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 Culture and Age of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.



27 – 31 March 2023

ehrenfeldstudios, Köln


No prior experience is required to participate.