performance venue 848 Community Space with Keith Hennessy and Michael Whitson. In 2000, Curtis founded his own trans-continental performance company, Jess Curtis/Gravity, based in Berlin and San Francisco. In 2011 he was presented the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for choreography and the Homer Avila Award for innovation in physically diverse performance. Curtis is active as a writer, advocate and community organizer in the fields of contemporary dance and performance and teaches Dance, Contact Improvisation and Interdisciplinary Performance for individuals of all abilities throughout the US and Europe. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of the Arts in Berlin. He holds an MFA in Choreography and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California at Davis.


Michael Turinsky lives and works as a choreographer, performer and theorist in Vienna. He is interested, on the one hand, in an in-depth discussion of the specific phenomenology of the body marked as "handicapped", and on the other in the rigorous examination of discourses around the productive tension between politics and aesthetics. Between 1998 and 2005 he studied philosophy at the University of Vienna. As a performer, he collaborated among others with Bert Gstettner, Barbara Kraus, Legitimate Bodies / Robin Dingemans / Mick Bryson and Doris Uhlich ("Ravemachine"). His most important choreographic work "heteronomous male" (2012), "my body, your pleasure" (2014), as well as his recent works "Second Skin - turn the beat around" and "Second Skin - Master of Ceremony" (both 2016) , His collaboration with Doris Uhlich "Ravemachine" received the 2017 Nestroy Special Prize. Michael Turinsky gave lectures and workshops, among others at the Universities of Linz and Salzburg, at the College Art Association in New York, at the Tanzquartier Wien as well as at Impulstanz-Festival. He published in various journals and journals.

Uferstr. 23, 13357 Berlin

Short application required

Photo: Sven Hagolani