The project will be presented in two languages English and German.

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The Team.

Paolo Fossa; creator and leader of the Dis-Tanzen2021 project, contemporary dance and improvisation teacher for various theatres, dance companies and universities.
Hannah Seeliger-Braun; project assistant


Short Vita


Hannahn Seeliger-Braun trained as a professional dancer and dance teacher at DansArt, graduating in 2020. In the same year, she decided to continue her studies and deepen her knowledge of the body by enrolling in a dual degree programme as a state-certified physiotherapist.
Seeliger-Braun also danced for the academy company DansArt Tanznetwork for a year. She currently teaches in various dance schools and centres. In addition to her academic training, she studies contact improvisation, yoga and Pilates, which she also integrates into her teaching.

I met Hannah at the DansArt Academy where I teach contemporary dance. I was impressed by her powers of observation, the resourcefulness, curiosity and motors intelligence.

I chose to work with Hannah because I was looking for a young assistant who senses and understands the needs of the new generations of dancers and has the ability to analyse and sort them out. To help me build a platform as close as possible to the needs of a young professional dancer/teacher.

As Hannah has always shown an interest in my work and there has always been a mutual appreciation between us, she seemed the ideal person.

External Project Supporters; for the realisation of our project we will rely on the support of a group of dance scientists, osteopaths, physiotherapists and scientists of new media technologies.

Jochen Feitsch; digital media consulting


Short Vita

Jochen Feitsch is part of the team “Mixed Reality and Visualization” with Prof. Dr. Christian Geiger at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf since 2014. Since 2016, he is researcher in the position of laboratory manager and project coordinator in the field of human-technology interaction with a focus on motion capture and augmented human. The areas of application are especially in performative art and interaction design. Jochen completed his Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia and Communication at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences specializing in audio and computer science. This was followed by the consecutive Master of Science in Media Informatics at the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. His research interest in recent years has been the use of various interaction techniques in audio programming (especially vocal synthesis) in the performative context, in the development of interactive performances in the artistic context, and in the field of audience participation. Currently he is preparing for his doctorate. His PhD project aims at the extension of the expressive possibilities of performative artists and the greater participation of the audience in such performances through the use of modern technologies.


Stephan Jürgen; digital media consulting


Short Vita

Short Vita Stephan Jurgen holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary Choreography and New Media Technologies. His research interests concentrate on designing creative strategies for live performance involving interactive systems. He has been teaching movement research, interdisciplinary choreography and interactive system design in many different learning environments and institutions. Stephan collaborated on several international research projects, all of which investigated the use of recent technology in Contemporary Dance and Digital (Live) Performance. As a choreographer, Stephan has presented several works in collaboration with artists from the most diverse fields, and as a result developed his own system of “transmedia choreography”.

External Partners and sponsors;


MOTION BANK; To describe my educational practice, which I will use in the platform as a pilot project, I have chosen to use a digital annotation system. Motionbank, have provided me with a free account to use their annotation tools Peacemaker and MoSys.




TAMED; The association Tamed (dance and medicine) which I am a member of, has offered the project visibility by offering a space on the blog of their website.


People who have contributed in some way to making this research project possible;

Furthermore, it was clear to me from the beginning that to realise a successful project of this size I would have required the collaboration of many different people. Not only people with specific qualifications as dance scientists but also students, dancers, choreographers and teaching colleagues.

This is because the project is aimed at everyone and is designed for common use.

Therefore I decided to create a space to mention all the people who in a large or small way are contributing to the development of the project.

Jeremy Curnier correction and brainstorming on the survey texts

Dis-Tanzen2021’s ambition.

We are conducting a research project funded by the German National Dance Association and the German Federal Government for Culture and Media. The purpose of the project is to create a new dance platform that will offer an in-depth digital library of interviews, science papers, articles on topics such as injury prevention, individual development and self-care, as well as providing bespoke tutorials and training programmes aimed at increasing the psychophysical and artistic performance of dancers.

The Project

Investigative Survey


Below is a link to a short survey that will help us to assess the knowledge of dance performance workers in regards to the aforementioned topics in order to create an easily usable and content-rich platform.

Survey References.
Some of the questions in this survey were inspired by and/or quoted from an earlier survey by my colleague Michael Loehr for his research project “Sports science as a tool for movement optimisation, injury prevention & performance enhancement in the work practice of contemporary dancers”.
Questions cited from the above mentioned research:
Section I. 6,7,8,9; Section II. 1,2,3,4,5; Section IV 2,3,4,5,6.
Here you can find the results of his very interesting investigation and research work to date:

The survey (in English) is anonymous and will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.
The survey is open until the first half of June.
All data collected will be treated with the utmost discretion.
Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out this short survey.
Your opinion is essential and valuable to our research.
Please click on the link below:


Deutsche Version demnächst

Gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Programm NEUSTART KULTUR, Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the NEUSTART KULTUR programme, DIS-TANZEN aid programme of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.