Marion Kant is a musicologist and dance historian (PhD, Humboldt University: Romantic Ballet: an Inquiry into Gender); she has published widely in the field of dance and movement research. From the age of fourteen she danced at the Komische Oper Berlin and also worked as a dramaturge. For many years she has been writing reviews on opera and musical theatre. Travel writing, like performance reviews, for her, is part of a larger project of cultural criticism. It can — and should — raise awareness of social matters.