About Dana

Dana Caspersen, MS, MFA, is a conflict specialist, author and performing artist. Her work focuses on empowering individuals to affect change in destructive systems. In her nearly three decades as a leading artist with the Ballet Frankfurt and the Forsythe Company, and as a primary collaborator of choreographer William Forsythe, Caspersen created work ranging from inventing the world’s largest bouncy castle for Artangel in London to developing internationally acclaimed stage works such as Eidos: Telos and I Don’t Believe in Outer Space. In her recent book, Changing the Conversation: The 17 Principles of Conflict Resolution, she offers effective tools for turning conflict into an opportunity for positive change. Caspersen’s work using choreographic thinking to create large-scale international public dialogue projects on topics ranging from immigration to violence has brought together thousands of people from diverse communities across the world.


At the Center, Caspersen will work with diverse local communities to develop a region-specific tool: the choreographic public dialogue Violence: Recode. Using physical posture, language and live music, Violence:Recode is a platform for experience and exchange that functions through the motion of the participants. In the public events that Caspersen and her collaborators will work toward, the body becomes the arena that allows individuals and communities to examine the ways they shape and are shaped by political, economic, and cultural systems of structural violence, such as racism, sexism and nationalism.