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Newsletter – Tanja Liedtke Foundation
May 2021

It is wonderful to see the artists coming up with new ideas how to work successful through this difficult times.

Statue of Friedrich Engels in Wuppertal

Dance Film -remember me-

(about Cancel Culture in Wuppertal)

A dance film project thematically embracing heritage and memory – on the occasion of the 200th birthday of Friedrich Engels.

The larger-than-life bronze statue by Chinese artist Zeng Chenggang depicts the German social theorist, textile entrepreneur and revolutionary Friedrich Engels. He stands on a 40cm high pedestal, weighing 868 kg, in Wuppertal, Germany. This sculptural donation by the People's Republic of China has  triggered many heated discussions. Which forms and symbols of collective memory are significant for us today? Why should we still remember Engels? This dance film aims to shine a light on Engels, his historically relevant ideas and to counteract an idealization that bores or leads to oblivion: questioning, critical thinking, dancing.
Interviews and atmospheric scenes are combined and reinforced by dance sequences in this film. The premiere is scheduled for June 2021.

Film by Kerstin Hamburg, Michael Baudenbacher and Paul White
Production Tanzrauschen / D / © 2021 / Film length 37 min

Funded by the Ministry of Science and Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Stadtsparkasse and the Tanja-Liedtke-Foundation

Paul White in remember me

Convergence at ADT

We are so happy that the performance of Convergence can take place from 05.05.2021 till 08.05.2021 in the Odeon Theatre in Adelaide with audience. South Australia is in the lucky position to show life performances. As we announced in the previous newsletter the winners of the Hannover International Choreography Competition have worked via technical support to produce this work.

Garry Stuart said: Bringing together acclaimed choreographers from four continents, Convergence comprises five works from local First Nations and international artists, including ADT’s 2021 Associate Artist, Adrianne Semmens, and the three most recent winners of the International Choreographic Competition Hannover: Tu Hoang (Vietnam), Oscar Buthelezi (South Africa), and Philippe Kratz (Germany). This shows how technology advances could keep international choreography possible. We are so much looking forward to the presentation. Sponsored by the Tanja Liedtke Foundation.

Alice Heyward

Three weeks residency in Berlin spring 2021

As the artists are still not able to perform we want to support them preparing work for the future. Gabi Beier from adaStudio recommended Alice Heyward for a short residency in Berlin and we agreed to help. The residency recipient Alice wrote the following mail:

Thank you so very much for the generous opportunity to undergo a three week residency in Berlin this year!
In such disorienting times, this is an incredible opportunity for me to undergo a period of supported research and creation, making a big difference to my artistic process!
During this residency, I want to spend time learning how dance can be experienced by blind and deaf spectators, practicing AUSLAN and audio description. I will apply these practices to dances; my own choreography and the work of my peers. While live performance is barely possible, I wish to look deeply into practices of accessibility—to extend beyond this pandemic period—considering how the aesthetic experience of dance can extend beyond our dominant modes of perception.


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