Dance in Germany – Stages, Training, Institutions


„The future will be confusing“ on the façade of the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt; © Jörg Baumann

Production site for the still unknown – the Frankfurt Künstlerhaus Mousonturm

For 25 years the theatre makers at the Frankfurt Künstlerhaus Mousonturm have been inventing new forms and formats, connecting with other fields.More ...
Jérôme Bel „Disabled Theater“; © Michael Bause

Dancers as Researchers and Players – Restarts at HAU and Mousonturm

As of the start of the 2012/2013 season, the Berlin theatre Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) and the Frankfurt Mousonturm have new directors.More ...
Bebe Millers „A History“, The Forsythe Company ; © Ulrike Stumpp

A Place That Embraces Diversity – Frankfurt LAB

Frankfurt LAB understands itself as a place that gives artistic processes time and allows the audience an insight into the laboratory’s various activities.More ...
Das Radialsystem; © Sebastian Bolesch

Dance seizes the Initiative – a portrayal of two privately founded arts venues in Berlin

Berlin’s dance scene enjoys an excellent reputation. Yet this could hardly have been attained without the commitment of individual cultural entrepreneurs.More ...
Club Guy & Roni (Groningen); © Roelof Boes

The Pumpenhaus, Münster – a Theatre with Chutzpah

One of the most adventurous theatres in Westphalia is the Pumpenhaus in Münster. One of its focal points is modern dance.More ...
The Uferstudios in Berlin; © Uferstudios

The Uferstudios – Interface between Arts and Skills

As a belated response to the demand for a dance house, a venue for contemporary dance has been established in Berlin.More ...
Annemie Vanackere, artistic director at Hebbel am Ufer from September 2012; © Bresadola/

Hebbel am Ufer has opted for a strong international profile

In September 2012 the Flemish Annemie Vanackere will be succeeding the current manager Matthias Lilienthal at Hebbel Am Ufer.More ...
The artistic direction of Zeitraumexit: Tilo Schwarz, Gabriele Oßwald, Wolfgang Sautermeister (f.l.t.r.); photo: Peter Empl

Zeitraumexit – Venue for Interface Art in Mannheim

For eleven years the Mannheim art house Zeitraumexit has been a venue for open art forms.More ...
fabrik Company: „Do you want“; photo: Andrew Dawson

Dance in Potsdam

For dance, fabrik Potsdam is a “lighthouse” in the huge expanses of Brandenburg. Following the withdrawal of the German Federal Cultural Foundation from the Artists-in-Residency programme, politics once again has to be convinced what dance is really capable of achieving.More ...
Tanzhaus nrw; photo: Emil Zander

tanzhaus nrw – Europe’s Dance Policies Made in Düsseldorf

In a country like Germany, where dance is booming as never before, there is only one dance house. Its founder Bertram Müller improves structures.More ...

The productive Energy of Diversity – The Muffatwerk in Munich

The Muffatwerk, founded in Munich in 1993, offers a wide-ranging cross-genre programme, and it is an international cultural hub.More ...
The Schwankhalle in Bremen; photo: Schwankhalle

A Place for Ideas – Schwankhalle Bremen

The Schwankhalle in Bremen opened in 2003: providing a venue for their own dance- and theater-productions and for a largely still fledgling scene.More ...
The fetsivalhouse Hellerau; Foto: Katja Zehrfeld

Second Modernist Period – Hellerau is on its Way to Becoming an Art Centre of the East

The new artistic director Dieter Jaenicke gives new impulses to the festivalhouse Hellerau.More ...
'Jugendclub, Training'; copyright: K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie / Tanzplan Hamburg; photo: Thies Raetzke

K3: A New Venue for Dance in Hamburg

Hamburg has a new attraction for the arts. The “K3 – Centre for Choreography” offers modern studios for dancers, a wide range of courses and theory, and residencies for young choreographers.More ...
Rosas', Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Steve Reich Evening; copyright: Herman Sorgelos

PACT Zollverein – At the Frontier of Dance and Performance

At PACT Zollverein in Essen, dance and performance are understood as cross-art forms and fields of research for the present and the future.More ...
Further articles


Bundesjugendballett (National Youth Ballet); © Marcus Renner

Dancers of Tomorrow

Made-to-measure and yet also versatile – this is what is expected of dance education today. The path to professionalism is closely linked to a new self-conception of the profession of dancer.More ...
„Welle: Asphaltkultur“ von Samir Akika/Unusual Symptoms; Foto: Jan Rasmus Lippels

Energy and Renewal – The HipHop Academy Hamburg

It’s more than just youth culture. At the HipHop Academy Hamburg, dancers and musicians receive professional training.More ...
Talk Art with students of the Department „Choreography and Performance“ at the Justus Liebig University of Giessen; Photo: Jörg Schindler

On the Move – Dance Studies

German universities are offering a number of new Dance Studies courses. They take various approaches to attempting to combine theory and practice.More ...
The logo of the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Studying Dance Like You Study Philosophy – the HZT Experiment

Two universities are cooperating with the independent dance scene in the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT).More ...
„Bewegt“, 2009, Choreography by Urs Dietrich; photo: Georg Schreiber

Training Dancing People – Dance at Folkwang University of the Arts

Past and present, training and working under professional conditions come together in the cradle of German dance theatre. The dance department of Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen.More ...

"Dance Is always the Primary Force" – the Palucca Schule in Dresden

The Palucca Schule was founded in Dresden more than 80 years ago. Today, it is the only independent tertiary-level institution in Germany devoted exclusively to the study of dance. Its aim is to train self-determined, independent-minded dance professionals.More ...


Specific physio in the GYROTONIC-Method at the Pulley Tower Combination Unit. photo: Bernd Gahlen,

Dance medicine – Medical Care for Dancers

In the Kompetenzzentrum Tanzmedizin medical care, prevention and rehabilitation are geared to the special needs of dancers.More ...
Johannes Odenthal, the artistic programme coordinator of the Academy of the Arts; photo: Academy of the Arts

Art Needs Crisis – Performing Arts at the Akademie der Künste Berlin

Is it really the task of the Akademie der Künste to preserve memories of great artists? A talk with the artistic programme coordinator Johannes Odenthal.More ...
Video viewing area at the National Dance Centre, Paris; photo: Franz Anton Cramer

Dance Archives and Digital Culture: The Current Situation in Germany

The internet and digital culture open up new opportunities in connection with cultivating the cultural heritage of dance.More ...

More dance! The Northrhine-Westphalia Society for Contemporary Dance (GZT NRW) Promotes Dance

Dance is gradually becoming more familiar and better recognised among politicians and the general public in Germany. That is due to the persistent work of the artists themselves and of their lobbyists.More ...

25 Performance Artists

Short biographies, productions, journalistic portraits, links

Dance Platform Germany 2014

The invited productions and schedule of the festival Dance Platform 2014 in Hamburg (27.02.–02.03.2014)

Dance Platform Germany 2014

Accreditation for Professionals


Insights into and information about contemporary styles of dance in the Asia-Pacific region and in Europe


News from Germany’s culture and society