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.
↪ PHASE #1
Following an internal sensitivity process, a public workshop will be held from April 14 - 18, 2020 with Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Carmen Mörsch, Yvette Mutumba, Jay Pather and Rolando Vázquez. Registration until February 22, 2020 (workshop details).
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Over the course of a three-week period of field research in the fall of 2020 and an additional workshop, the artists will conduct research into (post) colonial and Euro-centrically influenced structural conditions at the cultural institutions of Uferstudios.
↪ PHASE #3
On November 7 and 8, 2020, renowned experts will be invited to a public symposium at Uferstudios to explore methodical / theoretical as well as practical artistic considerations for the decolonization of dance institutions.
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A publication about the project is intended to be published by the end of the year 2021.
Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds | Project Team: Tanzfabrik Berlin: Juan Gabriel Harcha, Elisabeth Leopold, Felicitas Zeeden, Ludger Orlok (responible) in cooperation with the project initiator Sigrid Gareis. Artist Core Group: Choy Ka Fai, Jay Pather, Lia Rodrigues and Jessica Lauren, Elizabeth Taylor, Kollektiv Suddenly: Johanna Ackva, Camille Chapon, Forough Fami, Magdalena Meindl, Lyllie Rouvière, Grete Smitaite, Sunayana Shetty, Hanna Kritten Tangsoo, Freie Universität: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter, Humboldt Universität: Prof. Dr. Silvy Chakkalakal
Location: Tanzfabrik Berlin/Wedding - Uferstudios