Tanz 23 24 (2020)

Tanz 23 24 is a music and dance performance based on a mysterious encounter between two artists of the avant garde scene in Berlin from 1920’s : Ernst Schoen – antifascist radio pioneer and composer, and Henri Châtin-Hofmann – queer dancer , second husband of the infamous cabaret performer Anita Berber.

Prof Ester Leslie and Dr Sam Dolbear originators founded a flyer in Schoen’s archive. We could see a figure face made-up, in a constructivist jumpsuit, fixed in a dramatic posture, with wooden boards attached to both arms. Schoen’s name was emblazoned on the flyer – his music was to be play at this Tanzabend – and so was the name of the dancer, ‘Henri’.

“It struck us that Schoen, who floated in illustrious circles around Walter Benjamin and Edgard Varèse also moved within the decadent avant-garde cabaret scenes in Berlin. We felt compelled to reconstruct this night of performance, so that the spirits of the evening might commune once again.” Prof Ester Leslie and Dr Sam Dolbear


Duration : 35 minutes


PREMIERE – 3rd October 2020 – Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw 
as part of a series of events : Re(De)generate Art Exhibition, live performances on Tamka street, and a pre-performance lecture, dedicated to Bauhaus, organized and hosted by the experimental art space Curie City.

March 2020 – Bishopgate Institute, London – Cancelled

Credits Poster Ola Jasionowska / Photos – Kuba Szafranski

Choreography and performance

  • Alka Nauman, Lucie Palazot

Music direction, pianist

  • Samuel Draper

Costume design

  • Alicia Gladston


  • Prof Ester Leslie and Dr Sam Dolbear


  • Warsaw Bauhaus Foundation - Curie City Gallery with the substantial support of the Foundation of Polish German Cooperation/Fundacja Współpracy Polsko Niemieckiej
  • Other partners for the creation : Bishopgate Institute (UK), Foundation of Lipman-Miliband Trust, Goethe Institut.
  • Coproducer as touring organiser : Collectif Parade