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Dancing About Architecture

25.08.2014, Berlin | The project “Dancing About Architecture” under the direction of the dancer and choreographer Constanza Macras and the architectural theorist and philosopher Lukas Feireiss is a multi-day international and interdisciplinary symposium that doubles as theater stage, productive workshop, and inspiring lab. It takes place on September 24–28, 2014, at the Schaubühne Berlin, Aedes Architecture Forum, and Studio 44. The participants – leading international figures from the fields of dance, dramaturgy, art, architecture, and urban space – aim to challenge the manifold performances of urban life, the “choreography of bodies and masses in the streets,” their movements, gestures, and facial expressions – in short: the theater of real life.

Dancing About Architecture

Engaging with contemporary urban space calls for creativity without resorting to static ideas of space and the city. Urban structures expand and dissolve – our understanding of the city is transforming and multidimensional. The production of space has long stopped being a task of architecture alone: a young generation of urban creative folks – architects, artists, dancers, dramaturgs, filmmakers and writers – creatively gather ideas that actively contribute to the continual renewal of our cityscape. This opens up an opportunity to discover new and fascinating spatial worlds and tell a story of the city through people’s physical experience. Against this background, the symposium “Dancing About Architecture” is dedicated to a variety of different theoretical and practical approaches to contemporary spatial discourse that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

Besides Sasha Waltz, Constanza Macras is considered to be one of the most successful and innovative choreographers of our time. Born in Argentina, she graduated from the Merce Cunningham Studio in New York and has lived in Berlin since 1995. She is the recipient of, among other awards, the German theater prize “Der Faust” for “Megalopolis” and the Goethe-Institut Award for best production from Germany for “Hell on Earth.” The collaboration with Lukas Feireiss, an internationally renowned and connected curator for communicating architecture and space in interdisciplinary contexts, will ensure a successful symposium on urban space.

The Ernst Schering Foundation supports the cross-disciplinary and high-ranking symposium, because it promises to make a major contribution to current debates about mobilityand to issues of body, movement, and space.

Dancing About Architecture

International Symposium, September 24–28, 2014

September 24, 2014
7:30 p.m.: Welcome, Schaubühne Berlin, Berlin Café
8:00 p.m.: MEGALOPOLIS, Schaubühne Berlin, Hall A
September 25, 2014
7:00–9:00 p.m.: Reception and Symposium Talk, Studio 44

September 26, 2014
2:00–5:00 p.m.: Workshop with Lisi Estaras, Studio 44
6:30 p.m.: Symposium Talk, ANCB The Metropolitan Laboratory, Pfefferberg

September 27, 2014
3:00–6:00 p.m.: Workshop with Lisi Estaras, Studio 44
8:00 p.m.: Show BERLIN ELSEWHERE, Schaubühne Berlin

September 28, 2014
4:00–6:00 p.m.: Symposium Talk, Schaubühne Berlin, Hall A
8:00 p.m.: Show BERLIN ELSEWHERE, Schaubühne Berlin, Hall A

Stephen Barber, Kingston University, London
Gascia Ouzounian, Queen’s University, Belfast
Christopher Dell, Institute for Improvisation Technology, Berlin
Andrew Todd, Studio Andrew Todd/Theatrum Mundi, Paris
Gob Squad, Berlin/Nottingham
Lisi Estaras, Argentina/Les Ballets C de la B

Schaubühne Berlin
Kurfürstendamm 153 | 10709 Berlin

Aedes Pfefferberg
Christinenstraße 18  | 10119 Berlin

Studio 44 – Constanza Macras | Dorky Park
Klosterstraße 44 | 10179 Berlin

More information is available pdf here or at

Ticket information for the shows MEGALOPOLIS and BERLIN ELSEWHERE:
Ticket reservations: ++49 (0)30 890023 (Schaubühne) or
Tickets for the workshop with Lisi Estaras: 2 days: 60 € / one day: 35 €; for reservations, please write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call ++49 (0)30 280 42 42 0.

Admission to the symposium is free.

Photo: © Thomas Aurin


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