Dance – in artistic works and as a cultural activity – is an essential part of our social life. Dance connects people of all generations, regardless of origin and social position, cultural or religious background, in urban as well as in rural areas. Dance thrives on physical and aesthetic diversity, and creates encounters, dialogue and community.
Dance in Germany means 60 ballet and dance theatre ensembles at municipal and state theatres, around 1,000 independent contemporary ensembles and project collectives, around 15,000 dance professionals in artistic projects, dance education and dance schools.
In order to strengthen this large area of dance, the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland has joined forces with strong cultural-political players: Bundesdeutsche Ballett- und Tanztheaterdirektor*innen-Konferenz, Bureau Ritter, K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg, Nationales Performance Netz, nrw landesbuero tanz, Tanzbüro Berlin, TanzSzene Baden-Württemberg.
With the INITIATIVE TANZ, project funding from the states, municipalities and the federal government is to be expanded in the years 2023 to 2025 through targeted federal funding in such a way that
- dance productions are shown for longer and can reach a larger, more diverse audience in cities and rural areas,
- spaces for dance are created in the states and municipalities and
- the social situation of dance professionals is improved.
In order to strengthen the artists, ensembles and production venues of dance and to promote their offerings for a diverse, changing audience, the INITIATIVE TANZ focuses on:
1. scholarship support for artistic development
2. sustainable impact and reach promotion for artistic productions
3. excellence clusters to strengthen substantial structures in dance
4. strengthening ballet, dance theatre and contemporary ensembles
5. nationwide development of the field of dance for young audiences.
In order for these measures to be implemented, the INITIATIVE TANZ is campaigning for a significant increase in federal funding in this legislative period.
The INITIATIVE DANCE is a first approach to strengthen dance in Germany. It focuses first on artistic work. The strengthening of dance pedagogy, dance science, dance journalism and a focus on the topics of digital dance projects and archives of dance are equally urgent.
The updated concept “Tanzförderung Stadt-Land-Bund”.
The INITIATIVE TANZ trailer combines the demands of the Initiativgruppe Tanzförderung with cultural-political voices and statements by dance professionals.
Michael Freundt (Management)
Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e. V.
Mariannenplatz 2, D-10997 Berlin