Project in Transnistria

Today I came back from a two weeks project in Transnistria. I am full of inspiration, touched by beautiful humans, and moved by unforgettable memories.

The first rehearsal in Tiraspol was quite challenging for me and my team. We worked with children and teenager who live in a protectory. Many of them come from a violent surrounding. Among the children was also a lot of agression. After the first rehearsal I could really frame my aims for the following week: creating a choreography where the kids experience different way of touching. We worked a lot with non-touching exercises and later we initiated carefully and voluntary touching. After five days the violence among the children didn’t completely disappear, but we all saw a big change. The manager of the children’s home told me after the end of project (after working five days together with a sharing in the end) she really saw a change in the children.

I am very thankful for Caritas Moldova and Tanz die Toleranz Vienna for putting this beautiful project together, and to trust me with this assignment. As one teacher said: ‘This is not our work, it is our vocation!’

It was such an honor to create pieces together with the children from Rascov and Tiraspol. I will never forget these days in Transnistria, and will keep the memory forever in my heart!

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Am Ende ein Anfang

Von Februar bis Juni 2016 erarbeitete ich gemeinsam mit meiner Assistentin Tina Rauter und den TänzerInnen der Dance Class Youth von Tanz die Toleranz das neue Stück “Am Ende ein Anfang”. Nach mehreren Performances in der Brunnenpassage, beim Demenzkongress und dem Filmfestival dotdotdot im Wiener Volkskundemuseum schaue ich auf ein wunderschönes inspirierendes Semester zurück.

Das Stück widme ich meiner langjährigen Mentorin Chandiru Mawa, die leider bei einem tragischen Unfall ums Leben kam und eine fünfköpfige Familie hinterlässt. Ich wäre heute nicht da, wo ich bin ohne sie. Dafür und für vieles mehr möchte ich mich von ganzem Herzen bedanken.

Dieses Foto entstand nach dem letzten Auftritt! Danke den wunderschönen Tänzerinnen und Tänzern! Wer miteinander tanzen kann, kann miteinander leben!

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