Documentary film | DE/BE/NL/GB 2016 | 49' | English OV with French, German, Turkish, Japanese, Greek subtitles

The body as archive is a documentary film based on research that considers ways in which the dancer's body can be regarded as archive.

Dancers create, accumulate and carry knowledge - where is it stored and what do they explore through their practice? Is it possible to locate kinetic knowledge and understand its connection between subjective vision and objective realisation?

The body as archive explores the role of dancer in the preservation of collective knowledge, it's transmission and it's accessibility.


The body as archive is available for online viewing here


Director Michael Maurissens

Written by Michael Maurissens and Darko Dragičević

First Assistant Director Darko Dragičević

Director of Photography/Editor Alexander Basile

Music composed by Gregor Schwellenbach


Funded by TANZFONDS ERBE - Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW


1st Assistant Camera Janosch Pugnaghi

Gaffer/Sound Christian Schuermann

Boom operator Simon den Hartog

Grading Jan-Peter Horns

Offline Editor Jens Vetter

Catering Moritz Erian


Translation Karoline Strys

Advisor Dr. Scott deLahunta


With the participation of  Prof. Dr. Maaike Bleeker, Allison Brown, Prof. Patrick Haggard, Fabrice Mazliah, Jone San Martin, Michael Schumacher, Prof. Dr. Gerald Siegmund, Prof. Wolf Singer, Dr.-Ing. Michael Steinbusch, Thomas Thorausch, ldiko Toth, Jonas Dometshauser