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    MS Schrittmacher
    © MS Schrittmacher

    The choreographer Martin Stiefermann and his company MS Schrittmacher have been searching for traces of more than 30 Ausdruckstanz-dancers from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The ‘Ausdruck-Mobil’ gives the congress participants information on where the today often unknown dancers ended up after fleeing from the national socialists, and which paths they took while emigrating. the caravan designed by MS Schrittmacher features an extremely haptic reconstruction of the flight routes as well as tables, information material, videos, sound installations, and an animated online presentation showing which artistic inspirations the Ausdrucktanz dancers spread throughout the world and the influences they later brought back to Germany. Interesting information can be printed out in the ‘Ausdruck-mobil’, sent by email upon request, or gained directly on site from the research team.

    Installation, research, choreography Martin Stiefermann
    Dancers in the videos Brit Rodemund, Efrat Stempler, Johanna Lemke
    Sound design Albrecht Ziepert
    Video Willi Neumann
    Digital illustration Carolin Schultz
    Research assistants Antje Maria Lossin, Alisa Beckstein
    Editing, text work Hartmut Schrewe

    An installation by MS Schrittmacher. Produced in the frame of the Festival POST – Ausdruckstanz in Israel, Deutschland und im Butoh at Dock 11 Berlin 2015. Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund and supported by 50 Jahre Deutschland Israel

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    Books on the move

    Bookstore on the road A. Benoit, S. Pichon
    © Stephanie Pichon

    Guest of the Dance Congress: the mobile bookstore for everyone who dances, reflects and moves. The assortment of this international bookstore for contemporary dance and performance includes books on choreography, applied anatomy and body experience, as well as theoretical essays and biographies in German, English and French. New publications are on offer as well as hard-to-find books on contemporary dance.

    Agnès Benoit (FR) dancer
    Stéphanie Pichon (FR) journalist

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    Bodies and Stages

    A. Bachzetsis, V. Davis, A. Linder, S. Nashat

    The international exhibition project ‘Bodies and stages‘ at the Kunstverein Hannover casts an associative view to the intersections of performance, dance and fine art. With installations and performances, the artists Alexandra Bachzetsis, Vaginal Davis, Adam Linder, and Shahryar Nashat explore various ways of presenting the body in space. Displays, filmic works and live interventions question how people present themselves to others and which poses they strike in daily life and in the frame of artistic (self-)staging. How do we present ourselves to the other, to the outside world? What does self-presentation mean in an exhibition context or on the stage? The artistic approach to these questions quite naturally crosses the borders between the arts.

    11. Juni – 28. August 2016
    Opening hours
    Tue – Sat, 12:00 – 19:00
    Sun, 11:00 – 19:00
    Kunstverein Hannover

    Admission free for congress participants

    Guided tours
    Fr 17. Juni, 15:00 – 16:00
    Kathleen Rahn director Kunstverein Hannover

    So 19. Juni, 14:00 – 15:00
    Regular guided tour

    So 19. Juni, 15:00 – 16:00
    Dialogführung dialogic tour
    Jörg Mannes ballet director Staatsoper Hannover 
    Kathleen Rahn director Kunstverein Hannover 

    Funded by German Federal Cultural Foundation, Stiftung Niedersachsen, Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, State Capital Hannover and Pro Helvetia/Schweizer Kulturstiftung.

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    Transition - Dance of Life

    Photoexhibition Insa Hagemann feat. Karine Seneca

    Karine Seneca stands all alone on the huge black stage. This is a scene from the rehearsals for 'Madame Bovary' at the Staatsoper Hannover. She finished her career as a ballet dancer playing the role of Emma Bovary. The time for her last premiere, the last dance in Hanover and her very last performance had come. 'A lonesome moment', says Karine about the moment the curtain fell for the last time.

For the then 40-year-old, this was a time filled with great tension, the pressure to achieve and great expectations, but also with her own feelings of farewell, insecurity and reorientation. She began her career as a member of the Basler Ballett at the age of 17. After performing with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Züricher Ballett and the Boston Ballet, she went to Hanover in 2008. But a lot has changed. The steps have become more difficult, the joints are worn. Pain that will never cease again. A guest performance in Heilbronn brings the season to an end, and with it dancing on pointe for Karine Seneca. The abrupt end of a career in the middle years of one’s life. 

How does it feel when one’s entire life consists of dance that now comes to an end?

    The photographer Insa Cathérine Hagemann accompanied the ballet dancer Karine Seneca for a period of two years (from 2012 to 2014), from the rehearsals for her last leading role back to her hometown of Cannes. A selection of these highly personal portraits is on view at the Künstlerhaus during the course of the Dance Congress 2016.

    Insa Hagemann (DE) photographer

    Transition - dance of life from Insa Cathérine Hagemann on Vimeo.