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23.05.2022

Tanz mit der Schönheit (Dance with Beauty) – Grégory Darcy Talks About His Commitment to People with and Without Disabilities

Tanz mit der Schönheit (Dance with Beauty) – Grégory Darcy Talks About His Commitment to People with and Without Disabilities Grégory Darcy’s »Tanz mit der Schönheit« project gave rise to »DieTanzKompanie« – a professional dance company operating at a high level. Darcy himself is on the right in the picture. Grégory Darcy

French filmmaker and choreographer Grégory Darcy’s training at the Tanzfabrik Berlin was shaped by the belief that dancing is a way for people to grow. He has lived in Germany for many years now and he stages dances from around the world, performed by a variety of people. He will be offering three unique workshops at »Tanz den Gasteig« on Saturday, 11 June.

Mr Darcy, what inspired you to bring together people with and without disabilities so that they can dance with each other ?

My neighbourhood had a church facility that worked with people with disabilities and that gave me the idea for a collaboration. My »Tanz mit der Schönheit« project brought together amateurs and professionals, dancers with and without disabilities so that they could dance together. But for me it’s not about bringing two groups together – people with disabilities and people without them.

Darcy believes that dance is an opportunity for everyone to show what makes them unique. © Angela Ehrlich

So tell us, what’s it about for you?

I don’t like dividing people into groups with and without disabilities. I just see a group of dancers who are all very different – we are all people with unique skills and capabilities. My workshops show that everyone is equally important, interesting, creative and attractive for our society – whatever their country of origin, culture, religion or disability.

Who can participate in your dance workshops as part of the »Tanz den Gasteig« dance festival?

Everyone! No prior knowledge or experience is required; all you need is comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely. I am offering three dance workshops: one seated one for seniors, one for D/deaf and hearing participants, and one for people with and without a mental disability. In the seated workshop, participants will learn dances from India and Iran, as well as a modern dance from Europe. In the workshop for D/deaf and hearing people, participants will learn a sign language dance. I will be supported by a sign language interpreter and a drummer, so that D/deaf participants can feel the vibrations of the music through the floor in their bodies. The workshop for people with and without a mental disability is simply about sharing an enjoyment of dancing. I have created and thoroughly tested special choreography for this workshop.

You are known for challenging all your fellow dancers on an individual basis. Have you also learned from all your many different dance partners?

I need plenty of time and patience to do what I do; lots happens through intensive eye contact and the ability to empathise. I’ve learned that everyone has an inner beauty that is enhanced by the relationship between two people while they are dancing.

Imagine that you were granted a wish. What would you wish for?

That I could reach as many people as possible through the dance workshops at the Gasteig and that they understand our intentions and share them with others. I wish we lived in a world that didn’t label people with terms like »black«, »disabled« or »refugee«. A world where we didn’t need words like »inclusion« or »integration« anymore, because it’s taken for granted that everyone is different.

 
 


Workshops with Grégory Darcy at »Tanz den Gasteig« on 11 June 2022

Seated dancing – workshop for seniors, including wheelchair users
Artist Grégory Darcy will bring different people together as part of the dance. Seniors, including wheelchair users, will learn seated dances from India and Iran, as well as modern dances from Europe.
11 June | Gasteig HP8 | HALL X | 3–4 PM

Mixability dance – workshop for people with and without a mental disability
The priority here is enjoying dancing together. Artist Grégory Darcy has created and thoroughly tested a unique choreography for this special dance workshop.
11 June | Gasteig HP8 | HALL X | 4:30–5:30 PM

Mixability dance – workshop for deaf and hearing people
This workshop with artist Grégory Darcy is an opportunity to learn a sign language dance. The workshop will be supported by a sign language interpreter and a drummer, so that deaf participants can feel the vibrations of the music in their bodies.
11 June | Gasteig HP8 | HALL X | 6–7 PM

All the information about the city’s biggest dance festival can be found here.
You can find out more about Grégory Darcy and his projects at gregorydarcy.com.

Interview and text by Maria Zimmerer

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