I am fascinated by the human body in all its expressions: how we move, how we present ourselves, how we position ourselves socially, how we change and adapt over our lifetimes in response to various challenges. As a teacher, I see my strength in my genuine wish to support each individual’s journey. Their experiences, as well as, their curiosities, doubts, vulnerabilities and lust to move and study are invited, to create a safe learning atmosphere. Sharing the time and space, rolling, crawling, turning, running and jumping, sweating together is one of my biggest passions, especially when it includes reflection upon social norms and embodied societal behaviours.
My passion for networks has intensified in recent years, as I am involved in various networks, collaborative groups and collectives. The Radical Contact network is a network of embodied activists and dancers for example. Poppy is a curatorial and artistic collective organising events and occurrences at Ponderosa and Altes Finanzamt is a collective of artists, creators and performers based in Berlin- Neukölln. And of course, let’s not forget the Axis Syllabus International Research Network… all networks feed and challenge my genuine desire to collaborate with diverse creative bodyminds. As well as it regularly ask me to stay with the trouble, to question socialized, embodied behaviours and structures. It enables to experience joy in struggle.
I graduated at the SEAD / Salzburg (2004-2008) and am currently a student of Gender Studies / Educational Studies in Berlin. My work includes interdisciplinary perspectives that relate to my interest in queer theory, intersectional feminism, and postcolonial studies, as well as pondering and exploring private realities as a queer woman.
Find a portfolio of my performance works here: www.dianathielen.com
2019 "Me, my body and..."
2016 „The practice of inquiry“ | “Yoga, a perspective”| “Körperimage im Yoga” | ”Contemplating Yoga Asana Vocabulary using the Axis Syllabus Lexicon “ | ”Reflect your practice “ | ”activism, dance and yoga”|
past and current teachings, lectures and readings:
Kelim Center for Choreography, Bat Yam, Israel
Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen, Germany
UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles, USA
HZT, Inter-University Centre for Dance, Berlin, Germany
Shake it, Fach-und Aktionstag zu Tanz, Körperpolitik und Empowerment, NRW Tanzbüro Köln, Germany
ROAR-Radical Journeys in Body, Dance and Performance, Berlin, Germany
Tanztreffen der Jugend, Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany
Kunstuniversität Graz, Institut für Genderforschung, Graz, Austria
Internationale Bühnenwerkstatt, Graz, Austria
Queere Ringvorlesung, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, Germany
Theatertreffen der Jugend, Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany
Fresh Festival, San Francisco, USA
Smash- intensive training in experimental physical performance, Berlin, Germany