On cold feet

This big, expansive, white country is the bridgehead between Canada and Scandinavia – and Europe’s largest colony. Famous for its icebergs and a culture built on Inuit land, Greenland beckons visitors to break dance and polka on melting ice floes.


Greenland will never be green

Allow me to introduce myself – the name’s Greenland. I am Mars on Earth. The comparison honors me because it is based on my incomparably beautiful scenery.


Lazgi – Fire dance by candlelight

Oh how the word shimmers: Lazgi. In French it sounds like “lascar,” a sly fellow. It puts us in mind of the word lasciviousness, or Lascaux for the more historically minded – of the cave paintings left behind by prehistoric humans. It was also the discovery of prehistoric rock paintings that saw the Central Asian Lazgi declared one of the oldest dances still practiced today.

World Map tanz.dance

The Body’s Art

Choreography has much more to do with a radicality and urgency of action than with consent and dancing along. This is true all over the world, without exception.

Documenta, Decolonycities & Deutsch-Südwest-Afrika

Documenta, Decolonycities and German Southwest Africa

A shadow hangs over Namibia–– and not just because of the low-hanging sun over the picturesque Etosha salt pan. Despite all the romanticism surrounding the desert, peace remains elusive even in the wake of the return of the looted artworks to the former German colony. The relationship with those who erected the first German concentration camps is anything but resolved.

Alles gelb auf 71° N

Still 2000 kilometres to the North Pole

A mighty festival on the island of Ingøy in northernmost Norway unites audiences and dancers under Arctic skies. Not far from the Russian border, the theatre is celebrating the landscape. Among us: Hans-Thies Lehmann, the late doyen of post-dramatic theatre. For him, landscape was both the adversary and the centre of theatre. A festive description and a last text by him.

The inability to help

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in Africa and indeed the world. Despite a recent military coup, it is the venue for a dance festival that allows guests to gain deep insights into the mentalities of the African dance scene. On stage, people argue, dance, and forge new partnerships. Europe has funded this festival – so that it may approach the scene on an equal footing.

Dancer Brit Rodemund follows in "Made in Bangladesh“ follows exactly the same principle

All artists are “Made in Bangladesh

Millions and millions of kilometers of yarn are unwound unremittingly from bobbins worldwide – in the myriad textile and sewing factories on this earth. Mechanically speaking, bobbins perform an almost endless pirouette. The human body follows exactly the same principle.

Barriers ! What Barriers ?

Das Theater will dreifach gut sein. Gut zum Bürger. Gut zur Kultur. Und gut zum Zeitgeist. Gut zu sein, gehört zum Wesen des Theaters, das sich nicht vorwerfen lassen will, etwa rassistisch oder nicht wirklich klimaneutral zu sein. Doch verträgt sich dieser Anspruch wirklich mir der Realität innerhalb der Institution? Der Fall Raphael Hillebrand lässt daran Zweifeln.