What the Body Remembers.
On the Topicality of Dance Heritage

24 August – 21 September 2019
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg

A programme of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.
In cooperation with DIEHL+RITTER and the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the Institut Français Germany.
In collaboration with Tanz im August and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.
The Master class will supported by the Sharing Heritage program.

A retrospective view of 20th century modern dance shows how new images of the body, choreographic concepts and perception levels have evolved since the beginning of the century, while moving away from classic ballet and other movement traditions. These changes stand for emancipation, for a liberation from gender roles and body images, for the dynamics of new utopian beginnings and political assimilation, but also for resistance. Dancers, such as Isadora Duncan, Mary Wigman, Gret Palucca, Jean Weidt and Valeska Gert, have not only revolutionised dance as an art form, but have fundamentally inspired the other arts and have raised questions about the political dimensions of dance. A similar situation developed with the new departures of post-war Modernism, including dance theatre in Germany, Butoh in Japan, Modern and Postmodern dance in the USA or contemporary dance in France and Belgium.

The programme focuses on questions concerned with passing on knowledge of choreography and dance between generations, and accordingly, also on building up a repertoire of contemporary dance. Possibilities surrounding reconstructions of historical works and their physical and performative transformations will also be explored. Which methods are used to translate historical material from the archives into present-day dance, and which appropriations and enhancements are practised? How does this material and performance relate to one another? The archives will be viewed as a place of creative process for historical as well as contemporary dance.

An extensive installation, Das Jahrhundert des Tanzes (The Century of Dance), brings together materials from German dance archives and international performances. A programme series of more than 20 current dance productions focuses on the exemplary dance heritage of Isadora Duncan, Mary Wigman and Valeska Gert through to Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Xavier Le Roy using dance as a contemporary art form. A “campus” is set up to guide international students through the subjects of choreographic movement and body research. A discursive special event programme reflects on societal and politico-cultural meanings of dance and choreographic heritage, situating them in the context of postcolonial and historical-theoretical debates. A film series and a reader on “The Century of Dance” complete this diverse programme.

From 24 August to 21 September 2019, the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg is set to become a research platform of dance heritage.

Biennial for Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art

26 – 29 September 2019
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg

The third edition of the KONTAKTE festival examines performative opportunities in electro-acoustic music. On the one hand, it explores instrumental physical qualities of making music with modular synthesizers, record players, etc. and, on the other hand, forms of musical practice that open up for the performative in other ways. The historical backdrop is Feedback Studio in Cologne, founded in 1970 by Johannes Fritsch whose legacy is held in the music archive of the Akademie der Künste, Rolf Geelhaar and David Johnson. The Feedback group was one of the most outstanding initiatives to emerge from the international centre of gravity that was Cologne in the late 1970s, and was distinguished by its search for new forms of self-organisation and diversification of intellectual interests against the backdrop of an increasingly globalised, complex and pluralistic world. This is contrasted by current productions, such as the third part of the music theatre trilogy Stadt Land Fluss by Daniel Kötter and Hannes Seidl, a concert project from the sphere of the College of Music Shanghai, as well as the T.I.T.O. turntable marathon curated by Ignaz Schick, which will close KONTAKTE '19 on 29 September, the day of the Berlin Marathon.