Dance and theatre

The Goethe-Institut enables international and German theatre and dance professionals to exchange, meet and engage in the performing arts. The focus is on contemporary drama, spoken theatre, contemporary dance, performance art, children’s and youth theatre, puppet and figure theatre and new drama.

A dance performance Made in Bangladesh – Tanztheater in Ludwigshafen © Wonge Bergmann

Arts funding and residencies

The Goethe-Institut promotes art and culture in a variety of projects in Germany and abroad. You can search by genre, funding type and duration.

Arts funding and residencies © Unsplash/Maick Maciel

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Contemporary German drama in translation: The funding and translation of works of new German drama into other languages has been an essential part of the activities of Goethe Institutes worldwide for many years.

A curated overview of artists' houses: These support professional international theatre makers, directors, playwrights, dancers and choreographers by providing them with studio space and accommodation for limited periods of time, often combined with the award of a stipend or grant.

About our work

We support creatives at home and abroad with various programmes. A special programme supports young artists living in Germany who would like to make their first international contacts as part of a guest performance abroad. Residencies and the promotion of research stays abroad enable the preparation of internationally oriented projects.

Guest performances in Germany by international theatre and dance ensembles from transition countries as well as scholarships and internships stimulate intercultural exchange in cooperation with German festivals, organizers and theatres.


The contacts for projects abroad are the local Goethe-Instituts. They decide whether certain projects fit in with their programming.

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