Information events

Throughout TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund, the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland will be organising both national and regional information events and running them jointly with Bureau Ritter.

Conference "Modells for a production and performance venue for dance and the performing arts"

Wednesday, 18 th September 2024 – 3 to 6 pm at Co:hub 66 in Saarbrücken

As part of the concept development for a production and performance venue for dance and the performing arts in Saarland, a small conference will be held in Saarbrücken on 18 September. The aim is to find out about as many different models as possible and to discuss their applicability to Saarland. With impulses from Johanna Roggan, Villa Wigman (Dresden); Sascha Koal, Felina Areal Theatre (Mannheim); Andreas Lübbers, Wiese eG (Hamburg); Slava Gepner, TanzFaktur (Cologne) and Ralf Ollertz, Halle Tanzbühne (Berlin). The event is being organised in close cooperation with the Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Tanz (LAG Tanz) and in exchange with the Netzwerk Freie Szene Saar. Registration here.

“Argumentation training against (extreme) right-wing and discriminatory statements” on July 7th from 9:30–15:30

Online professional day for members of the dance scene

We increasingly encounter right-wing and discriminatory statements unexpectedly in professional or everyday situations - on stage, in a taxi to a rehearsal or in public spaces. Do I always have to discuss? What options do I have for positioning myself? Together with the 18 participants, we explored the question of what options for action are available in such situations, how right-wing argumentation patterns are structured and how our own dialogue strategies can be used. The aim was and is to strengthen your own stance and be able to defend it confidently.

Back in 2020, the German Dance Association organised a Meeting of fudned projects of Tanzland and TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund, on the question of how artists can take a stand against right-wing influences, what role culture plays in right-wing structures and how cultural institutions can defend themselves against racism, nationalism and anti-Semitism.  

Dance in particular focuses on the human body. National, ethnic, religious and cultural attributions are often attached to the body without reflection. As an artistic medium, dance in its many forms can shake up attributions so that each individual is seen as a human being. However, this often requires verbal argumentation in order to counter racism and anti-Semitic agitation.

The day was moderated by Gegenargument

A joint event by the DIS-TANZEN programme and the cultural policy dialogue of TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

“On the Periphery – At the Table”, as part of the TANZPLATTFORM DEUTSCHLAND 2024, 25 February 2024, 11:00–13:00

Peterhofkeller, Niemensstraße 10, 79098 Freiburg

The 33 participants of the symposium – local and national independent artists, curators, organisers, jury members, directors and all interested parties – were invited to discuss and question practices of curation and selection processes. The event began with a short panel of guests who offered an insight into their role and approach to curating in their respective contexts. In small groups, artists and curators then engaged in a direct, topic-related exchange, which was perceived as very beneficial by all sides. Among other things, they discussed how the barriers for dancers outside the major dance centres can be removed and what is needed to give them more access. The format also helped to make the activities and commitment of the local dance scene visible.

A cooperation between Tanznetz Freiburg and the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland as part of the TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund cultural policy dialogue.

Further information here.


Second Open Network Meeting TANZKOMPLIZEN in Rhineland-Palatinate on 12 September 2023, 17:00–19:30 at dasHaus in Ludwigshafen

Kulturzentrum dasHaus, Bahnhofstraße 30, 67059 Ludwigshafen am Rhein

Following the first network meeting in January, a second symposium took place on 12 September: 23 dancers, choreographers, dance dramaturges, funding agencies and heads of cultural authorities from Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg were invited to exchange ideas and network at local and national level. In a participatory format, participants went in search of the most urgent challenges, potentials and needs of dance in rural areas. With the dancers and choreographers Edan Gorlicki (Inter-Actions) and Crystal Schüttler (Zeit Tanz Land e. V.), various working groups dealt with topics such as professional dance in urban and rural areas and communication with the audience. Click here for the minutes

As part of the cultural policy dialogue of TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund, the first network meeting Tanzkomplizen SÜW took place on 19 January 2023 at Gloria Kulturpalast in Landau to discuss the future of dance in Rhineland-Palatinate: 22 dance enthusiasts, dancers, choreographers and artists met with the cultural offices of Landau and Neustadt as well as the cultural advisory service of Rhineland-Palatinate for a stimulating exchange. Click here for the minutes.

Furthermore, there is a public padlet for further work entitled “What has happened so far ”. Here, collaborations and concrete implementations are to be documented on a timeline. Everything that happens in the network in terms of dance can be posted here.

Online Exchange Financial Management and accounting systems 8 December 10:00 to 12:00

This online excursion offers the opportunity to deal more intensively with the topic of financial management and accounting systems. This is a major challenge for newly established medium-sized structures and ensembles, especially when they receive funding from different sources that are interlinked. The first thing is to ask questions, to see who is using which systems and software, and whether there are best practice examples. The exchange will be moderated by Béla Bisom from transmissions. If you are interested, please contact:


“Saarland wird Tanzland” (Saarland is becoming a dance state) – Scene meeting 5 September and expert meeting 19 October 2022

The German Dance Association (Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, abbreviation DTD) has been working since 2006 to unite a strong voice for dance and to communicate the important issues of dance to both politicians and dance practitioners. For this reason, a series of symposiums are held within the framework of the funding programme TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund. At the invitation of the Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Tanz Saarland e. V. (LAG Tanz), a meeting of the dance scene took place in Saarbrücken on 5 September in preparation for the professional day. Protocol (in German).

The regional administration, co-sponsors, representatives of cultural policy and of various venues were invited to the expert meeting on 19 October, which was planned as part of the Freistil Festival‘s city laboratory at Völklinger Hütte in cooperation with the Netzwerk Freie Szene Saar, in order to emphasise the urgency of a production venue for all divisions and the support of the administration and politicians, and to enter into dialogue with each other.

The two players LAG Tanz and Netzwerk Freie Szene Saar asked their members about their needs and developed the concepts “Saarland wird Tanzland” and “Kunst sucht Platz!”. The German Dance Association is pleased to have been able to support this process.


Impressions from the scene meeting in Saarbrücken on 5 September 2022

1st expert meeting for the independent dance scene Hanover on 5 July 2022 – contemporary dance

in cooperation with Tanzpunkt Hannover in the Lister Turm

On 5 July, the first expert meeting for the independent dance scene in Hanover took place in the Lister Turm in cooperation with Tanzpunkt Hannover. In this context, the initiative Tanzkonzeption presented the “Dance Development Concept Hanover” developed together with actors from the Hanoverian dance scene and presented it for discussion to around 40 participants from the dance scene, cultural administration and politics.

SUCCESSFUL COOPERATION – Attendance event on 4 October 2021 at KuB Bad Oldesloe in cooperation with tanz.nord

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (DTD) organised a symposium on the topic of “Successful Cooperation” on 4 October 2021 from 12:00 to 15:30 at KuB Bad Oldesloe in cooperation with tanz.nord.

Dance professionals from Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein as well as networks in the field of dance & performing arts were given the opportunity to exchange ideas and network effectively on a local and national level.



TALKING TO POLITICIANS – Classroom event on 29 September 2021 in Dresden HELLERAU – EZK

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (DTD) and the TanzNetzDresden (TNDD) organised an expert meeting within the #TakeNote project WORKING COMMUNITIES entitled “Talking to Politicians” – Kick-off to a ROUND TABLE on the topic of network structures in the independent performing arts. Embedded in the Dancing About Festival of TANZPAKT Dresden, various networks in the field of dance & performing arts at local, supra-regional and international level were given the opportunity to exchange ideas and network effectively. This also included strengthening their own effectiveness on a political level and entering into dialogue with cultural politicians.

With Simone Barrientos, member of the German Bundestag and cultural policy spokesperson for the Left Party, Annekatrin Klepsch, second mayor of Dresden and councillor for culture and tourism, and Christiane Filius-Jehne, leader of the Bündnis 90/Die Grünen parliamentary group, spokesperson for culture and tourism, etc. Dr Elisabeth Nehring moderated the event.


MIXED ABLED DANCE – professional exchange on 28 June 2021 in Leipzig

Fachtag 12:00 bis 16:30 Uhr – Beratungen zum Förderprogramm TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund von 9:00 bis 11:00 Uhr

The German Dance ASSOCIATION, TANZPAKT Dresden, LOFFT THEATER Leipzig and Aktion Tanz/AG Mixed Abled invite you to the analog event at LOFFT THEATER in Leipzig. At the symposium, artists and experts will speak on the topic of inclusion. The program will focus on the offers and needs of the region of Saxony and how the cooperation between dance mediators, choreographers and the mixed abled community can be improved for dance. In moderated small groups it will be worked out how the mixed abled community can be more enthusiastic about dance and how institutional structures can be improved. Accompanying the symposium, consultations on the funding program TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund will be offered.

Mixed Abled Dance offers a platform on which dancers and dance professionals can develop new artistic potentials and approaches together. Working together opens up horizons for those involved; in dialogue, all the preconditions that prevent equality can be recognized and abolished. The lived togetherness in dance can thus, starting from the small space, have a positive influence on the construction of a lived equality in the whole society.