Clotilde von Derp (mit Perücke) in "La Gaillarde", Foto: Hanns Holdt, München (ca. 1913) - © Deutsches Theaetermuseum, München, Archiv Hanns Holdt / Grafik: Sylvie Bohnet - © Munich Dance Histories

Clotilde von Derp (mit Perücke) in "La Gaillarde", Foto: Hanns Holdt, München (ca. 1913) - © Deutsches Theaetermuseum, München, Archiv Hanns Holdt / Grafik: Sylvie Bohnet - © Munich Dance Histories

DANCE History Tour – Walks & Talks: Tour 1



The tour leads from the Glyptothek to the NS-Dokumentationszentrum and ends at approx. 6:20 p.m. with Sacharoff-Derp dances, rehearsed with the Bavarian Junior Ballet by Maria Barrios, Ivan Liška and Claudia Jeschke, in Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus.
Walking distance: approx. 500m.
All museum visits are included in the tour ticket. 
The tours take place in all weathers. In case of rain, please bring umbrellas.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.


How did modern dance develop around 1900, and what does Munich have to do with it? Which dance artists invented here an entirely new dance style, and who were their collaborators and supporters? And which institutions in the city that still exist today played a role here? How is this linked to today's independent dance scene?

DANCE History Tour Walks & Talks recalls the development of modern dance in Munich, and links it with contemporary perspectives. On three different walks through the city the history of dance in Munich will come alive in a form rich in facets: at the actual locations and by visiting museums and archives, with historic texts and images of dance events and performances that caused sensations, and also with live performances. Explanations about the revolutionary image of the human body and the aesthetics of the new art form are linked to contemporary discussions in talks and in artistic interventions.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the first independent scene of modern dance developed in Munich: After the start of Isadora Duncan's triumphant tour through Germany, in 1902 numerous protagonists of the new body art had their debuts at Künstlerhaus in Munich, including Clotilde von Derp, the first expressive dancer, and Alexander Sacharoff, the first modern male dancer; they became the first dance partners in modern dance in 1913. Even the most prominent dancers beyond 1933, Rudolf von Laban and Mary Wigman, performed for the first time in front of an audience in Munich. The dance artists were involved in an interdisciplinary exchange with avant-garde visual artists – for example, with the Blue Rider group. The poet Hans Brandenburg accompanied the movement as its first chronicler; the terms "free dance" and "modern dance" were coined here. Laban founded his school of modern dance in Munich, there were institutions rich in the tradition of training the body (among others, Rudolf Bode's school), and also the first eurythmics performance by Rudolf Steiner and Marie von Sivers took place here. Several guest performances caused huge sensations: in 1904 the "dream dancer" Magdeleine G. performed dances while she was under hypnosis; in 1907 Maud Allan's The Vision of Salome at Schauspielhaus was the subject of a censorship scandal; in 1911 Adorée Villany was arrested for immorality at the Kammerspiele in her dressing room during the intermission.

The tours, persons, and themes of the walks complement one another and become a multifaceted mosaic of modern dance in Munich.

Tour 1 - Königsplatz
will link Königsplatz with the current exhibition Queer Lives at the Munich Documentations Center for the History of National Socialism, the Glyptothek, and Lenbachhaus. During the tour the Bayerisches Junior Ballett München as well as the contemporary dancers
Cristian Cucco, Fanni Schack und Emily Schofield will dance Sacharoff / Derp duets, choreographed by Maria Barrios, Prof. Dr. Claudia Jeschke and Ivan Liška, as well as an Isadora Duncan re-enactment. Using as examples Isadora Duncan, Clotilde von Derp, and Alexander Sacharoff, the subjects body images, the Lebensreform movement (a social reform movement), feminism, and androgynous productions as well as the relationship between art and life will be examined.

Here is the link to Tour 2 - Odeon
Here is the link to Tour 3 - Artist Villas at Isarhochufer
Here is the link to the Holographic illusion Hypnogirl 23 by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster
Here is the link to the Lecture performance about Alexander Sacharoff by Claudia Jeschke
Here is the link to the Interdisciplinary exhibition Sacharoffs Vermächtnis
Here is the link to the Artist Talk with Maria Barrios about Alexander Sacharoff & Clothilde von Derp

Munich Dance Histories is the continuing development of the successful DANCE History Tour conducted at DANCE Festival 2019 and 2021. On its website the conveyance platform for knowledge of dance documents the history of modern dance and the development of the free dance scene in Munich since 1900, which also will come alive by means of live formats such as the DANCE History Tour and SALONS, as well as with re-enactments. The choreographer, author and curator Brygida Ochaim, the literature scholar, art historian and dance journalist Thomas Betz, and the dance artist and production manager Barbara Galli-Jescheck form the team of MDH, and they co-operate with archives and museums, theaters and dance professionals, scientists and artists.

Meeting Point: Glyptothek, Königsplatz 3, 80333 München

Sunday, May 14, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, May 16, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17, 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m.

Duration: 150 min
Language: German
(English translations can be provided. If required, please register at:

6 p.m. each: Sacharoff-Derp-Dances, rehearsed by Maria Barrios, Ivan Liška, Claudia Jeschke
Lenbachhaus – Admission free


Curation, Text & Research: Thomas Betz, Brygida Ochaim
Production Management & Project Dramaturgy: Barbara Galli-Jescheck
Co-production/Co-operation: Habibi Kiosk at Münchner Kammerspiele, Museum Villa Stuck, Monacensia Bibliothek und Literaturarchiv im Hildebrandhaus, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau München, NS-Dokumentationszentrum, Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek, Heinz-Bosl-Stiftung, Bayerisches Junior Ballett München, Tanztendenz München e.V.

Munich Dance Histories is sponsored by NATIONALE PERFORMANCE NETZ – STEPPING OUT, by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media as part of the initiative „NEUSTART KULTUR. Hilfsprogramm Tanz“ as well as the Culture Department of the City of Munich as part of the pilot project Lebendiges Archiv Living Archiv (Concept: Daniela Rippl).

BJB München  

   Heinz Bosl Stiftung    NS Dokumentationszentrum    




Tanztendenz     MDH

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