ACCESS TO DANCE is a program to support and strengthen contemporary dance in Bavaria that was initiated in 2006 by a cooperation among various Munich dance organizations and institutions – Tanzbasis e.V. – in the context of Tanzplan Deutschland. In numerous interdisciplinary activities and an institutional network, ACCESS TO DANCE joins theory and practice, and creates sustainable new structures and formats for dance in Munich and Bavaria.
ACCESS TO DANCE is funded by: Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Bayerischer Landesverband für zeitgenössischen Tanz (BLZT) aus Mitteln des Bayerischen Staatsministeriums für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Bezirk Oberbayern.
ACCESS TO DANCE organizes its own international guest performance season and offers residencies for famous choreographers in Munich. By integrating programs for further education in the fields of dance, schools and universities, ACCESS TO DANCE does important communications work in the realm of cultural education.
New choreographic strategies in Dutch Dance
JOINT ADVENTURES presented in the context of ACCESS TO DANCE with the support of Dutch Performing Arts, a program by the Dutch Performing Arts Fund NL, and the support of Bezirksausschuss Schwabing West four current works by Dutch dance artists.
“After Trio A”
No to spectacle. No to virtuosity. No to transformations and magic and make-believe.
(Yvonne Rainer “No Manifesto”, 1965)
“After Trio A” is based on Yvonne Rainer’s famous minimal dance piece “Trio A” (1966) and the “No Manifesto” (1965) written alongside of it. “After Trio A” is not a re-staging of the original but a dialogue with it. Two dancers are asked to learn a part of the original live on stage, without any previous knowledge of it. Watching becomes learning, learning becomes virtuosity, task-like activity becomes a dance, knowledge becomes power, history becomes present, body becomes political, the non-spectacular becomes strangely spectacular.
“The Dry Piece”
In “The Dry Piece”, performed by four nude female dancers in front and behind a video projection screen, the audience ﬁnds itself in the position of a voyeur. For this piece Keren Levi draws inspiration from 1930’s musical director Busby Berkeley who created stunning group choreographies and water ballets, mainly with female dancers, constructing out of their bodies geometrical and symmetrical patterns. Another inspiration was the writer Naomi Wolf whose thesis “The Beauty Myth” argues about how ideas on beauty are used against women. Between shiny covers and ethical principles of esthetics: beauty lies in the viewer's perspective.
“If You Could See Me Now”
With seeming casualness, “If You Could See Me Now” sets a chilled-out club dance into an intricate network of transformations and progressions, until everything blends into one dizzying wave-like motion. The three performers see no limits to what they take out of their bodies, progressing continuously, and changing little by little. From ecstasy to turmoil, from build-up to dismantling, “If You Could See Me Now” transforms into a hypnotizing, liberating experience. After “WHILE WE STRIVE” and “I will wait for you”, “If You Could See Me Now” is the last part of Arno Schuitemaker's trilogy for three performers.
Ann Van den Broek
An intriguing, nearly endless relay race of live movement, images, film, sound and words. A creation that explores the fine line between failure and success. A creation that questions man and society. That reflects on choices never made, opportunities never taken, mistakes that still haunt and grate, desires that are still unfulfilled. The principal source of inspiration for Accusations is the text “Self-Accusation” written by the Austrian playwright and author Peter Handke. Is the notion that one can change everything a painful illusion? A powerful and provocative total theater experience for performers and spectators alike.
“Die Folterungen der Beatrice Cenci” & Stijn Celis
“Your Passion Is Pure Joy To Me”
The Saarländisches Staatsballett has been in Munich with a double bill: The reconstruction of Bohner’s groundbreaking “Tanztheater” was accompanied by Stijn Celis’ latest choreography “Your Passion Is Pure Joy To Me”.
JOINT ADVENTURES in cooperation with Gasteig München GmbH
les ballets C de la B
“Requiem pour L.”
Fourteen musicians from Africa and Europe joined together for this piece of western music history; they developed a reconstruction with influences from jazz, opera and popular African music. Shortly after its world premiere at the Berliner Festspiele, Alain Platel’s latest production “Requiem pour L.” has been with two shows in Munich.
JOINT ADVENTURES in cooperation with Residenztheater
The choreographic short film project CHOREOGRAPHIC CAPTURES means to increase people's awareness of the art forms of film, dance and choreography.
Its members are
Walter Heun (JOINT ADVENTURES)
Nina Hümpel (tanznetz.de)
Dr. Klaus Kieser (K. Kieser Verlag)
Dietmar Lupfer (Muffatwerk)
Dr. Katja Schneider (twm – LMU München)
Simone Schulte-Aladag (Das Kulturbüro)
Bettina Wagner-Bergelt (Dramaturge, Curator)