LABS - Dance in Society

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (Umbrella Association for Dance in Germany) is launching a series of laboratories on the topic of “Dance in Society”. In two-day working sessions, colleagues will be looking at areas of dance that extend into society and the results or interim statuses of these sessions will then be made available to all creative dance artist and interested parties in the form of documentation.

The laboratories are open to all interested parties and also address current developments and issues arising from the pandemic.

LAB Physical Distancing as a collaborative method of dance mediation

Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2, 2022 in Hamburg, K3 - Center for Choreography I Tanzplan Hamburg.

What can practices of physical distancing look like as a collaborative method in dance education? In the specialized lab, you are invited to conduct choreographic research both on-site and digitally, guided by concepts of proximity, distance, and collaboration. The goal of the collaborative research is to develop an analog-virtual collection of methods. Practices of collaboration that emerge at a physical distance are to be reflected upon and adapted for the participants' own mediation practice. Participants will be on site in Hamburg, guests will be connected online.

Who? Lab with Fabian Chyle-Silvestri and Lucia Rainer as part of LEAP - Masterclass Dance Education 2022: Ways To Collaborate
Guests: Maria Kapsali, Scott Palmer, Sebastian Matthias and Doris Uhlich

For whom? Dance mediators - also interested people with mediation experience.

Costs: For the participation there will be a fee of 30 Euro per person for food and materials.

Language: German and English

Partner: The LAB Physical Distancing as a collaborative method of dance mediation takes place as part of a series of laboratories on the topic of "Dance and Society" of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland within the framework of the qualification format of DIS-TANZEN and in cooperation with K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie I Tanzplan Hamburg and LEAP - Masterclass Tanzvermittlung 2022: Ways To Collaborate.

Registration: Details about registration will be published here soon.

LEAP - Masterclass Dance Education 2022: Ways To Collaborate

"LEAP" offers new impulses to actors* from dance, dance mediation, performance and cultural education.  In the masterclass you can expand your spectrum of artistic methods for your own work practice and share knowledge. In three modules, "LEAP" 2022 initiates an intensive examination of practices of artistic collaboration in real and digital space. The modules intertwine in terms of content, but can also be attended individually. "LEAP" is a format series of the Akademie der Kulturellen Bildung and nrw landesbuero tanz and has been inviting outstanding artistic personalities to masterclasses on the connection between choreographic and mediating practice since 2018.


Sharing Practice I with Lucia Rainer and Jenny Beyer

Date: 5/7/2022, online course, registration coming soon.

"Sharing Practice I" kicks off with an impulse by performance artist and theorist Lucia Rainer on collaborative ways of working that combine interdisciplinary and practice-based research. Afterwards, the Hamburg choreographer Jenny Beyer will give insight into her work of a parity-based encounter between artists and citizens. Since 2014, she has been initiating both real and digital interaction spaces between artists and visitors with the "Open Studios". The focus is on equal exchange and knowledge transfer. In the summer of 2020, she and her team developed a digital encounter format to continue this thread of communication. In "LEAP" she shares her working practice, which she also sees as preparation for collaborative structures in future crisis situations.


Sharing Practice II with Anna Konjetzky

Date: 8.5. - 15.5.2022, online course, registration i soon.
Kick-off on 5/8 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, final meeting on 5/15 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

With "Chains", choreographer Anna Konjetzky has created a collaborative artistic process in which choreographic building blocks of all actors* interlock as in a chain. In "Sharing Practice II" the participants develop choreographic material within a week after a virtual get-to-know meeting. They share and connect this material with each other daily in the evening in a predefined sequence. By the end of the week, eight choreographies have been created and will be shown together during the final online meeting. The format offers inspiration for collaborative practice and choreographic processes in virtual space.


Lucia Rainer is a performer, researcher, lecturer and author. At the intersection of art, science and society, intermedia compositional processes characterize her intergenerational and intercultural projects. Her thematic focuses are: Collaboration and Reenactment, doing research - doing knowledge, art as politics and performance and everyday life. As a professor at MSH Medical School Hamburg, Lucia Rainer combines performance art with her keen interest in interdisciplinary and practice-based research and teaching.

Jenny Beyer produced a variety of touring pieces, which were shown at Spring Festival in Utrecht or Impulstanz Festival in Vienna, among others. Since 2014 she offers open studios in Hamburg in close collaboration with her artistic partners and explores practices of parity in encounter and movement between artists and audience. She thinks of mediated work as a format that nourishes artistic research and in this way becomes a shared dance practice.

Since 2005 Anna Konjetzky has been creating dance pieces and installations in which her choreographic thinking flows into a practice of reflection and transformation and is embedded in a socio-political context. This approach is not only reflected in the formats and settings, but also in the continuous research and practice with other artists* and the urban society. Anna Konjetzky always sees her work as a proposal for dialogue, her physical, aesthetic and political research is informed by a queer-feminist thought.

Maria Kapsali is a lecturer in Physical Performance at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on performer* training and embodied and somatic practices. Her current book, Performer Training and Technology: Preparing Our Selves, is forthcoming from Routledge in 2021. 
Scott Palmer is Associate Professor of Performance Design in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds. His research focuses on light, projection, and audience experience. He is interested in relational performance experiences for audiences both within theatrical spaces and in response to heritage sites. His current research projects explore the design of audience experience through site-specific technologies and in extended realities or interactive 360-degree film.
Sebastian Matthias works as a freelance choreographer with production houses or institutions such as SophiensælenBerlin or CORPUS/Royal Danish Ballet. The artistic-scientific approach in his choreographic practice provided the basis for his dissertation project and the publication "Gefühlter Groove - Kollektivität zwischen Dancefloor und Bühne". His choreographic work deals with modular improvisation systems, which he develops collectively with the dancers. His first music theater production "Marienvesper" by Claudio Monteverdi premiered at the Lucerne Festival in 2017.

Doris Uhlich has been developing her own productions since 2006, in which she questions common formats and body images. She works with people with different biographies and physical inscriptions, questions classical ballet for its translatability into contemporary contexts, and opens the dance floor to people with physical disabilities. In doing so, she shows the potentials of nudity beyond eroticization and provocation. She explores in a multi-layered way the relationship between man and machine and deals with the future of the body in the age of its surgical and genetic perfection.

Fabian Chyle-Silvestri works as a choreographer/performer, dance facilitator, dance/movement therapist, supervisor (LVSC), alternative psychotherapist and Dance- Abilty® Master Trainer. He creates transdisciplinary dance and performance projects, participation-oriented artistic projects, and symposia at the intersection of dance, performance, theory, and research. In 2016, he completed his PhD on body and movement-based interventions with male offenders. Fabian Chyle-Silvestri started his international teaching career in 1995.