Twists: Dance and Decoloniality

 »Twists: Dance and Decoloniality« is A Critical Research on Dance Institutions by Tanzfabrik Berlin in Cooperation with ada Studio, HZT Berlin, Uferstudios, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Universität Salzburg, 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,  and Lia Rodrigues, 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 publication. 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.

Location: Tanzfabrik Berlin/Wedding - Uferstudios

Funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds 

Actual status

We regret to announce that the project “Twists, Dance and Decoloniality” has been cancelled, including all the remaining appointments of the workshop series, as well as the planned symposium.

This difficult decision has been made because of substantial disagreement and a fundamental loss of trust among the voices that shaped Twists.
Tanzfabrik Berlin recognises their own part of responsibility for the failure of this important and politically necessary program and regrets this outcome very much.

Nevertheless, this unexpected decision is not affecting Tanzfabrik's commitment on continue to pursue antiracist work and critical self-reflection in relation to decoloniality. On the contrary, it showed again to us the urgency of addressing the blind spots of our institution, and it motivates our team to further address these issues.

News about future projects, structural changes and a work up on what happened in the last months will follow soon.