THE BODY AS ARCHIVE a Tanzfonds Erbe Project

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.

Dancers create, accumulate and carry knowledge - where is it stored and what do they explore through their practice?

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 realisation?

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.

a CARRÉ BLANC PRODUCTION, funded by TANZFONDS ERBE – Eine Initiative der Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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


1st Assistant Camera Janosch Pugnaghi Gaffer/Sound Christian Schürmann Boom operator Simon den Hartog Grading Jan-Peter Horns Offline Editor Jens Vetter Catering Moritz Erian Translation Karoline Strys Advisor Dr. Scott deLahunta

Cast Prof. Dr. Maaike Bleeker | Allison Brown | Prof. Patrick Haggard | Fabrice Mazliah | Jone San Martin | Michael Schumacher | Prof. Dr. Gerald Siegmund | Dr. Ing. Michael Steinbusch | Thomas Thorausch | Ildikó Tóth Drummer Jonas Dometshauser

Students Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main Nami Miwa | Valeria Liptschansky | Le Kong Sandra | Klara Oehler

Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL and Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London Maria Gallagher | Elisa Brann

P.A.R.T.S. Brussels Ellada Damianou | Fannie Falk | Theodore Livesey | Karolina Loimaala | Akiyoshi Nita | Emeric Rabot

Supported by Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln | Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main | Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience | UCL | Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study | University of London | Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft/Justus- Liebig-Universität Gießen | Max-Planck-Institut für Hirnforschung, Frankfurt am Main | P.A.R.T.S. Brussels | The Forsythe Company | Technische Universität, Dresden | Zentrum für Austausch und Innovation Köln

Funded by TANZFONDS ERBE - eine Initiative der Kulturstiftung des Bundes | Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Production pictures ©thebodyasarchive

'The body as archive' is available on Vimeo VOD

Awards | Best documentary Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards

Official selections | Move Me Productions Festival Belgium | Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards | San Fransisco Dance Film festival | InScience Festival Nijmegen | Light Moves Festival Limerick | Krakow Film Festival | CINEDANS Amsterdam

Screenings | Goethe Institut Nairobi Kenya | Akademie der Künste Berlin | 'Haba na Haba' Festival Dar Es Salaam/ Goethe Institut Tansania | Quartier am Hafen, Cologne | Bangalore International Film Festival | International Festival of Screen-Movement and Media Arts Seyr Festival - Tehran | Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung Symposium 2018 Tanz der Dinge/Things that dance Karslruhe | Gloria Kino Heidelberg | Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania May 29th 14:30 - Intern. Symposium Education - Research - Creation | Athens Video Dance Project | SinemaDans Goethe Institut Ankara | Theater Freiburg | InShadow Festival Lisbon | ZAIK/Orangerie - Theater im Volksgarten Cologne | Film-Art-Dance Festival Cary Theatre North Carolina | Hollins University/Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt | Korzo Theater The Hague | tanzhaus nrw Duesseldorf | Goethe Institut Villa Kamogawa Kyoto | Folkwang Universitaet der Künste Essen | COFESTIVAL Ljubljana | Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln