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A project from Tanz ist KLASSE! e.V.
in Berlin, Germany

Tanz ist KLASSE! opens the world of dance to children and adolescents and gives them their great appearance. Together with 120 children, adolescents and young adults, we work out a dance piece about the life, work and time of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Henriette Köpke
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About this project

Ludwig van Beethoven was one of the most important composers of his time and still is today. His works are received worldwide and still inspire young and old today. When Berlin primary and high school students are confronted with Beethoven's works, some pieces and passages seem familiar to them, many unknown. Some "songs" they find "cool", others cause boredom among the young people.
2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. Tanz ist KLASSE! e.V. takes this as an opportunity to take a closer look at the person, the work and the time of Ludwig van Beethoven in a dance project with 120 Berlin students, young people and young adults with escape experience from six Berlin schools.

The students have chosen the most diverse aspects for "Beathoven" that they will work out in dance:
•The artist's works are used inanimately, but also with additional beats to bring them into our time.
•The deafness of the artist is addressed. How does perception change when one or more of one's own senses have been lost?
•The injustice of social estates will be the subject of a group. 
•One issue that is more topical and urgent than ever is pollution and destruction. He processed this theme in his pastoral work, which will also form part of "Beathoven".

But why dance at all? On behalf of the association Tanz ist KLASSE! former dancers and dance educators let children and young people participate in their fascinating world of dance and ballet and want to integrate this art form into the everyday life of as many children and young people as possible, regardless of social class and cultural background: as a subject in general education schools. Once a week, the dance teachers visit the schools to offer continuous contemporary dance lessons and to dance with the children and young people. The dance strengthens the self-confidence of the children, the sense of community, they learn to pay attention to themselves and their fellow dancers, develop a feeling for the group. In addition, interdisciplinary work is carried out, socio-political issues are dealt with and ultimately danced away.

Tanz ist KLASSE! e.V. works almost exclusively with children and adolescents who would not come into contact with dance and movement in their daily lives. The schools are located in social hotspots in Berlin. The process until standing on a stage, to show what you have imagined yourself, is fun and challenging. Each project goes through different phases, which can also be exhausting. This effort is being made by all project participants. The large Performance in front of friends, family and the public on 27 May 2020 at the atze Theater, organized by the association, will strengthen her in their actions.