Happy to Listen 2021

The format Happy to Listen is a possibility to actively listen to those whose concerns and views have been formed by different realities and experiences. The actual topics are defined together with artists associated to and participating in Tanz in August, and selected panelists, to ensure new perspectives, critiques and oppositions to appear. More than ever, in times of growing inequalities in the global social, economic, health and environmental crises, we believe it is time to learn to listen with care.

  • Dates

    6.8. | #1 Happy to Listen | Cripping the Stage: Disability and its Representations
    Chiara Bersani in conversation with Mara Pieri

    13.8. | #2 Happy to Listen | Krump: Dancing towards Togetherness
    Nora Amin in conversation with Grichka Caruge and Dicko-Andrea Din

    20.8. | #3 Happy to Listen | The Jaguar Talks: On Dance as a Form of Offering  
    Amanda Piña and Nicole Haitzinger in conversation with Ma’arakames Juan José Ramirez Katira & María Teresa Tulama Ramirez und Rodrigo de la Torre

    #3 Happy to Listen

    The Jaguar Talks: On Dance as a Form of Offering
    Amanda Piña and Nicole Haitzinger in conversation with Ma’arakames Juan José Ramirez Katira & María Teresa Tulama Ramirez und Rodrigo de la Torre

    English, with English and German subtitles

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    This conversation stems from the long-term art-based research project “Endangered Human Movements”,initiatedby Amanda Piña, where different perspectives meet to decolonize contemporary art and cultural practices by introducing critical perspectives from the fields of sociology, anthropology, history, philosophy, visual arts, dance, choreography and traditional-contemporary indigenous Amerindian knowledge. The latter encompassing not only contemporary shamanism but also orally transmitted knowledge, social knowledge about the body, about movement and touch, about healing, about plants, about perception, about the interconnectedness of life forms and about ritual diplomatic knowledge applied to the relationship with other beings. In “The Jaguar Talks” different modes of knowledge enter into a dialogue without the habitual hierarchies between them, and this becomes a way of rehearsing ecologies of forms of knowing.

    The following talk presents a multitude of voices and perspectives referring to Frontera I Border, a texture that accentuates the complex constellations of the theatrical and the political in our society and the togetherness of the aesthetical and the ethical in a performative world.

    Amanda Piña is a Chilean-Mexican artist living in Vienna and Mexico City. Her work is concerned with the decolonization of art, focusing on the political and social power of movement, temporarily dismantling ideological separations between contemporary and traditional, human and animal, nature and culture. Her work has been presented in institutions such as the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, Paris, Kunsthalle Wien and MUMOK Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels, Royal Festival Hall, London, Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico and Festival Santiago a Mil, Chile. She is a research fellow at the Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance at Amsterdam University of the Arts.

    Nicole Haitzinger works at the Department of Art History, Musicology and Dance Studies at the University of Salzburg. She completed a post-graduate course at the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. As a dramaturg and curator she collaborates on diverse international projects and theory/practice modules, and gives guest lectures and teaches internationally, e.g. in Moscow, Nice, Shanghai, Beijing, London, Berne, Belgrade, Mexico City. She is currently leading a research project on dancers of colour in early twentieth-century Europe.

    Juan José Luis Katira Ramirez is a mara’akame (singer, shaman) of the community of Tatey Kie, La laguna, jurisdiction of San Andres Cohamiata in Mezquitic, Jalisco, Mexico. He served as the governor of his community and was entrusted with various offices – fifteen years in the ceremonial centres in Cohamiata, five in San José, fifteen in San Andrés, and another five in las Guayavas. He is an active leader and defender of the ancestral sacred territory of Wirikuta and of the autonomy of the Wixárika people in Mexico. Juan José Luis “Katira” Ramirez works as an ambassador of Wixárika culture and ancestral-contemporary knowledge and has participated in numerous projects aiming to give visibility to the Wixárika struggle for the protection of the ancestral sacred territory Wirikuta, e.g., the documentary film “Huicholes, The Last Peyote Guardians” by the Argentinean filmmaker Hernan Vilchez. As mara’akame of his community, Mr Ramirez works in preserving the community’s physical and mental health, and is involved in the work of healing as a form of activism in Mexico, the US, Canada, Latin America and Europe

    Maria Teresa Tulama Ramirez Muñoz learned the healing tradition of medicine women from her parents. Through the work with her partner, Mara’akame Katira, she developed this knowledge also beyond her community. As an artist she has knowledge of textile embroidery, the manufacture of traditional wear, jewellery and nierika ritual objects.  She carries the responsibility towards her community as a follower and keeper of the tradition for the younger generations. She is the mother of nine children. She is also a mara’akame (singer, shaman), a title that is only acquired after pilgrimage and sacrifice to the five directions, and she offices in the rituals and ceremonies of her community in the process of communication with the ancestral deities.

    Rodrigo (Rigo) de la Torre Coronado is a dancer and dance leader born in the city of Matamoros in Tamaulipas, Mexico. He started in the dance of matlachines at the age of fifteen in 1995, within a ‘traditional/folkloric’ dance context. After one year he decided together with his comrades to form a new dance leaving behind the traditional in order to give way for a new dance style ‘La Danza de Matamoros’, a new traditional dance that has expanded vastly in the region. He is the leader of the dance of the ‘Ejido Veinte of Matamoros’, and has been invited to different festivals and dance schools in Mexico to teach this new dance style that is spreading fast and that the youth takes as their own.

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    #2 Happy to Listen

    Krump: Dancing Towards Togetherness
    Nora Amin in conversation with Grichka Caruge and Dicko-Andrea Din

    English, with English and German subtitles

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    The conversation “Krump: Dancing Towards Togetherness” introduces the world of Krumping, its socio-political facets and potentials to contribute to the decolonisation of dance in Germany and Europe through its power of togetherness, emotionality and self-authorship. Grichka Caruge is the choreographer of “A Human Race: The Rite of Krump”, produced by Tanzkomplizen, which is an attempt to open the stage to new and relatively young forms of urban and community dance, while expanding and transforming the Krump language itself towards a choreographed piece. With Dicko, the conversation also navigates towards the effect of Krumping on personal growth and psychological empowerment, which also brings us to the aspect of dance for youth and how to use dance for diverse and accessible socio-cultural practices. The conversation is hosted by Nora Amin who attempts to interweave the critical discourse of the decolonisation of dance with the various aspects of understanding the history of Krump and its potential.

    For more information on Krump please visit:

    Making Peace” – Essay on Krump by Nora Amin (in English)
    “Schöpferische Kraft” – Article by Lucia Matzke at tanzraumberlin.de
    Dossier with background for the production “A Human Race” (PDF)
    Accompanying material to the performance “A Human Race” (PDF)

    Grichka Caruge co-founded RAF CREW in 2007, where he won the HIP HOP World Championships in 2009. He co-choreographed “RAF city’z” (2010) and founded in 2009 the collective “Madrootz“, which brings together many French pioneers of the Krump movement but also international leaders. Since 2013 he has been artistic director of the International Illest Battle, an international Krump meeting. In 2017, he co-choreographed the short film Les Indes Galantes, by Clément Cogitore.

    Dicko-Andrea Din participated in multiple battles and competitions like Buckyard (Prague), EBS (Düsseldorf), 1st of May Battle (Berlin). She teaches Hip Hop & Krump to children/teenagers and adults, working in projects like Urban Feminism (Tanz im August), as well as working in projects with Flying Steps Entertainment, including an appearance in the movie “Into The Beat”. She is a founding member of the All-female dance collective Walashé (based in Berlin). Since 2019 she is part of the Aura Fam (Germany, France, Indonesia).

    Nora Amin is a performer, author, choreographer & theatre director. Founder of the Egyptian nation-wide Project for Theatre of the Oppressed and its Arab network, founder of Lamusica independent Theatre group where she directed and produced 40 productions of dance, theatre and music. Based in Berlin since 2015. Currently member of the steering committee of the Dance Mediation Centre (TVZ), and a board member of the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute. Author of “Migrating the Feminine” and “Dance of the Persecuted” (MSB Matthes & Seitz).

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    #1 Happy to Listen

    Cripping the Stage: Disability and its Representations
    Chiara Bersani in conversation with Mara Pieri

    English, with English and German subtitles

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    In the form of a dialogue, Chiara Bersani and Mara Pieri reflect on the manifold ways disability and illness intersect with contemporary thinking. Bringing together artistic and academic perspectives, they question the ways disability is represented, what expectations are constructed around people with disability and, ultimately, what it means to be a disabled performer in the (post) pandemic scenario.

    Chiara Bersani is an Italian artist exploring the politics of the body and how the images we create interact with society. As an activist Bersani works on the inclusivity of disabled artists in the performing arts scene. Since 2009 she has created multiple highly acclaimed performance and installation works, among which her “Political Body Series” started in 2013, “The Olympic Games”, co-produced by K3 Kampnagel and the European project BeSpectACTive! in 2017 and her solo “Gentle Unicorn”, selected for Aerowaves 2019. Among her long-term and regular collaborators are Marco D’Agostin, Matteo Ramponi, Babilonia Teatri, Alessandro Sciarroni and the cultural association Corpoceleste_C.C.00#. Other major collaborators include the Madrid-based company La Tristura, choreographer Jérôme Bel and director and playwright Rodrigo Garcia.

    Mara Pieri is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). She works on disability and queerness through an intersectional lens that brings together disabilities studies, queer theory and crip studies. She is the creator of the project "Chroniqueers", which narrates experiences of LGBTQ+ people with chronic illness. 

Happy to Listen 2020