dancing in circles

local dancing invites you to dance local dances for pleasure, accompanied by live keyboard music in Offenbach, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt.

They include dances such as the Leg Swing Dance, the Exquisite Dance, the 5-5-5-5-5 Dance, the Summertime Sadness Dance, the Skeleton Dance, the Bird Dance and the Lazy Dance.

Using queer transmission and speculative instant tradition as methods, we imagine popular group dances that may have travelled through time and became non-binary and unpaired. Detached from a national narrative, the dances pretend to be local wherever they are.

They are all proposals of how to come together in dancing, and how the repetition and routine of a circular choreography can hold us.

Initiated by: Clara Reiner (she/her), René Alejandro Huari Mateus (she*/her*), Jacob Bussmann (he/him), and Frédéric De Carlo (they/them).

For Whom?

People of all ages who enjoy community dancing are welcome. Dance experience is not necessary.


Registration is not necessary. It is possible to attend individual sessions. It is possible to join at any time. Just drop by! Snacks and drinks will be provided : )

INQUIRIES TO: local-dancing@posteo.de


About 1,5 hours. Break after 45 minutes. Spontaneous breaks are always possible.


Spoken English and German. French and Spanish and slow understanding are possible. Understanding the language is not essential.


Translation at one meeting. The music will be made perceptible via light and bass. Date + details will be published here.


Joining the choreographed dances requires the ability to coordinate the body, follow rhythms and imitate movements. However the practice is not about dancing well, fast or beautifully. It is danced standing upright on one‘s feet. Participation with so-called learning disabilities is possible. No change of location during meetings. Human and animal companions and children are welcome. Information regarding barriers of the festival center, see HERE


Please come tested. If the infection rate is low, masks can be omitted in case of unanimity. If the infection rate is high, masks will be worn. It is possible to dance without physical contact. Updates according to the pandemic situation and local guidelines.

Concept: Clara Reiner
Choreography and practice: Jacob Bussmann, Frédéric De Carlo,
René Alejandro Huari Mateus, Clara Reiner
Music: Jacob Bussmann
Production: Clara Reiner
Graphics: Zuzana Zabkova

Curated via the Open Call.

Supported by IMPLANTIEREN 2022/23, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Kulturamt der Stadt Frankfurt am Main and Kulturamt der Stadt Offenbach am Main.

Supported by the residence program in the frame of ID_Tanzhauses Frankfurt Rhein-Main, a project by ID_Frankfurt – Independent Dance and Performance e.V. and Stadtteilbüro Nordend Offenbach.