Dana Caspersen / MichaelDouglas Kollektiv
›The Polarity Party‹

  • Sat 11.05.19 18 h
  • Sun 12.05.19 14 h
  • Sun 12.05.19 18 h

›The Polarity Party‹ is the result of a remarkable collaboration. Dana Caspersen is a highly regarded conflict mediator who has been at home on international stages as a dancer and choreographer for decades. The MichaelDouglas Kollektiv, founded in Cologne in 2009, is known for a choreographic practice that is open to collective process and interdisciplinary thinking. 

›The Polarity Party‹ is a new immersive and participatory event which takes on the quality of a game inviting participants to consider why and where polarization appears in ourselves and our society. What role do we play as individuals and communities in the destruction or creation of connection? What mechanisms promote or abate social polarization?


Project: Dana Caspersen, MichaelDouglas Kollektiv With: Douglas Bateman, Katarína Brestovanská, Valerie Ebuwa, Michael Maurissens, Inma Rubio, Adam Ster Production management: Jari Ortwig Production assistance: Jana Winterhalter Production: MichaelDouglas Kollektiv Co-production: PACT Zollverein (Essen) Support: Kunststiftung NRW, Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, PDCS / Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia, Slovak Arts Council

Dana Caspersen and the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv on ›The Polarity Party‹

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Im Rahmen des Festivals tanz nrw (08. – 19. 05.)

The programme for the biennial tanz nrw festival (08. – 19.05.) units nine cities in an unparalleled cultural event that offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience North Rhine-Westphalia’s rich dance scene. At twelve different venues, guests are invited to enjoy a wide range of dance productions created in the last two years in North Rhine-Westphalia and – for the first time ever –  world premieres by local choreographers and dance companies.

This year PACT is premiering productions by two very different ensembles on a single weekend. Belgian choreographer Michiel Vandevelde’s latest work entitled ›Neuer Neuer Neuer Tanz‹ was developed for the ten-member Folkwang Tanzstudio dance ensemble originally founded by Kurt Jooss in 1928.

The MichaelDouglas Kollektiv from Cologne and the American choreographer and mediator Dana Caspersen will premiere ›The Polarity Party‹ a participative dance performance addressing the subject of polarisation in modern society. 

Under the heading ›off stage‹, local artists and groups will offer insights into their working processes and present choreographic projects outside of the theatrical context on Sunday, 12.05. And, as in 2015 and 2017, the festival once again includes the research strand SPRUNGBRETT < > Tanzrecherche NRW which enables young artists and graduates to take up four-week residencies at PACT and tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf) to pursue the development of individual dance projects.


20.11.2021, (online), rausgegangen.de
30.05.2021, (online), rausgegangen.de (cancelled)
12.02.2021, (online), Our Dance Democracy 2, Karen Gallagher & Associates, Liverpool (GB)
11.02.2021, (online), Our Dance Democracy 2, Karen Gallagher & Associates, Liverpool (GB)
14.10.2019, Jeden Svet Festival, BAŠTA – cultural-comunity centre, Bardejov (SK)
12.10.2019, One World Film Festival Slovakia, Nová Cvernovka, Bratislava (SK)
05.09.2019, Stadthalle Köln-Mülheim, Köln (DE)
12.05.2019, tanz nrw, PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)
12.05.2019, tanz nrw, PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)
11.05.2019, tanz nrw, PACT Zollverein, Essen (DE)


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