The Witch Dance Project

The Witch Dance Project

A Tanzfonds Erbe Project

2016, Festival

about the piece

Witchcraft, shamanism and rituals have been influencing contemporary dance from the beginning. One of the most famous pieces in this context is the expressionist soloHexentanz 2 (1926) by Mary Wigman. Decades after the piece premiered the term “witch” is experiencing a radical redefinition through the feminist movement: strong women who are standing up against oppression. Over a three-day dance happening the Witch Dance Project will be dedicated to the reconstruction of Wigman’s solo through a non-European or rather queer perspective: ten international choreographers will not only take on the dance material but will also deal with the term “witch” in various cultures. The results are works which connect current theories to Wigman’s Hexentanz, and examine how this extraordinary piece is received and taken into new dimensions. The comprehensive program will be complimented, reflected and expanded upon with lecture performances, films, live rituals and discussions.



With performances by: Nadia Beugré + Manou Gallo, Rodrigo Garcia Alves, Danya Hammoud, Darlane Litaay, Dana Michel, Jahra "Rager" Wasasala, Christine Joy Alpuerto Ritter, Claire Vivianne Sobottke, Melati Suryodarmo, Melanie Jame Wolf | Fringe Programme by: Attis Silke Beyn, Alessia D´Artino Aka A/Ona, Francesco Macarone Palmieri Aka Warbear, Susan Manning, Irene Sieben, Young Girl Reading Group | Idea: Christoph Winkler | Curated by Franziska Werner, Christoph Winkler | Dramaturgy: ehrliche arbeit - freies Kulturbüro | Technical Production Manager, Lighting Design: Arne Schmitt | Camera: Walter BickmannTanzforum Berlin | Production Management: Franziska Schrage, Johanna Withelm

A project by Christoph Winkler and SOPHIENSÆLE in collaboration with ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro. Funded by TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative oft he Federal Cultural Foundation and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs/Cofunding Fonds. Supported by the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures". Media partners: Missy Magazine, taz.die tageszeitung.