The body as archive is available for online viewing here


Documentary film | DE/BE/NL/GB 2016 | 49′ | English OV with French, German, Turkish, Japanese, Greek subtitles

The body as archive is a documentary film based on research that considers ways in which the dancer’s body can be regarded as archive.

Dancers create, accumulate and carry knowledge – where is it stored and what do they explore through their practice? Is it possible to locate kinetic knowledge and understand its connection between subjective vision and objective realisation?

The body as archive explores the role of dancer in the preservation of collective knowledge, it’s transmission and it’s accessibility.

    Director Michael Maurissens

    Written by Michael Maurissens and Darko Dragičević

    First Assistant Director Darko Dragičević

    Director of Photography/Editor Alexander Basile

    Music composed by Gregor Schwellenbach


    Funded by TANZFONDS ERBE – Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

     1st Assistant Camera Janosch Pugnaghi

    Gaffer/Sound Christian Schuermann

    Boom operator Simon den Hartog

    Grading Jan-Peter Horns

    Offline Editor Jens Vetter

    Catering Moritz Erian

    Translation Karoline Strys

    Advisor Dr. Scott deLahunta

    With the participation of  Prof. Dr. Maaike Bleeker, Allison Brown, Prof. Patrick Haggard, Fabrice Mazliah, Jone San Martin, Michael Schumacher, Prof. Dr. Gerald Siegmund, Prof. Wolf Singer, Dr.-Ing. Michael Steinbusch, Thomas Thorausch, ldiko Toth, Jonas Dometshauser


      Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt Main
      Nami Miwa
      Valeria Liptschansky
      Le Kong Sandra
      Klara Oehler

      Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL and
      Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study

      University of London
      Maria Gallagher
      Elisa Brann

      Institute for Applied Theatre Studies Justus- Liebig-Universität Gieβen
      Onur Agbaba

      P.A.R.T.S. Brussels
      Ellada Damianou
      Fannie Falk
      Theodore Livesey
      Karolina Loimaala
      Akiyoshi Nita
      Emeric Rabot

      Supported by

      Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln
      Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main
      Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience
      Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study
      University of London
      Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft/Justus-Liebig
      Universität Gieβen
      Max-Planck-Institut fuer Hirnforschung, Frankfurt am Main
      P.A.R.T.S. Brussels
      The Forsythe Company
      Technische Universität, Dresden
      Zentrum fuer Austausch und Innovation Köln

      Awards & Screenings

      Best documentary Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards

      Official selections
      Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards
      San Fransisco Dance Film festival
      InScience Festival Nijmegen
      Light Moves Festival Limerick
      Krakow Film Festival
      CINEDANS Amsterdam

      Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania
      Athens Video Dance Project
      SinemaDans Goethe Institut Ankara
      Theater Freiburg
      InShadow Festival Lisbon
      ZAIK/Orangerie – Theater im Volksgarten Cologne
      Film-Art-Dance Festival Cary Theatre North Carolina
      Hollins University/Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt
      Korzo Theater The Hague
      tanzhaus nrw Duesseldorf
      Goethe Institut Villa Kamogawa Kyoto
      Folkwang Universitaet der Künste Essen
      COFESTIVAL Ljubljana
      Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln