Dance On Festival:
Making Dances – Dancing Replies

Photo: Jubal Battisti

9–10 July 2021, radialsystem Berlin (world premiere)

13–16 July 2021, Julidans Amsterdam

In “Making Dances – Dancing Replies”, the Dance On Ensemble invites contemporary artists – Tim Etchells, Mathilde Monnier and Ginevra Panzetti/Enrico Ticconi – to respond in their own artistic languages to iconic works of modern and postmodern dance by Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Lucinda Childs. In five performance works presented over two evenings, the artists reflect on classical but radical works that challenged the rules of their time.

Works In Silence (excerpts): Produced by Dance On/DIEHL+RITTER in co-production with STUK. House for Dance, Image and Sound /Münchner Kammerspiele. Funded by the Fonds Doppelpass of the Federal Cultural Foundation.

Deep Song: „Deep Song“ is presented by arrangement with Martha Graham Resources, a division of the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, Inc. Everything/Nothing: „Everything/Nothing“ was produced by Dance On / DIEHL+RITTER.

MARMO: Produced by Dance On / DIEHL+RITTER in co-production with Kampnagel (Hamburg). With the support of Lavanderia a Vapore, Centro di residenza per la danza. Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK Coproduction Funding Dance, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.



Telo do tada – Body until then

photos: Lidija Antonovic

„Telo do tada“ (Body until then) explores the possibilities of the body in contemporary dance. It resists the repressive model of the youthful body as the typical reference body of dance.

The project affirms dance as our cultural heritage, promotes the dance practices of dancers and choreographers of a mature age (and thus their extensive dance experience on Serbian soil) and makes their work more accessible and visible to the artistic community and society as a whole.

It involves performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops, research and archival practices.


CoFestival goes live:
second segment

The Amplifiers of Voices

In November 2020, due to the pandemic, we were forced to reduce our programme and put it online. While waiting for the moment when our programme could be implemented, our plans changed, our programmes were sporadically cancelled, but our will to implement it was not affected. Our voices have not been hushed.

Although it is usually associated with silent body movement, contemporary dance has never been a silenced subject in its outstanding examples. It always had its own specific voice. In a situation where, as a result of a pandemic, politics has turned into a choreographer, as it increased the distance between bodies, prevented touch and created social scores with unprecedented somatic scenarios, we decided to set the dance »on high volume« at CoFestival and also persist with it. To ear-splitting highs. Now that we all learned how to embody a piece of freedom in disciplined choreographies along the city streets, as if we would be realising pleasure in inventive dance scores, perhaps the conditions may be met to help us understand who or what are the true amplifiers of our voices.


Cofestival 2020:
online edition


Online conversation with Rok Vevar and presentation of the book Ksenija, Xenia: The London Dance Years of Xenia Hribar (1960-1978)


A BREATH MADE VISIBLE (Dir. Ruedi Greber, 2009)

Online screening of a documentary about legendary American choreographer Anna Halprin


From September to November 2020, three research groups of invited local artists who work in the field of contemporary dance were tackling the topics of dance and choreography. The results of the work were presented through videos, interviews, sketches, written and visual material, questionnaires and surveys during the November online edition of CoFestival 2020.

VALESKA GERT: dancer and performer from the times of Weimar Republic

Online screening of Valeska Gert’s films from the 1920s and a lecture by our guest Jule Flierl on Gert’s opus.

Artist talk between Rok Vevar and Vala Foltyn, long-term collaborator of Anna Halprin, about the methods and ways of working of Halprin.