Theatre and Dance

Dialoge 20-13 - Kolkata von Sasha Waltz / Padmini Chettur / Mahler Chamber Orchestra Dialoge 20-13 - Kolkata von Sasha Waltz / Padmini Chettur / Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Photo: Martin Wälde The performing arts are highly appreciated around the world. Through its diverse activities, the Goethe-Institut contributes to enabling encounters and discussion abroad with theatre and dance from Germany. The focus is given to acting, contemporary dance, performance, theatre for children and young people, puppet and marionette theatre as well as modern German theatre.

The Theatre and Dance Division acts as an advisor and impulse generator for a variety of projects in the fields of the performing arts, which are held or funded by the Goethe-Instituts abroad. A continuous dialogue generates programmes that convey insights into current German theatre and dance, stimulate artistic discourse and facilitate personal encounters between artists at home and abroad.

Besides arranging performances by German artists abroad, promoting young talent and residencies abroad as well as offering scholarships to Germany, the Goethe-Institut also supports guest appearances in Germany by outstanding ensembles from developing and transition countries, working in close collaboration with German festivals and organizing committees.

The division is given support with regards to content by a voluntary advisory board made up of renowned figures from the German theatre and dance scene.


Gastspiele in Deutschland

Der Fachbereich Theater und Tanz unterstützt Gastspiele von Theater- und Tanzensembles aus Kooperationsländern der deutschen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit.


Um jungen Künstlerinnen und Künstlern aus Deutschland erste internationale Kontakte und Erfahrungen zu ermöglichen, hat der Bereich Theater und Tanz ein Nachwuchsprogramm aufgelegt. Voraussetzung ist die Einladung durch einen professionellen Veranstalters im Ausland.

Rechercheaufenthalt im Ausland

Das Goethe-Institut fördert Rechercheaufenthalte von in Deutschland tätigen Künstlerinnen und Künstlern, bei denen sie international ausgerichtete Projektvorhaben vorbereiten und Kontakte knüpfen können.

Stipendien in Deutschland

Jedes Jahr ermöglicht der Bereich Theater und Tanz jungen ausländischen Theatermacherinnen und Theatermachern, Choreografinnen und Choreografen Stipendienaufenthalte in Deutschland. 

Die Angebote reichen von der zweiwöchigen Teilnahme beim Internationalen Forum des Berliner Theatertreffens bis hin zu produktionsbegleitenden Hospitationen bei Tanzkompanien oder an Stadttheatern. 

Internationaler Koproduktionsfonds

Das Goethe-Institut legt für die Jahre 2016-2018 erstmals einen Internationalen Koproduktionsfonds auf. Das Goethe-Institut unterstützt mit diesem Förderinstrument kollaborative Arbeitsprozesse und innovative Produktionsweisen im internationalen Kulturaustausch anregen und die Entstehung neuer Netzwerke und Arbeitsformen in globalen Zusammenhängen unterstützen.


Together with the Internet editorial team at the Goethe-Institut, on our website we offer a broad spectrum of information on theatre and dance in Germany through articles on current topics in the performing arts, festival reports, theatres and ensembles, news and portraits of directors, stage designers and choreographers as well as a selected collection of links.
The focus of the cultural programme is determined in each respective region, country or city. Ideas for projects are usually the result of close cooperation between the Goethe-Instituts and local institutions such as theatres, festivals and schools as well as individuals such as directors and choreographers. Contacts for projects abroad are the respective responsible Goethe-Instituts. The Theatre and Dance Division at the Munich head office advises and supports the Goethe-Instituts abroad in their theatre and dance programmes, disseminates information about current trends in Germany and promotes international cooperation.
Addresses of all Goethe-Instituts worldwide
The Theatre and Dance Division supports guest performances in Germany by theatre and dance ensembles from countries involved in German development cooperation. This gives artists from Africa, South America and Asia opportunities to show their work to the German public and to share with artists here.

Applications can be submitted by festivals, theatres and organizers that wish to invite the groups. The criteria for support are the production quality, organizer relevance and supraregional visibility. Only the travel and transport costs are funded.

Theatre and dance ensembles from countries involved in German development cooperation: We orientate ourselves on the list of the BMZ.

The BMZ's list of countries involved in German development cooperation
Checklist: Applications for funding of guest performances from developing and transition countries
Touring Germany 2015
DAC List of ODA Recipients 2014-2016
The Goethe-Institut supports the translation of modern German plays and therefore promotes the dissemination of recent plays abroad. The division coordinates the translation projects of the Goethe-Instituts, clarifies the necessary copyrights and makes the translations produced available in its digital Theatre Library. The library now encompasses 500 translations in over 30 languages and every year 50 more are added. All of the plays can be ordered worldwide, easily and for free.
In order to enable young artists from Germany to gain their first international contacts and experiences, the Theatre and Dance Division has set up a young talent programme. The prerequisite for funding is an invitation from a professional organizer abroad. Young artists starting their careers can apply. Only the travel and transport costs are funded.
Checklist: Applications for project funding for young talent
Promoting young talent 2015
We assist German artists with artist-in-residency programmes abroad where they can prepare international projects and make contacts. The residencies in Montreal and in Kyoto are regularly announced.

The division supports residency projects around the globe.
Checklist: Residencies
Residences 2015
Every year, the Theatre and Dance Division offers young international theatre-makers and choreographers scholarships to Germany. The programmes include two-week participation in the International Forum of the Berliner Theatertreffen, production-related internships with dance companies and municipal theatres.
The Goethe-Institut has for the first time set up an International Coproduction Fund for the period from 2016 to 2018. The idea is to encourage new collaborative working processes and innovative productions involving international cultural exchange, with a view to promoting the creation of new working networks and approaches within a global context.
The International Coproduction Fund targets professional artists, ensembles and initiatives in Germany and abroad. The object is to help fund coproductions in the fields of theatre, dance, music and performance art, in which hybrid and interdisciplinary formats and the use of digital media may be key components. These projects are expected to be of high artistic calibre and presented in at least one of the countries involved. There are no topical or regional restrictions, but preference will be given to projects between German and non-European partners, especially in transition countries.
Go to for information about how to apply (application deadlines, form etc.).