A performance reenactment research of dance reviews

Dance and Writing

Throughout history, writers have written about dance in many forms trying to grasp the essence of what dance is, feels like and how it’s experienced – essentially translating physical experience into words. The dance-review genre, however, is more layered. Initially, this genre attempts to communicate the experience of watching dance with the aim to document the experience of performance. Nowadays, the dance review is used as a means to communicate the experience of the performance to the general public who was not present. The review, therefore becomes an evaluation and critique on the quality of the dance which ends up recommending it (or not) to the general public.  

A love/hate relationship 

As a choreographer who wishes to share my work as a live experience, I have a love/hate relationship with dance reviews. They are often useful and necessary to bring public awareness to my work but can also be misleading and even harmful. At this point, I wish to further understand and define this relationship through artistic research.  

Inspired by translation, I am curious in flipping the process around. What if we could perform the dance review? In this research I collect existing dance reviews of performances I have never seen and develop a practice of staging a reenactment based only on the information in the text. In other words; to perform a physical translation of the writing. What would this performance look like? What would be missing? What will it reveal?  


01.03.23 – presentation with Amy Josh @Unpolished Wednesdays organised by FLUX e.V. at EinTanzHaus Mannheim
07.03.23 – presentation with Lorenzo Ponteprimo at Inter-Actions Heidelberg
14.03.23 – presentation with Sade Mamedova at Inter-Actions Heidelberg
21.03.23 – presentation with Catherine Guerin at Inter-Actions Heidelberg
28.03.23 – presentation with Lisa Bless at Inter-Actions Heidelberg
04.04.23 – presentation with Malika Ali at Inter-Actions Heidelberg
11.04.23 – presentation with Pascal Sangl at Inter-Actions Heidelberg
18.04.23 – presentation with Martina Martin at Inter-Actions Heidelberg
25.04.23 – presentation with Anika Bendel at Inter-Actions Heidelberg