Statements of the Jury


Project: Teilgesellschaften / Sub-societies
Applicant: Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft / Antje Pfundtner in Society

The jury was convinced by Antje Pfundtner’s project Teilgesellschaften because of the plausible way it builds on and continues the choreographer’s previous artistic work. Her ‘round table societies’ are intended to create a platform to enable and promote the sharing of information, ideas and experience among artists and thereby influence the scene – an initiative that the jury feels is certainly welcome and worthy of support. By strengthening the structure of her dance company and its artistic creativity, Antje Pfundtner is also ensuring excellence in her own work.

Project: Making a Difference (MAD)
Applicant: Sophiensaele 

The jury is supporting the Making a Difference project as it is underpinned by a special concept to promote dance with and for people with physical and sensory disabilities. The project’s interesting modules, stretching over several years, and the planned strengthening of national and international networks make it a unique undertaking.

Project: EinTanzHaus+
Applicant: EinTanzHaus 

The jury welcomes the initiative – developed by the artist tandem Eric Trottier and Daria Holme, and supported by the City of Mannheim and the State of Baden-Württemberg – to establish a contemporary dance centre in the southern region of Germany. Realisation of the concept will promote the development of a model meeting place with opportunities for performance, theoretical discourse, and residency and workshop programmes for dance with a national and international reach. EinTanzHaus+ can therefore become a venue with a professional infrastructure but which also attracts southern Germany’s fledgling but lively independent dance scene and the project is also flanked by the establishment of a junior company and co-operations with the ZKM centre for art and media in Karlsruhe and the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, for example.

Project: TanzWert
Applicant: Tanztheater Erfurt

The funding awarded to this co-operative development concept drawn up by Tanztheater Erfurt with DNT Weimar and Theater Erfurt will provide a fresh boost to the presence and performance of dance in Thüringen, and in doing so enabling the TanzWert project to revitalise dance in the region and establish a stable artistic network in the longer term. The jury also takes a positive view of the inclusion of participatory projects with low-threshold transfer programmes that are intended to support the new productions. This will not only make the diversity of the programme at the theatres both identifiable and visible but also the exemplary nature of the link between an independent dance company and two local theatres.  

Project: Co-operative Dance Development Concept Freiburg
Applicant: Cultural Office of Freiburg

The Co-operative Dance Development Concept Freiburg, which has been drawn up by the Cultural Office of Freiburg, is a model example of how administration can act as a strong partner in the long-term and productive co-design and promotion of a city’s cultural life, including its dance scene. The jury is convinced that the concept, which has been developed by several partners, will make it possible for the independent dance scene to develop itself structurally on a continuous basis and in addition achieve a high level of visibility. In this way, the funding awarded to the project will actively support the consolidation of the independent dance scene in Freiburg and the emergence of a centre of excellence for contemporary dance in Baden-Württemberg.

Project: Vorpommern tanzt an / Western Pomerania dances in
Applicant: Western Pomerania Dance Region 

The Vorpommern tanzt an concept, which emerged from the bundling of expertise at Perform[d]ance (Stralsund), schloss bröllin (Fahrenwalde) and Theater Vorpommern, convinced the jury on all levels. It starts at exactly the right point, with the development of the fundamental structures needed for an independent dance scene need in this region: from the establishment of a centre of competence for dance with choreographic labs and mentoring for young dance creators via a dance transfer programme with touring classroom pieces, qualification measures and an annual dance festival and up to the setting up of a specialist dance agency for regional and national networking.

Project: Gastgeberschaft / Hospitality
Applicant: MOUVOIR

The works of the choreographer Stephanie Thiersch stand out for their internationally co-operative stage pieces and above all their interventions in public spaces, for example the recent City Dance Cologne 2016 action involving 500 participants. The funding awarded to the Gastgeberschaft project will help the Cologne-based dance company MOUVOIR to expand its activities in dialogue with other artists, amateurs, experts and local residents, but at the same time without any production pressure, and to forge new alliances with the public and in doing so give dance a stronger place at the heart of society. 

Project: EXPLORE DANCE! Discovering dance for young people
Applicant: fabric moves 

Dance productions for children and young people are still rare in Germany despite the big demand for high-quality works for this target group. The EXPLORE DANCE project intends to close this gap by creating a strong network of theatres and schools in Potsdam, Munich and Hamburg, supported by an international council. The jury welcomes the initiative, which will not only result in new productions but will also invest in networking, artistic reflection and a long-term funding perspective. The hope is for this to lay the foundation for the long-term development of this key area for dance.