DANCE History Tour

Brygida Ochaim / Thomas Betz

Friday, May 17, 2019, 4 p.m., € 15 / red. € 10, TICKETS
Saturday, May 18, 2019, 11 a.m., € 15 / red. € 10, TICKETS
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 11 a.m., € 15 / red. € 10, TICKETS
Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 4 p.m., € 15 / red. € 10, TICKETS
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 4 p.m., € 15 / red. € 10, IN ENGLISH, TICKETS
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 4 p.m., € 15 / red. € 10, TICKETS
Friday, May 24, 2019, 4 p.m., € 15 / red. € 10, TICKETS
Saturday, May 25, 2019, 11 a.m., € 15 / red. € 10, TICKETS
Sunday, May 26, 2019, 11 a.m., € 15 / red. € 10, TICKETS
Venue: Meeting point Künstlerhaus at Lenbachplatz
Running time: approx. 2,5 - 3 hours

Talk with Brygida Ochaim and Thomas Betz at the Symposium on May 18th at 10 a.m.

Munich was luminous, wrote Thomas Mann in Gladius Dei, published in 1903. What is not so well-known is at that time Munich was dancing too. Munich was a city for the new, free style of dancing; it was the cradle of this avant-garde art form. The artist Franz Stuck had Isadora Duncan dance for him in his villa, and photographed his daughter as a serpentine dancer. Protagonists such as Sent M’ahesa; Clotilde von Derp; Alexander Sacharoff; Rudolf von Laban; and Mary Wigman had their debuts in Munich already before 1914. Significant publications concerning this new dance form were published here; Hans Brandenburg, the chronicler of new art, lived and worked in Munich. The choreographer and dance historian Brygida Ochaim and the editor of Münchner Feuilleton Thomas Betz have put together a tour that takes one via bicycle to the important locations for rediscovering this part of Munich's history. From Künstlerhaus am Lenbachplatz to Palais Schrenck-Notzing to Villa Stuck.

A bicycle circuit to venues connected to Munich's dance history in the early modern art period – it's a new format for the DANCE festival. It takes the concept of an archive of movement literally and will become for the participants a special experience involving public urban spaces. The route takes them to venues such as, for example, Künstlerhaus, where Isadora Duncan and many others performed. The Munich artist Rita Sacchetto had her debut here in 1905 and so did Sent M’ahesa (who originally came from Riga, Latvia) with her ancient Egyptian dances in 1909. The career of the first female expressive dancer, Clotilde von Derp from the Munich quarter called Schwabing, began in 1910. That same year saw the start of the career of Alexander Sacharoff, the first modern male dancer, whose famous portrait by Alexej Jawlensky from the year 1909 is on display at the museum Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus. In 1913 Derp and Sacharoff formed the first modern dance twosome. Rudolf von Laban was the director of his first dance school in Munich, with the motto "dance, sound, word." His assistant Mary Wigman had her debut as a dancer at Palais Porcia on Kardinal-Faulhaber-Strasse in Munich.

And so it will become apparent that Munich was one of the important birthplaces of the free dance movement at the beginning of the 20th century and played an important role in the history of dance until the First World War broke out. The focus is on important events, performances, encounters with artists and writers, and spectacular performances that were celebrated or censored – all of this is supplemented by anecdotes and cultural and historical contextualization. Discover with us an exciting chapter in the history of dance.

The tour will be conducted by students from the Theater Institute of LMU Munich.
Tours in german: Fri. 17th, Sat. 18th, Sun. 19th, Thue. 21th, Fri. 24th, Sat. 25th and Sun. 26th of Mai
Tours in english: Wed. 22th and Thur. 23th of May

Research and Concept: Brygida Ochaim, Thomas Betz
Guides: Miriam Bornhak, Sabrina Kanthak, Elisabeth Kerschbaumer, Peter Sampel 

This event is part of the Munich Project "Lebendiges Archiv" ("Living Archive") that was initiated and is promoted by the Cultural Department.


  • If you have any questions or problems, please call us: +49 1515 9960809
  • You can order tickets online or by telephone at this number: +49 89  54 81 81 81.
  • Meeting point: MVG bike station at the corner Lenbachplatz/Maxburgstraße 
    (Attention! Not to be confused with Lenbachhaus!)
    Please be at the meeting point approximately 15 minutes before the tour starts:
    Tu – Fr at 3:45 p.m. / Sa & Su at 10:45 a.m.
  • You are welcome to use your own bicycle on the tour.
  • If you do not have a bicycle you can use, you can:
    - rent a bicycle all over the city from MVG. This functions very easily via the app.
    There is also a MVG bicycle station at the Lenbachplatz square.
    Please make sure beforehand there is a bicycle available to rent.
    When you come to the meeting point, please have the rental bicycle already with you.
    - rent an e-bike from MUC BIKE.
    Participants in the DANCE History Tour will receive a special 25% discount off the normal price,
    which is valid for the entire duration of the festival.
    The bicycle rental for the tour (3 hours) is approximately 12 euros;
    rental costs for 1 day (10 hours) are approximately 36 euros.
    Please have the rental e-bike already with you when you come to the meeting point.
  • If you come from outside of Munich, you can take your bike in the S-Bahn and U-Bahn
    with a one-day bicycle ticket by the MVV or DB. 
  • Please note: the number of tickets for each tour is limited, so be on the safe side and book in advance.
    As we will ride on streets with heavy traffic in the inner city, we recommend that you wear a bicycle helmet.

Traffic regulations are in force during the entire tour.
The guide's instructions must be followed at all times.
Participants are responsible for their own actions during the whole tour.
Participants going to the tour's meeting point and departing after the tour do so at their own risk as well.