Diana Thielen 
                                               
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

writings:

2019 "Me, my body and..."

2018 "How to tell our own stories-or-how to dance with a whale" | „Wenn ich nicht tanzen kann…“ Essay in 3 parts

2017 “Decolonizing Performance” | “Choufthouhonna-Feminist Art Festival Tunis” | “Thoughts about Work” |

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”|

2015 “time is a monster” | “How can we create spaces where everyone’s needs matter?

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