How to approach dances from the past with today’s knowledge? Choreographer Martin Nachbar will lead a workshop centered around approaching the past in dance. We will work with identifying differences and similarities between one’s own approaches and aesthetics and the ones of an artist of an earlier generation. How can we make memories and materials from the archives productive today?

Informed by his longstanding collaboration with dramaturge Jeroen Peeters, Nachbar will use some of their shared principles and methods of Physical Dramaturgy, which seeks to explore and exhaust the realm of meaning triggered by moving bodies, as well as the various materials and ideas that populate a creation process. In order to facilitate artistic research within a creative process, it insists on analyzing one’s own practice and stimulating an awareness of the underpinnings and contexts of one’s work. Physical Dramaturgy embraces an ethics of collaboration and regards practice and theory, research and making, movement and reflection as intertwined activities.

Martin Nachbar (b. 1971) received his training at SNDO (Amsterdam), at PARTS (Brussels) and in New York. He was a co-founder of the collective B.D.C. and has worked among others with Les Ballets C de la B, Vera Mantero, Meg Stuart, Nicole Beutler, Thomas Lehmen, Jeroen Peeters and Jochen Roller. His pieces are often described as playful approaches to very diverse themes, and are characterized by their combined use of dance, choreography, dramaturgy, text and visual media.

Please, bring video, photo, text and/or movement materials from an artist that intrigues you. 

TIME: from Thursday til Saturday 6.-8.2., 10am-3pm
PLACE: Zodiak studio C4
FEE: 100€

Enrollment by January 23rd.

Last date for enrollments and withdrawals is seven days prior to the beginning. After this date, refunds for withdrawals are only possible in case of illness with doctor’s certificate required. Without a certificate, course fee is due in full amount. For more information, please contact



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