inspiring dance Project

May 2011

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants in the inspiring dance project and congratulate them for their dedication and exceptional commitment to this project.
The Tanja Liedtke Stiftung in partnerhsip with Hochschule fur Musik & Darstellende Kunst is very proud to have provided this opportunity for the students of HfMDK, and I would especially like to thank Professor Dieter Heitkamp who has enabled the work of Tanja Liedtke to be experienced and enjoyed by student dancers and audiences alike.

I would like to thank Australian artists Kristina Chan and Paul White, who taught the repertoire selections of Twelfth Floor, construct and To My Suite to the students, in a way that was so thoroughly sensitive to the integrity of the works. And finally I would like to thank the HfMDK students who performed Tanja’s works – for taking on the challenge and performing the works with such a love of dance art and its power to enthral. It was very rewarding to witness the audience’s very positive response through their applause and very obvious enjoyment. TLF is so pleased that this project has been such a success and we hope to repeat the project in future.

Gerlinde Liedtke – Chair, Tanja Liedtke Foundation

We hope you enjoy these photos:

Artists front: Eileen Nicole George, Philipp Schumacher
Artists back: Alina Jaggi, Sho Takayama, Kaho Kishinami
Foto: Valentin Fanel

Professor Dieter Heitkamp
Direktor des Ausbildungsbereichs Zeitgenössischer und Klassischer Tanz
Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst

Foto: Valentin Fanel

Kurt Liedtke, Gerlinde Liedtke, Paul White

March 2011

The second stage of the ‘inspiring dance’ project from 2010, will occur in May 2011. In October 2010, the Tanja Liedtke Foundation, in partnership with Frankfurts Hochschule fur Musik and Darstellende Kunst hosted Paul White and Kristina Chan to spend two weeks teaching classes and Liedtke repertoire to the graduate students of the University. This year, in May, Paul will return to Frankfurt to re-rehearse some of the repertoire material that was taught to students in 2010. The work will then be presented at the students annual performance event on 20 – 22 May. 

Paul White


Nov 2010

An artistic exchange partnership:
Tanja Liedtke Foundation and
Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts
(Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst) 

In November 2010 Australian dancers Kristina Chan and Paul White will conduct a two week residency at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (HfMDK) where they will teach excerpts of Tanja Liedtke’s Twelfth Floor and construct as well as the short work, To My Suite to third year students of the BA dance course.

The project aims to provide students the chance to learn excerpts of Liedtke’s repertoire from the choreographer’s close collaborators. Through this experience, students are exposed to the development of the ideas behind the works, as well the artistic movement language of the choreographer.

Kristina Chan and Paul WhiteInspiring Dance Project Kristina Chan and Paul White

After the first few days of the residency Chan commented, “We are so pleased to have been invited here to the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to share Tanja’s work with the students and give them insight into who she was as a choreographer and how she worked in a creative process. The students are absorbing the choreography well. They listen keenly and are applying the information we are giving them. “

Kristina and Paul will also be teaching training classes for professional independent dance artists in Frankfurt’s Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.

This project represents a unique opportunity for international collaboration and exchange, building new networks and opportunities to share artistic learning and development. It has been a pleasure to work with the University and we would especially like to thank Professor Dieter Heitkamp, Director of the Department of Contemporary and Classical Dance for his very generous support in enabling this project to happen. We would also like to thank Melanie Franzen and Marieke Uhl, Tanzlabor21 for their assistance and support in programming Paul and Kristina’s teaching program at Mousonturm.