The Dancers' Workshop
An introduction to the world of dance for and with children and young people
The concept of The Dancers' Workshop was developed by Christine Brunel in the late 1990s. In the ensuing years, various productions for children and young people based on this principle were mounted. All programmes revolve around the idea of bringing the young audience in contact with professional dance performances at the place where they spend most of their time: at school.
Christine Brunel's Dancers' Workshop uses short choreographies and explanatory comments to introduce children and young people to the world of dance. The young audience learn about a dancer’s everyday routines or how a choreography is created. Performances take place at the gymnasiums during regular school hours. Conversations between the choreographer and the children about what was presented form an essential part of the programme.
Dancers: Eloisa Mirabassi, Martina Candelo
In 2004, the book Tanztheater Christine Brunel. Die Werkstatt der Tänzer (Christine Brunel Dance Theatre. The Dancers’ Workshop) was published, with photographs by Wilfried Krüger and edited by Tonja Wiebracht – a tribute to the young audience and a look at the work done at the schools.
Photographer Wilfried Krüger accompanied a number of performances at schools in the city of Essen. His photos reflect both the events and their atmosphere and reveal Wilfried Krüger to be a precise observer and sensitive artist who offers fascinating insights into the Dancers’ Workshop.
The photos are accompanied by quotes from children who wrote down their impressions in letters to Christine Brunel. They make their curiosity and imagination, their frankness and honesty come alive.
Wilfried Krüger studied photography at the Folkwang Design School in Essen. He lives and works as a freelance photographer in Wuppertal and Essen. His photo reportages, photo essays and portraits have been published by magazines such as Geo, Stern, FAZ-Magazin, Zeit-Magazin or tanzjournal. In addition, his photographs are regularly shown at solo exhibitions in Germany. Wilfried Krüger has accompanied the work of dancer and choreographer Christine Brunel for more than twenty years.