Tanzkongress is looking for new formats and invites you to take part

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Tanzkongress is looking for new formats and invites you to take part

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Participants at a dance congress. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/Symbolbild

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A dance congress with more than 800 participants from Germany and beyond started on Thursday with a solo performance about the vulnerability of the body in a public square in Mainz. In her autobiographical piece «El-la», the Mexican dancer Yansi Méndez Bautista addressed vulnerability, self-confidence and willpower. The artist, who was born with a disability, used her old walking aids, which she no longer needs.

A dance congress with more than 800 participants from Germany and beyond started on Thursday with a solo performance about the vulnerability of the body in a public square in Mainz. In her autobiographical piece «El-la», the Mexican dancer Yansi Méndez Bautista addressed vulnerability, self-confidence and willpower. The artist, who was born with a disability, used her old walking aids, which she no longer needs.

The congress premiere thus clarified the dance congress’ claim to develop new formats and forms of expression, as well as the will to address the general public more than before. More than ever before, contemporary dance theater relies on participation, on the cooperation of everyone. The participants want to deal with current trends in the scene in around 90 workshops, discussion events and performances by Sunday.

The German Federal Cultural Foundation stated that the aim of the dance congress, which is held every three years, was to bring different dance scenes together, to promote artistic exchange and to increase the visibility of dance as an art form. The Kulturstiftung supports the congress with 940,000 euros. The population of Mainz was invited to participate in several workshops. In the “Dance Tunnel”, which also opened on Thursday, the population is called upon to become aware of their own physicality while dancing.

19 curators oversee twelve content-related modules of the congress with the motto “Sharing Potentials”. In some modules, the dance professionals are asked about the topics that move them, including training issues, innovative working models, digital platforms or prospects for rural areas. Current political issues are also discussed, such as the role of dance art in the face of war and violence.

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