Making of a Man

One dancer, a projection screen, a live camera, some toned abs, and an attempt to answer:

How does a body ‘do’ masculinity, and how do our ideas around masculinity shape the world we live in? 

Combining pop culture, politics, and personal interviews, Making of a Man is an exploration of hyper masculinity, masculine heroics, and the vulnerable sides of masculinity. It’s a look at the leaky containers we build for masculine identity, and the ways in which constructions of masculinity contribute to the drawn-out staying power of the patriarchy. How can we find other ways of being in the world together beyond the rigidly chiseled codes of masculinity?

Bad Lemons Project

The Bad Lemons initiative offers continuous, affordable and professional contemporary dance training in Munich. We are proud to bring exciting and internationally renowned artists to Munich. We also alternately invite dance professionals from Munich to the “Local Exchange” training. The current guest teachers can be found here:

The series of classes takes place twice a month, from Monday to Friday, 9.30 – 11 am in the T29 dance space studios.

Each of these one-week training blocks is taught by a different international guest teacher or Munich dance artist and takes place at a high, professional level. The continuation of affordable professional training in Munich enriches and strengthens the network structures and artistic exchange both within Munich and with international dancers and choreographers from abroad.

The continuity of professional training enables the contemporary dance scene in Munich to remain lively and active and strengthens the community of dancers and choreographers by providing a regular meeting place.

Bad Lemons’ training builds on the success of Munich DancePAT, which offered professional training for the community in 2016-2018 under the direction of Jasmine Ellis & Katrin Schafitel. Bad Lemons aims to continue this idea for the dance community. In 2023 and 2024, Bad Lemons was and will be curated by Susanne Schneider.

Co-Creation Lab 3

For the third time, the TanzQuelle initiative is bringing together local dancers and international choreographers for an evening of dance at HochX. The evening begins at 7pm with a program in the foyer. Choreographer Cristina D’Alberto will present her project “Entering TIME: the intergeneration movement explorer” and record impressions from the performers and the audience.

This will be followed by the two-part evening program “Co-Creation Lab”. The “Co-Creation Lab” production format presents its results on the HochX stage and offers Munich dancers the opportunity for artistic exploration with a guest choreographer. This promotes new creative approaches, improves the dancers’ skills and contributes to better networking within the Munich dance scene. In the 2024 edition, Constantin Georgescu was invited, who had already presented a creation in the 2022 edition. This decision reflects the desire of performers Bianca Bauer, Eléonore Bovet, Laura Manz, Paula Niehoff and João Santiago for continuity. Georgescu’s choreographic spectrum ranges from ballet reconstructions and contemporary dance pieces to multimedia installations and dance videos.

In the improvisation session entitled “Fresh Made Jam”, Munich-based performers Sophie Charlotte Becker, Matteo Carvone and Emmanuelle Rizzo present the results of research into improvisational tools for an interactive performance. The session integrates participatory elements to actively involve the audience and guests.

Image description: Two dancing bodies can be seen in a lifting figure. The person at the back – in dark training clothes – can be seen from the knees to the shoulders and is lifting the person in front upside down. She can be seen from behind, wearing an olive green top, blue pants and a braided blond pigtail.

I am [not] Giselle

A dance performance by Mónica García Vicente for 2 dancers, with an original musical composition by Maewen Forest.

Giselle is considered a masterpiece of classical ballet. Created in the era of early Romanticism, it is still part of the repertoire today. As in other ballets of the time, the titular female character, with whom the male protagonist, not befitting his status, falls in love, appears as a sexless, virtuous, innocent and dependent being. Admittedly, this image corresponds more to contemporary male fantasies and patriarchal ideals of femininity than to the realities of life for women and dancers in the 19th century.

I am [not] Giselle is a choreographic experiment in search of the real woman in romantic and contemporary ballet. The two dancers embody the complex and contradictory aspects of womanhood and femininity: on, off and beyond the stage. They explore their own longings and passions and those projected onto them, states of dependence and autonomy, their own bodies as voyeuristic objects of display and subjects of female desire. Choreography, musical composition, costume and scenography create an aesthetic and expressive formal language of self-exploration, not least to give Giselle a stage as a real, complex woman.

Image description: You can see two female read dancers in a dark room in skin-colored costumes. Their bodies are facing each other and their thighs touch, they lean backwards and open their arms – looking into the distance. It seems as if one body divides into two.


Workshop series

In the three-year project Listening, the choreographic duo Rykena/Jüngst, together with a variety of collaborators, devote themselves to speculating together about the future, exploring artistic forms of storytelling on stage, which they call “futuristic storytelling,” and negotiating how accessibility becomes a form of artistic expression. Carolin Jüngst and Lisa Rykena invite different artists and activists to question and negotiate artistic aesthetics in dance in a new and multi-perspective way. Everyone is welcome to participate in this artistic process. Listening aims to stimulate exchange and contact with the audience, listeners and spectators and implies various exchange, mediation and workshop formats in the form of (digital and analog) networking meetings, panels, workshops, interviews, studio invitations and research formats.

Listening Congress / Artistic and integrated audio description – aesthetics of access / 4rd of April 2024

Artistic and integrated audio description – aesthetics of access
Thursday, April 4, 2024, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Munich
Studios of Halle 6, Dachauerstraße 112d, 80636 Munich

From April 2 – 4, 2024, the congress “artistic and integrated audio description – aesthetics of access” will take place at the Kreativquartier München. The choreographic duo Rykena/Jüngst and Anna Donderer are inviting various internationally active artists and activists with and without disabilities to reflect together on accessibility in theater and, in particular, to research the topic of integrated audio description. The invited experts will also address the question of how solidarity can be prioritized in independent theater work and how supportive and sustainable alliances can be created. Over the three days, around 25 experts from the field will come together, including artists Sophia Neises, Nina Mühlemann von Criptonite, das Kollektiv Quiplash, Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, Naomi Sanfo, Tanja Erhart, Melanie Hambrecht, Manuela Schemm, Monique Smith Mc-Dowell, Pernille Sonne, das Kollektiv [In]Operabilities, Ursina Tossi, Damini Gairola, Irene Giro, Anna Wieczorek and Katharina Senk.

After the participants share their working approaches and practice with each other on April 2 and 3, the doors will be opened on April 4 to invite you, the interested public, to learn more about the topic and exchange ideas with the artists. There will be discussion rounds and short workshops in which the different practical approaches can be presented and tried out.

Please register for participation on April 4 via e-mail to

No previous knowledge is required to participate on April 4. Please bring comfortable clothing.
The event will be held in German and English.

Access information:
Audio description. Access worker on site. Rooms accessible without barriers. No accessible toilet, but wheelchair friendly. Please allow enough time to find your way around the Kreativquartier site, or let us know if you would like to be picked up at the Leonrodplatz streetcar stop.

Artistic directors: Carolin Jüngst, Lisa Rykena
Artistic co-director: Anna Donderer, Rat & Tat Kulturbüro
Collaboration on accessibility and aesthetics of access: Pernille Sonne
Creative Producer: Pamela Goroncy, Stückliesel
Press and public relations: Simone Lutz

Listening Workshop with Naomi Sanfo / 3rd of November 2023


Artistic Audio Description in Contemporary Dance and Performance

Naomi Sanfo | Lisa Rykena & Carolin Jüngst (Munich/Hamburg) 


November 3rd, 2023 | 12:00 noon – 3:30 pm

Choreographic duo Rykena/Jüngst and performer Naomi Sanfo share their ideas and experiences in the artistic handling of audio description as well as their power critique therein through this workshop. Audio description in dance is the language and voice-based description of that which is happening on stage – the description of bodies, movement, and situations. It is the access device for a blind or visually impaired audience to experience theatrical events. In a combination of theory and practice, creative ways of artistic audio description shall be tested to translate dance and performance into a descriptive language and sounds. The workshop participants will be both protagonists as well as descriptors.

Workshop combining theory and practice on the artistic use of audio description.

Sign up HERE

Listening Podcast / Listening Night / 12. Juli 2023

Listen to the podcast HERE

Podcast launch from July 2023

What does it mean to incorporate accessibility as a form of artistic expression in your own work? What are aesthetics of access? What do we mean by artistic audio description? In what different ways can movement, bodies and what happens on stage be described with words? And how do we integrate these descriptions into the artistic work? We invited some experts on these topics to talk to us about it. You can listen to the resulting podcasts or read them as a transcript.

Wednesday, 12. Juli 2023, 18 – 21 Uhr
Listening to podcasts together with drinks, snacks and coziness
At Theatre HochX

On a Wednesday evening in July, we invite you to join us for a podcast LISTENING. We’ll make ourselves comfortable with some drinks and snacks and listen to the first two episodes of our LISTENING podcast.

Listening Workshop / Artistic Audiodescription in SENSE OF WONDER mit Pernille Sonne / 15. Juli 2023

Based on the production SENSE OF WONDER by the choreographic duo Rykena/Jüngst (performances July 21-23 at HochX Munich), the workshop leaders Pernille Sonne, Lisa Rykena and Carolin Jüngst will share ideas and experiences about the artistic use of audio description and their power-critical approach. Audiodescription in dance is the linguistic and vocal description of bodies, movements and situations and everything else that happens on stage. It is the means of access for blind and visually impaired audiences to participate in theatrical events. In this workshop, structured as a kind of research lab, participants will be able to try out different tasks and proposals to translate dance and performance into descriptive language and sounds – both as actors from the inside and as descriptors from the outside. In the first part of the workshop Pernille Sonne will give a practical, theoretical and playful introduction to the topic of audio description of contemporary dance and performance. In the second part, practical scores from the production SENSE OF WONDER will be tried out.

Place: Atelierhaus PLATFORM, Kistlerhofstr. 70, im 3rd floor with elevator

Time: Samstag, 15. Juli 2023, 11 – 17 Uhr

Sing up:

Pernille Sonne:

Voice and movement are the central elements in the work of Pernille Sonne. The graduated speech artist and actress went blind due to a retinal disease and is involved in many different inclusive projects, including language education, direction, performance and dance. „To move in space and spaces“ is aim and basic idea of her work. Together with Armin Petras she wrote the piece „Close your eyes and fly“ in 2004, in which she acted and danced in the main role. This piece was also the first including a dance choreography for which an audio-descriptions was broadcasted. Today the native Danish lives in Leipzig, where she works at the Schauspiel Leipzig as author for audio-descriptions among other projects.

Currently she dedicates herself to the exploration of various channels of perception. In her work with Xenia Tanika as well as with Jan Burkhardt she focuses on researching new access points and forms of shared conscious. Aim is to leave the form of mere description and to move towards the experience of invisible, but palpable and perceptible spaces and to witness them together, blind or seeing.

Image description: The image shows two hands reaching into the picture from the lower left edge of the image. One hand, with open flat palm, is gently touched by the other hand at the fingertips. The background of the picture, as well as the two hands are kept in light, transparent pink.

sense of wonder

In the science fiction genre, the expression »sense of wonder« describes an expanded form of awareness of what seems possible, and thus simultaneously appeals to the willingness to marvel. By drawing on speculative and climate fiction motifs and combining the credible with the mysterious, the choreographer duo places the fairy-tale motif of wonder and its construction at the centre of their exploration.

As in their earlier works, the two artists draw on classical, mythological and pop-cultural materials and create new narratives, embodiments and hybrid forms from a queer feminist perspective. Carolin Jüngst und Lisa Rykena were represented at Tanzplattform Deutschland 2022 and are producing SENSE OF WONDER, their fourth work in Hamburg (Kampnagel) and the third in Munich (HochX).

skin hunger

What happens when touch is absent? Is the currently necessary physical distance an accelerant on the way to an individualistic and decoupled society? And how can we overcome the physical separation from each other?

The skin hunger project explores the effects of the lack of touch, borrowing from the audio world of podcasts. The 60-minute ensemble piece by Jasmine Ellis Projects combines the live elements of dance and music with the narrative connectedness of radio. Part of the project is a radio podcast by artist Johnny Spence in collaboration with CBC Canada’s Ideas radio show.

Image description: In the black and white picture, in the background, on the right edge of the picture, you can see a person lying on his side on the floor, hugging his own leg. Up to the waist you can see a person in the middle of the picture, in bare legs and short sports pants. On the left and in the foreground you can see a short-haired dancer in a light-colored T-shirt squatting on the floor with her own toe in her mouth.

reality warping

“reality warping” questions how we know reality is actually reality and who constructs it. This dynamic evening critiques our current view of creating and maintaining the identity of our contemporary selves. It puts a magnifying glass on the disconnect between reality and perception, as well as our survivalist ability to adapt – all through a lens of playful wonder. The performance project works with dance, music, projections and video looping, social media and augmented reality. It culminates in cross-disciplinary performances that are shown in front of a live audience but can also be experienced from home. In the process, “reality warping” questions the relationship between our digital existence and our analogue selves, the dissonance of the interplay between reality, perception and social construct.

Image description: A naked male read dancer stands on the left side of the picture and holds his head with both hands. His right elbow is stretched upwards. The right half of the picture is black. The dancer is illuminated red from the left.


A dance piece by Matteo Carvone

All those who enjoy experimental dance in an unusual setting are in the right place for the dance performance FLORA: Italian dancer and choreographer Matteo Carvone presents his program, created especially for the Flower Power Festival, in the former industrial hall at Gasteig HP8.

The focus is on the relationship between humans and nature. Specifically, Matteo Carvone stages a reconsideration of “non-humans” as subjects in dance. His goal: He wants to inspire to think differently – about a system of relationships that literally move within ecosystems.

Connection Dance Center 2023

An educational series by Mónica García Vicente

Twelve young amateur dancers were selected for the second Connection Dance Center and will train & rehearse weekly from March. They will work on the micro-performance „WILLIS“, which will be performed together with an open rehearsal in various venues in Hannover: at the EISFABRIK as part of the tanzOFFensive and in Tanzhaus AhrbergViertel as part of the open day. Other venues may follow.

Parallel to this, the young dancers get to know choreographies by Goyo Montero, Sofia Nappi and Marco Goecke by sitting in on the multi-part evening “Game of Life” at the Staatsballett Hannover. In addition, there will be a job shadowing at the EISFABRIK during the tanzOFFensive at LANDERER & COMPANY.