[Side Event] [en] Soirée Des Voyageurs: Dance to Ecstasy

The „Safer Nightlife Berlin“ network is once again organizing several salon events in 2021 on issues relating to health and nightlife. The seventh „Soirée de Voyageurs“ will take place  as part of the international conference Stadt Nach Acht, this time focusing on the links between dance, being high and the state of ecstasy.

Since time immemorial, dancing has served ritual, symbolic, unifying and intoxicating purposes. However, dancers who became high by their own movements were also suspected of being possessed and of disturbing public order.

What significance has dancing perhaps always had? With which positive and negative associations was and is dancing symbolically charged? Which dance rituals, settings, and techniques can be traced back a long way, but are still conspicuously often found on the dance floors of our clubs and festivals today? What happens when we integrate dancing as an important part of our living?

Limited places, please register at the information desk.


20:00 Admission

20:30 Welcome – Catalina Lopez aka Alma Linda

20:35 The pathologization of dance, intoxication and ecstasy in Western culture – Rüdiger Schmolke (SONAR Berlin)

20:45 Dance and intoxication as a necessity for a fulfilled life – Rob Bennett aka Robot Bennett

21:15 Panel Discussion with Catalina, Rob and Rü

22:15 Salon

23:00 End

Catalina Lopez | DJ | Booker | Promoter | Journalist, Berlin (DE)
Rüdiger Schmolke | SONAR – Safer Nightlife Berlin | Chill Out e.V. Potsdam (DE)

Robert Bennett | Bodytherapist | Psychologist | Anthropologist | Musician | DJ, Berlin (DE)

SONAR – Safer Nightlife Berlin is a collaborative project of Fixpunkt e.V., vista gGmbH, Notdienst Berlin e.V., eclipse e.V. and the Clubcommission Berlin among other partners, aiming to improve health conditions in Berlin’s nightlife. SONAR is funded by the Senatsverwaltung für Gesundheit, Pflege und Gleichstellung des Landes Berlin.

health & safety Side Event