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9th Biennale Dance Education 2024 Munich:
Symposium "Embodying New Ideals & Idealized Body Images" on role models and ideals in dance

23. Feb. 2024

Impulses and panels on diversity, body images, inclusion and ideals in the artistic process by and with Germaine Acogny (École des Sables), Eisa Jocson (choreographer), Osiel Gouneo (Bayerisches Staatsballett), Julie Shanahan (Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch), Anne do Paço (Vienna State Ballet), Alexei Ratmansky (New York City Ballet), Simone Sandroni (choreographer), Friedemann Vogel (Stuttgart Ballet), Michael Freundt (Dachverband Tanz Deutschland), Luca Giacomo Schulte (Compagnie Raimund Hoghe) and many more. and many more. On February 23rd at Muffatwerk

The symposium "Embodying New Ideals & Idealized Body Images", which will take place on 23 February 2024 from 10:00 to 18:00 at Munich's Muffatwerk and is co-curated by David Russo and Anna Beke (Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich), will spend a day exploring the theme of this year's edition of the 9th Biennale Tanzausbildung 2024 München. High-caliber guests from international dance companies and training institutions as well as from the fields of choreography, dance studies and the press will discuss various aspects of role and body images, diversity and inclusion in the current global dance scene and for future-oriented professional dance training. The aim is to provide important impulses for the students from the 13 national and international training centers in attendance as well as for the Munich dance scene. All panels and discussions will be held in English.

After the day's keynote speeches and panels, the symposium will close at 8 p.m. with an improvisation session entitled "Fresh Made Jam". Members of the Munich TanzQuelle Initiative and students of the Ballet Academy of the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts (HMTM) will combine the results of research into improvisation tools to create an interactive dance happening for all participants.

The Ballet Academy of the HMTM, which is conceiving and organizing the entire Biennale Dance Education this year, is continuing its reflection on the central concerns of holistic and sustainable professional dance education with the theme of the Biennale and in particular with the symposium. The continuous development and review of existing processes is a result of the Ballet Academy's pedagogical concept. In autumn 2022, HMTM and the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland jointly organized the conference "Dance Education in Transition" and placed the most diverse aspects in an international context.

Details of the symposium:

Fri, February 23, 2024, 10:00-18:00

Muffathalle Munich

Admission free, registration required:

Conference language: English

Details on the evening event "Fresh Made Jam":

Fri, February 23, 2024, 8:00 pm

Muffathalle Munich

Admission free, registration required:

Program of the symposium at a glance

10:00-11:30 am: Check-in and warm-up

Warm-up of body and mind for all symposium participants with freelance artist Ami Shulman

11:30-12:30: Impulse I

"Space of Experiences / Space of Thoughts / Positions"

Based on the philosophical concept of the ideal, Michael Freundt (Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V.) together with Sonia Lautenbacher (student at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts) and Daniel Chernyavskiy (student at the Ballet Academy, HMTM) will present their views on "pure form", the "aspirational" in dance. Among other things, they will explore the questions of which ideals characterize dance and ballet training and which role models the students follow, what the concept of the ideal means for artistic practice and our society.

12:30-13:30: Impulse II

"Throwing the Body into the Fight - Writing with Bodies"

Prof. Dr. Katja Schneider (Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts) and Luca Giacomo Schulte (Compagnie Raimund Hoghe) remember the dancer, choreographer, author and filmmaker Raimund Hoghe in conversation and with video excerpts.

14:00-15:00: Panel I

"The Other in Dance. Beyond Norms and Embracing Diversity as Enrichment in Dance"

This panel focuses on "the other" in dance, beyond norms and understanding diversity as enrichment in dance. The core topic is: Could artistic authenticity be the new ideal? The discussion will be moderated by David Russo (Ballet Academy, HMTM) and Bettina Wagner-Bergelt (freelance curator and artistic advisor to the Biennale Tanzausbildung). The panel guests are personalities from the international dance world: Germaine Acogny (École des Sables), Osiel Gouneo (Bayerisches Staatsballett), Prof. Nik Haffner (HZT Berlin), Eisa Jocson (freelance artist), Julian MacKay (Bayerisches Staatsballett), Prof. Dr. Katja Schneider(Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main) and Bianca Vilahriño Teixeira (Bayerisches Staatsballett).

15:15-16:00: Presentation "EMERGING DANCE ARTISTS (EDA)"

The new online platform EMERGING DANCE ARTISTS (EDA), presented by Dany Beyer and Johannes Bergmann (DIS-TANZ-START/ Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V.), supports dance students in successfully launching a professional dance career in Germany. The platform was developed as part of the completed DIS-TANZ-START funding program and offers interdisciplinary webinars and other resources on the topics of career development, working conditions, health and key qualifications.

15:15-16:00: Short Panel "Dance on. Making Time Matter"

The guests on this panel on the subject of age in dance are Gesine Moog (Dance On Ensemble), William Moore (freelance artist), Julie Shanahan (Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch) and Ami Shulman (freelance artist). Anna Beke and David Russo will moderate the event together with students from the HMTM Ballet Academy. Ageing is often viewed negatively in our society, yet this phase of life, characterized by stage experience, can endow dancers in particular with a charisma that they may not have achieved in their youth. Many choreographers find this artistic potential inspiring, challenging traditional expectations of technical perfection and the glorification of youth.

16:30-18:00: Panel II

"Transitions and Constants. Artistic Ideals Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow."

This panel will focus on artistic authenticity, individuality and fluidity as an ideal to strive for in dance. What is the relationship between the individual and an overarching ideal in the field of dance and art? And to what extent do individual impulses and facets shape the international dance and art landscape, but also the ideals of society itself? The panel will be moderated by Anna Beke and Prof. Jan Broeckx (Ballet Academy, HMTM). The panel guests are Nina Hümpel (, Anne do Paço (Vienna State Ballet), Alexei Ratmansky (New York City Ballet), Simone Sandroni (freelance choreographer) and Friedemann Vogel (Stuttgart Ballet).

20:00-21:30: "Fresh Made Jam"

Bachelor students from the HMTM Ballet Academy and guests from the Munich independent dance scene, Sophia Charlotte Becker, Matteo Carvone, Jan Fasbender, Emmanuelle Rizzo and Luca Seixas (sound design), invite you to an improvised dance happening at the end of the symposium. The Munich-based performers of the TanzQuelle Initiative will present the results of their research on improvisational tools for an interactive performance.

About the 9th Biennale Dance Education 2024 Munich

The Federal Biennale Dance Education Competition is coming to Munich for the first time under the title "Ideals and Role Models. Best Practice in Dance" to Munich for the first time in 2024: From February 19 to 25, 2024, the 9th edition of the Biennale Tanzausbildung will be hosted by the Ballet Academy of the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts (HMTM), the only state training institution for professional stage dance in Bavaria. As a central project of the Dance Education Conference (AK|T), the forum for exchange and encounters between students and teachers of professional dance training institutions in Germany, the 9th Biennale Tanzausbildung 2024 München offers important insights into current developments in dance and thus also provides impulses for the respective local scene.

The focus is on examining the aesthetic and ethical aspects of ideals and role models in dance. Under the title "Ideals and Role Models. Best Practice in Dance", the focus is on questioning and reflecting on diversity and variety in professional dance and in professional dance training. The topic will be addressed in various internal workshops and lectures, public events and a specialist symposium on Friday (23.2.).

The program of the 9th Biennale Tanzausbildung is conceived and implemented by the curatorial team, consisting of HMTM teachers David Russo, Anna Beke, Jan Broeckx, Simone Geiger Liebreich and Isabelle Severs as well as artistic advisor Bettina Wagner-Bergelt.

The 9th Biennial Dance Education 2024 Munich is an event of the Ballet Academy of the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts in collaboration with the Muffatwerk Munich, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts and the Cultural Department of the City of Munich. Further partners are the Bavarian State Ballet, the ballet of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and the Heinz Bosl Foundation with the Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich.

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