February to June 2014
»BrainDance« was a unique cooperative project, that was designed at the interplay of the knowledge dancers acquire about movement, the research practice of choreographers and scientific questioning regarding philosophy and science while promoting their mutual reflection.

Artistic directors Monica Gillette and Mia Haugland Habib as well as partners from neuroscience, medicine, philosophy, and people with Parkinson’s disease set the focus on the artistic practice as a result of this multiperspective research process. They developed performances and dance classes that were combined with many theoretical and methodological workshops.

Cooperation Partners
Theater Freiburg, Museum für Neue Kunst Freiburg, Bernstein Center Freiburg, Deutsche Parkinson Vereinigung, Dance Emotion
Target Group
Scientists, patient groups, dancers, public

The background of this project is that for choreographers as well as for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease, controlling one’s body and researching the body's capabilities are very demanding tasks. In the course of eight weeks, the choreographers offered eight workshops in which both groups of persons could meet and work together. The concept was very open to a so called movement research leaving space to reflect and question the own movement practice while working on a choreography. In addition, the participants had the opportunity to discuss these insights with scientists from the Cluster of Excellence BrainLinks-BrainTools. The workshops took place from February 7, 2014 until June 16, 2014 at the Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg. Reflections and ideas that were produced during the workshops and events were collected on the blog.

BrainDance Days

»BrainDance« ended with a big event: the BrainDance Days at Theater Freiburg from May 28 - 31, 2014. The final events attracted an international audience. The participants came from the UK, Israel, Italy and Switzerland. »BrainDance« was the pilot project for »Störung/Hafraah«, that was funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

BrainDance focused on movement research, exchange with scientists and dance workshops with people with movement disorders.

Related Links:
Article on the BrainDance Days in the online magazine

Kooperation and Funding
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