Dancing for Trust
Battery Dance is proud to launch Dancing for Trust, September 19 – October 13, in Bremen and Bremerhaven, Germany. Dancing for Trust is the newest iteration of the Company’s Transatlantic projects in Germany. Over the past five years, the Company supported the integration of newly arrived refugees and unaccompanied minors into their new communities in the form of creative dance workshops that went virtual during the pandemic.
Battery Dance partners with education departments of Bremen (2022), Sachsen-Anhalt (2023) and Brandenburg (2024), training local teachers in the Dancing to Connect methodology. Following their training sessions, the German teachers acquire hands-on experience of shadowing and partnering with Battery Dance’s teaching artists as they implement the dance workshops with groups of youth in their schools.
Building on the success of Dancing to Connect for Refugee Integration, Dancing for Trust aims to foster creativity and engender mutual understanding among youth from different backgrounds while, at the same time, developing the capacity of local teachers to implement the project in future years. Having originally launched its programs for youth in Freiburg and Breisach in 2006, Dancing for Trust in Bremen signals Battery Dance’s 14th year of collaborative projects in Germany
2022 Project Details
Location: Bremen & Bremerhaven, Bremen
Dates: Sept. 19 – Oct. 12
# of local teacher trainees: 24
# of youth workshop participants: 240
# of new dance works: 12
Location: Metropol Theater, Bremen
Dates & Time: Tuesday, Oct. 11 and Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6:30pm nightly
Program each night: 6 new youth created works, Battery Dance’s “Wind in the Olive Grove” by Syrian-German choreographer Saeed Hani, and a solo by Syrian-German choreographer and teaching assistant Amr Karkout.
Tickets: 5 Euros, available at the Box Office on the evening of the performance only. Free for participating youth and their families.
Local Partner: Ministry of Education of the Federal State of Bremen
Dancing for Trust is funded by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funds from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protections (BMWK)
The Renate, Hans, and Maria Hofmann Trust
For more information on the program, sponsorship, and partnership opportunities please contact Jonathan Hollander and Emad Salem.
photo credit: Ari Nahor