September 2015 – July 2016 | Berlin
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The Dance Congress, a cultural beacon of the German Federal Cultural Foundation since 2010, took place in its fourth edition (following Berlin 2006, Hamburg 2009, and Düsseldorf 2013) from 16 to 19 June, 2016, in Hanover. It has established itself since its inception in 2006 as one of the most important international forums dedicated to discussing and presenting dance, choreography and movement.
The focus of this Congress is on engaging with the phenomenon of contemporaneity. Since the early 20th century, it has been understood in artistic and theoretical practices as the call to deal with the conditions and radical changes of the present times. We grasp contemporaneity as the diversity of attempts at positioning oneself aesthetically, politically, socially and in dance in one’s own times, not least in physical terms as well.
The core of the programme was selected from more than 220 submissions with which artists, theorists, students and other dance creatives from Germany and abroad responded to a thematic Call for Proposals on the question of contemporaneity.
The diversity of voices and thematic heterogeneity of the Congress programme impressively demonstrate the relevance and critical potential inherent to this theme. More than 180 invited speakers from different cultural contexts reflect on our role as contemporaries in workshops, lecture performances, experiments, talks and case studies. Based on their specific practices, they put aesthetic and discursive proposals for dance-making and choreography up for debate and along with the participants engage with current issues of community, the sense of belonging, borders, contemporary witnesses, economic and institutional structures, as well as the utopian potentials of the body.
The Musée de la danse of Boris Charmatz, one of today’s most radical choreographers, opens the Congress at the Opernhaus with ‘Musée de la danse: Common Choreographies’, a three-part programme compiled especially for Hanover, that offers an itinerary through the dance history of the 20th century. Questions of contemporaneity are also addressed by the international Dance Programme developed together with the Niedersächsisches Staatstheater and the State Capital of Hannover, the hosts of the Dance Congress 2016, and further partners on location.
Tanzkongress 2016, Mariannenplatz 2, D-10997 Berlin
Direction: Sabine Gehm & Katharina von Wilcke
Management: WILSON*BORLES arts management / Katharina von Wilcke & Harriet Lesch
Associate researcher: Sandra Noeth (programme ,Border Effects’)
Advisory council: Kattrin Deufert, Ingo Diehl, Nik Haffner, Jörg Mannes,
Steven Markusfeld, Bettina Masuch, Bettina Wagner-Bergelt
Organisation: Harriet Lesch (direction), Tanja Engel & Paula Eickmann
Technical project coordination: Frank Hamann, Willi Brune
Public relations: Talea Schuré
Press: k3 berlin – Kontor für Kultur und Kommunikation / Heike Diehm (direction), H.-W. Dohna, Lena Struve
The Dance Congress 2016 is an event of the German Federal Cultural Foundation in co-operation with the Niedersächsisches Staatstheater Hannover and the State Capital Hannover. With the support of the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur.