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Thumbnail ENDURING ORNAMENTS (WT)

ENDURING ORNAMENTS (WT)

The film by the young dancer Boglárka Börcsök looks at a piece of German-Hungarian dance history and studies the movement of the body within the context of political ideologies.
Thumbnail VERSUCH ÜBER DAS TURNEN (ESSAY ON GYMNASTICS)

VERSUCH ÜBER DAS TURNEN (ESSAY ON GYMNASTICS)

The artist collective HAUPAKTION is dedicating itself to the history of the German gymnastics movement and its choreographic material.
Thumbnail SOS _ GERHARD BOHNER _ Tanzcompagnie Rubato

SOS _ GERHARD BOHNER _ Tanzcompagnie Rubato

Jutta Hell and Dieter Baumann are passing on Bohner’s later work, which the choreographer developed with them in 1991, to a younger generation of dancers.
Thumbnail FRIEDENSANLEITUNG FÜR JEDERMANN – THE 3rd GENERATION

FRIEDENSANLEITUNG FÜR JEDERMANN – THE 3rd GENERATION

Using the staging of Kriegsanleitung für jedermann as her starting point, the choreographer Yoshiko Waki was looking at Johann Kresnik and his importance for German dance history.
Thumbnail BAUTZNER STRASSE 107, PAST PRESENT FUTURE

BAUTZNER STRASSE 107, PAST PRESENT FUTURE

Dresden’s independent dance scene is bringing the former Wigman School at Bautzner Straße 107 back to life with a programme including dance works, master classes and Workshops.
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Just in Time

Inhabitants in Berlin, Tel Aviv and New York are being invited to write letters to dance. The letters will not only be published in a single volume but will also be used as material for three participatory choreographies created by deufert&plischke.
Thumbnail Jagd. Kampf. Rausch

Jagd. Kampf. Rausch

For the second time in the TANZFONDS ERBE initiative, Reinhild Hoffmann was passing on one of her choreographies to a new generation of dancers. This time, Staatstheater Braunschweig was restaging her 1991 piece Zeche Eins.
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Witch Dance Project

Mary Wigman’s Hexentanz was the starting point for ten commissioned choreographies reinterpreting the work from various perspectives.
Thumbnail H.K. – Quintett

H.K. – Quintett

The exceptional dancer Harald Kreutzberg was the inspiration for DanceLab Berlin’s contemporary dance piece as well as for an investigation of Germany’s modern-dance tradition.
Thumbnail THE DANCER FROM AUSCHWITZ

THE DANCER FROM AUSCHWITZ

Theater Nordhausen’s project was dedicated to the Jewish dancer and dance teacher Rosa Glaser who danced for her life in Auschwitz.
Thumbnail Le Sacre du Printemps by Mary Wigman

Le Sacre du Printemps by Mary Wigman

Henrietta Horn’s reconstruction of Mary Wigman’s 1957 version of The Rite of Spring was enthusiastically received by critics.
Thumbnail The Triadic Ballet

The Triadic Ballet

20 years after the death of Gerhard Bohner, and 70 years after the death of Oskar Schlemmer, the Academy of the Arts reconstructed the Bauhaus ballet in co-operation with the Bavarian State Ballet II.
Thumbnail Wind von West (Cantata)

Wind von West (Cantata)

The first part of the three-part Stravinsky evening Frühlingsopfer (Rite of Spring), Wind Von West was reconstructed with dancers from the Folkwang University of the Arts and the Julliard School in New York.
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PAX 2013

Leipzig Ballett restaged Uwe Scholz's 1992 choreography Pax Questuosa, which looks at the socio-political situation in the world and in reunified Germany post-Cold War.
Thumbnail Auch

Auch

Reinhild Hoffmann’s 1980 choreography Auch, in which two women dance a duet on a fully equal footing, caused a sensation when first performed. Hoffmann restaged the production at Theater Bielefeld herself.
Thumbnail Tausend Grüsse

Tausend Grüsse

Under the direction of Steffen Fuchs, Ballett Koblenz restaged two choreographies by Uwe Scholz – Dans la Marche and Die 1000 Grüße. Fuchs rounded off the evening with a homage to Scholz.
Thumbnail Loops and Lines

Loops and Lines

The ballet company of the Hessian State Theatre of Wiesbaden, in co-operation with Ensemble Modern, demonstrated the importance of Laban’s Movement Study for dance today.
Thumbnail HEUTE: volkstanzen

HEUTE: volkstanzen

Four choreographers investigated parallels between folk dance and popular contemporary dances. A major folk-dance festival invited participants to dance and reflect on the theme.
Thumbnail Der Schrank der Georgi (GEORGI’S WARDROBE)

Der Schrank der Georgi (GEORGI’S WARDROBE)

Yvonne Georgi was one of the most important expressionist dance choreographers. Ricardo Fernando and his ensemble used a recording to reconstruct her choreography Glück, Tod und Traum.
Thumbnail Revolution won't be performed

Revolution won't be performed

Using the Communist choreographer Jean Weidt as its staring point, the project took a critical look at the most recent revolutions in Europe.
Thumbnail Tracing Isadora

Tracing Isadora

The ballet company of the Nationaltheater Mannheim dedicated itself to Isadora Duncan, a pioneer of modern dance. A series of events was developed based on Duncan’s 1907 performance in the city.
Thumbnail Ruhr-Ort

Ruhr-Ort

In 1991, Susanne Linke created a choreography based on the work of men in steel factories and coalmines. In 2014, she restaged the piece with dancers from the Renegade ensemble.
Thumbnail The Horta Project – SOAP Recreation

The Horta Project – SOAP Recreation

In the 1990s, dance in the German state of Hesse and the country as a whole was heavily influenced by Rui Horta and his company SOAP. Tanzcompagnie Gießen restaged two of Horta’s works with Horta himself as director.
Thumbnail Anastasia/­Shadow

Anastasia/­Shadow

The ballet company of the Saarland State Theatre reconstructed Anastasia by Sir Kenneth MacMillan and contrasted it with a new piece, Shadow.
Thumbnail Piano Men

Piano Men

The focus of Paula Rosolen’s piece was on the pianists who accompany dance rehearsals as co-répétiteurs and are living dance archives in themselves.
Thumbnail Abendliche Tänze

Abendliche Tänze

Christoph Winkler looked at a specific form of memory that is contained in the choreographic practice itself. At the same time, he took a critical look at how history is understood in dance today.
Thumbnail The Body as Archive

The Body as Archive

Can dancers' bodies be archives? In his documentary The Body as Archive, the filmmaker Michael Maurissens goes in search of the answer, focusing on dancers as the preservers of choreographic knowledge.
Thumbnail ZWEI GIRAFFEN TANZEN TANGO - BREMER SCHRITTE

ZWEI GIRAFFEN TANZEN TANGO - BREMER SCHRITTE

Choreographer Helge Letonja was looking at Gerhard Bohner’s 1980 choreography Zwei Giraffen tanzen Tango.
Thumbnail Im Fluss der Zeit / In the Flow of Time

Im Fluss der Zeit / In the Flow of Time

The ballet company at Staatstheater Cottbus restaged two of Uwe Scholz’s choreographies for the three-part ballet evening Im Fluss der Zeit.
Thumbnail LULU BY JOCHEN ULRICH

LULU BY JOCHEN ULRICH

Ballett Rossa at Halle Opera House brought Ulrich’s 1990 dance piece LULU back to the stage with the involvement of the contemporary witness Darie Cardyn.
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TIERFORME/L/N

The Berlin-based choreographer Martin Nachbar is reproducing Simone Forti’s piece Sleep Walkers (aka Zoo Mantras). An extensive supplementary programme will also provide a methodical and historical foundation for the current examination of the relationship between humans and animals.
Thumbnail THE COMPLETE EXPRESSIONIST – MUSIQUE CONCRÈTE AND MODERN DANCE

THE COMPLETE EXPRESSIONIST – MUSIQUE CONCRÈTE AND MODERN DANCE

Christoph Winkler is dedicating is project to the almost forgotten artist Ernest Berk who created unusual hybrids of music and choreography by combining modern dance and musique concrète.
Thumbnail PAST FORWARD

PAST FORWARD

PAST FORWARD Theater Bielefeld is reproducing Gerhard Bohner’s choreography Angst und Geometrie (Fear and Geometry) and bringing it together in an artistic dialogue with four new creations.
Thumbnail KARIN WAEHNER (1926-1999) – EIGENSINNIG IN ZWISCHENRÄUMEN (Wilful in Spaces)

KARIN WAEHNER (1926-1999) – EIGENSINNIG IN ZWISCHENRÄUMEN (Wilful in Spaces)

The project is dedicated to the former Wigman student Karin Waehner, a pioneer of modern dance in France.
Thumbnail AFFECTOS HUMANOS BY DORE HOYER

AFFECTOS HUMANOS BY DORE HOYER

The Berlin-based dancer Nils Freyer is reproducing Dore Hoyer's dance cycle and presenting it in a double-bill evening with Marianne Vogelsang's Bach Preludes.
Thumbnail Die Folterungen der Beatrice Cenci

Die Folterungen der Beatrice Cenci

The ballet company at Saarländisches Staatstheater is reconstructing Gerhard Bohner’s 1971 work The Tortures of Beatrice Cenci, described by the FAZ newspaper as “Germany’s most successful post-war ballet”.
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Depot Erbe

Theater Freiburg was creating research space at the Museum for New Art where artists and members of the public were investigating the future of cultural heritage.
Thumbnail RECONSTRUCTIONS OF MARY WIGMAN’S TOTENTÄNZE (DANCES OF DEATH)

RECONSTRUCTIONS OF MARY WIGMAN’S TOTENTÄNZE (DANCES OF DEATH)

Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück reconstructed Mary Wigman’s Totentänze I and II, and used exhibitions, installations and symposia to look at the death-dance theme.
Thumbnail FIVE PRELUDES BY MARIANNE VOGELSANG FROM J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER

FIVE PRELUDES BY MARIANNE VOGELSANG FROM J.S. BACH’S WELL-TEMPERED CLAVIER

Berlin dancer Nils Freyer was learning the final work by one of the pioneers of German Expressionist Dance.
Thumbnail City Dance Cologne

City Dance Cologne

With City Dance Cologne, the choreographer Stephanie Thiersch brought Anna Halprin’s 1970s Walk Performances to Germany
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undo, redo and repeat

Choreographers Christina Ciupke and Anna Till looked at how information about past dances by Mary Wigman, Kurt Jooss, Dore Hoyer, Pina Bausch and William Forsythe has reached us today.
Thumbnail Anita Berber – Retro/­Perspective

Anita Berber – Retro/­Perspective

Scandal is the reason most people know about this 1920s dance icon, but Anita Berber was also an international star with great ability. This festival by and with MS Schrittmacher was dedicated to Berber as a dancer.
Thumbnail DÉBORDS. Reflections on the Green Table

DÉBORDS. Reflections on the Green Table

Olga de Soto’s award-winning documentary/choreographic research showed how Kurt Jooss’s anti-war piece Der Grüne Tisch (The Green Table) enthused and influenced people around the world.
Thumbnail The Live Legacy Project

The Live Legacy Project

Angela Guerreiro investigated the connections between German contemporary dance and the Judson Dance Theatre in New York. Dancers, choreographers, students, teachers and experts came together for the six-day symposium.
Thumbnail The Source Code

The Source Code

Jochen Roller’s online-project is dedicated to the choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser who emigrated to Australia in 1938. It features reconstructions, archive material and reports by contemporary witnesses.
Thumbnail Dancing Bauhaus

Dancing Bauhaus

Oskar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus Dances – created from 1926 to 1929 – were re-interpreted with students from the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau and the Inter-university Center for Dance (HZT) Berlin.
Thumbnail Julius Hans Spiegel Centre

Julius Hans Spiegel Centre

How has colonialism influenced German dance? Work with choreographers from three continents produced formats and performances that continued and rewrote this forgotten chapter of German dance history.
Thumbnail SACHAROFF RESEARCH PROJECT

SACHAROFF RESEARCH PROJECT

Stella Tinbergen’s documentary film Poets of Dance reveals the life and works of the famous dance couple Clotilde and Alexander Sacharoff and includes a reconstruction of their dances.
Thumbnail The Memory Machine

The Memory Machine

Mouvoir’s walk-in installation The Memory Machine used contemporary witness reports to bring dance history between 1980 and 2000, a period marked by new concepts and styles, to life.
Thumbnail No [’rait] of spring

No [’rait] of spring

Based on his own experience as a dancer in Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre du Printemps, Josep Caballero García looked at five key female roles in German dance history from the perspective of male dancers.
Thumbnail DANCE OF ALL – A MOVEMENT CHOIR

DANCE OF ALL – A MOVEMENT CHOIR

For the Tanz Aller project, the artist group Ligna used the radio-ballet concept to revive the political movement choirs of the 1920s with members of the public.
Thumbnail TANZLOKAL – Tanzfest Stuttgart

TANZLOKAL – Tanzfest Stuttgart

The TANZLOKAL – Tanzfest Stuttgart event paid homage to Baden-Württemberg’s contribution to German Expressionist Dance in the 1920s and 1950s.
Thumbnail MONTE VERITÀ – INTERPRETATIONS OF SPACE

MONTE VERITÀ – INTERPRETATIONS OF SPACE

Juliette Villemin investigated the search for new terms of reference between the body and space in modern dance at the beginning of the 20th century.
Thumbnail I love my dancers

I love my dancers

Uri Turkenich looked at Pina Bausch’s work from 1977 and 1978 in a staged interview with the former Tanztheater Wuppertal dancer Geraldo Si.
Thumbnail Nussknacker

Nussknacker

Working with her eight dancers, the composer Sven Kacirek and a ‘chor de ballet’, Antje Pfundtner devoted herself to the images inherent in The Nutcracker, one of the most famous works in Western dance history.
Thumbnail Transforming Acts

Transforming Acts

An installation that brought together images of key works by 12 20th century choreographers and directors as well as archive material and video portraits.
Thumbnail CAEN AMOUR

CAEN AMOUR

Trajal Harrell’s choreographic performance CAEN AMOUR was dedicated to the American dance icon Loïe Fuller and her impact on contemporary notions of the body.
Thumbnail THE LEGEND OF SYD O’NOO

THE LEGEND OF SYD O’NOO

The tap dancer and choreographer Sebastian Weber worked with the author and director Stéphane Bittoun to look at how tap, as an improvised dance form, deals with its own artistic heritage.
Thumbnail CAPTURING DANCE – DANCE DOCUMENTATION AS ARTISTIC PRACTICE

CAPTURING DANCE – DANCE DOCUMENTATION AS ARTISTIC PRACTICE

Young dance artists were working with media artists to create a new focus on dance documentation and present examples of it in Berlin and Cologne.
Thumbnail DANCE WITNESSES

DANCE WITNESSES

Portrait Series about six contemporary witnesses who helped to shape 20th German dance history. They reflect on milestones in German dance history, as well as their roles in it.
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