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The idea for this work came up in 2018, when the artist Dalibor Šandor asked the critical question of why Pina Bausch never made a version of her most famous work Kontakthof with disabled artists. Pina Bausch, perhaps the most famous German choreographer and co-founder of dance theatre, developed the original version in 1978 with her ensemble of non-disabled dancers and later re- staged a version with non-disabled senior citizens in 2000 and with teenagers in 2008.

Dis Contact is neither a reinterpretation nor a reconstruction of Kontakthof, but a work that creates new places of contact between artists belonging to communities and cultures that are systematically oppressed in the world where Pina Bausch's Kontakthof has a prominent status.

Each of the invited artists for Dis Contact had their own observations about Kontakthof, out of which different non-normative perspectives to choreography, body and language were developed. The work is based on ethics and aesthetics of care, solidarity and accessibility.

Concept: Saša Asentić 

Artistic direction & performance: Alexandre Achour, Saša Asentić 

Artistic collaboration & performance: Angela Alves, Diana Anselmo, Marko Bašica, Rita Mazza, Auro Orso, Dalibor Šandor 

Costume design: Julia von Leliwa

Music arrangment: Gregorio Rodriguez Orozco

Light design: Anja Sekulić

Technical direction, sound, captions: Rastko Ilić

German sign language interpretation: Oya Ataman, Mathias Schäfer

Audio description: Emmilou Rössling, Silja Korn

Reading of German captions: Sophie Thomas

Personal assistance: Olivera Kovačević Crnjanski

Participation in rehearsals: Perel

Participation in the research: Heike Bröckerhoff, Laila Regner

Production management: Miriam Glöckler, Stephan Wagner 


A production by Saša Asentić & Collaborators in co-production with SOPHIENSÆLE, Kampnagel Hamburg, HELLERAU - European Centre for the Arts Dresden, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Supported by the NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK Coproduction Funding Dance, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The project TanZugang - Breaking Down Barriers in Contemporary Dance is funded by Fonds Soziokultur e.V. Special thanks to Tanzerei, Per.Art, Festival Theaterformen. Media partner: taz.

Alexandre Achour

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