I am Ben Schütz. I founded the Body Rhythm Festival as the first international festival for body percussion in Germany in 2015 in Hamburg. I was inspired by the work and friendship with Charles Raszl and the group Barbatuques from São Paulo, Brazil. My experiences at the International Body Music Festival and Circle Music Retreats also influence the festival.
I am Detlef von Boetticher. My main focus is the realisation of the concerts and events of the festival. As a musician and teacher, I have been running my project Fogo do Samba in Hamburg for over 20 years. For me, body percussion connects body (awareness), music and people in a unique way. I appreciate it as a valuable and lively element in my courses and workshops.
I am Lenja Rother. Since 2019, I have been supporting the Body Rhythm Festival organisationally and conceptually with great pleasure. In particular, I have provided technical support for the online events in order to make the special atmosphere and musical encounter possible in the digital world as well. Music and dance have accompanied me in life for a long time. As an engineer and project consultant, I am moved by sustainability issues.
In addition to the annual festival, Ben is active around the clock at Body Rhythm Hamburg, with workshops and regular courses, school projects, as well as team building and performances for corporate and private events.
The Body Rhythm Festival has no sponsors so far and is financed exclusively from the proceeds of ticket sales. Would you like to support us financially or in any other way? We are looking forward to any help to get the festival up and running.
We would like to thank all those who supported and accompanied us in setting up the festival. Our special thanks goes to Anke Hundius, who helped to bring the festival to life in its first year. We thank Keith Terry, whose artistic vision has brought the worldwide community together.
Further thanks goes to: Fernando Barba, Clemens Künneth, Catrin Zander, Melanie Torney, Kevin Schleuning, Anna Anjos, Andy Klupp, Billie Ukena, Bewegungswelten Team, Fabrik Team, Niko Sieveking, Karla Bauer, Karen Leimig, Eduardo Macedo, J.P. Koch, Aminu Umaru, Jojo Lange-Kabitz, Christian Herrmann, Gabriel Hahn, Georg Tedeschi, Valentin Jagodzinski, Ana Vrbaški, Sarah Lasaki, Anita Gritsch, Pedro Cosorte, Carla Fonseca, Elisa May, Markus Reinhard, Kai Schulz, Max Reckleben, Julia Pfältzer, Hung Nguyen.
We thank our families, in particular Hanna von Boetticher, Lenja Rother, Friederike Martina-Schütz and Klaus Schütz as well as all our friends, colleagues and partners for their energy, their inspiration, their open ears and hearts.