‘Golden Trash’ by MichaelDouglas

Built around a core group of dance artists, the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv in Cologne (Germany) continually investigates the intricacies of realizing dance productions through a collective process. Founded by dancers and choreographers Michael Maurissens and Douglas Bateman, the Kollektiv engages with the practical and theoretical aspects of collaboration. In 2013, the Kollektiv invited me to research on their dancework ‘Golden Trash’. I analysed the choreographic process of the award-winning (link) ‘Golden Trash’ with regard to body (memory), processes of imagination, and the collective’s organisational dynamics.

The successful methodology for this process was a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods, complementing questionnaires and statistical analysis with not only participant observation, but participant sensation. Participant observation privileges the visual gaze, whereas participant sensation includes the whole sentient body. Participant sensation highlights life and research processes as an experience of sharing the perceptible and the imperceptible with others; observing, listening and speaking to others, as well as trying to feel along with what they experience. Developing this approach is also based on my research on motility, i.e. looking at what happens before people move (link). 


  1. MichaelDouglas Kollektiv 
  2. Golden Trash\
  3. Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum
  4. University of Cologne Anthropology Department
  5. SK Stiftung Kultur, Dance Awards