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Schlagenwerth, Michaela

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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 30/04/2008

Wayne McGregor's hyper-intelligent dance

Michaela Schlagenwerth portrays the British star choreographer Wayne McGregor, who combines dance and cognitive science in his work. "McGregor is the inventor of an entirely new language of movement - something that's increasingly seldom in the world of dance. His dances, in which different parts of the body twist and stretch in all directions and yet at the same time exude a robot- and plant-like air, are furiously fast. ... McGregor assigns his dancers tasks of a mathematical structure, with difficult rhythms and complicated timing. He creates connections between intuition and intellect, instinct and consciousness, and this is what gives his choreographies such an enthralling, over-alert and thus futuristic atmosphere. ... He has developed his own dance language from the machine-like, algorithm-based club music to which the body moves as if electrified."

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | 07/06/2007

The dispute about mosques in German cities

In Germany there is a discussion about whether new mosques should be built in city centres. Now, plans for a central mosque in Cologne have reignited the debate. According to Michaela Schlagenwerth, mosques give Islam a more visible presence and promote the integration of Muslims into German society. "We need competent critics who pose awkward questions. However they must decide whether they want to support or hinder the arrival of Islam in Germany. One thing's for sure: Islam in Germany is undergoing a transformation, not only within Islamic organisations. Muslims are coming out of the shadows of the backyards and becoming a visible, tangible force within German society. In those places where there are already mosques, the reports are similar: Neighbourly relations replace fear; schoolchildren, senior citizens and other groups attend guided tours, and in publicity brochures, cities gladly include cityscapes with minarets."

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