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Recording: 2016-12-06 , Sophiensæle (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Christoph Winkler

Five Studies on Post-Colonialism – Study 2: Seeing Alvin Ailey


Production Details / Press Releases

This series of five short choreographies highlights white hegemony in a genre lauded for its internationality. Yet while post-colonial structures are just as present in contemporary dance as in other art forms, they are often more difficult to discern. Why has there recently been so much talk of African contemporary dance, while we never use the term “European contemporary”? Tacitly, Western concepts are declared the norm. These pieces cheerfully, but critically reveal the various ways that contemporary dance is marked by dominance and privileges grounded in white experience.

The “Five Studies” mark the beginning of a larger series dealing with the topic in various ways and formats over the course of several years. The idea is to not only to produce full-length pieces, but to connect several smaller works together. This allows them to be combined in various ways without the limitations of producing a finalized version. Each of the pieces is developed in collaboration between Christoph Winkler and the individual performers.

Cast & Credits

DANCE, CHOREOGRAPHY: Dominique Rosales, Ahmed Soura
SET AND COSTUMES: Lena Mody, Valentina Primavera
TECH: Martin Pilz
PRODUCTION: ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro
A Christoph Winkler and ehrliche arbeit production, co-produced by SOPHIENSÆLE and Hamburg. Made possible by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs and the National Performance Netz (NPN) Coproduction Fund for Dance, which is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag.


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Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Christoph Winkler / Trailers and Video Documentations

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