Capturing Dance was an inter-disciplinary project dedicated to new artistic practices in dance documentation. Against the backdrop of performance and media theories that emerged at the end of the 20th century and documentation methods in graphic art, young dance and media artists were taking a fresh look at the dance-documentation process and putting examples into practice in Berlin and Cologne, in doing so seeing documentation as an artistic activity in itself, as well as an self-evident part of the dance-production process.
Students from the Inter-university Center for Dance (HZT) Berlin and the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) Cologne, as well as professional colleagues, had an opportunity to adopt an artistic approach to examining and testing the productive interrelationship between choreography, performance and documentation.
A total of 21 artists from the dance and media worlds – students but also successful artists such as Christina Ciupke, Felix M. Ott or Benjamin Ramírez Pérez – set themselves the challenge of making it possible, through art, to experience the immediacy of a choreography or performance via and beyond the live act, using a whole range of individual, interdisciplinary projects to do so.
After a symposium in Berlin in October 2015 as well as an intensive laboratory phase and comprehensive film work in Cologne emerged Concrete Park, which documents the course of the project and the various results of the intensive, artistic encounters and discussions among participants.
The film was shown in several screenings at Galerie Patrick Ebensperger in Berlin on 24 and 25 June 2016, and supplemented by a fringe programme.
Comprehensive documentation is available on the project homepage www.capturingdance.de.
Artists – Students of the MA SODA (HZT, director: Boyan Manchev) and students of Phil Collins (KHM) as well as artists from Berlin and Cologne: Ale Bachlechner, Christina Ciupke, Felix Ott, Benjamin and Stefan, Ramirez Perez
Speakers – Philip Auslander, Barbara Clausen, Franz Anton Cramer (co-organiser), Susanne Foellmer, Barbara Formis, Babette Mangolte and Eric P. Morrill
Laboratory workshop director – Alex Large/formerly Gob Squad, Boris Charmatz, N.N.
Project mentors – Phil Collins, Boyan Manchev and Eva-Maria Hoerster for students in Berlin and Cologne, Sigrid Gareis (project initiator) and Thomas Weski as curator/dramatic advisor, Patrick Ebensperger for the gallery and Ludger Orlok for Tanzfabrik Berlin
Project documentation – Alexandra Hennig
Production director – Barbara Greiner
A project by Tanzfabrik Berlin, the Inter-university Center for Dance Berlin (HZT), the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) project Verzeichnungen (EN: Records and Representations); in co-operation with the Galerie Ebensperger in Berlin, the Institute for Theatre Studies at the FU Berlin and the DFG research project ÜberReste.