About Tanja Erhart
Tanja Erhart (she/her), born in Austria based in London, identifies as a queer, crip - chronically ill and physically disabled - dance artist, cultural anthropologist and intersectional pleasure activist. Tanja performs, creates her own work, teaches, choreographs, holds lectures & talks about disability, ableism and dance at various events worldwide. Her collaborators include Sarah Blanc, Candoco Dance Company, Claire Cunningham Projects, Farah Saleh, Michael Turinsky etc. Currently she’s curious exploring movement practices of her 3 different bodyminds - onelegged, with her wheelchair or threelegged with her crutches - and pleasure activism in dance and disability justice, focusing on access, care, desires, access riders, exploring the vastness of the aesthetics of access and dismantling oppressive structures like ableism in her practices. The dance production j_e_n_g_a premiered in 2022, in collaboration with Tanja’s crutches and her dance colleague Katharina Senk, is an interactive dance film and a live performance about pleasure as a juicy resource of movement in interaction with the 2 crutches and as an interface in the discourse between disability and feminism.
image description: Blurry in the back of the image, there are two sign language interpreters signing, wearing black and sitting on black chairs on a purple rug. Tanja, wearing a burgundy tracksuit with a velvety feel and black long trousers, is leaning on her left buttock and forearm on the white dance floor while she’s smiling, gesturing something undefinable, but clearly enjoying the conversation with someone behind the camera.