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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
Direction: Bernhard Richarz
Dance: Uschi Aurien, Alfons Sperl, Stefanie Wiens, Bernhard Richarz
Music: Magdalena Walker
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
'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.
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....
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.
Dance: Christiane Grimm, Claudia Posch, Kristin Krug, Sabine Henke
Film: Evelyne Wohlfarter
Music: Klaus Trabitsch & Friends 'Auf der Lauer, auf der Mauer'
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teachers: Evelyne Wohlfarter & Bernhard Richarz
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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
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.