junges tanzhaus · ages 10 and up

Digital Symposium

“Corona? We children weren’t asked.”
Any body out there?

In a digital encounter of children, youths and adults alike, time will be dedicated to reflection on their respective situations within the pandemic and to blow off steam while empowering oneself with the movements and the music of one’s own body. Thoughts will be exchanged in parallel safe spaces for children and adults before they will be brought together in a generation-spanning dialogue. Following this, there will be artistic workshops by Saliha Shagasi, Takao Baba, Sabine Vogel and a number of further hosts.

Xueling Zhou is herself aged 16, a co-opted member of the State student representation of North Rhine-Westphalia, and invites children and youths into a safe space with “What the Corona?!”. The online talk will be about the individual highs and lows as experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. What were your personal highlights? What wasn’t quite that good? Were you able to discover anything new for yourself? What are your wishes? Sounds interesting? Then grab your favourite blanket, pour yourself a tea and get comfortable, in a space without grown-ups. The talk will also be accompanied by a second host at the LSV North Rhine Westphalia. 16-year old Selinay Tahmaz responded to the invitation to act as a catalyst.

A talking space for adults, hosted by professor doctor Swantje Lichtenstein, will also be on offer alongside this program.


16:00 – 16:15 Arrival
16:15 – 17:45 safe space for youth: “What the Corona?!”
  safe space for adults with Prof.*in Dr.*in Swantje Lichtenstein 
17:45 – 18:15 generation-spanning dialogue
18:15 – 18:45 Break
18:45 – 20:15 Four parallel workshops

Workshop 1: Movement workshop about the play “Rausch” with Saliha Shagasi (With TGSD, german sign language done by deaf interpreters)

After a little warm-up, this workshop with the theater pedagogue Saliha Shagasi deals with movements that are originating from your body. Everyone has a huge repertoire of movements. We will try to find out where this repertoire is hidden and how it can be dug up through the subject of "intoxication and daily grind". There will be individual and group exercises. Put on some cozy clothes and we'll go on a 90 minutes long journey of discovery together.

Workshop 2: Soundpainting with Sabine Vogel (With TGSD, german sign language done by deaf interpreters)

Compose in real time without keys: in this workshop, people move, sing or play an instrument. Together with Sabine Vogel you are developing your own piece of music - in real time. To do this, she teaches you various hand and body signs with which she can direct, structure and influence the resulting composition. But she needs you for it, because without you it's quiet. Sound painting is a multidisciplinary composition and sign language that has been developed by the American Walter Thompson for over twenty years.

Workshop 3: Digi Shape with Takao Baba & Christian Spieß

In the “Digi Shape” workshop, your own body becomes a malleable object. Based on the popping dance style, live video, animation and body merge into an interactive choreography. Turn it, Roll it, Twist it, Stop it, Frame it! The workshop will be led by the choreographer Takao Baba and the media artist Christian Spieß.

Workshop 4: Cultural education for future _ theatre and games  with Sarah Fartuun Heinze 

The pandemic-related #physicaldistancing has inspired theater makers to think about the possibilities and restrictions of digital theatre spaces and interactive storytelling. Fans of digitals games know the mechanisms at play here. Instead of passively following stories, you’re influencing the interactions with your own decisions.

Via Zoom. Register here: info@tanzhaus-nrw.de

When registering, please indicate which workshop you would like to attend. Also, whether you belong to the discussion group for young people & children or adults. Participation in individual program items is limited. The event takes place with TGSD (German sign language done by deaf interpreters).

“Corona? We children weren’t asked.” is a statement by a pupil from the Wim Wenders Gymnasium and also the symposium’s starting point

The symposium is part of Take-­off: Junger Tanz Düsseldorf, funded by Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW. Take-off: Junger Tanz is a project of tanzhaus nrw in cooperation with cultural, educational and social institutions of Düsseldorf.

Eine schwarze Bühne mit bunten Kugeln
Festival · 23.02. – 02.03.2021

any body out there?

FFT, Junges Schauspiel, Tonhalle & tanzhaus nrw