Throughout TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund, the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland will be organising regional information events and running them jointly with DIEHL+RITTER.
The promotion programme TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund supports established artists and ensembles with an international reach as well as excellence projects and production structures, and develops new nationally relevant initiatives to strengthen the art from that is dance. Consolidating dance in cultural-political and structural terms at the municipal and federal state levels is essential in order to develop substantial projects and improve long-term financing. A key aspect of the programme is thus to effect, through on-going dialogue, long-term commitment from municipalities and federal states.
THANK YOU TO ALL PARTICIPANTS!
From January 22–24, we organised an extremely exciting and highly inspiring meeting with the projects being funded via TANZLAND (Dance Land) and TANZPAKT (Dance Pact). The event took place at TANZKOMPLIZEN (Dance Accomplices) at the Schiller Theatre’s Werkstatt venue in Berlin.
Over the three days, all participants could take in a wide-ranging programme as well as discuss it and make their own contributions. We’d like to thank all those involved for their important, constructive and political input:
On the first day, Noa Winter and Anne Rieger from the TANZPAKT project Making a Difference, and Saša Asentić from Per.Art Novi Sad in Serbia addressed the topic of ‘physical accessibility’, noting in particular the long-overdue need “to fill artistic and non-artistic director and expert positions with people with disabilities, since social equality occurs in participating in the exercise of decision-making power and the power for formative action”.
On day two, Sebastian Friedrich (journalist and author) provided a well-founded overview of the causes, content and strategies of the right-wing project, and of possible counter-strategies, which were subsequently debated in a panel discussion, hosted by Peter Grabowski. Sharing their experiences and expertise in dealing with right-wing attacks as well as possible and actual counter-strategies within the field of culture were the panellists Dörte Wolter (Vorpommern tanzt an / TANZPAKT project); Ralf Ollertz (Halle Tanzbühne Berlin production and performance venue); Bernward Tuchmann from INTHEGA (Interessengemeinschaft der Städte mit Theatergastspielen / Community of Cities with Guest Performances at Theatres); Marc Grandmontagne (Deutscher Bühnenverein / German Theatre and Orchestra Association); and Holger Bergmann from the cultural-activism association DIE VIELEN (The Many). We’d above all like to emphasise that information and solidarity are effective counter-strategies!
The second part of the meeting was devoted entirely to TANZLAND projects and we’re particularly grateful to Wolfgang Haendeler from Theater Hameln, Burkard Fleckenstein from the Culture Office of Aschaffenburg, Douglas Bateman from the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv, and Alexandra Karabelas from Ballett Pforzheim. A panel discussion on ‘changes in cultural-political perspectives in cities and communities from a structural point of view’ included contributions from Uwe Lübking (Deutscher Städte- und Gemeindebund / German Association of Towns and Municipalities), Anita Bader (INTHEGA) and Sebastian Brünger (Kulturstiftung des Bundes / Federal Cultural Foundation) on necessities, perceptions and possibilities.
Martina Kessel from Chance Tanz and Walter Heun from the National Performance Network (Nationales Performance Netz NPN) used their dance-promotion programmes to illustrate additional ways to realise dance projects or support guest performances.
We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to all participants for the wonderfully relaxed but nonetheless very focused and inspiring atmosphere!