Dancing neighbors

 

„Dancing neighbors“

Japanese guest choreographers in Chemnitz

For five days, 60 older people danced in the Hartmannfabrik. They were led by the two Japanese choreographers Yoko Ando and Ryu Suzuki. The two gave the first of three planned intensive workshops from May 30 to June 3, 2024. This offer is a cooperation between Chemnitz 2025, Dance Base Yokohama and Chemnitz Theatres as part of the “Dancing Neighbors” dance project.

Chemnitz has a particularly high proportion of older people, which is why working with this generation is a focal point of the Capital of Culture program. The cooperation with Dance Base Yokohama will go beyond the three workshops planned for this year and will be established in the long term in close collaboration between Chemnitz 2025 and the Festival Tanz | Moderne | Tanz by ballet director Sabrina Sadowska. A first performance is planned for the opening of Chemnitz 2025 on January 18, 2025 and several more during the Capital of Culture year.

Alexandra Takats and Michal Sandor from the Chemnitz 2025 programme team organized the workshops and were overwhelmed by the positive response: “One important piece of feedback from the participants was that they perceived the encounter with the two professional dancers as an exchange at eye level and felt how quickly this joint activity can also create a sense of community.”

 

 

 

TANZbüro and the association TANZ | MODERNE | TANZ e.V. is made possible with the kind support of funds from the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, funds from the municipal arts and culture funding of the City of Chemnitz and funds from the Capital of Culture budget.

In Japan, the demographic development towards an increasingly older population is taking place much faster than in Germany. For this reason, there is already extensive experience with participatory offers for older people. Accompanying scientific studies show that artistic projects in particular, under professional guidance, successfully ensure that older people remain active for longer and can participate in social life.

Chemnitz has a particularly high proportion of older people, which is why working with this generation is a focal point of the Capital of Culture program. The cooperation with Dance Base Yokohama will go beyond the three workshops planned for this year and will be established in the long term in close collaboration between Chemnitz 2025 and the Festival Tanz | Moderne | Tanz by ballet director Sabrina Sadowska. A first performance is planned for the opening of Chemnitz 2025 on January 18, 2025 and several more during the Capital of Culture year.

Alexandra Takats and Michal Sandor from the Chemnitz 2025 programme team organized the workshops and were overwhelmed by the positive response: “One important piece of feedback from the participants was that they perceived the encounter with the two professional dancers as an exchange at eye level and felt how quickly this joint activity can also create a sense of community.”

 

 

 

TANZbüro and the association TANZ | MODERNE | TANZ e.V. is made possible with the kind support of funds from the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, funds from the municipal arts and culture funding of the City of Chemnitz and funds from the Capital of Culture budget.

Dance and movement became a common language between the guests from Japan and the participants from Chemnitz. The oldest was 87 years old. “We have become a dance company in such a short time,” he said. Another participant concluded: “In everyday life, we older people are often not noticed. In this workshop, we trained our physical presence. I felt seen and that was great.”

The Chemnitz 2025  Team Generation has invited Yoko Ando and Ryu Suzuki to share their experience of working with older people here in Chemnitz. Yoko Ando was a dancer in the world-famous Forsythe Company for many years. Now, together with dancer and choreographer Ryu Suzuki, she is part of the team at Dance Base Yokohama, a center for contemporary dance and choreography in Japan.

The workshop is part of the “Dancing Neighbors” project, which was initiated by Team Generation and launched in early May to great demand. Two exercise classes for older people take place every week, led by former dancer Terrry Pedersen Pfeiffer. 90 senior citizens are currently taking part. Another weekly dance class, also led by Terrry Pedersen Pfeiffer, is offered at the Chemnitz Theater Ballet. Participants from all three groups have now come together in this intensive workshop.

In Japan, the demographic development towards an increasingly older population is taking place much faster than in Germany. For this reason, there is already extensive experience with participatory offers for older people. Accompanying scientific studies show that artistic projects in particular, under professional guidance, successfully ensure that older people remain active for longer and can participate in social life.

Chemnitz has a particularly high proportion of older people, which is why working with this generation is a focal point of the Capital of Culture program. The cooperation with Dance Base Yokohama will go beyond the three workshops planned for this year and will be established in the long term in close collaboration between Chemnitz 2025 and the Festival Tanz | Moderne | Tanz by ballet director Sabrina Sadowska. A first performance is planned for the opening of Chemnitz 2025 on January 18, 2025 and several more during the Capital of Culture year.

Alexandra Takats and Michal Sandor from the Chemnitz 2025 programme team organized the workshops and were overwhelmed by the positive response: “One important piece of feedback from the participants was that they perceived the encounter with the two professional dancers as an exchange at eye level and felt how quickly this joint activity can also create a sense of community.”

 

 

 

TANZbüro and the association TANZ | MODERNE | TANZ e.V. is made possible with the kind support of funds from the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, funds from the municipal arts and culture funding of the City of Chemnitz and funds from the Capital of Culture budget.

Dance and movement became a common language between the guests from Japan and the participants from Chemnitz. The oldest was 87 years old. “We have become a dance company in such a short time,” he said. Another participant concluded: “In everyday life, we older people are often not noticed. In this workshop, we trained our physical presence. I felt seen and that was great.”

The Chemnitz 2025  Team Generation has invited Yoko Ando and Ryu Suzuki to share their experience of working with older people here in Chemnitz. Yoko Ando was a dancer in the world-famous Forsythe Company for many years. Now, together with dancer and choreographer Ryu Suzuki, she is part of the team at Dance Base Yokohama, a center for contemporary dance and choreography in Japan.

The workshop is part of the “Dancing Neighbors” project, which was initiated by Team Generation and launched in early May to great demand. Two exercise classes for older people take place every week, led by former dancer Terrry Pedersen Pfeiffer. 90 senior citizens are currently taking part. Another weekly dance class, also led by Terrry Pedersen Pfeiffer, is offered at the Chemnitz Theater Ballet. Participants from all three groups have now come together in this intensive workshop.

In Japan, the demographic development towards an increasingly older population is taking place much faster than in Germany. For this reason, there is already extensive experience with participatory offers for older people. Accompanying scientific studies show that artistic projects in particular, under professional guidance, successfully ensure that older people remain active for longer and can participate in social life.

Chemnitz has a particularly high proportion of older people, which is why working with this generation is a focal point of the Capital of Culture program. The cooperation with Dance Base Yokohama will go beyond the three workshops planned for this year and will be established in the long term in close collaboration between Chemnitz 2025 and the Festival Tanz | Moderne | Tanz by ballet director Sabrina Sadowska. A first performance is planned for the opening of Chemnitz 2025 on January 18, 2025 and several more during the Capital of Culture year.

Alexandra Takats and Michal Sandor from the Chemnitz 2025 programme team organized the workshops and were overwhelmed by the positive response: “One important piece of feedback from the participants was that they perceived the encounter with the two professional dancers as an exchange at eye level and felt how quickly this joint activity can also create a sense of community.”

 

 

 

TANZbüro and the association TANZ | MODERNE | TANZ e.V. is made possible with the kind support of funds from the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, funds from the municipal arts and culture funding of the City of Chemnitz and funds from the Capital of Culture budget.