Virtual Oster Tanz // Day 4

09:00h – Walking Meditation

Start your fourth and last day of the Virtual Oster Tanz journey with a walking meditation. For sure you can do it also throughout your day or anytime you feel inspired to do so.

In Japanese Zen, practitioners walk clockwise around a room, in a very specific posture.

  • Stand up straight with your back upright but not stiff.
  • Feel your feet touching the ground and let your weight distribute evenly.
  • Curl the thumb of your left hand in and wrap your fingers around it. Place it just above your belly button. Wrap your right hand around it, resting your right thumb in the crevice formed between your left thumb and index finger. This is called shashu.
  • Keep your eyes cast down about five or six feet in front, un-focused.
  • With each complete breath (exhalation and inhalation), take a small step (the length of your foot), beginning with the right foot.
  • Keep the body and mind walking and breathing in a well-balanced, concentrated way. Keep your focus on your breathing and stepping. Walk with the slowest pace!

10.00h – Song Tip

Refresh and get your energy up with a dance to a song recommended by the workshop team of Tanzfabrik. Today from AnnA Stein, working as graphic designer for Tanzfabrik Berlin.

AnnA, why did you chose this song?

It’s my ‚Corona-Song‘ Tip for a smile and good mood…

11.00h – Tanzfabrik asks …

Take your time to read through our questionnaire and feel super invited to leave us your answers to a question in the comment section below! Further down you will find the answers by teacher, choreographer and researcher Elsa Wolliaston in an audio message! Her teaching is informed by many decades of research into different cultures. She has developed a distinct personal style, in which African Dance is the language to express personality and creativity. It is deeply concerned with improvisation, the sensing of anatomy and rhythms within the body and the interaction between music and dance.

The workshop „Afrikanischer Ausdruckstanz“ with Elsa Wolliaston is postponed to the 19th – 23rd of August.

20 Questions for these times

  • Show or tell us how you rediscovered your apartment during the last couple of weeks?
  • What are your favourite dancing in the shower moves?
  • As time travel hasn’t been banned, where would you go, and why?
  • What three topics are currently unfairly underrepresented due to the corona pandemic?
  • What does your special corona movement practice or ritual look like?
  • How has physical distancing impacted your body-awareness?
  • What are three of the biggest influences on your dance practice?
  • How to take space if you have none?
  • Will a new dance form develop?
  • How does your body feel?
  • Do you have a memorable hugging moment? Describe how the first hug after corona could feel like?
  • Tell us about your favourite early spring moments?
  • Imagine objects could die from corona virus. Which one thing you own would you rescue? Why?
  • How would you describe sharing with your neighbours: caring or scary?
  • Take five minutes to describe your favourite view from your apartment.
  • Can you share a line from your current favorite song lyrics?
  • Do you have different ways of connecting to the world despite the internet?
  • Do you want to ask us something back? Promised we will answer!
  • Imagine there is no Internet, mobile phones or TV. What would be your three favourite analog things to do?
  • What is your favorite body part at the moment and why?

14.00h – Screening

The fourth day of Virtual Oster Tanz and some of you might have danced already a lot. To get inspired and ready for the final class we want to share a piece by Roberto Olivan who would have given a workshop during the initial Oster Tanz week. He is an international creator, who created  ROPA/Roberto Olivan Performing Arts, and is the artistic director and founder of the Festival Deltebre Dansa. His workshop „Instinct as a Source of Movement“ is postponed to the 23rd – 25th of October.

Enjoy his work!

17.00h-18.00h – Klein Technique™
[Virtual class/in English]

Join Barbara Mahler in her 1-hour live-zoom-session introducing Klein Technique™.

medium_detail_columnKlein Technique™ is a body of work, concise and yet continually evolving, geared towards the health and longevity of movers of all kinds. It re-educates the body with an interweaving of theory and practice at the level of the bone and the deep internal musculature and supportive connections that move, and ground us. Barbara Mahler is a major contributor in the development and outreach of Klein Technique™, the main teacher at the Susan Klein School of Dance 1982-2003. She has been a New York City based teacher, performer and choreographer for over 30 years.

You can book here until one hour before the class starts!

20.00h – Thank you and Goodbye!

We want to thank all the teachers and participants of Virtual Oster Tanz who have been taking part in this very unusual experiment and though wonderful experience. We hope that this way you also got an impression of the work of our teachers and a change to dance wherever you might be.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you soon again in the studios of the Tanzfabrik to dance, learn and share.

your Tanzfabrik Workshop-Team

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From left to right: Christa Flaig-Isaacs & Elisabeth Leopold (Programmer)                                             Zoé Duflot (Communication & Coordination); AnnA Stein (Graphic Designer)


Further more – Support Tanzfabrik



Our fundraiser campaign „Jump into the Future“ is now online! In this way you can help us to secure the location and compensate for the loss of income, especially that of the teachers and staff. Let’s make the jump into the future!

„Jump into the Future“ is also our constantly growing photo series of our teachers, artists and employees which can be seen on our Facebook page.


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