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Burning Issues x Theatertreffen 2022


Parallel to the conference programme, workshops can be attended on the topics of power imbalances on the rehearsal stage and AI technologies in dance.

Arm of a woman with glitter wig against an orange background

Anica Happich for Burning Issues, image detail

© Rebecca Rütten

  • 2 h 45 min
  • In German and English

Past Dates

Entry free of charge, registration from 10 April via
Please note it is necessary to register separately for each event.
Current Covid regulations on the day apply.

12:00 – 13:00
Sensitivity in Working on Intimacy in the Rehearsal Room: Small Tools to Dismantle Pyramids of Power
When working on simulated intimacy on stage/in the rehearsal room, personal boundaries of the participants and the behaviour of the characters lie close together, but the artistic freedom that is so often cited and the structures of the theatre system often leave little scope to allow boundaries, possibilities and visions to be compared and agreed.
In this workshop practical exercises and communicative procedures will be presented with which the frequent power gaps in the rehearsal room can be foiled with creative signposts.

Magz Barrawasser Director

14:00 – 15:00
Dance, AI and the Future of Bias
In English
According to Copyright Law, dance is copyrightable. But the body of work that is protected must be an original creation that is notated or codified in written form. A “dance move” therefore, is not considered a creative body of work, thus not copyrightable. So, then who owns viral dance moves? How can we task AI and Blockchain technology to help solve the problem of appropriation? Investigating a deep tech solution for dance movement analysis, recognition and protection as tangible digital assets. A lot of western countries liberalised their societies around the efficiency argument, rather than a deep ethical argument. Qudus Onikeku’s research is particularly interested in the possibility of undoing the increasing bias already embedded in the development of AI technologies and would like to take participants into the world of dance in the context of AI.

Qudus Onikeku Dancer, choreographer, researcher, innovator

Ein Projekt von Save the world In Zusammenarbeit mit der Akademie der Künste und dem Internationalem Theaterinstitut    
Gefördert durch Neustart Kultur, Fonds Darstellende Künste, GVL und Rudolf-Augstein-Stiftung