MA CoDE: Winter semester 21/22

MA CoDE Finnland
(Foto: Ingo Diehl)

Sighting Mentors, February 18th

At the end of the semester, the students start the decision-making process for their future mentors, who will accompany them in the third semester. The selection process takes place on the basis of biographies.


MA CoDE in Outokumpu / Finland, January 29th - February 6th

MA CoDE goes on an excursion to Finland. During this working week MA CoDE students will present hybrid training approaches from Dance Techniques 2010 and develop a curriculum for it with co-teachings for the training classes in Outokumpu. After returning to Frankfurt, the lessons will be analysed and evaluated in detail. The exchange with students and teachers at North Karelia College was conceived in cooperation with Riveria / tanssin koulutus / dance education in Outokumpu.


Outside Eyes, January 18th

The kick-off event Outside Eyes with Marcus Droß (Mousonturm) and Philipp Schulte (HTA) in January introduces the focus on dramaturgy and leads into the summer semester 2022.


Developmental Patterns & Psychology, Trude Cone, December 13th - 16th & Lea Spahn, December 10th, January 07th & 14th

Trude Cone, longtime director and lecturer at SNDO - School for new Dance Development - Amsterdam and lecturer for BMC, teaches how creative potential can be released through early childhood movement patterns. In addition, Lea Spahn teaches developmental psychology. Body and Movement Development from an applied and theoretical perspective.

The topic is framed by issues of lesson structuring and curriculum development.


Teaching trials and annotations, December 7th - 9th

As part of the research project Motion Bank, a further developed version of the software "Piecemaker" will be tested in practice and critically reflected. Ingo Diehl and Susanne Triebel will accompany the discourse on digital procedures of dance documentation and notation and their transfer into mediation formats. David Rittershaus from the Mainz University of Applied Sciences will provide support by introducing the software application.


Conflict Engagement + Choreographic Thinking, Dana Caspersen, starting November 24th

Intensification of the collaboration with Dana Caspersen and a kick-off event on November 20th with the Michael Douglas Collective. Dana Caspersen, a long-time dancer with William Forsythe and a specialist in conflict management, integrates her artistic experience into new formats of conflict resolution. She will give students an insight into her strategy of "Changing the Conversation" and participatory projects she has realised in recent years.

The seminar takes place online.


Somatic Practices, Dr. Christina Deloglu-Kahlert, November 19th & 25th, December 10th

Starting from a theoretical perspective, Dr. Christina Deloglu-Kahlert will reflect on manipulative aspects in somatic practice.


Kick Off for BODIES, UN-PROTECTED, November 11th - 14th

The series on BODIES, UN-PROTECTED AND ART takes place as STUDENT LAB at Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, focusing on the connection between aesthetics and socio-political action, where artistic production, presentation, reflection, mediation and documentation intertwine.

The project will be carried out until July 2022 by Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, M.A. Contemporary Dance Education & M.A. Choreography and Performance, in cooperation with the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin and the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. In addition, younger target groups will be involved via fellowships and student labs, who will participate in the artistic and discursive processes in the sense of collective learning.


Somatic Application / Anatomy, Anja Bornšek, November 1st - 5th

Alumna Anja Bornšek teaches somatic anatomy and works on the topics skeleton and functional alignment of the bony musculoskeletal system.


HTA Ring Lecture, from October 28th

Bodies, out of themselves: Performance, protection and politics of insecurity

In radical self-care, anti-discrimination, and anti-racist body-based practices of conflict resolution and healing, settling the body is one of the most important aspects of beginning the process of returning to the body. In performative and dance practices, settling is also a crucial moment in the work with the body

These practices of settling the body, as private and intimate as they may seem at first glance, have a (micro)political significance. They also expose body-based connections between artistic, social and activist practices. The possibility to settle is unequally distributed, so that some bodies are forcibly deprived of their basic capacities to sustain themselves: to breathe, to be attentive, to settle in space and time, etc. From this perspective, it appears that the practice of settling the body as an embodied and visceral process is connected to the political and social field. It seems to be the battleground of various current conflicts over the protection and safety of bodies, where some bodies are systematically unbalanced by constant violence, agitation and aggression (social, economic, environmental), while others are offered the ability to settle in excess.

The lecture series asks about different aspects and dimensions of settling (in the world, in the community, in relationships, in environments) as well as different modalities of insecurity of bodies (through lack of protection, due to racism and sexism). The consequences of denying freedom of movement through forced detention or internment are explored in order to outline the workings of the current politics of insecurity through its operation on an intimate and visceral level.

The lectures will take place online.


Writing Performance, Dramaturgy, Katja Schneider, beginning October 20th

Analytical access and writing skills will be tested in connection with performances at the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main. Further skills that will be tested and refined in the course of the winter semester 2021/22 are scientific work and writing.


Solo, Bojana Kunst / Katelyn Skelley, beginning October 18th

Bojana Kunst co-teaches a weekly seminar with Katelyn Skelley for students in the Hessian Master's programs in Dance, MA CoDE and MA CuP. The seminar combines reflection and movement based on the theme of solo from a philosophical, cultural and movement practice perspective. It takes place every Monday in the MA CoDE Studio of the HfMDK.


Start of semester, October 18th

Dance Techniques 2010 - Dance Plan Germany

The focus of the winter semester is on translation processes and the contextualisation of techniques from the publication Tanztechniken 2010 - Tanzplan Deutschland. Practical training sessions, presentations, expert interviews and critical reflection by the students form the basis for in-depth research and the development of new approaches to mediation. It is about the synchronic and diachronic situating of the work of Gill Clarke, Merce Cunningham, Anouk van Dijk, William Forsythe and Jennifer Muller in the history and present of dance. The results of the work will be tested with students in Finland in February 2022. The two modules Comparative Methodology: Dance and Physical Techniques and Theory: Foundations & Applications are closely linked in this recurring format and the students are accompanied in their process by Ingo Diehl, Katja Schneider and Susanne Triebel.


Special announcements:

Re-Accreditation, November 17th & 18th

The re-accreditation of the dance degree programmes will take place in November with an online inspection by international experts. The accreditation process sparks exciting and challenging discussions about the state of dance education and dance outreach. Results are expected in 2022.