'Spark' | International Project

October 2018 – Autumn 2020

Organizer: BewegGrund (Bern) | Bern, Rovereto, Gothenburg

The successful international cooperation which has begun with the EU project "Moving Beyond Inclusion" will continue supported by Pro Helvetia. Alongside the organizer, there are the following partners: Festival Oriente Occidente in Rovereto, Producentbyrån / Danskompaniet Spinn in Gothenburg, CODA International Dance Festival in Oslo, Candoco Dance Company in London, Dance Group Magija in Rijeka and tanzfähig from Berlin und Tyrol.

More information about SPARK here.

'Common Ground in Diversity' | Film premiere

June 2018 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig and Berlinkusion

In the presence of the filmmaker Sushma U. Güther and the two choreographers Matan Zamir
and Nicola Mascia
35 visitors followed with great attention the 1.5h long movie. The film
documents the four days of choreographic research which was organized by tanzfähig in the
the context of the EU-project 'Moving Beyond Inclusion' in September 2016. In unusual
proximity, the film illustrates impressively how the motion idea of ​​the Choreographers mind
move into the bodies of the dancers and how this idea spring to life. Trailer:



'Making a Difference (MAD)' | Tanzpakt Deutschland

March 2018 – October 2021 | Berlin

Host: Sophiensäle

In the multi-annual program with various interlocking modules several Berlin dance institutions,
among others also tanzfähig, work together. The aim is, dance with and especially of performers
and choreographers with physical and/or sensory disabilities becomes promoted. By networking
the Berlin scene is supplemented with internationally outstanding artists with disabilities. The
contemporary dance will be extended by an aesthetics of difference.


'Exchange in dance' | Encounter

Oktober 2017 | Berlin

Host: Art Access Australia

The program 'Australia Berlin Art Exchange 2017' included a meeting of the Australian
dancer Anna Seymour and Bernhard Richarz of tanzfähig. After spending more time on
their personal Experiences in dance, they arranged a two-hour workshop together.
The ten participants recognized as a common concern of both, the physical
communication in the dance from the exact perception of the other.

'Common Ground in Diversity' | Choreogr. Research

September 2016 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig

With the choreographic research done by the Berlin Choreographer-Duo matanicola,
tanzfähig was guest of the Hochschulübergreifenden Zentrum (HZT) Berlin. This event
was part of the two-years EU-Project 'Moving Beyond Inclusion'. The filmmaker
Sushma U. Gütter was all four days with us and documented the intensive process.


More Information on our BLOG (in German)

'Dance and Inclusion' | Interview (German)

November 2016 | Berlin -- Dornbirn

Interviewer: Katharina Winterstam

After dancing in weekly trainings and attending different workshops the initiative
tanzfähig should become part of Katharinas bachelor thesis. Evelyne Wohlfarter
and Bernhard Richarz answered the students questions.
You are able to read this intervies in German on our BLOG.

'Moving Beyond Inclusion' | EU-Projekt

July 2016 – June 2018 | Göteborg, Berlin, Bern, London, Rovereto, Zagreb

Host: Candoco

tanzfähig is the German partner of the two-years EU project 'Moving Beyond Inclusion'.
The collaboration of the involved organisations from six countries aims to built sustained
structures to make inclusive dance more professional.
You can follow our documentation on this German BLOG.


'Initiative tanzfähig 2016' | Interview (German)

April 2016 | Berlin -- Dornbirn

Interviewer: Tina Franziska Paulick

After the Guest-Lab 'Non visual palpable dance' Evelyne Wohlfarter and Bernhard Richarz
got interviewed for the Blog Bilder für die Blinden (Pictures for blind people).
They talked about their current self-conception and the initiative tanzfähig.


'Non visual palpable dance' | Guest-Lab,Showing

January-February 2016 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig
Teacher: Zwoisy Mears-Clarke
Photograph: Karsten Hein
In the lab the participants researched how a dance, that is witnessed not through visual,
but through somatosensory perception, could be designed. In the public presentation
some of the results were implemented, tested, and verified.


'matanicola' (GER/ISR/I) | Guest-Intensive Week

April 2015 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig
Teacher: matanicola
Photograph: Ute Haufe

With great passion the theme of the workshop “The 'Unlearning' Process” was implemented.
At their respective borders all who were involved were challenged to move beyond
their familiar modes.


'Naturalizing Diversity' | Photo Project

April 2015 | Berlin

Photographer: Lucas Gonzàlez Canosa

As part of his project the Argentinian photographer attended the weekly tanzfähig training.
Afterwards he summarized: 'Not all the dancers conform to the bodily "norm" that most are
used to think in respect to dancing. Some are in wheelchairs, others may even be blind, etc.
The result is awesome, because you get to see what dancing is really about. When you strip
down the social constructs around what a dancer is 'supposed' to be, you see the essence,
the expression and emotion that is common to every single person, no matter how different
they are. Suffice to say, it was great, my only regret is that we could only do one session.'

'Departure into the Unexpected 5' | Series of Workshops

March 2015 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig
Teacher: Evelyne Wohlfarter, Bernhard Richarz
To match the theme of the workshop series even more, for the first time it was explicitly
announced that not a given topic was to be worked through, but that afterwards the
specific process was to be named. In the participants' view lightness, playfulness and
interrelation characterized their dancing and improvising together.


»Being in Between« | Showing

November 2014 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig
Direction: Bernhard Richarz
Dance: Uschi Aurien, Alfons Sperl, Stefanie Wiens, Bernhard Richarz
Music: Magdalena Walker 


Four dancers and a musician showed friends and interested audience what they had previously
explored in the weekly tanzfähig training. Their performance in physical diversity was focused
on how music and dance improvisation interact in space.


»tanzfähig on the road« | World conference

July 2014 | Curitiba and Porto Alegre (Brazil)

Host: International Society of Music Education (ISME)

At two symposia of the 31 World Conference Evelyne Wohlfarter presented
the concept of tanzfähig and its realization. Her presentations were followed by
lively and exciting exchanges and increased the international network of tanzfähig.
Her participation was generously supported by the Carl Orff-Stiftung.

»matanicola« (GER/ISR/I) | Guest-Workshop

June 2014 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig

For Matan Zamir und Nicola Mascia it was the first time that they taught
"The 'Unlearning' Process" under the conditions of physical diversity.  
Guided by them, the participants attained the beauty and strength of their
movements as well as the unlimited possibilities in their dancing.

»These days of an inspiring, energetic, unique moving experience were filled with
discovery, excitement, joy, pleasure, learning, touching creative exchanges and
countless new encounters.
« S.L. (Participant)


»Diversity Days« | Congress

March 2014 | Osnabrück

Host: Institute for Music | Prof. Tamara McCall

Together with three other dance groups from Germany and Spain tanzfähig was invited
to the first Diversity Days at Osnabrück University. At the well-attended performance evening
the dance piece 'When the lilacs bloomed, ...' was shown.
Additionally,  Evelyne Wohlfarter and Bernhard Richarz led a dance workshop and participated
in a discussion forum on the conference theme. 


»Inview« | Shortfilm documentary

November 2013 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig & Filmmaker Workshop

Briefly this little film shows what the uniqueness of the Initiative tanzfähig is about:
Contemporary dance in physical diversity resolves common perspectives and creates new ones.






'Adam Benjamin (UK)' | Guest-Workshop

October 2013 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig

Adams Benjamins two days workshop "When, where, what - Integrative Dance Improvisation"
was affected by the curiosity of the unexpected, which often goes with improvisations.
His well experienced direction and teaching illustrated a diffrent view of integration: The
question isn`t only about what comes together, it is more about, when and where it will happen.




'Moved together in the moment' | Workshop

May 2013 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig

'It was great to see how people handle with each other - with a huge amount of openess,
respect and joy. As a participant I am thrilled about the clear and motivated direction
and exciting experiences, I had.' C.H.

Through contemporary dance, we became acquainted with different qualities of movement,
and experienced their equality. Beside bodywork, we mainly dealt with dance improvisation.
The more common aesthetics based on the standards of society were brought into question
though our collective dancing.



'Jess Curtis (Berlin/San Francisco)' | Guest-Workshop

October 2012 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig 


In relation to his last production 'Making Dances for Non/Fictional Bodies',
Jess Curtis demonstrated his way of working as choreograph and performer.
On both days he taught his idea of performance and stage presence. Playfully, 
21 participants from different parts of Berlin, Germany and Europe,
researched the meaning of 'non/fiction' related to their movement.

It's not possible to convey everything that happened in this wonderful two day
workshop in one video, but this gives a little insight into what happened....








'Dancing inclusive! Therapy unwanted' | Lecture

October 2012 | Berlin

Host: Students of Occupational Therapy from Alice-Salomon-Hochschule


At the Occupational Therapy Students Federation meeting, Bernhard Richarz indroduced the
initiative tanzfähig. Favouring an artistic and pedagogic approach, he distinguished it from 
therapy, although it may have theraptic results. Over three lectures, about 40 participants 
engaged with interesting questions and critical comments - in particular, after some spontaneous
movement exercises, which were added after the lecture and film at the participants' request.





'Quattro Forwanze' | Training at open air theatre

Juni 2012 | Berlin

Dance: Christiane Grimm, Claudia Posch, Kristin Krug, Sabine Henke
Film: Evelyne Wohlfarter 
Music: Klaus Trabitsch & Friends 'Auf der Lauer, auf der Mauer'







'MeetShareDance' | International Collaboration

April 2012 | Madrid

Organisation: Monika Pozek

For three days 16 dancers from Spain, Germany, Finland, Italy, Slovenia, and the
United States, met to share their different experiences in integrative dance. Their
classes covered a range of themes, spanning flamenco to contemporary dance,
in which Bernhard Richarz taught 'movement and voice'. The dance ended with a
performance between Opera and Royal Palace.







'Dancing Equal' | Lecture with Film and Talk 

April 2012 | Berlin

Host: Netzwerk Behinderter Frauen

Evelyne Wohlfarter gave a lecture about tanzfähig. The talk and films focused on the
development of the initiative, its philosophy and its usage within a practical context.
Claudia Posch also gave her perspective, as a wheelchair user, on the weekly training and two
productions in which she had taken part.
The audiences' openess became a common ground for a lively exchange of thoughts
and ideas around the themes dance, disability and equality.






'triptychon' | Premiere

October 2011 | Berlin

Host: tanzfähig Berlin


On the 1st of October was the premiere of the video dance, 'triptychon', which
was presented by Evelyne Wohlfarter and Bernhard Richarz. All the participants
in the production met with friends, guests and other interested people
at the ada-Studio. Shown alongside 'triptychon' were a BodyLandArt film
by Sushma U. Gütter, and two films about the work of tanzfähig Berlin.



'Dignity and Self-Will' | Vernissage

September 2011 | Schleswig

Host: Museum für Outsiderkunst

What is dignity? How do you develop it? How do you and others deal with it?
The artists Barbara Reindl, Claudia Weiss, Sabine Bruckner, Christine Riegler,
Karin Fatz, Eva Tausch and Nati Radtke present their interpretations of this theme.

The dancers Evelyne Wohlfarter and Christine Riegler invited the visitors of the vernissage
to further explore the theme of the exhibition themselves through dance. 






'Physical Diversity in Dance Improvisation' | Workshop

June 2011 | Berlin

Teachers: Evelyne Wohlfarter & Bernhard Richarz





'Mum, Dad, dance with me!!' | Workshop

March 2011 | Berlin

Teacher: Evelyne Wohlfarter

For two hours, seven pairs met at the Studio of TanzTangente. The theme of this
dance class was the forest of the king`s castle, a realm full of fantasy beings. Each
child and adult could find their individual way of moving in the dance.






'Beziehungen ungewohntes bewegen' | Presentation

November 2010 | Berlin

Choreography: Bernhard Richarz

The open rehearsal with its choreographed and improvised parts, continued on from
the weekly classes of the two previous months. The developmental process gave
structure to the piece: Six dancers, male and female, on feet and on wheels, with
different ways of movement, come together. They share their longing and keep away
from one another. Moving, unusually, they seek to find the others and themselves.
They perceive and understand. They begin to relate. They play. They open the space.



'Meeting Through Dance' | Workshop

September 2010 | Berlin

Teachers: Evelyne Wohlfarter & Bernhard Richarz


An open attitude towards physicality and varying ways of movement
makes it possible to give different dances a chance to meet. When this
works, diversity  becomes enrichment.






Wheelchair Dance Group | Education

June and August 2010 | Berlin

Workshops commissioned by Verein Mit-Mensch e.V.


On two weekends, the 15 – 20 members of the wheelchair dance group 'Rock & Wheels',
as well as other guests, were introduced to DanceAbility by Evelyne Wohlfarter.
A participant summarized: 'An intense picture of rotating wheels, dancing hands and
feet in gym shoes, which seems to capture a sudden moment of stillness before it turns
into movement again – this descibes quite well what DanceAbility has been for me.'




'Compositions' | Photographic Documentation

2008 - 2010 | Berlin

Photography: Anja Pollnow


Berlin-based photographer Anja Pollnow has been training weekly in dances classes
at the ada-studio for over two years, all the while documenting the sessions with her
camera. In her pictures she hopes to portray the kind of freedom enjoyed by the unusual.
'It is the courage to discover the beauty, poetry and meaning of the different,
the unusual, that frees us as humans.' | A. Pollnow






'Vielfältige Körper' | Performance

November 2008 | Berlin

Choreography: Kolja Seifert & Bernhard Richarz


'Vielfältige Körper' ('Diverse Bodies') was a series of lessons, culminating in a final
performance. Dancers with and without disabilities came together in order to create
a piece which showed the artistic potential of physical diversity. Choreographed
and improvised parts were concieved with the motivation of stimulating the
audience's awareness of their body's own personal language.