LABS - Dance in Society

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (Umbrella Association for Dance in Germany) is launching a series of laboratories on the topic of “Dance in Society”. In two-day working sessions, colleagues will be looking at areas of dance that extend into society and the results or interim statuses of these sessions will then be made available to all creative dance artist and interested parties in the form of documentation.

The laboratories are open to all interested parties and also address current developments and issues arising from the pandemic.


Terminverschiebung LAB Stadt in Bewegung:
Aus unvorhergesehenen organisatorischen Gründen muss das LAB „Stadt in Bewegung“ leider in den Herbst verschoben werden. Wir bedauern dies sehr und halten Sie bzgl. eines neuen Termins auf dem Laufenden.

LAB – City in Motion – the Performative in the City

A laboratory on the question of the representational dimension of city, or of representation (in) the city

Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21, 2021 (tbc) at the Stuttgart Center and the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart.

Almost every text begins or started last year with "in the Corona crisis..." And with that, the pandemic has flushed to the surface a topic that for a long time received little attention, especially in the performing arts - the public, mostly urban space and the
performance - what is their relationship and, above all, what is their condition? From which point of view can actually who, what, how and where develop into a stage? What does the art of dance in particular need in order to develop an impact and appeal in urban spaces far removed from its traditional stages? Where are the public, urban spaces that dance can use? - Spaces that are already used as performative places, for urban dance, for example. Spaces that can become performance venues because of their central location.
Especially when you look at Stuttgart - with its national and international players in the performing and applied arts - from a bird's eye view, the topography alone makes you think of an amphitheater. With the immense construction sites mostly in the heart of the city and their constant movement, the city is permanently in a performative, i.e. in a moving, ever-changing state and is thus predestined for this Lab.

During two days of discussions and workshops the city as stage and the stage as city will be discussed, tested and explored.
city will be discussed, tested and explored. Dance professionals and artists as well as urban developers and planners and the Stuttgart administration are welcome. Due to Corona, the number of participants is currently limited to 25 to max. 30 people.
The number is subject to change.


Questions as a basis for the development of the content of the program:

  • Under which aspects is the city interesting/frictional/sustainable to discuss as a performative foil/player for the future handling of dance art in public space?
  • Which potentials does the urban space offer for dance, which points of view are to be focused on urgently?
  • What does a choreographic and dance performance in the city mean? For the citizens, for the public space, for the ordinances, for the......

It is important that local actors of dance and cultural institutions discuss pressing local issues and topics together with the administration - external expertise is requested and brought in as an impulse.

In cooperation with:
Akademie Schloss Solitude, CURRENT Stuttgart, Freie Tanz- und Theaterszene Stuttgart (FTTS),
iba27, Kulturamt Stuttgart, KulturRegion Stuttgart (tbc), Produktionszentrum Tanz +
Performance (PZ), TANZPAKT Stuttgart, TanzSzene BW, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart



LAB Physical Distancing as a collaborative method of dance mediation

Friday, October 1st, and Saturday, October 2nd 2021 in Hamburg

On October 1 and 2, 2021, the Dachverband Tanz in cooperation with K3 - Zentrum für Choreografie | Tanzplan Hamburg will host a lab for professional dance educators. Together with the participants Fabian Chyle, Sebastian Matthias and Lucia Rainer will experiment with methods of trial-and-error to approach the question: "How can practices of physical distancing work as a collaborative method of dance mediation?" Oriented around impulses of proximity, distance, and collaboration, participants* are invited to engage in collaborative choreographic research - both analog and virtual - or entirely digital if Corona regulations do not allow otherwise. The goal of the joint research is to test formats of collaboration and to develop an analog-virtual collection of methods that reflect distanced-collaborative movement practices and further develop them in their own mediation practice.

The LAB Physical Distancing as a collaborative method of dance mediation takes place as part of a series of laboratories on the topic of "Dance and Society" of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland within the framework of the qualification format of DIS-TANZEN and in cooperation with K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie I Tanzplan Hamburg.

Further information will be published here soon.