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Brenda Dixon-Gottschild & Hellmut Gottschild

In Bodies We Trust – Tongue Smell Color Revisite

Brenda Dixon-Gottschild and Hellmut Gottschild created the movement theater discourse, "Tongue Smell Color", in 1999. Through the lens of a historical and cultural perspective, it examines how race, sex and power have played a role in their experiences as an interracial couple. "Tongue Smell Color" combines dance, mime, choreography, and words and provokes audiences to interrogate racism in their own lives. lt has toured campuses and performing arts centers nationwide and abroad from 1999 to 2008.

Brenda and Hellmut are now taking a reflexive view of that event with "In Bodies - We Trust Tongue Smell Color revisited". In today's performance, Brenda and Hellmut re-contextualize their "place at the table" in 2017 with excerpts from a film screening of Tongue Smell Color from 2002.


Brenda Dixon-Gottschild is a freelance writer, consultant, performer, lecturer and former consultant and writer for "Dance Magazine", She is Professor Emerita of dance studies at Temple University and the author of "Digging the Africanist Presence in American Performance: Dance and Other Contexts"; "Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era"; "The Black Dancing Body-A Geography from Coon to Cool"; and "Joan Myers Brown and The Audacious Hope of the Black Ballerina - A Biohistory of American Performance".
Brenda has been awarded many honors that include: the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Civil Rights Award (2016): the International Association for Blacks in Dance Outstanding Scholar Award (2013); the Congress on Research in Dance Award for Outstanding Leadership in Dance Research (2008); and winner of the 2004 de la Torre Bueno prize for scholarly excellence in dance publication and the 2001 Congress on Research in Dance Award for Outstanding Scholarly Dance Publication.

Hellmut Gottschild is widely known as the founder and long-time director of ZeroMoving Dance Company. His work has influenced many younger dance artists. His movement theater has been informed by growing up on both sides of the Iron Curtain, several years as a blue collar worker, studies in fine art, ten years working with the German modern dance expressionist, Mary Wigman (as her student and, later, her teaching assistant in his native Berlin), and finally the transplantation to the US.
In the 1990s, Hellmut was chosen to be a member of the first generation of Pew Fellows, which led to a year of reflection and time away from his company and position as a professor of dance at Temple University. Now retired, Hellmut is concentrating on his independent artistic work. He has received numerous honors and awards for both his independent work and work with his company.

Current Performances
Sat 12.08.2017 | 16:00 | Bibliothek im August (HAU2)
Bibliothek im August
Opening 2017
Photocredit Donald E. Camp