Ecstasy as a principle: Monte Verità and Magdeburg
The first Dancers’ Congress in Magdeburg in 1927, however, is remembered above all for its legendary climax: the occasion culminated in an outrageous party. Like no other art form, dance is characterised by pushing the body to and beyond its limit, by chaos and by frenzy.
Anarchic revelry also reigned on Monte Verità, another reference point in Stuart’s concept for this year’s congress. At the beginning of the 20th century, Monte Verità in the Swiss Ticino region attracted a colony of artists who revolutionised the art of expression and became a hub of ecstasy and spirituality.
It will therefore be interesting to see which direction the local theatres and ensembles take after Tanzkongress in Dresden comes to an end. Does dance point the way to a social utopia? A community committed to the idea will experiment with it in Hellerau and ultimately express it by means of their bodies.
Tanzkongress promises to be a party for all of Dresden to join in, for example on 8th June when Down by the Water, a talk show and programme of dance, is staged on the banks of the River Elbe and on board the steamboat MS Gräfin Cosel.
It is not a quantum leap from a space given over to the formal discipline of choreography to the dance floor. Consequently, the evening elides into the night as the Tanzkongress participants decamp to the club objekt klein a.