With its first major project, the Villa Wigman für TANZ (Villa Wigman for Dance) association is taking another step on the way to preserving the former Wigman School in Dresden as a historico-cultural location as well as a rehearsal, production and transfer centre for independent contemporary dance.
At Mary Wigman’s workplace and residence, the project initiators are taking the choreographer’s artistic and pedagogic positions as the starting point for a transformation in current artistic attitudes and working methods. It will thus be possible to experience creative examination and critical discourse at this historical location in Dresden, which will also be developed as a production and performance venue for contemporary dance with a national reach.
Starting from Wigman’s methodical and philosophical approaches, a full evening programme by Katja Erfurth, Johanna Roggan, Isaac Spencer and Anna Till – in partnership with dancers from TanzNetzDresden – will emerge.
There will also be workshops, lectures, exhibitions and interventions in urban spaces in Dresden from June 2017 to July 2018 to create public awareness of Mary Wigman’s legacy as a dance artist.
The comprehensive programme will be achieved with a range of co-operation partners, namely the Umbrella Association for Dance in Germany, the Leipzig Dance Archive, the Institute of Theatre Studies at the University of Leipzig, the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden.
The project will be launched with the TANZIMPULSE Mary Wigman conference on 24 and 25 June involving experts on Mary Wigman’s choreographic and pedagogic work. The development of Wigman’s school in Bautzner Straße will also be discussed, as will the importance of her aesthetic and movement methodology for contemporary dance practice.
In addition to lectures, podium discussions, talks with contemporary witnesses and film screenings, there will also be practical workshops.
Artistic direction – Katja Erfurth, Johanna Roggan, Isaac Spencer and Anna Till
Production direction – Josefine Wosahlo
Press and PR work – Isolde Matkey
Production assistance – Heike Zadow
Co-operation partners – the Umbrella Association for Dance in Germany (Michael Freundt), the Leipzig Dance Archive / Institute of Theatre Studies at the University of Leipzig (Patrick Primavesi), the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts (Stefanie Wenner), the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts / MA CoDE (Ingo Diehl), the Palucca University of Dance in Dresden (Jason Beechey)
Conference: TANZIMPULSE Mary Wigman
24 & 25 June 2017
Master class: with Susanne Linke and Irene Sieben
26 – 30 June 2017
Four Dance Pieces: Circle Triangle Chaos – Mary Wigman’s Dances Today
12 and 13 September 2017 I Societaetstheater Dresden
Performing Arts Symposium: Working Conditions in Eastern Germany (working title)
14 – 16 September 2017