Since 2017, it has been our passion to inspire children and adolescents to find their own passion for dancing, and to make them curious about dance performances. Our name reflects the fact that we don’t want to reach boys or girls exclusively. Purple is neither pink nor is it blue, but a mixture between both colors, thereby forgoing the traditional color code and treating all genders as equal. PURPLE is for everybody.
By really engaging with a dance performance, audiences enhance their emotional and spatial perception, as it requires more abstract cognitive abilities than you might think. We curate a sensual and dynamic program every year, incorporating a number of different aesthetic approaches as well as addressing questions that are relevant in the international contemporary dance scene.
Our goal is not only to sharpen the kids’ perceptive abilities, but to encourage them to participate, to empathize and to reflect on what they have seen. This is why we not only offer performances, but also framework programs for every piece we show. In addition, there are dance workshops for adolescents on the weekends.
With us, school and kindergarten teachers can acquire a basic understanding of modern dance in a free of charge workshop. It’s designed to encourage them to integrate dance in their everyday work with their class some more after attending the festival.
Since the beginning, we have been cooperating with Berlin cultural institutions from our festival centre Uferstudios. Currently with HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Theater an der Parkaue, Theater Strahl, TANZKOMPLIZEN, Theater o.N. and JugendWerkstattSpandau, to bring dance art to young audiences on various stages throughout the city. We are part of the project "Offensive Tanz für junges Publikum" in Berlin and would like to contribute to the visibility of dance for young audiences. We’re in the process of expanding our international networks in the dance world in order to generate synergy effects for this young branch.
Canan Erek has been a dancer, choreographer and producer for more than 20 years, living and working in Berlin, her chosen home. In her work, she has been increasingly engaged in cultural education for over ten years, developing projects that make contemporary dance accessible to children and adolescents.
Inge Zysk has been working for various international choreographers and organizations in Berlin, Germany and various European countries for more than 20 years. Her work comprises project management, production management, acquisition, tour management, application for grants, Public Relations, conceptual work, networking and consulting.