The Body as Archive, a Tanzfonds Erbe Project

Documentary Film

Directed by Michael Maurissens Written by Michael Maurissens and Darko Dragičević First Assistant Director Darko Dragičević Director of Photography/Editor Alexander Basile Music composed by Gregor Schwellenbach With the participation of Prof. Dr. Maaike Bleeker, Allison Brown, Prof. Patrick Haggard, Fabrice Mazliah, Jone San Martin, Michael Schumacher, Prof. Dr. Gerald Siegmund, Prof. Wolf Singer, Dr. Ing. Michael Steinbusch, Thomas Thorausch, Ildikó Tóth, students of Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL and Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Institute for Applied Theatre Studies/Justus- Liebig-Universität Gießen, P.A.R.T.S. Brussels Funded by TANZFONDS ERBE – an initiative by the German Federal Culture Foundation, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW Supported by Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL and Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Institute for Applied Theatre Studies, Justus- Liebig-Universität Gießen, Max-Planck-Institut für Hirnforschung, Frankfurt am Main, P.A.R.T.S. Brussels, Technische Universität, Dresden, The Forsythe Company - supported by the city of Dresden and the state of Saxony as well as the city of Frankfurt am Main and the state of Hesse, Zentrum für Austausch und Innovation Köln Produced by CARRÉ BLANC PRODUCTIONS Premiere Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln, October 2016 Festivals and Screenings Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, DE (2017), Goethe-Institut, Villa Kamogawa, Kyoto, JP (2017), Cinedans Festival, Amsterdam, NL (2017), Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen, DE (2017), CoFestival, Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, SI (2016)


The Body as Archive is a documentary film based on research that considers ways in which the dancer’s body can be regarded as archive. A few hypotheses are intended as a frame of its research; is the body of a dancer only a repository of forms of usage?

Dancers create, accumulate and carry knowledge - where is it stored and what do they explore through their practice? Is it possible to locate kinetic knowledge and understand its connection between subjective vision and objective realization?
How do cultural and social contexts reflect in the body of a dancer?

The Body as Archive explores the role of dancer in the preservation of collective knowledge, it’s transmission and it’s accessibility.