Our project emerged from the observation, as well as the lived experience of being part of the contemporary dance scene (the Berlin one in particular) and the established narrative of the dance history, as we learned it to be.
If we’ll have a brief look at the people on the stage and behind it, we’ll see the multicultural and diverse (hopefully) community that brings their culturally inherited embodiment and knowledge to the stage. However, if we’ll have a look at the historical narrative of contemporary dance history, we’ll see that the lineages of those actors, who made the international scene flourish, kept on the margins and still are labeled as folk, exotic, oriental, barbaric, indigenous, etc. Those labels mark the heritage as foreign. This gesture of alienation also serves the intention (hopefully unconscious reflex) of policing the proper history of contemporary dance. It is even more ambiguous since from the very beginning modern dance has been speculated on the foreign and exotic images – Ruth St. Denis, Mary Wigman, and others.
We cannot change the past or rewrite history, but we can start to complete this hi-story (perhaps to fill up the gaps with alter-stories), though build a more accurate and full picture of dance development. The picture where current actors of the scene can relate to and which is more suitable for the future, where the systematic disparity of the previous cultural eras will be overcome and remade.

Enjoy the ride and the deep dive with the various makers and us as we tear history apart

We are open and intrested in further contributations to our ever-incomplete web-platform/ archive, feel welcome to contact us 
Sasha & Nitsan

Moving Margins

                        Amelia Uzategui

- STEPPING OUT, funded by the Federal Government
Commissioner for Culture and Media with
in the
framework of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR.
Assistance Program for Dance.

Touching Margins

Dear familiar and existing dance archive,
You are not enough, you are based on technique, masculine dominance, and narrow narratives.  We decided to break you through, to ask what did you forget about? what else is there? beyond and besides the famous and well-studied names.
We hope for your understanding and wish you to expand and multiply. As we undo your control and allow forgotten & unmentioned hi-stories to return and unveil otherwise, please join us in this unstable and exciting ride.


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