Action Dialogues

Dana Caspersen belongs to the foremost protagonists of contemporary art and culture in Europe. The opportunity to develop a project on the topic of immigration jointly between Dana and the NH ProjektStadt, a major town and project developer in the federal state of Hesse, has been a great privilege and an adventure for us.”

Marion Schmitzstadtfeld, Director of the Competence Center for Integrated Urban Development, NH Projektstadt. Frankfurt, Germany. Project partner, “Knotunknot”

Action Dialogues

what is an action dialogue?

Action dialogues are public events where participants create a ground for connection and exchange on difficult topics by using simple physical methods to communicate on ideas, positions, beliefs.

physical methods of exchange

In a public action dialogue there is no audience, only participants, and no dancing, performance or physical skill is required. Instead, participants are invited into a highly structured choreographic framework, meaning a time and action based structure that uses physical means to help people communicate. In these physical dialogue models,  participants consider questions and exchange experience on issues ranging from immigration to violence to racism. They engage in actions such standing, sitting, gesturing and walking, in connection with sound and language, in order to reflect and connect on issues that matter to them and to their communities.

collaboration based on experience

Drawing on my expertise in conflict analysis and my forty years of experience with choreographic thinking, I collaborate with community members to create events that are tailored specifically to the needs of that community.


getting involved

These projects are supported by individuals, foundations, groups and institutions in the U.S., Germany and the U.K.

If you are interested in learning more about action dialogues, would like to take part in future events or would like to bring an event to your community, please be in touch.


Photos: Marion Borriss