Dominika Cohn

PhD Project "Inside choreography. Participative choreographic works in contemporary dance" (completed)

Dominika Cohn dedicated her research project to participatory choreographic projects, as they have increasingly emerged in the field of contemporary dance in the last two decades. The focus was on works in which the audience is physically involved in the moment of performance in such a way that they become part of the choreography. The touches, movements and encounters between participants and performers initiated by the respective choreographies were examined by Ms. Cohn as a specific form of reception.

The aim of the dissertation project was to describe corporal-sensual participation in choreography as a form of aesthetic practice and to question it with regard to both its aesthetic and political significance.



Dominika Cohn (née Willinek) studied contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London and then spent several years working as a freelance choreographer and dancer in Berlin and internationally. During this period, she also completed a master’s degree in dance studies at Freie Universität Berlin in 2014. From 2015 to 2018, she taught dance at the Staatstheater Braunschweig. Since April 2019, she has been researching participative choreography in the “Aesthetic Practice” research training group.


Short CV

Professional career

Since 04/2019: PhD student at the DFG Research Training Group "Aesthetic Practice" at the University of Hildesheim with a research focus on participatory choreography.

Since 01/2012: Co-director of the YET Company (choreography & dramaturgy).

Since 08/2018: Freelance choreographer and dance facilitator based in Braunschweig.

08/2015 – 07/2018: Dance facilitator and dance project manager at Staatstheater Braunschweig as well as choreographer for young audiences in the format of "Junger Tanz".

08/2008 – 07/2015: Freelance choreographer, dancer and dance teacher in Berlin.



10/2011 – 03/2014: MA "Dance Studies", Freie Universität Berlin

09/2005 – 07/2008: BA (Hons) "Contemporary Dance ", LABAN Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London

08/2004 – 04/2005: Semester abroad with an Erasmus scholarship at the Pázmány Péter University, Budapest, Hungary

10/2002 – 07/2005: BA "European Studies: Languages, Literature, Culture" at the Catholic University of Eichstätt. Minor in Political Science


Further work experience

03/2013 – 06/2013: Participation in the French-German think tank "Transfabrik" under the direction of Dr. Franz Anton Cramer and Dr. Yvane Chapuis, reflection on the current situation of performance and dance art in Germany and France.

10/2012 – 02/2013: Choreographic assistance for Thomas Hauert/ZOO at the FU Berlin.

09/2001– 08/2002: Voluntary social service in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.



2023: „Choreografien des Taktilen: Berühren und Berührt-Werden als (absente) ästhetische Praxis“, in: Kulturwissenschaftliche Zeitschrift 6(2).

2023: zus. mit Jens Schmidt: „Performance-Ökologie auf Endlospapier: Der Situationsapparat Nr. 3 als Beziehungsübung“, in: Jens Roselt/Ekaterina Trachsel (Hg.), Üben üben, Paderborn: Brill/Fink (zur Publikation angenommen).