First round of funding
TANZPAKT RECONNECT supports 51 projects with 5,5 million euros.
159 applications from artists and organisations in 13 German federal states were submitted to the jury, requesting funding of around 18.7 million euros in total. On 26th and 27th October, the jury selected 51 projects for funding, awarding them grants amounting to a total of 5.5 million euros.
Projects selected for funding:
“Reconnect Participative Dance”
Reconnect Participative Dance seeks to map, evaluate and, if appropriate, further develop the digital, analogue and hybrid participatory formats that have emerged in the German contemporary dance scene during the coronavirus pandemic. Formats that were useful and worked well will be preserved and promoted, while others will be improved or refined. Four working groups will focus on four specific topics: ‘dance and age’, ‘mixed-abled dance’, ‘dance in schools’ and ‘international contexts’. The results will be made available on an online platform.
“Sustainability of work, developing new formats, archiving and dissemination of knowledge”
The choreographer Eszter Salamon will use her TANZPAKT RECONNECT funding to structure her work and expand her artistic practice. Practically, this will be made possible by the hiring of a manager and dramaturg to assist in her work, as well as a new office and rehearsal space in Berlin. Reflecting on previous artistic projects from her 20-year career requires an expanded archival practice. In addition, Eszter Salamon will develop new formats and collaborations, focusing increasingly on the medium of film.
“Cranky Bodies Testing Ground”
The intergenerational ensemble Cranky Bodies seeks to explore what a permanent and independent organisational structure might look like in the contemporary dance sector, and how such a structure could serve as a model for other national and international dance scenes. This will involve creating new positions in production management and press/PR in order to attract bookings and partners, maintain and develop the repertoire, and document and evaluate the work. Cranky Bodies are also planning a residency and two-week R&D period for five dancers, enabling them to develop their work and delve deep into artistic practices and techniques.
“tanz.nord – artists network Hamburg-Schleswig Holstein”
Created as a cooperation between four dance institutions in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein, tanz.nord is the first formal structure enabling dance artists from both states to collaborate. With approx. 40 events organised around five modules, dance professionals will have the opportunity to network and develop new working relationships, thus strengthening the dance scenes in both regions. tanz.nord is a sustainable dance network that aims to unlock new venues for dance and attract local audiences far from the big cities.
“Reizend – an open studio in Schwelm”
The open studio Reizend (which means both ‘charming’ and ‘irritating’) will serve as the artist duo deufer&plischke’s choreographic production space in Schwelm. At the same time, it will be a space where local residents can participate in artistic processes. Implementing digital practices developed during the Covid-19 pandemic, the artists aim to produce their work more sustainably and create a stronger international presence for it. One space in the studio complex will be dedicated to offering somatic practices.
“co-exisTANZ: more than a dance studio for the independent scene in Heidelberg”
co-exisTANZ aims to boost the independent dance scene in Heidelberg. Its long-term plan is to establish an artist-led, professional rehearsal space in the city, with its own artistic programme and budget. Currently, the scene is using a studio rented by INTER-ACTIONS in 2019 as part of an interim use agreement. Funding from Tanzpakt RECONNECT will be used to professionalise the studio and turn it into a hub offering rehearsal space, creative learning activities, professional development and networking opportunities for the independent scene in Heidelberg and the Rhein-Neckar metropolitan area.
“ON THE GROUND and ON THE MOVE”
Emanuele Soavi incompany is expanding its production, communications and creative learning departments in order to create a framework for working with major music institutions, orchestras and composers of electronic music. It is developing artistic projects and creative learning initiatives with the Cologne Opera and Philharmonic, the Duisburg Philharmonic and, in the long-term, the Network of European Philharmonics . Working with TanzFaktur Cologne, it will set out a strategy for creating an experimental repertoire and ensuring that projects are produced sustainably.
“Space for exploration”
Supported by TANZPAKT RECONNECT, Enrico Ticconi and Ginevra Panzetti will work more intensively with their current team (made up of a production manager, tour manager, sound designer and dramaturg), independently of specific projects. By doing so, they aim to implement sustainable strategies for distributing their work on stage and in the digital realm. They will also rent a rehearsal space in Berlin to undertake creative research projects, transforming it into a space for experimental encounters and artistic conversations, both in a local context and for a broader audience.
“Developing a sustainable structure”
The RECONNECT funding will be used to establish a flexible and sustainable company structure, both on an artistic and a production management level. The goal is for the artist to be able to draw on a network of collaborators from different disciplines to create bespoke artistic teams depending on the needs of each individual project. In addition, REACH OUT labs will offer opportunities for other artists to come together and share experiences. In the long-term, a festival or symposium will be planned in 2022/2023, accompanied by a publication.
www.explore-dance.de und www.fabrik-moves.de
“TANZPAKT Reconnect Trans*z-Forms Brandenburg”
DiR – Dance in Residence Brandenburg is the first networking initiative by two of the most important contemporary dance institutions in Brandenburg. It aims to establish and develop new sustainable partnerships with visual arts institutions, community centres and creative practitioners. As well as securing new production spaces and venues for dance artists in Potsdam and Cottbus, it will also set up new residencies for German and international artists, focusing on regions and communities that have so far had little contact with the international dance scene.
www.fokustanz.de und www.thinkbigfestival.de
“THINK BIG! Reach out”
The upcoming THINK BIG! festival, due to take place in Munich in July 2021, will expand its programme both temporally and spatially in order to be able to react flexibly to the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. As well as performances on stage, there will be performative and participatory projects in public spaces. As part of a research phase in the run-up to the festival, the Fokus Tanz team will also work with experts to develop new content and strategic approaches.
www.hellerau.org/de/freundeskreis/ “A flexible stage for the culture garden HELLERAU”
With the support of TANZPAKT RECEONNECT, the FREUNDESKREIS HELLERAU e.V. will fund the construction of a partially covered, flexible and multifunctional outdoor venue that can be used from spring to autumn. The new stage will enhance the culture garden directly behind the main Festspielhaus building. Consisting of a canvas tent roof and mobile panels for the stage floor, the space will also feature weatherproof seating and bar furniture. Outdoor-tested lighting, sound and video equipment will ensure that some performances can take place even under pandemic conditions.
“Reopening, refocusing and securing the ensemble”
The challenges of the coronavirus pandemic have made it impossible for the company to offer ‘normal’ training and classes. Many of its members are at higher risk from the virus and have been required to shield and avoid social mixing. The RECONNECT funding will enable the company to implement rigorous hygiene and safety measures so that training can resume for as many of its dancers as possible. In addition, digital workshops will enable those still shielding to participate in classes and artistic activities.
“go plastic goes out”
The funding from TANZPAKT RECONNECT will enable the company to consolidate its organisational structure, develop collective and interdisciplinary artistic practices, and work together on a more permanent basis, not just for individual funded projects. Its existing works and creative learning projects will be expanded to incorporate a transmedial approach. Increasing the work’s distribution, visibility and public recognition is an important part of this initiative. A creative learning project planned to take place in public space and online will tackle the challenges posed by the pandemic head-on.
“Stadt Land Tanz – children and young people dance on”
Hennermanns Horde aims to continue offering accessible dance classes for all age groups – from toddlers to school leavers – in rural and urban areas. As part of the funded project, three modules targeting different age groups will be made available both online and in the studio: dance videos with schoolchildren, online teaching formats for young people and a Dance & Discourse module for all. Current hygiene and safety regulations will be taken into consideration as the company works with schools to envision new ways forward for dance.
The choreographer Hermann Heisig is planning to rebuild and relaunch his website, turning it into a platform that will provide up-to-date information about his work. He will also rent a rehearsal space to allow him to research new themes and material, both on his own and with his team. In order to build a stronger international presence for his work and develop a solid network of promoters, venues and (inter)national coproduction partners, he will expand his team, advertising for a communications manager and a tour manager.
“Munich moves – Improving the provision for dance at HochX“
HochX is the independent dance scene’s most important venue in Munich. It will use its RECONNECT funding to increase its capacities for producing and presenting dance by investing in infrastructure: updating its technical equipment, renting additional rehearsal spaces and making them suitable for dance. In addition, it will increase its focus on creative learning activities and initiate a networking and training programme for dancers.
“Dance House Frankfurt Rhein-Main”
The Dance House Frankfurt Rhein-Main will launch a PR campaign to increase the visibility of the city’s dance scene. In addition, it will offer professional advice, opportunities for artistic creation and space for artists and dance enthusiasts to come together. Taking on the role of host, it will assist artists as they research and produce new work. The Dance House’s team will provide individual support at every stage of the process, from discussing an initial idea to managing a budget, completing a production or utilising specific dance networks to achieve its distribution.
“Empathetic, socially engaged, local: dance in times of a pandemic”
In the coming months, the choreographer Isabelle Schad will focus on her core place of work, Berlin. She will collaborate with partner organisations and develop new open-air and creative learning formats that will reach more diverse audiences. The technical infrastructure of her production space and venue, the Tanzhalle Wiesenburg, will be updated and her team expanded to include positions in production management, communication and creative learning.
“The open studio”
Pandemic-related social distancing poses challenges for artists whose work relies on encounters between people. Funding from TANZPAKT RECONNECT will enable Jenny Beyer to continue her project “The open studio”, a collaborative platform with an invited audience, by putting it on a secure financial and structural footing. The interdependence of dance and audience is at the heart of the project and will be explored in regular collaborations, ‘open studios’ and pandemic-proof encounters.
“Audio Description Service – The Next Stage”
In the last two years, the dance company Gravity has produced audio descriptions and provided training and advice for venues, festivals and artists all over Germany. This service will now be expanded, focusing on reaching blind audience members through outreach activities. The company’s goal is to educate dance programmers and venues on accessibility and to connect them with community-led groups for blind and visually impaired people.
“NEW FEARS – Gallery for dance and transdisciplinary art”
The Berlin-based dancer and choreographer wants to create long-term, flexible and transdisciplinary opportunities for young artists working at the intersection of dance and the visual arts. His project combines elements of both theatre and gallery. Over the course of the funding period, 12 artists will be offered residencies during which they are to develop a public presentation. They will be accompanied in their artistic process by a researcher whose texts will be published alongside the documentary material in a publication dedicated to the project.
The project aims to create a stronger presence for Kareth Schaffer’s work in the contemporary dance world, both nationally and internationally. The TANZPAKT RECONNECT funding will be used to advertise for a manager (on a fixed-term basis), who will support the artist in professionalising her communications strategy and advise her on bookings, PR, marketing and tour management. She is also planning to reach a wider audience and rent a rehearsal space that will enable her to develop new artistic practices.
“Platform for female choreographers in Berlin”
Kat Válastur is launching a platform that will offer female choreographers in Berlin a space in which to discuss their work and reflect on the dance scene’s artistic language from a feminist perspective. It also aims to embody a sense of future potential. In her own work, the choreographer is looking to explore new directions, rekindle the idea of working in a group and contribute to the sharing of knowledge within the dance world.
“Building support and infrastructure for contemporary dance – LAKE Studios Berlin“
Throughout 2021, LAKE Studios will host the sharing format “ABOUT DANCE – forming futures” for professional dance artists in Berlin and Germany. The forum will facilitate networking, sharing of resources and artistic practices, and knowledge transfer. It also plans to offer a two-week research format entitled “Tanzlabor – Digital Body”, which will bring together artists and experts from the field of digital technology. Finally, five selected artists will be given the opportunity to document their own work in a professional way, collaborating with a technical team during a five-week residency.
The Landesverband Tanz Bremen is opening an office for dance, or Tanzbüro, that will represent the dance scene of the state of Bremen in discussions with politicians and funding bodies. It will proactively initiate conversations with local funders, develop new ideas to prevent struggling dance artists from having to give up their profession, distribute important information, offer advice and see through the opening of the new rehearsal space complex in Bremen. Its goal is to generate visions for the future, open up new spheres of activity for the Bremen dance scene and boost the scene’s public profile.
“Beyond local – creative producing in local and international contexts”
“Beyond Local” is conceived as an organisational structure for producing and distributing international touring productions by local and international dance artists. It will be closely associated with – but independent from – Kampnagel Hamburg. Contact with a global network of artists and dance organisations will generate knowledge about touring and producing that is contemporary, intercultural, inclusive, sustainable and environmentally friendly. The project will conclude with a meeting of the network and an online platform on which the accumulated knowledge will be made available to all.
“Optimising the work of the FORWARD DANCE COMPANY”
FORWARD DANCE COMPANY is Saxony’s first permanent and fully integrated dance company for dancers with and without disabilities. The funding from TANZPAKT RECONNECT will enable it to upgrade its infrastructure, improve working conditions and develop its artistic work. Premises and staffing levels will be optimised and audio descriptions will be created for future productions. An accessible website will increase the company’s public visibility.
“Dance is alive in the state of Lower Saxony”
Over the last five years, the LOT Theater has established a platform for contemporary dance entitled TanZstelle Braunschweig and in the process built a regional network of dancers, choreographers and teachers. Networking events, consultations and co-productions with young choreographers, which have so far only been available to artists in the Braunschweig-Hannover region, will now be rolled out across Lower Saxony. The theatre will also rent new rehearsal spaces and launch a residency for emerging choreographers.
“20 Years of Score Practice”
Antonia Baehr is re-examining her own archive of works. She will re-write the scores of some of her existing pieces and give them to other artists to create something new. This artistic form of sharing knowledge and authorship will take place during online workshops with young dance students and choreographers. In addition, the choreographer will create documentations and audio versions of other works in her repertoire.
“Structural support for the company”
Funding will be used to stabilise the company structure, shore up existing collaborations with local and international venues and at the same time bind the company closer to its home base, Düsseldorf. As well as creating new positions for a dramaturg and a production manager, the artist will purchase technical equipment and aim to rent a rehearsal studio.
“Participative networks of movement”
The MDKollektiv will consolidate and expand its network of artists and collaborators in Germany who are working in the fields of dance, migration, community arts and digital media. It plans to overhaul its website and introduce a new practice of digital documentation, which will also help to reach younger audiences. In addition, it will develop new participatory choreographic formats and events
www.merighimercy.com und auf facebook Tanzstation – Barmer Bahnhof
„Tanz Station – Barmer Bahnhof“
Die „Tanz Station – Barmer Bahnhof“ in Wuppertal bietet Künstler*innen der freien Tanzszene eine Plattform für Vernetzung, Begegnung und Präsentation, analog wie digital. Indoor Trainings, Workshops und Residenzen können mit experimentellen Outdoorformaten verbunden werden. Über die Projektlaufzeit werden Formate wie „co-create – gemeinsames gestalten“, „support train – aus erfahrung lernen“ oder „streamworld – shows, internationale workshops“ angeboten. Das Projekt von der und für die freie/n Tanzszene strebt durch erweiterte Sichtbarkeit die Erschließung neuer Zielgruppen an.
Aiming to increase its pool of teachers and outreach workers, Perform[d]ance is inviting interested people to embark on paid research projects with artists from its team. A 179-sqm rehearsal studio rented for this purpose will also host workshops and classes for larger participant groups. In addition, the company will purchase a van so that it can put on mobile performances and projects. It will also professionalise its PR and marketing operations and expand its network of affiliated festivals and venues for young audiences.
“The Choreographic Lab”
Adapting to pandemic working conditions and anticipating a more sustainable future of work, the company aims to build its capacities for autonomous and collaborative working practices, both on site/in person and remotely. It will rent a space in Essen that will become a joint storage space and eventually develop into a shared ‘pool’ of technical equipment, managed by the group. It will also be made available to colleagues from the independent dance scene in Essen as a co-working space.
Radialsystem is launching “Encounters”, a meeting place for artists who have developed a curatorial practice alongside their work for the stage. Based on the idea that choreography is not limited to dance but also relates to the movement of bodies in time and space, the project explores how choreographic strategies can be applied to the practice of curating. Over three three-month periods, “Encounters” will develop formats to amplify the voices and celebrate the bodies and narratives of people and artists who are frequently pushed to the margins.
TanzLabor:Reloaded will create a framework of support for the independent dance scene, offering infrastructure, equipment, organisational assistance, resources and access to a wider network of creative practitioners. ‘PlayLab’ is a space where ideas can emerge, be presented among colleagues and developed in collaboration with artists from other disciplines. ‘ResearchLab’ is a space where specific ideas and concepts can take shape, and ‘PerformanceLab’ is a space where finished works can be presented to an audience. ‘ExchangeLab’, finally, is a place where artists from Ulm’s independent dance scene can come together and learn from each other.
“Tanzerei – strengthening disability dance in Berlin”
Tanzerei aims to promote the integration of artists with learning difficulties in Berlin’s contemporary dance scene. Funding from TANZPAKT RECONNECT will help to make the project more permanent. New dance formats and hybrid forms of public performance will be developed, involving artists and audiences with and without disabilities and using unconventional spaces as well as traditional theatre buildings. One of the outcomes of the project will be a performance in a museum context.
Ground Control is conceived as a development blueprint that will professionalise the company and make it less vulnerable to external circumstances. By improving staffing levels and establishing a technically well-equipped rehearsal space – which will also be available to other artists in the Leipzig dance scene – the ensemble will put down roots in the city and become a resilient part of the local theatre infrastructure.
“movin bröllin extended”
schloss bröllin e.V. will expand and enhance its residency programme for dance artists while also adapting it to fit pandemic working conditions. In the current situation it is particularly important for artists to have a space where they can rehearse and create work in a focused, non-pressured atmosphere. schloss bröllin e.V will therefore offer four new residencies specifically for dance artists. It will also build an open-air stage to enable residency groups to continue giving live performances.
“Pilot for digital and in-person qualification pathways”
The Hip Hop Academy Hamburg will use its TANZPAKT RECONNECT funding to create pilot projects that explore professional qualification pathways for teachers and outreach workers. It will invite artists active in Hamburg’s hip hop scene to join the academy’s teaching staff and, in a further step, will develop, test and evaluate a new curriculum for urban dance. Students will be offered workshops and receive coaching on how to create successful touring productions, and the new digital format “Digital Fusion Battle” will also be expanded.
“Empowering Structures & Artists by STÜCKLIESEL”
The Hamburg production company and ideas space for the performing arts will professionalise its existing operations, expand its activities and create a more solid organisational structure in order to continue to support the dance scene during and after the current crisis. The team will be enlarged to include freelancers and networking activities will be stepped up, with team members attending conferences and industry events. In the medium to long term, the office aims to become a space for production, creative learning and discourse in the performing arts, operating locally as well as internationally.
“TANZ Bremen 2021 HYBRID advanced”
As a first step, the project will set up an internal think tank to explore the idea of a dance festival of the future, its requirements and potentials. The goal is to develop courses of action that are based on collective ideals and concrete plans. As a second step, an interactive digital festival platform will be launched. The third and final step is a focus on alternative public spaces: In collaboration with URBAN SCREEN, the city’s surfaces will be turned into stages, showcasing the diversity of dance in the city and reaching a broad audience.
„Fast Forward“ beschreibt ein Maßnahmenpaket zur Stärkung des Tanzbüro München und der freien Münchner Tanzszene in Zeiten der Covid 19-Pandemie. Zum einen wird die Personalstruktur des Büros um zwei Stellen erweitert. Darüber hinaus werden Probenräume in der Stadt technisch besser ausgestattet, um den Tanzschaffenden die Erarbeitung hybrider Formate zu ermöglichen. Schließlich soll die Intensivierung der Netzwerkarbeit und der nationalen und internationalen Kontakte langfristige Perspektiven für zukünftiges Arbeiten ermöglichen.
The tanzhaus nrw supports urban dance in North Rhine-Westphalia, enabling dancers to work professionally. It will create the Urban Dance Lab, a multidisciplinary space for training, residencies and masterclasses. The networking event Netzwerktreffen Urban Connect, developed in collaboration with the urban collective nutrospektif, will serve as a platform for urban dance artists and practitioners. Finally, the planned Urban Dance Festival will offer participatory events in public spaces, lectures, workshops, battles, jam sessions and a performance programme.
“Futures of Dance Journalism”
In order to promote quality in dance journalism, the society for dance and media tanz.media will hold five three-day tutorials in 2021. Each will take place in a different German city and can be accessed online as well as in person. Working closely with dance houses and festivals, the society aims to offer mentoring and professional development to help writers develop their craft, particularly with regard to digital media.
“Upgrade – creating structures”
The membership organisation tanz*werk Kassel aims to bolster its network by developing strategies for unlocking unconventional performance spaces in the city. It will also offer training and workshops in site-specific dance and performance for the local independent dance scene and develop new creative learning formats designed to reach a broader audience. In order to professionalise the network’s capacities for production and training, it will create a new coordinator position and rent a rehearsal space. Investing in marketing and PR will make dance more visible in Kassel.
“Tanzzentrale – Moving On Up!”
The project signals the beginning of a push to strengthen and sustain the dance scene of Northern Bavaria. Its primary goal is to achieve an increase in funding from the municipal governments of the metropolitan region and to reform the support system for dance professionals. In addition, the organisation will step up its networking activities, establish contact with similar networks all over Europe and evaluate new projects and initiatives. In order to do this, the Tanzzentrale will hire new staff, invest in premises and equipment, document its activities and promote its artists.
The Virtual Academy is an instrument for improving working conditions and the means of artistic production, thus strengthening the available infrastructure for professional dance artists. By making full use of the potentials of digital training, it gives dance professionals free access to a wide range of practical and technical know-how. Modules include content such as concept development, grant writing, communication and management. The academy’s self-paced programme can be accessed live or online.
“Crisis as Opportunity – Unit II”
Dresden-based THE GUTS COMPANY will explore new forms of artistic collaboration and presentation, asking how audiences can continue to experience dance during the pandemic. By developing the performance format “UNIT II”, it is creating a space that is unaffected by visitor regulations, red list countries, travel restrictions or caps on audience capacity: One by one, spectators enter a mobile box where they are filmed by a 3D camera. They then watch a visual interpretation of their own movements on screen.
www.thomaslehmen.de; www.brauchsejobb.de “Tanz-Arbeit Oberhausen”
The choreographer Thomas Lehmen has been actively improving working conditions for artists in Oberhausen since 2017. By offering classes for professional dancers and amateurs as well as other paid employment opportunities for artists (making them eligible for social security contributions), Tanz-Arbeit will continue to preserve and improve the structural basis for dance in Oberhausen. In addition, three independent choreographers will be offered grants to create three new productions.
The TanzFaktur will use its TANZPAKT RECONECCT funding to create an improved organisational structure, maximising capacity and increasing flexibility in how its spaces are used. At the same time, it will lay the groundwork for future projects. Overall, four measures will be put in place to support the local dance scene: A media artist will be hired to work on digitisation, the team will be expanded to ensure more efficient and productive working practices, a new rehearsal and performance space will be made available, and the technical equipment of the wERKShALLE will be upgraded.
The Hamburg-based choreographer will bolster her organisational structure, develop new artistic concepts and complete post-production processes for previous projects. She will also design a ‘nomadic workspace’ for various artistic and research processes. New positions will be created in production management/coordination, communication, creative learning and press/distribution. This increase in staff will allow the team to develop a strategy for networking and distribution that will ensure the company’s success beyond the initial funding period.
“Shape the Future 2021”
The project aims to establish lasting structures that will provide financial security for the participating artists. It will also build an organisational structure that allows for projects to be planned centrally and then rolled out internationally. The focus is on dance productions that explore the colonial history of specific places, making it visible through artistic means. In addition, the choreographer will develop a format for presenting her work at conferences and symposia.
4fürTANZ will secure and perpetuate the structures created for the Leipzig dance scene since 2017. The funding will be used to create two new positions, both to ensure that existing projects can be continued on a long-term basis and that artists working on their own productions can receive advice and support. A new office space will serve as an administrative hub, while a dance studio will provide space for classes, workshops, rehearsals, residencies and informal sharing formats. Local artists will thus become part of an interdisciplinary network and Leipzig’s status as a nationally important place of production will be affirmed.