Tanja Erhart und Sam Musy

Portrait der Mentorin

Foto: Tanjas Krücke als Selfiestick

Tanja Erhart (she/her), born in Austria 1983, currently based in London, defines herself as a white, queer and crip – disabled and chronically ill – dance artist, cultural anthropologist and intersectional pleasure activist. She co-created, facilitated and performed internationally contemporary dance with Claire Cunningham Projects, Michael Turinsky, Farah Saleh, Candoco Dance Company etc. and premiered her first dance piece and interactive dance film j_e_n_g_a with Katharina Senk in 2022. Tanja is curious exploring aesthetics of access in the movement of her own three bodyminds - with her wheelchair, with her crutches and one-legged without any assistive tools - and in collaborations with other divers bodyminds, while dismantling oppressive structures of ableism in dance through centring access and care, needs and desires of D/deaf, disabled, neurodiverse and chronically ill artists and audience members.

Foto: Clem Kuenzler

Foto: Clem Kuenzler

Sam Musy, *1990 born in Switzerland in a white upper-middle class family. He is non-binary, bisexual, autistic, schizophrenic. His studies in social sciences (and then cinema) where both interrupted, swept over by waves of illness. Stemmed from his hospitalizations experiences, Sam is now advocating for disability justice & transgender folk's rights. In 2021 he was guest performer in « Criptonite, Be Inspired ! » a show in Gessnerallee Zürich by the queer-crip theater company « Criptonite ». In 2022 he was in a workshop for crip & trans people in Nyon at BDQI. Art and activism intertwine in Sam's life in his passion for drag shows. Dance is freedom, he danced since he was a toddler and it's his favorite way to stim.