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Greetings, friends!

Welcome to my inaugural newsletter. The last year has been an exciting one, with forays into many different arenas of action. Since finishing 27 years as a performer/ creator with the Ballet Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company, I have launched full-time into my work with conflict engagement. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with diverse communities, to offer talks, workshops, trainings, large-scale choreographic public dialogue events, and to introduce my book, Changing the Conversation: The 17 principles of conflict resolution, around the world. Below is more information about upcoming activities and a look at what I have been up to over the last year.

Thanks for checking in and please be in touch with questions, ideas or comments. I look forward to the possibility of thinking and working together in the future.

With faith in our collective ability to expand wisdom, connection and peace in this season of discord,


Fellowship residency at New York University's Center for Ballet and the Arts
I am excited to head to New York City next week to begin creating a new choreographic public dialogue project focused on racism: UNDER | STAND. In collaboration with dance artists from NYU, Alvin Ailey School, Julliard, The Francesca Harper Project and the free scene, I will be developing an international public dialogue project that illuminates, and offers a bridge across, the destructive gap that racism provokes in our cultures.

In partnership with NYU and the Goethe Institute.
highlights from the last year
New York City, USA: 
Featured speaker at Lincoln Center's Global Exchange: ART X CONFLICT

What can choreography illuminate about conflict? At this international conference focused on arts as an engine for productive change, I shared my work with thought leaders in science, business, politics, social action and many other fields from around the world.

See trailer for the event here.
Cologne, Germany:
Premiere of THE EXCHANGE, a new choreographic public dialogue on violence.

How do we as individuals affect the level of violence in the world?  Created in collaboration with the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv, this project invites public from a diverse background to engage with this question through a new kind of dialogue, using the simple actions of walking, talking, signaling, and listening.

Check out trailer for the project here.

Photo: Marion Borriss
Dresden, Germany:
Violence : Recode, a choreographic public dialogue on structural violence.

In collaboration with Zentralwerk, we created 3 public events, bringing together people from a broad spectrum of backgrounds across Dresden. Using posture as a tool in conjunction with drumming, images and language, we created a new interactive public event that asks how we affect and are affect by systems of structural violence, such as racism, sexism or poverty.

More info here.

California, USA, CSU's Got Talent:
Online trainings for the California State University's Systemwide Professional Development

How can we change the conversation in conflict? I am delighted to offer an ongoing series of interactive trainings based on the principles from my book, Changing the Conversation, the 17 principles of conflict resolution.

More on Changing the Conversation here.

Laxenburg, Austria:
Faculty at the first Citizen Artist Incubator

What is the nature and mechanism of social impact? Working with the resident artists of this program, I offered conflict resolution and choreographic strategies as models of inquiry as we considered this question.

More info here.
Hannover, Germany:
Featured speaker and workshop leader, Tanzkongress Conference

Conflict as the origin of all creative action. In this talk, I introduce my work inviting individuals and communities to engage conflict as a place of possibility, through the use of choreographic thinking in public dialogue settings.

Check out my talk here.
Workshop: Attention as Action. Tanzbiennale 2016

Created and offered in collaboration with Amy Raymond, this workshop brought together practices from conflict resolution training and the Japanese martial art Budo, to create a new form of attention practice.

Learn more here.
Learn more about workshops here.
Rotterdam/ Tilburg, Holland
Facilitator for the Working Field Day of C.O.M.M.A.: a new master's program from Codarts and Fontys.

How might the fields of Contemporary Dance, Circus, and Community Arts come together to build a powerful training ground for artists? As preparation and research for building their new joint MA, Codarts and Fontys invited me to use my choreographic dialogue models to facilitate a series of dialogues with practitioners and institutions from the working field on this question.

selected media

“[The Exchange] offers new ways to better and more deeply explore the roots of violence and its mechanisms.” – Kölner Rundschau

“An intelligent, stirring event, that compels reflection and provocatively questions attitudes.”
-Kölner Stadtanzeiger

A series of short video interviews with me on my book Changing the Conversation: The 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution. From my French publisher Belfond. In English.

Association for Conflict Resolution Conversation: Dana Caspersen
Earbud_U: Dana Caspersen

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Thanks, Dana

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