The legacy and heritage of dance is immaterial. Yet contemporary dancers and choreographers are still building on an incredibly rich and powerful modern history, which covers more or less the entire 20th century.

24.08. – 21.09.2019
Academy of the Arts, Berlin

At the end of the eight-year Tanzfonds Erbe programme of the German Federal Cultural Foundation with 60 realised individual projects, a series of events with an exhibition, performances, workshops and lectures will take place at the Akademie der Künste.
A look at the dance moderns of the 20th century shows how, in distinction to classical ballet and other movement traditions, new body images, choreographic concepts and levels of perception have been developed since the beginning of the century. They stand for emancipation, for liberation from gender roles and body images, for the dynamics of utopian awakenings and political appropriation, but also of resistance. Dancers such as Isadora Duncan, Mary Wigman, Gret Palucca, Jean Weidt or Valeska Gert have not only revolutionised dance as an art form, but have also fundamentally inspired the other arts and addressed the question of the political dimension in dance. It is a similar story with the awakenings of post-war modernism, with dance theatre in Germany, Butoh in Japan, modern and postmodern dance in the USA or contemporary dance in France and Belgium. The programme focuses on questions of the transmission of choreographic and dance knowledge between generations and thus also on the formation of contemporary dance repertoires. The possibilities of reconstructing historical works and their physical and performative transformation will also be explored.

A series of events by the Akademie der Künste, Berlin in cooperation with DIEHL+RITTER and the Federal Cultural Foundation.
Supported by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Institut Français Deutschland.
In cooperation with Tanz im August and Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.
The Campus is funded within the framework of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Programm Tanzerbe 2019 AdK
Documentation Master Class for International Dance Students and Alumni on the Dance Heritage of the 20th Century