The work of Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (APiG) (Antje Pfundtner in Society) is heavily shaped by collaboration and communication. The ‘APiG’ label is the umbrella for the Hamburg-based choreographer Antje Pfundtner’s various artistic activities, which she develops with her core team of Anne Kersting (dramaturge and curator) and Hannah Melder (production manager) as well as returning artistic co-operation partners and guests.
The funding awarded to the Teilgesellschaften (sub-societies) project will facilitate the structural consolidation of APiG up to 2021. In addition to the development of an internal social framework, the creation of a new group piece and the launching of a revival format beyond the development of repertoire, APiG is also starting a three-year model project for networking with other artists as well as for sharing resources and exchanging information, ideas and experience with them. The ‘round table societies’ format is a national and mobile discussion platform for dance and performing arts creators and spectators. Regular meetings to discuss creative and structural ideas on the basis of the questions ‘how do you share ideas? How do you share money?’ are intended to promote sustainable empowerment of the dance and performance scene through the development of new approaches for cross-project funding as well as the bundling of energies and resources.
EinTanzHaus in Mannheim’s Trinitas Church is a unique centre for contemporary dance housed in a cultural memorial. Created in 2017 under the direction of Daria Holme and Éric Trottier, the venue not only has a 200m2 stage but also boasts a one-off synergy of architecture, cultural platform and artistic initiative. Implementation of the EinTanzHaus+ programme will support the further development of the venue into a production house with an international reach.
Over the next three years, EinTanzHaus will be using TANZPAKT funding in several steps aimed at developing its programme and networks, and creating sustainable structures for contemporary dance in Germany. The first step will be to improve conditions for regional artists by offering such things as daily professional training and further education and production opportunities. EinTanzHaus will also be presenting a series of guest performances by companies from across Germany and overseas. The content focus of these support performances will be on formats at the interface between dance, music and visual art, and which go beyond established working models. EinTanzHaus is establishing networks with partners such as the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe and the ZKM centre for art and media in Karlsruhe in order to advance this form of interdisciplinary collaboration. Planned projects of EinTanzHaus include an arts award for interdisciplinary dance projects, joint discussion events as well as residencies.
EinTanzHaus is located in the middle of Mannheim’s ‘squares’ and aims to be a venue for all city residents. Discourse events will mark the start of a dialogue about the art of our time involving artists, experts, and audiences. There is also a new and wholly special offer for children. EinTanzHaus is launching a Junior Dance Company in 2018 that will support the next generation of dance enthusiasts with regular training and their own dance productions.
The funding awarded to the joint project by Focus Dance – Dance and Schools association Munich (Fokus Tanz – Tanz und Schule e.V. München), fabrik Potsdam and K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg will close a national gap in the cultural offer for children and young people, as "explore dance - network dance for young audience" is aimed at the long-term consolidation and artistic development of dance for young audiences. In the next three performance seasons, established choreographers within the national German network will be invited to Potsdam, Munich and Hamburg to develop and present new works for young audiences. Reciprocal guest performances will enable the pieces to be seen at different places. The new productions will be brought together in an annual platform in one of the three partner cities and offer the opportunity to meet organisers, artists, the young audiences, educators and parents. A subsequent symposium on the theme of dance for young people will boost the exchange of information, ideas and experience at the national and international level. The platforms will take place in Hamburg in 2019, in Munich in 2020 and in Potsdam in 2021. A kick-off meeting involving all the main parties involved in the project will be held in July 2018 as part of the THINK BIG! festival. Each of the three institutions will also be establishing long-term co-operations with local schools in order to integrate the target group directly into the artists’ work processes. The project will thus lay the foundation for a sustainable, continuous and high-quality event and transfer programme in contemporary dance for children and young people, aged from 5 to 15, and strengthen the visibility of contemporary dance as an art from in the field of performance arts for young audiences.
Homepage „explore dance - network dance for young audience“: www.explore-dance.de
The strength of the Freiburg-specific model lies in the close relationship between tanznetzIfreiburg – a joint initiative of the independent dance scene and the bewegungsart freiburg e.V. – and the socio-cultural centre E-WERK Freiburg e.V. as the central production and performance venue in Freiburg. The dance-development concept was drawn up in partnership with the Cultural Office of the City of Freiburg as an active co-designer and activated in municipal cultural policy.
In the coming years, up to 2021, the funding awarded to the Co-operative Dance Development Concept Freiburg project will be used to boost the core competencies and unique selling points specific to Freiburg as well as to prepare independent dance in Freiburg for the demands of national and international competition. There are three activity fields involved: firstly, the development of production formats in new production contexts; secondly, the further development of temporary offers and projects belonging to the Freiburg dance scene’s core competencies; and finally, the establishment of continuous qualification building blocks, which are indispensible to the artistic development of dance creators.
The aim is to enhance Freiburg’s attractiveness as a dance location and to develop national and international links for the city’s independent dance scene. The central goals are related to an increase in quality by optimising and refining local production and qualification conditions, and to the expansion of the national network by exchanging information, ideas and experiences with other guest-performance venues and festivals in Germany and abroad. The sharing of production expertise and the creation of organisational and consultation structures will help to expand individuals’ professional skills.
With Gastgeberschaft (Hospitality), MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch is developing discursive formats for artists, experts and other interested parties. A space will be created for discussing practical experiences from a political viewpoint, and using the open and interdisciplinary means and methods of an independent company. The independent scene has been falling behind in areas where permanent theatres have been developing, namely in the establishment of relationships with audiences as well as invitations to support artists, themes and focuses. The funding awarded to the Gastgeberschaft project is intended to make up this deficit.
MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch is positioning itself as a host with the following thematic priorities:
1. Music and dance as a hybrid force
MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch has been looking at the potential of the interdisciplinary and uniting power of dance and music since 2012. The key focus is on working out the historical differences and socio-political influences of this power, which has been subject to heavy hybridisation for 30 years now as a result of its status as a global phenomenon. This change has a political dimension that the company finds particularly interesting.
2. Open architectures
Which future-oriented spatial models facilitate the forging of new alliances in the theatrical landscape? This question will be used as the starting point for long-term reconsideration of the stage model – both inside and outside the theatre.
3. Post-colonialism/global feminism
The project’s third focus is on trans-continental hospitality promoting the link-up of individual African and European artists. Joint research into current post-colonial themes as well as artistic projects will analyse fixed cultural narratives and highlight questions of cultural hegemony from an alternative perspective.
MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch is developing hospitality formats for these topics that will expand existing artistic work to include the desired public and political discussion as well as long-standing experience:
- Participative hospitality
The company will not only be working internationally with artistic experts from all genres but also independently of its own production centre in order to stimulate discussions about methods and themes. The format facilitates open-ended work without the compulsion to produce actual works.
- Contextualising hospitality
This format is attempting to walk the tightrope between scientific discussion, the opening up of creative processes and the transfer of the focuses mentioned above in a bid to put transfer and public connection to the test.
artistic direction: Stephanie Thiersch / project management: Anna-Mareen Henke
The funding awarded to the Making A Difference project will support dance with and by performers and choreographers with physical and/or sensory disabilities, thus expanding contemporary dance by an aesthetic of difference. Several different institutions in Berlin have come together for the project – Sophiensæle, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Uferstudios, tanzfähig, Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT - Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin), TanzZeit, Diversity.Arts.Culture and Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin (ZTB) – as, despite Berlin’s otherwise large and diverse dance scene, dance by and with artists with disabilities has been almost non-existent up until now, although its perspectives, specific physicality and perceptions can provide vital input into contemporary dance and should also not be ignored with regard to the diversity of representation on stage.
The central guideline for the programme is to fill artistic and non-artistic director and expert positions mainly with people with disabilities, as social equality is manifested in involvement in decision-making and shaping power. A key aspect of this is linking the Berlin scene with outstanding international artists with disabilities who can support the local scenario as mentors. An international research board including Claire Cunningham, Pedro Machado, Sindri Runudde, Silke Schönfleisch and Kassandra Wedel will accompany the project.
A planned multi-year programme with interlocking modules will provide the structural impetus to break through the various exclusion mechanisms. Berlin-based and international artists with disabilities will be researching current themes in three choreographic laboratories, and in four one-month double residencies international and local choreographers with disabilities will be working on their own projects and receive production funding to do so. Three dance productions will be helped by Aesthetics of Access experts to think about opportunities for access into the artistic process so that they become an integral part of the performances themselves. On-going community work, workshops and personalised training programmes will help to create the next generation of dancers with disabilities in all age groups, and teacher training courses will expand the existing educational offer. A concluding international conference will look at the specifics and diversity of the topic and consider it further from inter-sectional perspective.
Dates & Performances
The newly founded Tanzregion Vorpommern (Western Pomerania Dance Region) is an association of Perform[d]ance Stralsund), schloss bröllin (Fahrenwalde) and Theater Vorpommern (Stralsund, Greifswald and Putbus). The funding awarded to the Vorpommern tanzt an project will allow these three institutions to establish a platform for contemporary dance in the region of Western Pomerania and boost its national reach.
The creation of new production structures and performance opportunities will support and stimulate dancers and dance educators to exchange information, ideas and experience, to continue their education, and to establish their work focus in the region. The project will create a living platform for both the dance scene and residents of Western Pomerania. At Schloss Bröllin, dance creators in residence can look at key themes in Western Pomerania and develop productions that can then be shown in the venues that make up Theater Vorpommern.
In a bid to counter the migration of artistic potential away from the region, a mentoring and consultation programme tailored to the needs of dance creators and producers will be developed in conjunction with them and they will be presented with production and presentation opportunities. New audiences will be encouraged to ‘dance in’ through transfer initiatives.
Building on the experience of classroom theatre pieces, every year Theater Vorpommern will now be creating ‘classroom dance pieces’, each one with up to two dancers, and touring them around schools in the region. Workshop-based qualification programmes for dance educators will create a regional pool of dance education and transfer experts with 20 workshops and a concluding conference planned. The design and piloting of a ‘profile class for dance’ at a school in Stralsund will develop dance further in schools. An annual dance festival will encourage dance creators and a wide audience to set the region in motion. And dance agency is planned for the autumn of 2019 in order to consolidate dance in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Its task will be to establish a local dance-scene network, to enter into a closer dialogue with people working in cultural policy, and to generate national visibility.
Under the direction of Ester Ambrosino, the independent dance company Tanztheater Erfurt is establishing a stable network in conjunction with structurally sound partners, namely Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar and Theater Erfurt. The funding awarded to the TanzWert project will facilitate the creation of three dance productions with different formats in both theatres and under optimal conditions. An innovative transfer programme is also intended to attract new audiences for dance.
TanzWert’s approach is to pursue the re-establishment of dance productions in the regular performance seasons.
The project will start with the production entitled Reprise at DNT in February 2019. This work for three dancers with live musical accompaniment takes a dance-based look at the Weimar Republic, the 100th anniversary of which is being celebrated during Democracy Week.
TanzWert is opening the 2019/20 season at DNT with the premiere of Ester Ambrosino’s choreography face me – sacre, which links Igor Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps with a contemporary look at the phenomenon of ritual self-sacrifice.
A second major production with orchestral accompaniment will be developed and premiered at Theater Erfurt in the 2020/21 season, a piece that will on the one hand focus on a socially relevant topic and on the other will take account of the theatre’s theme for the season. A literary template alongside a young composer’s contemporary take on an orchestral work will provide impetus to challenge all participants to engage in critically constructive analysis.