Programme | Saturday, November 26th

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The symposium will be held in German and partly in English.
Moderation: Anna Beke, Claudia Feest, David Russo

8:40 am | Warm-Up for All

Students of Ballet Academy, HMTM

9:00 am | On the Cultural Mobility of Dance Education Programmes. Search Movements in the Dance Practices of the 19th Century

Lecture (German, partly English)
Dance in the 19th century is characterised by mobility – by the obvious geographical mobility of dance practitioners or, linked to this, by their equally obvious programmatic mobility, which, beyond stage aesthetics, is also formed in the rehearsal room via pedagogical concepts and their transmission as training methods. The intentions and procedures of the networked, mobile dance artists can be found in their written and/or illustrated documents. These materials deal with praxeological topics such as training, theory, notation, choreography. As such, they contain data on the physiological, motoric, dance culture of their time; and they can be imagined and evaluated - these are the search movements of the lecture - as dance-pedagogically relevant research material. The focus will be on the designs of Carlo Blasis, Léopold Adice, Marie Taglioni, Arthur Saint-Léon, Waslaw Nijinsky...

Prof. Dr. Claudia Jeschke (em. Univ.-Prof. Salzburg University)

9:40 am | In the Canon of the Arts? Dance Education between Diversity and Discrimination

Panel Discussion (German/English)
Training to become professional dancers leaves traces, as the photo for the symposium suggests. It shows two feet. One is hidden in a point shoe tied with loops. The other is bare and balancing on Relevé. It´s skin bears welts from being tightly bound with delicate satin ribbon. Training shapes postures and attitudes of mind: What bodies are considered trainable, professionally fit, aesthetically pleasing, beautiful and capable of pleasing the eyes of numerous paying audiences? Which practices are toughly internalised in order to meet the standards of institutions in the canon of the arts? Which ones have long been evolving? Regarding current discussions about norm shifts, diversity, equality, access and knowledge transfer, the panel is dedicated to the conditions and demands of the performative arts in educational institutions: Where does diversity end? When does discrimination begin? And what traces do both leave behind?

Moderated by Dr Mariama Diagne (Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung gtf (Society for Dance Research), DE)
Panel guests: Osiel Gouneo (Bavarian State Ballet), Gerda König (DIN A 13 dance company, DE), Chlóe Lopes Gomes (Ballet de l'Opéra national du Rhin, FR), Agnès Noltenius (Academy of Dance, Mannheim State University of Music and Performing Arts, DE), Bettina Wagner-Bergelt (curator of interdisciplinary projects)

10:40 am | Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 am | Parallel partly participatory formats

11:00 am | On the Shoulders of the Giants 2.0

A progressive, science- and media-supported dance education in the context of classical dance is of utmost importance for its social positioning in our society. The aim should be to convey a basic pedagogical and scientific understanding, to effectively moderate (learning) processes and to foster the development of the artistic personality. The lecture opens up a search for ways to deepen the reflection process, which supports and initiates a complex and multidirectional approach.

Prof. Dr. Liane Simmel and David Russo (Ballet Academy, HMTM)

11:00 am | Life Long Learning

Panel (German/English)
Awareness of and the acquisition of know-how for the challenges of the complex job world are fundamental conditions for professional success – not only as a professional dancer. Mentoring, coaching, the professional accompaniment of entry and transition phases as well as entire careers are becoming increasingly important. Anneli Chasemore and Sabrina Sadowska give impulses in the context of transition(s) and career paths in dance. Selected best practice models will be placed in a cultural and educational policy context: What conditions must be created at which parts so that changes – and improvements – can be made in education practice in order to train dancers who can integrate 'transition' into their own career (planning) in a considered and reflective way? How can dance and ballet education be considered and designed more sustainably?

Moderated by Johannes Bergmann (Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, DIS-TANZ-START)
Panel guests: Anneli Chasemore (Berlin State Ballet), Sabrina Sadowska (Stiftung Tanz – Transition Zentrum Deutschland (Dance Foundation – Transition Center Germany) /Ballett Chemnitz, DE)

11:45 am | Impro Games – Improvisation games with BA students of HMTM of different ages

Workshop (German/English)
The development of creativity and imaginative skills is an integral part of contemporary dance classes. It is important to ensure a balance in the learning activities between, on one hand, the externally directed transmission of skills and knowledge and, on the other hand, the self-directed development of ideas and actions. When creative processes are purposefully offered, they can optimally contribute to the active participation of the students and create situations that stimulate a reflective learning process. In a pilot project with a focus on improvisation, initiated and facilitated by David Russo, HMTM-students in interaction with alumni of the Ballet Academy will playfully explore different methods and strategies of improvisation. The aim is to strengthen collaborative creative practice and make the act of knowledge acquisition a more conscious process.

David Russo (Ballet Academy, HMTM) and students of Ballet Academy, HMTM

11:45 am | Empowerment in Dance Teaching Practice

Workshop (German/English)
How can we design dance teaching and choreographic processes so that participants and professional performers perceive, experience and use their own creative scope, resources and potential? What kind of attitude and culture of dialogue should underlie such a process and how can we achieve joy in the learning process, group building and individual performance enhancement? Choreographer Felix Berner gives an insight into these questions with regard to his artistic practice, which has been shaped over many years by developing pieces with young people, training with heterogeneous large groups and working with professional dancers.

Felix Berner (Staatstheater Mainz, DE)

12:30 am | On the Pedagogical Concept of the HMTM Ballet Academy

Round Table (German/English)
About two years after the publication of the Pedagogical Concept of the Ballet Academy (HMTM), we would like to critically examine its actual implementation through this round table discussion. On the basis of individual short statements by teachers and students, the following questions will be outlined: With what results has the Pedagogical Concept been realised so far? What have we already achieved? To what extent has teaching practice developed and the ethos of the whole institution changed? From a systemic perspective, what challenges do we still face for the future? Where are we going and where do we want to go, the Munich Ballet Academy?

Moderated by Prof. Dr. Andrea Sangiorgio (HMTM)
With Paulina Kalvelage (Berlin State Ballet) and Marc Geifes, Simone Geiger Liebreich, Maximiliane Hierdeis and Prof. Marc Pogolski (Ballet Academy, HMTM)

1:00 pm | Lunch break

2:00 pm | The Ethics Committee of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland

Lecture (German, partly English)
In December 2021, the Ethics Commission set up by the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (German Dance Association / DTD) began its work. The Ethics Committee has set itself the task of raising awareness in the field of dance by providing access to helpful information in various areas of work for dance professionals, offering advice regarding training approaches that are critical of discrimination, in order to promote ethical action in the entire dance sector and initiating and leading debates about fairer working conditions in the dance sector.The diverse individual backgrounds and networks of the members of the Ethics Committee contribute to take a multi-perspective look at potential measures for improvement as well as relevant strategies. The short lecture presents the proposals already developed by the commission and welcomes further ideas.

Margrit Bischof (Dachverband Tanz Deutschland)

2:20 pm | Exchange of Ideas among International Dance Training Institutions

Panel discussion (English)
As the conclusion and highlight of the symposium Dance Education in Transition, we want to explore the various questions posed and new issues and solutions that arose during the two days together with top national and international representatives of professional dance and ballet training institutions. The actual core aspect of the conference will be the focus of the discussion: How can dance excellence not only be developed, but above all be maintained in the long term - in a physically and mentally healthy body of unique artists? Can ultimately nothing less than a worldwide change in professional dance education be achieved together and with each other - a change that ultimately will have an effect on the professional reality itself?

Moderated by Anna Beke and Prof. Jan Broeckx (Ballet Academy, HMTM)
Panel-Guests: Prof. Jason Beechey (Palucca University for Dance Dresden, DE), Gigi Hyatt (Ballet School of the Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier, DE), Tadeusz Matacz (John Cranko School, DE), Ernst Meisner (Dutch National Ballet Academy, NL), Frédéric Olivieri (Accademia Teatro alla Scala, IT), Élisabeth Platel (École de danse – Opéra national de Paris, FR), Christopher Powney (Royal Ballet School, UK), Christiana Stefanou (Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy, AT), Mavis Staines (Canada’s National Ballet School, CA), Doreen Windolf (State Ballet School, Berlin)

3:50 pm | Conclusion and Farewell