Practice based research

In the workshops actively practiced forms of techniques related to the Ahwash ritual as well as the cultural traditions of berbers will be explored with practioners from the region as well as practioners from Western Europe.

Questions/aspects to look into:

  • Learning practices
  • Artistic practices
  • Social, Political, Artistic concepts
  • Artistic formates
  • Collective processes
  • Sociopolitical function of the ritual
  • Playing/Performing techniques
  • Repertoire

Sharing Observation (with all participants) / Reflection (reflected practice supported by theory)

During the project the participants collect a range of feedback-methods in the form of a moderated exchange of experiences as well as observations around the topic of quality and evaluation.

Methods such as (per)form feedback, physical feedback, perform back score open –  through sensory experiences, perception and physical reflection – possibilities and opportunities to engage.

From the perspective of designing an interaction rather then a judgemental situation the project refers to strategies that encourage opportunities to exchange and share rather then to state and judge a situation. The given input on an observation of a process offers a change which can be used as potential input for the partner observing and looking with the assumption that someone will be actively operating or experiencing it.  Giving and receiving feedback in the body-based field of dance practice (alongside a practice of critical-affirmative reflection of current feedback culture) performs the idea of a self-actualising process, a mutual, interpersonal concept, a participatory principle of learning and exchanging. Especially in a cultural dialogue it seems crucial to scrutinize the complex entanglement of perceiving – conceiving and understanding and to engage.

data gathering / gathering information / documentation

  • work diaries by the participants (reflections)
  • video and audio material of performances/performative-choreographic material/ music patterns and rhythms
  • interviews
  • reflections/personal writings by the participants
  • choreographic materials

The documents will show the development and proceedings of the project and provide the raw material that – as a next step in 2018  – can be used in an installation and in a post-documentation film.


  • How might artistic and learning practices be related to the Ahwash ritual lead to an artistic work in the hybrid field of professional dance and music. Wherein lay the potentialities for an artistic work in this setting?
  • How does this form of communication produce criticality?
  • What is the intensity/quality of it? What is the political and social agency of it?
  • What is the role of the woman in this setting?