Discourse / Excursion

28. February | 09:30

Morning Input: Got it all worked out? - On Auditioning

Wednesday, 28.2. I 9h30 – 10h I Uferstudios, Studio 14

For BA and MA students as well as AK|T members, international guests and workshop leaders.

How do I stay true to myself when I audition? How do I prepare myself? In this Morning Input we will speak with three dancers about their experiences with auditions. We will also take a look at how differently auditions work depending on the area of dance you are auditioning for.

With: Bertha Bermudez, Maria Francesca Scaroni, TBA

28. February | 19:00

Kristie Simson: AIRE | Camille Chapon: Impro Jam

Wednesday, 28.2 I 19h I Studio 14, Uferstudios

Kristie Simson: AIRE – Solo for my mother I studio presentation | duration: 30 minutes
This solo was created to honor my mother who passed away five years ago.
When she died her spirit rose up to fly with the birds.
This solo is my wish for all women to fly free.

Music: Antony and the Johnsons


Camille Chapon: 
Impro Jam

This is an “Improvised Encounter” between Biennale participants and students of the Jazz Institut Berlin. We will open the space to our instruments, bodies and sound objects, in order to vibrate and play with or against each other. Can we imagine this impro-jam as training for the revolution? Come as you are and join the dance floor.

Camille Chapon, also known as Jofe D’mahl, graduated with a Masters degree from the Art School of Grenoble (ESAD-GV) and completed the BA “Dance, Context, Choreography” at HZT Berlin in 2017. A passionate collector of choreographic objects, gestures and events, he has ended up with suitcases full of potential catalysts for performances, dances, exhibitions, classes, improvisations and choreographies.

1. March | 09:30

Morning Input: This is not Black

Thursday, 1.3. I 9h30 – 10h I Studio 14

In this morning input choreographer, performer and teacher Alesandra Seutin will show an excerpt of ‘Ceci n’est pas Noire’ (“This is not Black”). In this solo she addresses experiences of identity by delving into memories of her upbringing through the winding roads of Africa and Europe.

1. March | 19:00

Carte Blanche - Open Studio Showing

Carte Blanche is an opportunity for all students to show and share work in a studio setting. You could perform an excerpt of a piece, show a first sketch or give insight into your working process.

3. March | 09:30

Morning Input: „20 years from now“ mit Nik Haffner

Saturday, 3.3. I 9h30 – 10h I Studio 14

For BA and MA students as well as AK|T members, international guests and workshop leaders.

This Morning Input looks into your future. Today, you’re a dance student in 2018, but what might you be doing 20 years from now? As a case study, Nik Haffner looks at the people he studied with more than 20 years ago. What are they doing today and how did they get there?

Nik Haffner has been the artistic director of HZT Berlin since 2009. As a dancer and choreographer, Nik Haffner realised projects that mostly emerged from collaborations with other artists (including Christina Ciupke and Mart Kangro).  Between 1994-1999 he developed the digital publication “Improvisation Technologies, and went on to work on the online score “Seven Duets” for the platform MotionBank.org with Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion from 2012-13. Nik Haffner is a member of the advisory board for Dance Congress Germany and the head speaker of the AK|T Dance Training Conference Germany.


3. March | 20:00

Deborah Hay: As Holy Sites Go / Duet

Saturday, 3.3. I 20:00h I HAU Hebel am Ufer, HAU 1

As Holy Sites Go / Duet is a choreography by the American dance icon Deborah Hay for two of her long-time artistic collaborators, Jeanine Durning and Ros Warby. The piece is based on Hay’s score for the solo No Time To Fly, which was also adapted into the celebrated group piece Figure a Sea for Cullberg Ballet in 2016.

The two performers decide themselves which elements of the choreographic material from As Holy Sites Go and No Time To Fly they will use in the moment: “The dancers’ decision […] demands catastrophic acts of perception. The term ‘catastrophe’ is used here with reference to former methods from which the dancers have to detach themselves in order to implement my choreographic direction. It stands for a loss of monstrous proportions.” (Deborah Hay)

4. March | 09:30

Morning Input: Is dance political? with Peter Pleyer

Sunday, 4.3. I 09h30 – 10h I Studio 14

For BA and MA students as well as AK|T members, international guests and workshop leaders.

When Deborah Hay answered this question simply with “Dance is my form of political activism. It is not how I dance or why I dance. It is that I dance.”, what did she actually mean?
How is dance political in the 21st century?
From feminism to the ecological turn in the performance arts, from body representations to the ethics of working in the studio, there are numerous examples of how you can look at dance as political.

4. March | 20:00


Sunday, 4.4. I 20h I Uferstudios, Studio 14

5. March | 09:30

A Day with Sasha Waltz & Guests

Monday, 5.5. I 9h30 – 14h I Radialsystem

9h                        Arrival

9h30 – 10h30    Warm Up

group 1: Halle, group 2: Saal, group 3: Studio A

10h45 – 11h30   Feedback session,

group 1: Halle, group 2: Saal, group 3: Studio A

11h 30 – 12h      Lunch break
12h -14h            A conversation with Sasha Waltz, Halle


Invited by Sasha Waltz, all Biennale participants will spend the last day at the company Sasha Waltz & Guests in Radialsystem, the house where the company works and often performs. The day starts with a short welcome and introduction by Emilie Guerin (Head of Education) and Anja Schmalfuß (Head of Networking & Development). There will be three warm-up offered by company members Maria Colusi, Idan Yoav and long time collaborator of Sasha Waltz and regular guest artist David Zambrano. The warm-ups are followed by facilitated evaluation and feedback formats in regard to the previous days and experiences during the Biennale week.

The visit – and the Biennale – will end with an encounter with Sasha Waltz. This format will start with an overview given by Sasha Waltz of her beginnings as an artistic as well as her further career and development. The second half of the conversation is open for students to ask questions to Sasha Waltz.