28. February | 10:15

What’s Front Got to Do With It?

Workshop for AKT-members and international guests with Chrysa Parkinson

Wednesday, 28.2 and Thursday, 1.3. I 10h15 – 11h45 I Uferstudios, Studio 14

During this meeting I will propose movement and language-based scores. The workshop will be structured around the question of experiential authorship. Rather than considering the author as an owner (or controller) of actions, roles and materials, what can support miscomprehension and disorientation as artistic materials? How does the performing artist activate, engage with, form, reform and play with how they are constituted?
And with front?
Where is it? How did it get there? What is it up to?

Chrysa Parkinson is a dancer living in Stockholm. Her artistic research is focused on the performer’s experiential authorship. She lived in New York for many years and performed with Tere O’Connor Dance, Irene Hultman, Mia Lawrence, Jennifer Monson and Mark Dendy, among others. She began traveling to Belgium in 2000 to work on improvisational performance with Zoo/Thomas Hauert and David Zambrano. Since then she has also performed with: Adrian Heathfield, Veli Lehtovaara, Remy Heritier, Boris Charmatz, Andros Zins-Browne, Rosas/Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Jonathan Burrows, Mette Ingvartsen, Phillip Gehmacher, Eszter Salomon, John Jasperse, Deborah Hay, Alix Euynadi, Meg Stuart and Joaquim Koester. She has taught in the US, Europe and Australia, and yearly at PARTS (be) since 1998. She is the recipient of a Bessie Award for Performance. Chrysa’s writing and films have been published and distributed internationally. In 2015 she created The Dancer as Agent Collection, available at Oralsite.be. She is the Director of the New Performative Practices MFA program at DOCH/Uniarts in Stockholm, and a Professor of Dance at Stockholm University of the Arts.

28. February | 13:30


Wednesday, 28.2. I 13h30 – 16h30 I Uferstudios, Seminarraum 1

for AK|T members

28. February | 17:00

Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company - Pre professional year

Wednesday, 28.2. I 17h – 17h30 I Uferstudios, Room1 

for AK|T members and international guests

Luisa Sancho Escanero will present a cooperation idea in regard to young dance professionals, that the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company is pursuing for the next years. The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company is based in equal measure in the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Jacopo Godani serves as artistic director of the company.

Facilitation: Luisa Sancho Escanero, Artistic Coordinator/Representative to the Artistic Director, Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

1. March | 13:30

"Dance and Disability" with Nik Haffner

Thursday, 1.3. I 13h30 – 14h15 Uhr I Uferstudios, Room 103

This AK|T meeting looks at the topic of dancers and dance makers with disabilitiy. With successful dance artists such as Claire Cunningham and Michael Turinsky there is a growing number of role models that inspire a next generation to pursue a career in dance despite a physical or sensory disability. What effect does this have on dance education?

In this roundtable format first examples are presented before exchanging and discussing where and how this topic has an impact within our education programmes and the AK|T.

Facilitation: Nik Haffner

1. March | 13:30

"Billy Elliot in times of Facebook, Instagram & Co" with David Russo

Thursday, 1.3. I 13h30 – 14h15 I Uferstudios, Room 1

How do we impress the value of classical ballet on young male dancers in the digital age? Social networks determine what is cool and “in” at the moment for young dancers as well as other young people. Boys between the ages of ten and twelve in particular often feel insecure as a result of prejudice and verbal hostilities. In this meeting, David Russo will speak about his own experiences of teaching this age group and will invite the group to share and develop their own ideas on how we can provide special support for these students.

Facilitation: David Russo

1. March | 14:30

"Body contact versus sexual harassment in the field of dance?" with Susanne Triebel

Thursday, 1.3. I 14h30 – 15h30 I Uferstudios, Room 1

In 2017, the RKM (Rektorenkonferenz der Musikhochschulen) compiled a list of recommended actions and measures for the prevention of sexual discrimination and violence against students, teachers and employees. As a result, the topic has been raised in the context of formal training and general education. Thanks to an article by Dorion Weickmann and the revelations about Peter Martins, the longtime director of the New York City Ballet, a topical discussion on the subject of the sexual abuse of power in the professional realm as well as in higher education institutions has become necessary. This meeting will discuss to what extent the recommendations of the RKM are applicable to dance education, and which specific amendments are needed for the field of dance. How can students and teachers be made aware of this subject? How do we as teachers deal with this theme in a teaching situation?

1. March | 16:00

"Bridges to the future. On the state of archives, libraries and collections at dance education centres in Germany" with Thomas Thorausch

Thursday, 1.3. I 16h – 17h30 I Uferstudios, Room 1

Discussion and presentation of results from the stocktaking of the Dance Training Conference (AK|T – Ausbildungskonferenz Tanz) and the Association of German Dance Archives (VDT – Verein Deutscher Tanzarchive)
The Dance Training Conference and the Association of German Dance Archives (VDT) conducted a stocktaking of the archives, libraries and collections of dance education centres in 2016/17 in order to record existing collections of materials and documents on the history and present of dance at dance education centres in Germany.
On the basis of the results of this stocktaking, representatives of the Dance Training Conference and the Association of German Dance Archives would like to jointly discuss possibilities for how to improve the usability of these collections as well as perspectives on the linking of the collections between archives and education centres.
The event will be held in German

1. March | 20:00

Context – Dance – Education – Elsewhere

Looking at dance education in different environments

Thursday, 1.3. I 20h I Studio 1

At this year’s Biennial we welcome dance artists who have initiated, built up and taught in dance education programmes that are far away from conditions and possibilities taken for granted within most Western/European dance educations. What were the motivations, struggles and impacts while establishing these initiatives in contexts where dance is breaking new ground? The discussion will be opened by short introductions to the following three dance education programmes:

Cairo Contemporary Dance Center

École des Sables, Toubab Dialaw

Invisible Center of Contemporary Dance, Tehran

with: Mohamad Abbasi, Karima Mansour and Alesandra Seutin

Facilitation: Donna Faye Burchfield, Nik Haffner

3. March | 13:30

AK|T Meeting

Samstag, 3.3. I 13h30 – 15h15 I Uferstudios, Seminarraum 1

für AK|T-Mitglieder

3. March | 17:00

Open Dialogues #3: Other inheritances

With Adrian Heathfield, Ramsey Burt and Meg Stuart

für AK|T-Mitglieder und internationale Gäste
Saturday, 3.3. I 17h – 18h30 I HAU Hebbel am Ufer, HAU 3

What is dancers’ and dance artists’ experience of rethinking their practice as they grow older and have more experience but a different sort of energy and flexibility? In what ways can choreography challenge socially constructed ideas about ageing? Other inheritances is a conversation about what dance can be, beyond mere physical virtuosity. The writer and performance scholar Adrian Heathfield, dance historian Ramsay Burt and choreographer Meg Stuart share their different artistic and cultural perspectives on the theme of dance and age.

Afterwards: Hugo Glendinning / Adrian Heathfield: “Spirit Labour” / Film with Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin and Hélène Cixous / in English

4. March | 10:00


Sunday, 4.3. I 10h – 12h I Uferstudios, Seminarraum 1

for AK|T members and international guests

4. March | 13:30

International Exchange

Sunday, 4.3. I 13h30 – 15h I Uferstudios, Seminarraum 1

for AK|T members and international guests

Towards the end of the Biennial we invite our guests, who run dance programmes abroad, to give feedback. How did they experience the Biennial? Which concrete further  steps would be desirable for the format of the Biennial and its potential for international dialogue?

Facilitation: Nik Haffner