Open Dialogues

Part of “OUT OF NOW / DANCE ON Festival”


German / English / 

2.3., 17:30 / HAU3 Houseclub
Open Dialogue #1: Kann ein Senior trainieren wie ein Junior? Die Sicht der Sportwissenschaft / With Patrick Rump / German

Sport Scientist Patrick Rump explains how sustainable training can extend a dancer’s active career, and how sports science and medicine can contribute to this goal. He introduces the ‘GJUUM principle’ and reports on his research with the dancers of the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE, whom he has been working with for the past two years. Having trained dancers of the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, The Forsythe Company and Hofesh Shechter Company for more than 10 years, Rump has collected a wealth of data on training methods and results, that will inform his analysis of the abilities and continued potentials of dancers over 40.

2.3., 21:45 / HAU2
Open Dialogue #2: Das DANCE ON ENSEMBLE in conversation with Tamara Tomić-Vagajić / English

Dance scholar Tamara Tomić-Vagajić has closely followed the work of the DANCE ON ENSEMBLE and moderates an open conversation with its dancers on the repertoire and what it means to them to continue dancing beyond the age of 40.
Tamara Tomić-Vajagić, Ph.D., is a lecturer in Dance Studies at University of Roehampton, London, where she was awarded her doctorate in 2012. Tamara’s background is in visual arts. She holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts from the University of Arts Belgrade (Serbia) and an M.A. Dance degree from York University, Toronto (Canada). At Roehampton Tamara teaches postgraduate and undergraduate courses on the topics of dance performance and visual culture, dance analysis, dance history, theory as well as dance in museums and galleries.

3.3., 17:00 / HAU3
Open Dialogue #3: Other Inheritances / With Adrian Heathfield, Ramsay Burt and Meg Stuart / English

What is dancers’ and dance artists’ experience of rethinking their practice as they grow older and have more experience but a different sort of energy and flexibility? In what ways can choreography challenge socially constructed ideas about ageing? Other inheritances is a conversation about what dance can be, beyond mere physical virtuosity. The writer and performance scholar Adrian Heathfield, dance historian Ramsay Burt and choreographer Meg Stuart share their different artistic and cultural perspectives on the theme of dance and age.

Afterwards: Hugo Glendinning / Adrian Heathfield: “Spirit Labour” / Film with Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin and Hélène Cixous / English

What kind of labour is it, to work communally with the bodies, movements, expressions and affects of others, to dedicate your life’s work to the othering that issues from these relations? Is a life, especially a life spent making, learning, giving and transforming oneself with others, a kind of infrastructure? In what ways do these creative life labours model material engagements and relations for others, foster new ways of being? How might we better understand and value the social and artistic force of such practices? These questions form the core of Adrian Heathfield and Hugo Glendinning’s film, which traces and connects some exemplary artistic figures of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, whose art practice escapes identitarian culture by being tuned to a set of barely visible, relational and dispersed activities. Heathfield weaves critical and poetic observations on the nature and necessity of these artistic practices through a series of encounters with the artists in their work places. Articulating the artists’ work as a form of ‘spirit labour,’ Heathfield traces a genealogy of creative practices inclined to elemental exposure and non-human forces.

4.3., 16:00 / HAU1
Open Dialogue #4: Vom Ende her / With Johannes Schlachter (Ricam Hospiz) u.a. / German

A conversation between representatives from institutions carrying the weight of responsibility for caring for those at the end of their life: a care home, a dementia ward, a hospice. Is it right to ‘outsource’ the care of people in the final stages of life to specialised institutions? Could such care become more integrated in society? The same question that inspired the DANCE ON project – “how do we want to live when we are old?” – applies here, too.


  • Past
    Fri 2.3.2018, 17:30 / HAU3
    Fri 2.3.2018, 21:45 / HAU2
    Sat 3.3.2018, 17:00 / HAU3
    Sun 4.3.2018, 16:00 / HAU1



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