European Network studiotrade


studiotrade is a European network of choreographers, producers and dance organizations that facilitates the exchange of studio space, infrastructure and residency programs, for research and the development of new spaces and contexts for dance artists.

studiotrade was founded in 2010 on the initiative of the Cologne artists Silke Z. and Caroline Simon with six other partner countries (Finland, Lithuania, Portugal, France, Ireland, England) and has been active ever since. The network now has 15 partners from a total of nine countries. Now new partners have joined!

The philosophy of the network is based on trust, fairness, generosity and comprehensive commitment. The networking of the guest artists with the guest scene is an essential part of the cultural exchange.

studiotrade sees itself as a network platform that enables artists to experiment with their own ideas and concepts, as well as to generate a worldwide dialogue about alternative art and cultural mediation developed by artists.

Insight into the international dance network festival Sharing Across Borders in September 2021 at ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne.


NachWieVor | dance performance & age(ing)

NachWieVor | dance performance & age(ing)


Programme series NachWieVor | dance performance & age(ing)

As part of the networking and exchange project NachWieVor | Tanzperformance & Alter(n) / “dance performance & age(ing)”, curated by Barbara Fuchs and Silke Z., we are looking forward to the participatory AudioWalk by the ensemble DanceOn60+ from Munich. Together with artists, scientists and our intergenerational audience, we would like to take a look at age(ing) in this series.


Introductory workshop with AudioWalk in public space Andrea Marton (Munich)

Put on your headphones and dance away! DanceOn60+ gets the audience moving: People of all ages are invited to enter into a dance dialogue with each other and with the urban space through the AudioWalk. Each person separately and yet together, the participants are guided through the AudioWalk and Dance with headphones. Andrea Marton’s concept underlines her concern to enable the cultural participation of all people.


18 June 2022
DanceOn60+GehtRaus – An AudioWalk including Warm Up | 7:30 pm

19 June 2022
intergenerational Workshop with Andrea Marton for everybody from 8 to 108 | 2 pm
DanceOn60+GehtRaus – An AudioWalk including Warm Up | 4 pm
SOUP KITCHEN – Exchange with audience and artists on the topic “Participation possibilities for artistic work with people over 60” – Moderated by Ralf Otto | 6 pm

at the ehrenfeldstudios, Köln

The AudioWalk will be available in German and English and is barrier-free. 

Tickets for the AudioWalk and registration for the workshop:
Dayticket: Sliding Scale 8 – 15 euros


Concept and artistic direction Andrea Marton // Project manager Ralf Otto // Piano Lukas Maier // Speaker Ruth Geiersberger // Video documentation Barbara Schröer // Technician Beppo Leichenich //
© Photo: Birgit Widhopf

Produktion DanceOn60+ Supported by Erasmus+ Projekt “Creative Aging – culturalengagement instead of social isolation” and Kulturreferat of the LH Munich
Supported by Kulturator | Die Gute Dinge Stiftung


Artistic direction: Barbara Fuchs, Silke Z.
Production management: Magdalena Schmitt
Administration: Carina Graf
Organisation: Anna Boldt
Communication: Hanna Held
Cooperation partners: kubia (Cologne), DanceOn 60+ (Munich), FELD Theater (Berlin), Tanz- und Theaterwerkstatt (Ludwigsburg)
Press and public relations: Kerstin Rosemann
Graphic design: Caroline Simon

Gefördert vom Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR, dem Kulturamt der Stadt Köln und dem Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen.





Silke Z. I c/o ehrenfeldstudios
Wissmannstrasse 38, 50823 Cologne
0221 222 666 3





In the guest performance series DIVERSITY, Silke Z. invites national and international dance productions to ehrenfeldstudios that artistically negotiate the themes of inclusion & participation // gender & sexuality // racism & privilege // age & visibility. The topics of the diversity discourse are explicitly linked in the repertoire here and their visibility is to be made effective in the long term.

Each of the invited guest performances will be accompanied by a duo dance piece by Silke Z. with dancers from the ensemble die metabolisten, thus providing a transgenerative perspective.

The first guest performance of the series Diversity On Inclusion & Participation.

von CiM – Companhia de Dança (Portugal)

An inclusive dance piece for everyone ages 8 and up in cooperation with QUERFELDEIN

Human Geography investigates the relationship between people and their environment in different places. In the choreography HUMAN GEOGRAPHY by Ana Rita Barata, the performers enter a space together – their bodies become points of reference for each other as well as for the things and movements in this space. They create a living, constantly changing map of different surfaces, landscapes and territories. How do the bodies and things relate to each other in space? How do they change common territories? HUMAN GEOGRAPHY is the surveying of a space with different bodies that inscribe their traces in the memory of this place.

CiM – dance Company promotes a pioneering approach to artistic creation in the spirit of inclusion through dance and image. The company develops regular training and awareness that focuses on the movement specificities and unique expressiveness of each dancer/performer and promotes a vision of the idea of capacity and boundaries through choreography that reveals diversity as a driving force.

WITH US – Episode 1: Karel (65) meets David (25) 
Silke Z. & the metabolisten

Before the performances, Silke Z. & die metabolisten develop an intergenerational dance perspective on the guest performance Human Geography: In Episode 1, Karel (65) and David (25) meet.


9 & 10 June 2022 | Workshop CiM “Dance for All”: for students after the performance
11 June 2022 | 12 am – 2 pm  free Workshop CiM “Dance for All” (all levels, mixed-abled) Registration is requested at


Thursday 9 June 2022 I 10 am
Friday 10 June 2022 I 10 am
Saturday 11 June 2022 I 4 pm
Sunday 12 June 2022 I 4 pm

9 & 10 June 2022 | Workshop CiM “Dance for All”: for students after the performance
11 June 2022 | 12 am – 2 pm  free Workshop CiM “Dance for All” (all levels, mixed-abled)      Registration is requested at

at the ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

Children 6 euros, adults 10 euros

Choreography |
Ana Rita Barata
Artistic advisor |
Pedro Sena Nunes
Dancers |
Bruno Rodrigues, Joana Gomes, Nelson Moniz
Costumes |
Mafalda Estácio
Sound and light design |
Pedro Sena Nunes
Production |
Inês Baptista

The second guest performance of the series Diversity on Gender & Sexuality:


September 2022 I Stay tuned for more information!


Artistic director: Silke Z.
Management: Caroline Simon, Hanna Held
Administration: Carina Graf
Organisation: Anna Boldt
Press and public relations: Kerstin Rosemann

The guest performance “HUMAN GEOGRAPHY” of the series DIVERSITY cooperates with the programme series Querfeldein, which is financed, among others, by the funding for top-level productions (Spitzenförderung) of tanzfuchs PRODUKTION.




Silke Z. I c/o ehrenfeldstudios
Wissmannstrasse 38, 50823 Cologne
0221 222 666 3



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 Ü60.

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 Ü60 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 konnecitve. Topic: gender

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

LAB 3 I Mon. 17 – Sat. 21 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

We are still looking for participants. Current call for entries here!
Participation is free of charge. No previous experience is required for participation.

An impression from the laboratories 2021 the distant body:



Silke Z. I c/o ehrenfeldstudios
Wissmannstrasse 38, 50823 Cologne
0221 222 666 3


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.



Info about our labs:

OCTOBER 2021 COMFORT ZONE – live sounddesign solo version

OCTOBER 2021 COMFORT ZONE – live sounddesign solo version

COMFORT ZONE – live sounddesign solo version
Dance performance by Silke Z. With Dennis Alexander Schmitz (Dance) and André Zimmermann (Sound design)


Most decisions are made subconsciously. The brain pre-sorts, because otherwise we would already be completely overwhelmed with everyday sensory perceptions. But what happens when we make the very conscious decision to break out of the comfort of our habits? When we dare to forget our vanity for a moment to devote ourselves to pure physicality?

Performer Dennis Alexander Schmitz makes this attempt and invites us on a journey into worlds of movement that challenge our imagination. Dennis Alexander Schmitz and Sound designer André Zimmermann confront the audience with an intense and emotional alliance between body, sound, devotion and ectasis. André Zimmermann’s live sound takes the energetic piece through various zones, from cool detachment to total exhaustion to peak performance and into unknown zones beyond.

The need for well-being is suspended for the duration of the piece and only direct movement is still possible. Through the unbroken presence and participation in the hall, the audience is automatically lured out of their own comfort zone and addressed with all their senses.

Silke Z. | concept & artistic direction in collaboration with:

Dennis Alexander Schmitz | dance

André Zimmermann | sound design

Garlef Keßler | lightning design

Dennis Alexander Schmitz | costume

Hanna Held, Carina Graf | administration

Vinya Cameron | public relations

Kerstin Rosemann | public relations

©Meyer Originals | picture

Dennis Alexander Schmitz | is a contemporary dancer from Cologne. He studied at Tanzfabrik Berlin, MUK Vienna and DOCH Stockholm. The main interest of his dance work and teaching is the focus of ethical interaction. Exposing and questioning power structures and discovering and using each one’s own inner impulse to transform them into movement is another concern of his position as an artist. As a performer Dennis has worked with various choreographers throughout Europe, including Jolika Sudermann, Britta Pudelko, Annelie Andre (Berlin), Nikolaus Selimov, Samuel Bartussek(Vienna), Karolien Verlinden (Antwerp), T Ertl (Stockholm) and Silke Z. (Cologne)

André Zimmermann | made his debut at the age of 16 as a composer for dance and theatre. After graduating from high school, he learned at the Cologne audio post-production company TorusGmbH. As a sound supervisor, he has realised more than 30 feature films, 200 TV productions, numerous games and various audio installations and has received various nominations and awards for these (including the Golden Reel Award / Los Angeles). Postgraduate he studied film directing at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and since 2006 he realised various projects as conceptual designer, author, director and dramaturge for film, theatre and multimedia projects. During his studies, he founded the Z2 Studios for audio postproduction in Cologne Ehrenfeld and in 2012 the software company Counterpulse-Audio for innovative tools in the audio field. In 2015 the label “Counterpulse Audio Mix&Edit” was founded in new premises. He founded the label Deeper Drama in 2016. Most recently, he won the German Film and Television award Lola for the sound design of the film Styx.

Garlef Keßler | studied Applied Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Practice at the University of Hildesheim and subsequently worked as a technical assistant at the Huis aan de Amstel Theatre (Amsterdam), Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel (Amsterdam) and Sasha Waltz & Guests (Berlin). Since 2011 he has been the technical director of TPZAK (Circus and Theatre School Cologne). In November 2016 he completed his apprenticeship as a master craftsman for event technology. As a freelance lightning designer, he works for various dance and theatre companies, including El Cuco Project, flies & tales, Overhead Project, cie., nomoreless (Gitta Roser), Silke Z. resistdance, IPtanz and the Un-Label Projekt. For the past three years he has been the technical director of the SoloDuo Festival NRW + friends.

Silke Z | lives with her family in Cologne. After completing her diplomatic sports studies (DSHS) with a focus on dance and skiing, she studied dance at the European Dance Development Centre (EDDC) in Arnhem, NL and the Moving On Centre-School for Participatory Arts and Research (MOC) in San Francisco, USA. She is the artistic director of the company Silke Z. resistdance and the intergenerational ensemble DIE METABOLISTEN and produces dance and performance works in Germany and abroad. She has received several awards for her work. In 2015 she founded the ehrenfeldstudios, an artist-led dance production space with an interdisciplinary and inclusive alignment in Cologne. In the same year, Silke Z. began her artistic and practical research on the topic of “Performing Immediacy” as part of her PhD at Falmouth University (UK). In the winter semester 2018/19 she taught at the Ruhr University Bochum where she worked out her methods with the students of the Scenic Research course. COMFORT ZONE is the first stage production resulting from her research on the topic of presence.


at PALMA DANSA Festival 2022

7.5. I 9 pm
Teatre del Mar, Palma de Mallorca


Photography © Meyer Originals



LOVE IS … PRIME! | the empathic body vol.2

by Silke Z. and die metabolisten


Sept. 23rd 2021 at 8:00 pm ehrenfeldstudios, Cologne

Dec. 04th 2021at 6:00 pm
Dec. 05th 2021at 4:00 pm


Love is… affection, compliments, devotion, abandonment, basic trust, happiness,

protective and complicated.

In their new production, Silke Z. and the intergenerational ensemble die metabolisten devote themselves to the many facets of love.

It is about the moment of revelation, self-love, longing and lust, rapture and the power of love, but also about hate speech, saying no out loud or dissolving oneself in love.

The dancers have produced solo videos on one aspect of love, which serve as the basis for the production and the love parcours through the ehrenfeldstudios.

In video projections, sound installations and dance performances, the rooms of the ehrenfeldstudios will become a parcours of love in which the audience can move freely.

Join us in exploring the many facets of love and try to endure and defend this great feeling with us!


Artistic direction and choreography | Silke Z.

Performance | Daniela Riebesam, Vivien Kovarbasic, Caroline Simon, Dennis Schmitz, Jimin Seo, David Winking, Hanna Held, Annika Bode, Meike Kattwinkel

Intergenerative dramaturgy | André Zimmermann, Bettina Muckenhaupt, Lilith Giles

Production Management | Annina Pomaska

Sound Design | André Zimmermann

Lighting Design | Wolfgang Pütz

Costume and stage | Claudia Grünig, Annina Pomaska

Dance mediation | Silke Z., Caroline Simon, Dennis Schmitz, Hanna Held

Management | Hanna Held

Administration | Carina Graf

Organization | Anna Boldt

Public Relations | Vinya Cameron

Public Relations | Kerstin Rosemann

Photo Documentation | Claudia Grünig, Annina Pomaska

Video documentation | Barbara Schröer

The overall concept is supported by the following partners:

Co-production: Fokus Tanz e.V. Munich, Junges Schauspielhaus Bochum.

Cooperation: Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Cologne, ehrenfeldstudios e.V.

Thanks to the students of TMK classes of Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Cologne for their input to the production!

Funded by the state of NRW within the framework of the 3-year conceptual funding and the city of Cologne within the framework of the multi-year project funding.