Martin Nachbar + Maximilian Haas

Animal Dances

Menschen, Tiere, Relationen


Workshop, Lectures, Performances


Animals don't talk, at least not as we do, but there are forms of communication beyond human speech, which seem all the more differentiated – especially in bodily movement. This holds for the relations between humans and animals but also for the ones among animals, within species and in between them. These physical communicative acts and events can be described as 'dances’, since their meaning emerges from the movement: Think of dressage or dog dancing, mating birds or bees describing the route to pollen. Or think of folk dances, where humans dance animals for other humans, such as the tarantella. What can we learn from the material-semiotic dances between humans and animals?





Friday, April 22

ticket 13/8 €, in case of rainy weather we recommend to bring rainproof clothes

7 pm

GABRIELE BRANDSTETTER (Berlin): Mensch, Tier, Ding. Grenzverschiebungen im modernen und zeitgenössischen Tanz (Lecture in English)


8 pm

MARTIN NACHBAR: Animal Dances (Outdoor-Performance)



Saturday, April 23

tickets 1-8 pm 7/5 €

tickets 8 pm - open end 7/5 €

dayticket 13/8 €

1 pm

MARTIN NACHBAR (Berlin): Introduction into somatic techniques of mimetic empathy with animals (in English)


2.30 pm

***The lecture by Cord Riechelmann is cancelled due to illness***

substitute: MAXIMILIAN HAAS (Berlin): Balthazar as Protagonist, the Problem of Action, and the Human-Animal Divide (Lecture in English)

KARIN HARRASSER (Linz): Attuned. Eine ästhetische und epistemologische Kategorie?

(Lectures in German, English handout)


5 pm

FAHIM AMIR (Vienna): The Swinish Multitude: Reflections on Riots in the City.

ANDROS ZINS-BROWNE (Brussels) I'd Prefer Not To. Notes on a Choreography for Camels

(Lectures in English)


8 pm

KRÕÕT JUURAK + ALEX BAILEYPerformances for Pets (Performance/Presentation, in English)


9.15 pm

AGENTUR Assembly (Animal Dances - Menschen, Tiere, Relationen) (Performance/Talk, English)

With ALICE CHAUCHAT (choreographer, performer and teacher/lecturer), Juniorprof. Dr. SUSANNE FOELLMER (theatre and dance studies, Freie Universität Berlin), KOBE MATTHYS (Agency), IRENE MOESSINGER (et. al. Coach, Centered Riding Instructor Level 1, Equilibre-Pratice at Gut Reichenow), Prof. Dr. iur. EVA INÈS OBERGFELL (Professor of Civil Law, Intellectual Property Law and Copyright, Private International Law and Comparative Law at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)



CONCEPT, CURATION Maximilian Haas, Martin Nachbar MANAGEMENT Susanne Beyer


Solo Animal Dances

ChoreografY, DANCE Martin Nachbar MusiC Boris Hauf CostUme Marion Montel


Produced by Martin Nachbar in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE. Fundedn by teh Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senat Chancellery – Cultural Affairs. media partner: taz.die tageszeitung




Foto © Pekka Mäkinen

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