The Exchange

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

The Exchange

walking together

The Exchange invites you to step into a choreographic public dialogue that does not depend on physical skill, has no audience and functions only through your actions. This interactive public event involves participants in asking the question:

How do we as individuals affect the level of violence in the world through our thinking and actions?

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The Exchange, Cologne, Germany

attention as action

Developed in collaboration with the MichaelDouglas Collective, The Exchange offers a physical framework from which to reflect and exchange on individual and global violence mechanisms. Participants are invited to consider what they believe about the use of violence, where they learned those beliefs, and how those beliefs focus their attention and actions in conflict.

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speaking through action

In the current national and international atmosphere of heightened division across racial, religious and ideological lines, violent interactions increasingly become a common, if unwanted, norm and a sense of hopelessness often arises. Through the actions of listening, speaking and walking, The Exchange offers participants a way to consider the effect that we, as individuals, have on the systems of interaction that we take part in daily, and how positive change might take place.

If you are interested in bringing The Exchange to your community or learning more, please be in touch.




The Exchange was produced by The MichaelDouglas Kollektiv.

The project has been supported by Culture Department of the City of Cologne, Germany, the Land Ministery NRW, the Kunststiftung NRW, the Center for Contemporary Dance, Cologne, the University for Music and Dance, Cologne, ZAIK, the Atelierhaus Quartier am Hafen and the Orangerie – Theater am Volksgarten.

Photos: Almut Elhardt