Unterstützt durch das NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ - STEPPING OUT, gefördert von der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen der Initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz.

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"Hm... that's not dance..." - Dance on floor and ice can inspire, leave you with incomprehension or arouse curiosity. With our conversations about dance & ice we want to find new inroads to aspects of contemporary dance & performance.

We invite people from dance, figure skating, contemporary ice skating and rolling performance arts to come together for an exchange. Elisa Siegmund (IceDanceTheater-Fusion) and experts from TANZSCOUT will support us. In our digital spaces you can share questions, thoughts and individual perceptions.

All online events take place once in German and once in English. 

IOur conversations will be resepectful, mandful and create space for discovering one's own hidden knowledge. Insider knowledge from dance education, contemporary skating, dance studies, theater studies and dramaturgy is as well incorporated in a supportive way. 

The base of our discussions will be video sequences, that we watch together. We are supplemented by participating artists whenever possible.

The element ice will accompany the conversations in 3 thematic blocks from different perspectives, as an artistic medium in the context of climate change.


1st series: Examples from contemporary dance



6 pm (Berlin) 



6 pm (Berlin)

German Tanztheater

We approach the work of Pina Bausch and Sascha Waltz. Where do we find points of contact with dance on the medium of ice?

Conceptual Dance

What do we "read" in works by Jérôme Bel and Meg Stuart? Which thoughts are behind conceptual dance? Are there impulses still vivid today?



6 pm (Berlin)

Current themes on german dance stages

We talk about the thematization of otherness and diversity in works by Jérôme Bel, Meg Stuart, as well as Christoph Winkler and Ahmed Soura..

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2nd series: Fascination of rolling movement & dance perspectives

We are interested in artists who deal with rolls and / or wheels in their performances.
What are the similarities between 'rolling' and 'gliding'? What performative aspects make rolling on a dance stage special? How do performers experience rolling / gliding on stage?

Our online conversations will be based on short video sequences of different possibilities of rolling in performative situations, which we will look at from different perspectives. Aspects of Laban's movement analysis can help us find words and terms to enter into conversation and think further.
The 2nd series of "Let's talk about Dance & Ice" will be moderated by Eva Blaschke on behalf of of TANZSCOUT.

  • Performance mit Rollstuhl
    Performance mit Rollstuhl
    Online / Deutsch
    26. Okt., 19:00 – 20:30 MESZ
    Online / Deutsch
    Wir sprechen über kurze Videosequenzen von Roland Walter (Berlin, zeitgenössischer Tanz), Remi Lecocq (Frankreich, zeitgenössischer Zirkus), Doris Uhlich (Österreich, zeitgenössischr Tanz), Sue Austin (USA, Taucherin).
  • Performance with Wheelchair
    Performance with Wheelchair
    Online / English
    30. Okt., 18:00 – 19:30 MESZ
    Online / English
    We will concnetrate on short video sequences of "Every Body Electric" by Doris Uhlich (Austria, contemporary dance and choreographer). The dancer Vera Rosner will present to give us more insights.
  • Performance mit Einrad / Jonglage
    Performance mit Einrad / Jonglage
    Online / Deutsch
    02. Nov., 19:00 – 20:30 MEZ
    Online / Deutsch
    Felix Bürkle (NRW, Zeitgenössischer Zirkus) wird dabei sein und kann Fragen beantworten. In seinen Performances setzt er sich mit Gegenständen auseinander: vom Einrad als ausgefeiltem Artistik-Hilfsmittel bis hin zu Alltagsgegenständen. Wir sprechen über ausgewählte Videosequenzen.
  • Performance with Unicycle / Juggling
    Performance with Unicycle / Juggling
    Online / English
    06. Nov., 18:00 – 19:30 MEZ
    Online / English
    Felix Bürkle (NRW, Contemporary Circus) will be present and can talk about his work. In his performances he deals with objects: from the unicycle as a sophisticated artistic aid to everyday objects.

3rd series: Pioneers of contemporary impulses in 20th century figure skating

Which dance artists have been the impetus for figure skating in the 20th century? Are there alliances that are being formed? How does it look in Germany, how elsewhere?

coming soon

It all starts with THE post-war choreographer Pina Bausch, the great pioneer of German dance theater: What of her rich legacy remains with us? How forward-looking is her work today? And are there any current artists who are following in her footsteps?