How To Dance with Art – On the interference of time-based arts and art spaces

The symposium will be held in English.

Past Dates


Welcome by Matthias von Hartz & Barbara Gronau

Lecture by Dorothea von Hantelmann
on different modalities and economies of time in the visual and the performing arts and their formats such as exhibition and performance

Talk: La Ribot & Christian Falsnaes, chaired by Jörn Schafaff
on the relationship between exhibiting and performing

Talk: Catherine Wood & Katleen van Langendonck, chaired by Jörn Schafaff
on the significance of institution and audience at the intersection of visual and performing / time-based arts

20:00-21:30 Boris Charmatz “Levée des conflits”
From 20:00 to 21:20 you can visit the performance of “Levée des conflits” on the main stage.  Buy tickets here.

Artist-Talk: Boris Charmatz & Franz Anton Cramer
on the “Musée de la danse” and the works presented in the festival


For some time now, visitors of contemporary art exhibitions may well encounter dancing, humming, talking or sweating bodies, which confront the object-centricity common in museums with various performative formats. This trend towards an “enlivening” of the museum through performance and live art suggests an investigation of the temporal diversity of the arts and the body as the interface between subject and object.

The Musée de la danse, initiated by Boris Charmatz in 2009, is an outstanding example of the intertwining of performance, dance, visual arts and theory along the question of what a museum can be today: There are experimental projects that involve the deceleration of dances, for example, or a collective of architects, philosophers and performers is invited to fill the exhibition spaces with thoughts, gestures and activities for several days.

Foreign Affairs will be the first to present such a broad range of the working methods of the Musée de la danse in Germany. We will take this opportunity to host a series of talks with experts from theory and practice.

With Dorothea von Hantelmann (University of Kassel), Jörn Schafaff (FU Berlin), La Ribot (visual artist, Geneva), Christian Falsnaes (artist, Berlin), Catherine Wood (Tate Modern, London), Katleen Van Langendonck (Kaaitheater, Brussels), Boris Charmatz (Musée de la danse, Rennes), Franz Anton Cramer (HZT Berlin)

In cooperation with Barbara Gronau and Jan Dammel (Universität der Künste Berlin)