POSITIONS:DANCE #5 ACCESS. Films by Burkhart Siedhoff

Dachverband Tanz Deutschland | Bremen, Berlin, Köln u.a. | D
Dreharbeiten | 1.8.2022 - 30.01.2023



“Inclusivity’ is now a central concept in the world of contemporary dance: but what exactly does it mean?
From a collaboration between the TAFI team and Burkhart Siedhoff of Dachverband Tanz, these interviews with some dancers with disabilities tell us how the world of dance can open up to different bodies, and poetics.


The symposium Positions:Dance #5ACCESS

What development must there be in German (contemporary) dance so that everyone has access? What impulses are needed so that we do not equate professional dance exclusively with protonormalistic body images and movements? Can cultural policy give impulses so that dance does not just open a door here and there for people with disabilities, but that the whole world of dance is open to them – with all the support and freedom for artistic development?

Together with artists, organisers and politicians with and without disabilities, we would like to discuss structures and funding so that people with disabilities have sustainable access to dance. We had originally planned this year’s symposium within the framework of the German Dance Prize from 13 to 15 October. In discussion with artists and cultural actors with and without disabilities, we developed the idea of leaving the usual format of a three-day tightly scheduled symposium and choosing a decelerated and more sustainable format with regard to the negotiation of the topic.

The 5 modules of the symposium will take place online and will each be dedicated to a focus of the theme ‘Access’, from dance education to questions of professionalisation and transnational perspectives.




POSITIONS:DANCE #5 ACCESS is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the programme NEUSTART KULTUR, aid programme DIS-TANZEN of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.