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    • A Critical Research on Dance Institutions by Tanzfabrik Berlin in Cooperation with ada Studio, HZT Berlin, Uferstudios, Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, advised by Diversity Arts Culture.

      The project »Twists: Dance and Decolonialtiy« is systematically addressing questions regarding the impact of colonialism on dance and its consequences. Following the example of Tanzfabrik Berlin, ada Studio, HZT and Uferstudios, the artists Choy Ka Fai, Jay Pather, Lia Rodrigues, and Jessica Lauren Elizabeth Taylor consider existing and persistent instances of hermetically sealed hegemonies, racism and exclusions in the production of dance. Deeply aware of the dangers of decoloniality as a trend, this research intensive approach aims to be rigorous and critical. The project brings together current knowledges from a wide variety of disciplines and is composed of multiple workshops, field research, a symposium as well as a publi cation. Aiming to be accessible, direct and interactive as well as sustainable one of the project’s final outcomes will see the development of manuals. These will serve as a source for the various impulses and findings to be transferred to wider publics engendering discussions towards an ethically responsible approach to international entanglements in the field of dance.

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        Twists: Dance and Decoloniality

        • Dance Documentation as Artistic Practice
          A TANZFONDS ERBE Project
          "Capturing Dance - Dance Documentation as Artistic Practice" is the first project to focus on dance documentation from an artistic perspective. Working with a young generation of artists, it attempts to model this new approach in productions in Berlin and Cologne. In light of contemporary performance theory, it explores the artistic status of documentation and the act of documentation as artistic practice. The symposium will consider both choreography and documentation as artefacts with their own unique authorial stances and features specific to each medium and discusses strategies towards a non-heirarchical relationship between them. The productive relationship between „event“ and trace will be examined as well as those between authenticity and historicity, creation and dissemination.

          The project will continue at the beginning of next year with an interdisciplinary workshop at the KHM in Cologne. Capturing Dance will culminate in June 2016 with an exhibition of the resulting works at the Galerie Ebensperger in Berlin.

          www.capturingdance.de/


          Participants
          Artists: A group of 20 young choreographers and new media artists from Berlin and Cologne comprised of the new intake of MA SODA (Inter-university Centre for Dance Berlin / Boyan Manchev) and Phil Collins' class at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne as well as predominantly young artists from Berlin and 6 Capturing Dance, April 2015 Cologne: Ale Bachlechner, Christina Ciupke, Felix Ott, Benjamin + Stefan Ramírez Péder.
          Theoreticians taking part in the symposium: Philip Auslander/USA, Christina Ciupke/DE, Barbara Clausen/CAN, Phil Collins/DE, Franz Anton Cramer/DE, Hannah Dörr/DE, Susanne Foellmer/DE, Barbara Formis/FR, Sigrid Gareis/D, Babette Mangolte/USA, Boyan Manchev DE/BG, Eric P. Morrill/USA, Ludger Orlok/DE.
          Laboratory workshop leaders: Alex Large, former Gob Squad member, Boris Charmatz, and Ute Gröttrup or Prof. Dr. Rupert Vogel as legal advisers for intellectual property law.
          Project mentors: Phil Collins, Boyan Manchev, Eva-Maria Hoerster for the study programmes in Berlin and Cologne, Sigrid Gareis (project initiator) and Thomas Weski as curators and dramaturges, Patrick Ebensperger representing the gallery, Ludger Orlok from Tanzfabrik Berlin and Barbara Greiner, project manager.

          A Tanzfonds Erbe Project by Tanzfabrik Berlin, Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin HZT (Inter-university Centre for Dance), Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln KHM (Academie of Media Arts, Cologne) and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG (German Research Foundation) Project Verzeichnung in cooperation with Galerie Ebensperger Berlin, the Theatre Studies Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin, the DFG research project ÜberReste; supported by Tanzfonds Erbe – a German Federal Cultural Foundation initiative - and the Schering Foundation.

           

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            Capturing Dance

            • Initiated in 2014 by Tanzfabrik Berlin, Open Spaces brings together selected works and artists supported all year long. Not a curated festival, neither a juxtaposition of new productions, Open Spaces is a format that gives the audience a chance to experience a broad program including talks, exhibitions and performances – from the first rehearsals all the way to the premiere.

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                Open Spaces

                • Studio 13 offers people in Berlin who are working in and around the area of contemporary performing arts a space to exchange ideas and opinions on artistic methods and major working areas.

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                  Studio 13

                  • Since 2000, the Biennale Tanznacht Berlin presents artistic works by choreographers who are living and working in Berlin. The 9th Tanznacht Berlin "Companions" will take place from 27th - 29th August 2016 in Uferstudios/Tanzfabrik Berlin Wedding. Within the realm of contemporary dance, a form that is continuously challenging itself and undergoing change, the question of com- panionship seems more relevant than ever. Who or what do we choose to bring along with us for part of our journey through a world that is more on the move than ever before? Where can we find temporary or long-lasting alliances that help us (put) progress into motion? Tanznacht Berlin 2016 dedicates three days to the search for exactly that interdependence, demonstrating what it can look like through the lens of the social choreography found in dance, song, installation or story-telling and the correlation between dance and speech, artist and audience, art and ecology, or dance history and body biographies.

                    www.tanznachtberlin.de

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                      Tanznacht Berlin

                      • Between two editions of the TANZNACHT BERLIN biennale, this time Tanzfabrik Berlin takes the opportunity for inviting renomate guests to reflect on aesthetics in contemporary dance. The curators Silke Bake and Jacopo Lanteri, together with the artists Julian Weber, ask for urgencies, political and social references as well as possible dance historical connections that inform current aesthetics on dance.

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                          Tanznacht-Forum

                        • Tanzfabrik offers four intensive workshop seasons each year: Oster-, Sommer-, Herbst- und Winter Tanz. Each season has their own particular atmosphere and features a unique combination of experienced and international teachers engaging in current topics of the dance world. Suitable for all levels from complete beginner to professional and with both participants and teachers ranging across several generations, our intensive workshop programmes welcome anyone curious to actively engage with the range of dance forms, bodywork and performance techniques available today within contemporary dance. 

                          Sommer Tanz 2013: https://vimeo.com/72801917    

                          Sommer Tanz 2015: https://vimeo.com/135658904

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                            Workshop seasons

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