DEINE WAHL! The empathic body Vol. 3

DEINE WAHL! The empathic body Vol. 3


The empathic body vol. 3

In the third and last part of the series »The empathic body« , Silke Z. and die metabolisten put themselves and their audience to the test: they explore the limits of empathy and throw themselves into absurd situations on stage, which resembles an arena.

Sound designer Sarah Procissi and songwriter Nikolaj Grunwald push the performers into an extreme display of their supposed individuality and uniqueness. What at the beginning seems like a “normal” casting show, disassembles itself in the course of time and at the same time pushes the machinery of show business to the extreme.

Die metabolisten challenge the audience to leave their comfort zone of anonymity and present them with a choice over and over again – it’s YOUR CHOICE!


Thu. 17 November 2022 | 8 pm | PREMIERE
Fri. 18 November 2022  | 8 pm
Sat. 19 November 2022 | 8 pm
Sun. 20 November | 4 pm


Artistic direction + choreography: Silke Z.
Concept: Silke Z., André Zimmermann, Hanna Held
Moderation: Caroline Simon, Hanna Held
Dance: Meike Kattwinkel, Bettina Muckenhaupt, David Winking, Dennis Schmitz, Hartmut Misgeld, Jimin Seo, Manuel Kisters, Vivien Kovarbasic, Daniela Riebesam
Sound design: Sarah ProcessI, Nikolaj Grunwald
Lighting design: Garlef Keslser
Production management: Charlotte Brune
Sound engineering: Beppo Leichenich
Video animation: Beni von Alemann
Dramaturgy: Lilith Giles
Guest choreography: Laurynas Žakevičius, Airida Gudaitė
Management: Hanna Held
Organization: Anna Boldt
Administration: Carina Graf
Press relations: Kerstin Rosemann
Photo and graphics: Stefan Henaku
Video documentation: Barbara Schröer

Thanks to: neues lernen e.V., Nachtigall Club, Compact Records.

Supported by: Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, process support of the Performing Arts Fund with funds from Neustart Kultur

In cooperation with: ehrenfeldstudios e.V., Fokus Tanz e.V., Junges Schauspielhaus Bochum, Albertus Magnus Gymnasium Cologne


Wed 11.01.2023


ehrenfeldstudios, Köln

Thu 12.01.2023


ehrenfeldstudios, Köln


LANGUAGE  german
DURATION  60 min.



the diverse body

Labs with people over 60

As part of the multi-year artistic project »Der empathische Körper« (The empathic body) by choreographer Silke Z. and the transgenerative ensemble »die metabolisten«, four dance labs for the generation Ü60 will be offered in 2022 under the title »the diverse body«.

Embedded in a dance series focusing on diversity in society, to which international dance performances are invited, Silke Z. and ensemble members of the metabolists offer a dance laboratory for all people over 60.

Everything revolves around the themes of empathy, language and the body!
The dance labs are dedicated to physical and artistic research at eye level and open up a protected space in which the positions of the generation over 60 can become visible. The work is dance-based and language-based.

Each lab includes an impulse lecture on the thematic focus of the lab, its own final presentation and the opportunity to see dance performances together in the ehrenfeldstudios.


LAB 1 I Mon. 13 – Sat. 18 June 2022
With an impulse lecture by Robin Peters. Topic: Inclusion

Introductory performance by CiM – Dance Company (Portugal)
Follow-up performance by Dance on 60+ (Munich)

LAB 2 I Mon. 19 – Sat. 23 September 2022
With a impulse lecture by Konnective. Topic: gender

Introductory performance by Konnective (Cologne)
Follow-up performance by FELD Theater (Berlin)

LAB 3 I Mon. 17 – Sat. 22 October 2022
With an impulse lecture by Daniel Brunsch and Helena Kukla. Topics: racism, privileges
Follow-up performance by company Zartbitter (Ludwigsburg)

LAB 4 I Mon. 28 November  – Sat. 3 December 2022
With an impulse lecture by Miriam Haller. Topics: age(ing) and everyday life
Afterwards: symposium on dance art & age for experts


The project is funded by the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Förderfonds Kultur und Alter of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia with the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (stage and research), Fonds Darstellende Künste (stage) and the Rheinenergie Stiftung Kultur (mediation). In cooperation with the theatre and media class of the Albertus Magnus Gymnasium, Cologne, Junges Schauspielhaus Bochum and Fokus Tanz, Munich.

The laboratory series »the diverse body« is funded by the Förderfonds Kultur und Alter des Landes NRW.

Das Projekt wird gefördert vom Kulturamt der Stadt Köln, Förderfonds Kultur und Alter des Landes NRW mit dem Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen (Bühne und Forschung), dem Fonds Darstellende Künste (Bühne) und der Rheinenergie Stiftung Kultur (Vermittlung). In Kooperation mit der Theater-und Medienklasse des Albertus- Magnus- Gymnasiums, Köln, dem jungen Schauspielhaus Bochum und Fokus Tanz, München.

Die Laborreihe »the diverse body« ist gefördert von dem Förderfonds Kultur und Alter des Landes NRW.


Mon. 16. –
Sat. 21. January 2023

ehrenfeldstudios, Köln


We are still looking for participants! 


Participation is free of charge.

No prior experience is required to participate.