Master Class for International Dance Students and Alumni on the Dance Heritage of the 20th Century

26.8. – 2.9.2019

The project "What the body remembers" is accompanied by an international campus for students and alumni that will allow them to thoroughly engage with modern dance, both practically and theoretically, in master classes, lectures and discussions from 26 August to 2 September 2019.

The programme addresses itself to the next generation of dancers, performers, choreographers and educators with the aim of enabling a current exchange about historical materials and work approaches for modern dance, and to make them feasible in practice. In addition to participation in the Campus programme, an already selected group of students, comprised from a pool of international applicants, will receive access to the exhibition, to the accompanying programme that consists of reconstructions and re-enactments, as well as to the public discussions.

Closed master classes with Anne Collod, Reinhild Hoffmann and Martin Nachbar make a focused and contextual translation of documents on movement possible. Ong Keng Sen and others invite participants to a critical reflection of a rather Eurocentric dance heritage. Small groups will sample the resources and materials, make observations on movement according to specific historical models or test out a somatic approach to 20th century dance history. The signature styles of German Expressionist Dance, American Modern Dance, and Postmodern Dance are the primary focus.

The master class will be funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.