Want to try out the movements and methods of the festival choreographers for yourself? Our workshop programme makes it possible. With different main focuses, festival artists invite you to get to know their working methods directly and physically.

Gliding like magic

Fri. 28.10. | 11 am 
Eissporthalle Darmstadt


Workshop for people with basic knowledge of ice-skating
Dauer: 75 Min.

Tickets: € 15
In English 

Glide like a bird – founding members of Le Patin Libre, who are presenting their show Murmuration at the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main, playfully introduced their special form of free skating. Choreographic games and simple exercises enable everyone to sense the magic of gliding and the liberating power of ice-dancing. For all levels.

Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Developed with the support of the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund. This workshop is part of the cultural program of Canada’s guest appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020, supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the government of Canada.

age is no protection against dance
Petra Lehr

Sat. 29.10.  & Sun. 30.10. | 11 am - 4 pm
Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm - rehearsal stage 1


Workshop for people 60+

This two-day workshop is also suitable for people with no dance experience.

Tickets: € 90
In German

For over 40 years now, Petra Lehr has been working as a choreographer and dancer with great enthusiasm. Age and physical changes are no hindrance for her but a source of inspiration. Especially contemporary dance, with its variety of approaches, is ideal for connecting with different movement abilities. In a two-day workshop, which is exclusively directed to people over 60 with and without dance experience, Petra Lehr introduces participants to the basics of contemporary dance. After a relaxed warm-up, which will strengthen and mobilize the body, elements such as dynamics, rhythm and contact will be explored and movement potentials expanded.

Núria guiu

Tue. 01.11. | 7 pm
Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm - rehearsal stage 1


Workshop for dance enthusiasts and digital devotees (age 10–60)

No dance experience required

Admission free
In English

In her new piece, Cyberexorcism, choreographer and dancer Núria Guiu puts the world of TikTok on stage, and gives volume to the moves and movement mechanisms trapped in the two-dimensional onscreen world. The piece was developed with a group of TikTokers from Barcelona, where the choreographer lives. In a workshop preceding the performances of Cyberexorcism in Frankfurt, Núria Guiu invites people of all ages (between 10 and 60) and backgrounds to explore the transfer from digital to analogue, from 2D to 3D, from the net to the stage. All participants need is love of dance and a willingness to play and communicate.

During the workshop Núria will briefly introduce her way of working in Cyberexorcism, and then introduce various methods with which participants can experiment and become part of the creative process. Workshop participants are invited to participate (if they are interested) in part of the performances on Nov. 3 and 4 in the Frankfurt LAB.


The workshop is supported by the General Director of Books and Reading Promotion (Spanish Ministry for Culture and Sports) and in part by a grant from Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), a state agency, in the frame of SPAIN – Spilling Creativity. Guest of Honour Frankfurter Buchmesse 2022.

Span. Ministerium Sport und Kultur
ACE klein

gaga for dancers
chen-wei lee

Tue. 09.11. | 12 noon - 1.30 pm
Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm - rehearsal stage 1


Workshop for professional dancers and dance students

Tickets: € 10
In English

This workshop is a unique opportunity to get to know the choreographer and dancer Chen-Wei Lee, who is presenting her new piece, Burnt, at the Tanzfestival. As a certified Gaga trainer, Chen-Wei Lee leads a two-hour class in this movement practice that has had a strong influence on her work. Lee was a member of the Batsheva Dance Company from 2010 to 2015, performing in pieces by Ohad Nahrin, who developed the Gaga technique.

Gaga combines the imagination with physical perception, and strengthens dancers in their flexibility, stamina and agility by guiding them through joyful multisensory experiences.

ANY attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones
jan martens & company

Fr. 11.11. | 18-20:00 Uhr Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm
Fr. 11.11. | 18-20:00 Uhr Staatstheater Darmstadt - Ballettsaal
Tickets for the performance at the Staatstheater Darmstadt can be purchased through the Staatstheater website.
Workshop for adults and for everyone age 15 and up
Duration: 2h
Entrance: € 15
In English language

How do people with different abilities and different ages get moving together? How is shared action possible for this group? Jan Martens is one of the leading choreographers in Europe. His piece any attempt will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones, which will be presented at the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main on November 12, explores together with a heterogeneous ensemble the relationship of dance to the political crises of our time. In a two-hour workshop, dancers from the piece share Jan Martens' working principles and invite you to explore possible forms of democratic choreography.