dance, music, body wisdom from egypt

claudia heinle 

Claudia Heinle is a specialist in the Egyptian dance language. She performs and teaches contemporary dance based on ancient traditions. She has worked as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, mentor, manager, author and producer at an international level for 25 years. She is the artistic director of tanz raum - dance company, music label, and school.

university studies 

  • University of Constance (DE), 1988 - 1994 Political Sciences
  • University of Copenhagen (DK), 1992 - 1994 Political Sciences
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem (ISR), 1989 Political Sciences

dance studies 

  • Licence: Hilal Art Foundation (UK/CH), 1994 - 2004
  • Licence: Gyrotonic (USA), 2008 - 2018
  • Certificate: Per Ankh – Art of Daff (CH), 2017 -  2018
  • Certificate: Per Ankh – Art of Tahtib (CH), 2017 - 2018

dance studies in egypt

  • Certificate from the Arab Republic of Egypt, Governate El Minya (EGY), Fenced Stick Dance, 2009 

Dance and music in Egypt has been handed down orally from generation to generation for thousands of years by families of artists who specialise in their particular field. Claudia Heinle gained her knowledge from these families, who represent different genres of music and dance in Egypt. 

  • Luxor - Murad Metqali family 
  • Cairo - El Fuad family                            
  • El Minya - Abdel Alim family
  • Esna - Naqsbandi sufi order

current position

  • Claudia is founder and co-director, choreographer and dancer with tanz raum dance company and tanz raum music label.
    • As co-director and senior teacher of summer dance, an international residential for dance and music from Egypt, she organizes dance education for amateurs and professionals.
      • per ankh is a modular certification programme she has co-developed to improve training and understanding of the Egyptian dance and music language. She is a mentor for the per ankh certification "Art of Trance".
      • She teaches in her own studio in Constance (DE) and gives workshops and certified courses in other countries.


      artistic creations

      2019 Salam II
      Intercultural Performance Project

      Premiere: Garage Theatre Alexandria (EGY)
      created for 16 dancers and 3 musicians
      In collaboration with Jesuit Cultural Center Alexandria
      artistic direction, choreography, dance

      2019 Salam I
      Premiere: Garage Theatre Alexandria (EGY)
      created for 2 dancers and 3 musicians
      artistic direction, choreography, dance

      2019 Mia
      In Memoriam Hans Tschudi
      Premiere: Obere Mühle Dübendorf (CH)
      created for 1 dancer and 2 musicians
      In collaboration with Jesuit Cultural Center Alexandria
      artistic direction, choreography, dance

      2019 Vibrations
      Premiere: Krypta im Konstanzer Münster (DE)
      created for 1 dancer and 1 musicians
      In collaboration with Münsterkonzerte and Kulturamt Konstanz
      artistic direction, choreography, dance

      2018 Black & White
      Premiere: Sheikh Jaber Cultural Centre, Kuwait City (KWT) 
      created for 2 singers, 80 musicians, 30 dancers, 10 actors

      produced by Talal Al Muhanna for JACC, artistic director Hisam Jaber
      ethnographic choreographer, dance

      2017 Demons
      Premiere: Les Croisée des Cultures, Genf (CH)
      1 dancer + 4 musicians
      In collaboration with Les ADEM Genève
      artistic direction, choreography, dance

      2016 Doing Things
      Premiere: K9 Theatre (DE), Theater an der Grenze (CH)
      1 dancer + 2 musicians
      artistic direction, choreography, dance

      2015 Imperia
      Premiere:  Alte Katze (DE)
      in collaboration with Konzilstadt Konstanz
      1 dancer + 1 actor
      artistic codirection, choreography, dance

      2011 Akhou
      Premiere: Dreispitz Kreuzlingen (CH)
      Festival Interval, Lyon (FR)
      Tanzwerkstatt, Ludwigsburg (DE)
      3 dancers + 2 musicians
      artistic direction, choreograpic codirection, dance

      2008 Abyad
      Premiere: Dreispitz Kreuzlingen (CH)
      3 dancers + 2 musicians

      artistic direction, choreography, dance

      1998 Aluaan
      Premiere: Spiegelhalle Konstanz (DE)
      created for 30 amateur dancers
      artistic direction, choreography, dance

      production & management

      Al Janub 
      Premiere: Tanzhaus Düsseldorf (DE) 
      created for 3 dancers + 3 musicians, choreography Suraya Hilal
      production, management, touring 

      1998 Spirit 
      Premiere: Queen Elisabeth Hall London (UK)
      created for 1 dancer, 1 singer, 7 musicians, choreography Suraya Hilal
      production, management, touring 


      dance research & writing

      The Egyptian dance language is one of the oldest documented dance languages in the world as well as a universal art form.  
      Claudia Heinle is currently researching and writing a book:

      “Dance & Ritual in Ancient Egypt”

      places she has performed and worked

      Garage Theatre Alexandria (EGY) I JACC Opera House Kuwait City (KW) I Haus der Kulturen in Berlin (DE) I Dansens Hus in Stockholm (SE) I Dance House Zurich (CH) I Cankarjew Dom in Ljubljana (SL) I Queen Elizabeth Hall in London (UK) I Tanzhaus in Dusseldorf (DE) I Theaterspektakel in Zurich (CH) I The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (EGY) I Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (FR) I WHO Copenhagen I Theatro Espacia Culturale, Torino (IT) I ADEM Les Ateliers Geneva (CH) I CAK Center for African Culture Oslo (NO) I University Constance (DE) I Stadttheater Constance I Tanzwerkstatt Ludwigsburg (DE) I Dynamo Zürich (CH) I Movimiento Bologna (IT) I Kathawat Forli (IT) I Inter’Val Lyon (FR) I K9 Theatre, Constance (DE) I Poussière du Monde Geneva (CH) I Winchester Theatre College (UK) I Akhar Studio Bern (CH) I Le Ginkgo (FR) I Tanzform Constance (DE) I Al Nur Groningen (NL) I Tanz Rausch Zurich (CH) I Artze Bouille (FR) I Das Trösch (CH) I Alte Katze, Constance (DE), Festiv'été Belley (FR), Dreispitz, Kreuzlingen (CH), Obere Mühle, Zurich (CH), Dynamo Theater, Zurich (CH), Festival Babel Danse Saint Brieuc, (FR), Vertes et Pas Mûres, Ambérieu-en-Dombes (FR), Mini Theater Spekatakel, Feldmeilen (CH)

      voluntary work

      Claudia Heinle shares her knowledge in projects with refugees in collaborations with HTWG Constance and the University of Constance.

      2017 Kinder des Lichts
      Prof. Dr. Judith Grießhaber HTWG Constance

      2018 Save Me - Monday Meeting
      Dr. Marion Mallmann-Biehler University of Constance 

      2019 body awareness for female refugees
      Zahide Sarikas Stadträtin der Stadt Konstanz