The project documentation gives insights into the origins of the piece.


The project Dance of all – A Movement Choir went on the trail of Rudolf von Laban and looked at the almost forgotten legacy of movement choirs, which, from the middle of the 1920s, understood dance as a social and political phenomenon.

The choirs opened up amateur dancers’ bodies to movements that went beyond those they performed in everyday life and allowed them to come together in urban space as a crowd organised as a choir. The project explored the heterogeneity of this movement and looked for displaced choreographies and histories.

With its ‘radio ballet’ concept, Ligna developed a format that regularly intervened in open as well as controlled spaces. Does this practice represent an updating of the movement choirs? What roles do a crowd and dance play today? What does an organisation of crowds look like beyond representation?

Dance of All updated the political demands of movement choirs to reflect the contemporary context.

Interview (in German) with Ligna / Ole Frahm (German)

A talk with Ole Frahm from Ligna about the emergence of the radio ballet Tanz aller – Ein Bewegungschor

Ole Frahm

A talk with Ole Frahm from Ligna about the emergence of the radio ballet Dance of All – A Movement Choir. In the discussion, Ole Frahm explains the historical origins as well as the role of the movement choirs in the labour movement and in National Socialism.

Established in 1997, the Ligna group comprises the media and performance artists Ole Frahm, Michael Hüners and Torsten Michaelsen. Part of their work is with the Freien Sender Kombinat (FSK), a non-commercial radio station in Hamburg. The group’s regular radio show Ligna’s Music Box is a request concert in which listeners call the studio and hear their favourite songs on the telephone.

About Ligna

All works by Ligna see their audiences as a scattered collective of producers. These kinds of temporary associations can bring about unpredictable, uncontrollable effects that challenge the order of a space.

One of the models developed by Ligna for this purpose is the radio ballet, invented in 2002: radio listeners wearing headphones receive a choreography of excluded and forbidden gestures in a formerly public, now private, place, and thereby circumvent its control measures. The forbidden gestures are taking place everywhere at the same time. Another model is the radio concert for 144 mobile telephones, which allows listeners to take part in a collective composition process. A third model is Der Neue Mensch (The New Man), a theatre play without actors and which involves the public in a complex, gestural interaction.

Programme for the Body Politics symposium

Programme for the symposium Körperpolitik / Body Politics from 3/11–4/11/2011 in Hellerau.

Interview with Ramsay Burt

In a two-part interview, the British dance historian Ramsay Burt talks about the political aspects of Dance of All – A Movement Choir and about Laban’s reception in England.


A Professor of Dance History at De Montfort University (Leicester/UK), Burt also teaches at P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels). His publications to date include Male Dancer: Bodies, Spectacle, Sexualities (1995), Alien Bodies: Representations of Modernity, ‘Race’ and Nation in early Modern Dance (1998), Judson Dance Theater: Performative Traces (2006) and – together with Valerie Briginshaw – Writing Dancing Together (2009). In 1999, he was a guest professor on the Performance Studies course at New York University. Together with Susan Foster, he is the founder and publisher of the Discourses in Dance journal.

Film recording of Tanz aller

Recording of the premiere from 6/6/2013 as part of the Dance Congress, Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz, Düsseldorf.

Media and performance artists – Ole Frahm, Michael Hüners and Torsten Michaelsen
Voices – Rica Blunk, Christiane Mexer-Rogge-Turner and Martin Nachbar


Media and performance artists – Ole Frahm, Michael Hüners and Torsten Michaelsen
Music – Felix Kubin
Voices – Rica Blunk, Christiane Mexer-Rogge-Turner and Martin Nachbar

Performance Dates


  • 24 & 25 May 2013 | K3 –Tanzplan Hamburg – public rehearsal as part of Choreographie der Nachbarschaft – Das Fest (Neigbourhood Choreography – The Festival)
  • 1 June 2013 | Ringlokschuppen, Mühlheim a.d. Ruhr – public rehearsal
  • 6 June 2013 | Dance Congress, tanzhaus nrw – premiere
  • 9 June 2013 | Dance Congress, tanzhaus nrw
  • 17 June 2013 | Galerie Villa Merkel, Merkelpark, Esslingen


  • 17 June 2014 | Koblenz-Landau University


  • 3 / 4 June 201 | Augustplatz, Leipzig
  • 15 June 2015 | CPH Stage, Kopenhagen (TANZFONDS ERBE funding for guest performances)
  • 20 August 2015 | Danske Scenekonstskolen, Kopenhagen
  • 28 / 29 / 30 August 2015 | Mousonturm, Römer, Frankfurt
  • 3 / 4 / 5 September 2015 | tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf,


  • 30 April 2016 | Lichthof Theater, Hamburg
  • 11 June 2016 | Staatstheater Mainz, in co-operation with the 11th Mainzer Tanztage festival
  • 22 October 2016 | Festival RadioRevolten, Radio Corax, Halle



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