Thu, 6 June    16:00

  • 16:00 - 17:30    Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz Video

    Tanz aller – ein Bewegungschor

    A TANZFONDS ERBE Project Premiere
    © Nicolas Reichelt

    The project ‘Tanz aller’ deals with the almost forgotten heritage of movement choirs that at the end of the 1920s grasped dance as ­a social and political phenomenon. They aimed at “liberating” the bodies of the dancing amateurs, opening up movements for them that went beyond everyday work and allowed them to act as a chorally orga­nised mass in urban space. The project explores the heterogeneity of this movement and looks for choreographies and stories in nine cities. With the radio ballet, the performance collective Ligna has developed a format with which choreographic interventions in public space with an audience are made possible. Can this practice be seen as an update of the movement choirs? What role can masses, what role can dance play today? What does the organisation of masses beyond representation look like? ‘Tanz aller’ examines the political claim of the movement choirs in the present-day context.

    Registration required
    Meeting point: Gustaf-Gründgens-Platz, near entrance Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus

    Production: LIGNA
    Speakers: Rica Blunck, Christiane Meyer-Rogge-Turner, Martin Nachbar
    Music: Felix Kubin
    Supported by TANZFONDS ERBE – Eine Initiative der Kulturstiftung des Bundes

    Further information about the project: Talk with Ole Frahm

Thu, 6 June    18:00

  • 18:00 - 20:00    Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Großes Haus
    Faustin Linyekula & CCN-Ballet de Lorraine

    La Création du monde 1923 – 2012

    Recreation of the choreography of 1923: Millicent Hodson & Kenneth Archer German premiere
    © Mathieu Rousseau

    “We have learned to look at ourselves with the gaze of the West,” says Faustin Linyekula. ­In his production ‘La Création du monde 1923 – 2012’, the Congolese choreographer deals with precisely this gaze. In 1923 the author Blaise Cendrars, the composer Darius Milhaud, the fine artist Fernand Léger, and the choreographer Jean Börlin created the so-called “ballet nègre” ‘La Création du monde’ in Paris, a symbolic creation story that was meant to enable a fresh artistic start after the First World War. The model was “Africa” – ­but ­a naively paradisiacal image of it, which stood in stark contrast to the economic exploitation and political oppression of the colonies. In ‘La Création du monde 1923 – 2012’, Linyekula embeds the original piece, reconstructed by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer, in his own choreography on the themes of appropriation and foreignness like a citation. He stages the encounter between the past and the present and between different views of a “common” history: How do Africa and Europe see each other? And: Have these views actually changed since 1923?

    Transfer service after the show to the Congress Venue

    Additional performance on 7 June, 20:00

    Tickets: € 10 – 30

    Artistic direction, choreography 2012 Faustin Linyekula
    Music Fabrizio Cassol
    Set design Jean-Christophe Lanquetin
    Costumes Lamine Badian Kouyaté
    Lighting Virginie Galas

    Reconstruction 1923 Millicent Hodson, Kenneth Archer
    Dialogue with The Swedish Ballet
    Ballet Blaise Cendrars
    Music Darius Milhaud
    Curtain/sets/costumes Fernand Léger
    Reconstruction lighting Olivier Bauer
    With Jonathan Archambault, Amandine Biancherin, Jennifer Blasek, Agnès Boulanger, Guillaume Busillet, Justin Cumine, Charles Darleci, Fabio Dolce, Dmitri Domojirov, Phanuel Erdmann, Valérie Ferrando, Marc Galvez, Tristan Ihne, Vivien Ingrams, Djodjo Kazadi, Laure Lescoffy, Valérie Ly-Cuong, Sakiko Oïshi, Joris Pérez, Morgan De Quelen, Marion Rastouil, Elisa Ribes, Yoann Rifosta, Ligia Saldanha
    /CCN-Ballet de Lorraine (direction: Petter Jacobsson)

    CCN-Ballet de Lorraine
    Théâtre de la Ville/Paris, Kunstenfestivaldesarts/Brussels in collaboration with Fondation Fluxum, Théâtre Gérard Philippe Frouard
    Supported by KVS Theater/Brussels

Thu, 6 June    20:00

  • 20:30    Congress Venue


    Opening Party

    Welcome!© Illner

    After the opening event at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, the Dance Congress invites all participants, lecturers and guests to come to the Congress centre on the area of the tanzhaus nrw and the Capitol Theater at Erkrather Straße for an exchange and to celebrate with food and drinks.
    Besides artists from North Rhine-Westphalia present a kind of performance itinerary leading to different spaces at the tanzhaus nrw and the capitol.
    MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch opens her flea market with short excerpts and interventions from the European-African project ‘Mitumba – A Happening’. In the ongoing performance ‘Gender-Walking’, the Düsseldorf-based choreographer Morgan Nardi presents parts of his current production ‘3rd’. With ‘51° 13´ N 6° 47´ E’, the choreographer Alexandra Waierstall and the dancer Harris Koushos develop interventions between everyday situations and art actions. In Erik Kaiel’s successful piece ‘No Man is an Island’, two dancers play with an apparent bodily inseparability. The choreographer Leandro Kees portraits artist colleagues from North Rhine-Westphalia in a video installation. In ‘Sesamestreet in Sinop’ by Haus der PerformanceKunst, Sabine Seume and Andreas Simon stage a mimic dialogue somewhere between Sesame Street Oscar from the dustbin and the philosopher Diogenes. The hip-hop dancer Ardit Gjikaj aka Airdit from Oberhausen ranks among the scene’s best B-boys and features his skills in a short solo. Already on the opening evening, the Finnish stand-up comedian Johanna Keinänen will make her first comments and statements in small actions.
    In “Backstage. Spaces, (Hi)Stories of tanzhaus nrw”, students of the University for Music and Dance Cologne under the direction of Katarina Kleinschmidt and Martin Sonderkamp take the audience on audio walks to the less known areas of the tanzhaus.
    Followed by: DJ Mindy

    Further information the same evening on location.


  • Congress Venue, Foyer

    Memories of Dance – Graphic Recording

    T. J. Beck and her team
    Memories of Dance – Graphic Recording© Tiziana Jill Beck

    What do you remember about your first, ­nicest, most touching, or even most terrible dance experience? Images, sounds, movements, moods, people – the illustrator Tiziana Jill Beck and her team are underway with pad and pencil to collect the memories that the Dance Congress participants give an account of, to then render them in sketches and drawings. The constantly growing collection of pictures will be presented in the Congress spaces and published on the Tanzfonds website. In this way, a common memory space of individual dance experiences and encounters will evolve – a dance history in pictures that most certainly cannot be canonised.

    Tiziana Jill Beck (D/USA) illustrator
    and her team: Johanna Benz, Edith Carron, Anna Hainrich, Marius Wenker
    A project by TANZFONDS – Eine Initiative der Kulturstiftung des Bundes

  • Capitol, Foyer

    Cultural Education by German Dance Ensembles at German Theatres

    Cultural Education by German Dance Ensembles at German Theatres© Thomas Jauck

    For many dance ensembles in Germany, cultural education has become an important part of their daily work. It has an effect on all social groups and wins over new audiences for dance at German theatres. Whether spectators are made familiar with dance through public ballet training, rehearsal visits and talks with choreographers, or children and older people gain experiences with their own body in dance projects – these offers always result in long-term relationships and affiliations. A video documentation presents excerpts of various projects and initiatives of municipal ensembles.

    BBTK/Bundesdeutschen Ballett- und Tanztheaterdirektoren Konferenz

  • Capitol, Foyer

    Books on the Move

    A. Benoit-Nader
    © Claude Sorin

    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-Nader (D)

  • Capitol, Foyer

    Dance and Aging

    Poster Exhibition: Dance in the Second Half of Life


    The Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung (society of dance research) presents a poster exhibition of international scientific and/or artistic projects dealing with the topic ‘Dance and Aging’.

    Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung (GTF)

    Ästhetisches Interesse an künstlerischem Tanz im Alter – Eine explorative Analyse biographischer Erfahrungen und tätigkeitsspezifischer Vollzugsanreize
    Claudia Behrens (D) Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
    Krystyna Obermaier (D) Elementarer Tanz e.V. Köln

    ‚Zwei Flüsse‘ Ein Tanztheaterprojekt für alle ab 55 Jahren – Ein Kooperationsprojekt des Ringlokschuppen (Mülheim) und der Bergischen Volkshochschule Wuppertal
    Barbara Cleff (D) Seniorentanztheater Dortmund/Ballett Dortmund
    Nicole Schillinger
    (D) TheaterTanzPerformance ttp

    Project: ArtRose/Small Moments of Greatness. A collective for dancers “im erfolgreichen Alter”
    Jenny Coogan (D) Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden

    MobileDance Age: an initiative to bring dancers from different generations together in creative processes
    Fiona Edwards, Jo Parkes (D) EdwardsParkesDance (EPD)

    An initiative to bring dancers from different generations together in creative processes
    Fiona Edwards, Jo Parkes (D) EdwardsParkesDance (EPD)

    ‚Ahnen‘ – ein Performanceprojekt mit 13 Tänzerinnen im Alter von 62 bis 84 Jahren
    Gabriele Gierz (D) My Way Ensemble

    ‘Identities’ – a production involving 5 women, dancers and choreographers over the age of 50: What is the “identity” of the older dancer?
    Susanne Kempster (ES)

    ‘Dance and Age – Expression of the Human Body at different Ages’ (Teilprojekt des Forschungsprojektes ‚One of a Kind‘, geleitet von Jiri Kylian an der Rotterdam Dance Academy, Codarts Rotterdam)
    Friederike Lampert, Desiree Staverman (NL) Rotterdam Dance Academy, Codarts Rotterdam

    Tango im Altersheim: ein tanzpädagogisches Projekt
    Florica Marian, Katrin Grüntzig (CH)

    Dying Swans and dragged up dames: a photographic exploration of the ageing dancer
    Helen Newall, Mark Edward (UK) Edge Hill University

    Freiräume schaffen: Zeitgenössischer Tanz im fortgeschrittenen Alter
    Cornelia Widmer, Walter Widmer (D) ForumTanz

    Gesellschaftstanz mit Älteren – ein Mittel zur gesundheitlichen Prävention
    Eileen Wanke (D) Abteilung Tanzmedizin, Institut für Arbeitsmedizin, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin/Institut für Arbeits-, Sozial- und Umweltmedizin, Goethe Universität Frankfurt et al.

  • Capitol, Foyer

    Motion Bank Work Station

    The Motion Bank online tools can be tested here.

  • tanz blog

    H. Diehm, E. I. Fichtner, I. Kästner, M. Suchy, B. Trouwborst, A. Wesemann

    The journal “tanz” is accompanying the entire Dance Congress with a BLOG on At the BLOGGING station, participants and guests of the Congress can read the BLOG entries and comment on them directly.

    Editorial team:
    Heike Diehm, Elena Iris Fichtner, Irmela Kästner, Melanie Suchy, Bettina Trouwborst, Arnd Wesemann.