Theatre and Dance
Dialoge 20-13 - Kolkata von Sasha Waltz / Padmini Chettur / Mahler Chamber Orchestra | Photo: Martin Wälde
The performing arts are highly regarded all over the world, and many forms of theatre are widespread cultural practices. Through various activities the Goethe-Institut contributes to the discovery of and engagement with German theatre and dance abroad. Our focus is on acting, contemporary dance, performance art, children’s and youth theatre, puppet theatre and new German drama.
The Goethe-Institut Theatre and Dance Department advises and provides impetus, support and funding to Goethe-Instituts abroad as well as their partners and projects. Our various programmes, the fruit of an ongoing dialogue, provide international exposure for the current theatre and dance scenes in Germany and spark discourse about the performing arts. Central to our efforts are initiatives to enable artists in Germany and abroad to meet face to face.
Generally speaking, the Goethe-Institut seeks to nurture international artistic partnerships, developing project ideas involving close collaboration between Goethe-Instituts and local institutions such as theatres, festivals and educational establishments as well as individual directors, choreographers and others in the performing arts.
The Goethe-Institut provides support for performances abroad by German ensembles and artists based in Germany, as well as funding for young aspiring artists, and promotes culture exchange through residency programmes and grants both in Germany and abroad. We promote cooperation with German festivals, organizers and theatres through guest performances in Germany by outstanding ensembles from developing and transition countries.
The Theatre and Dance Department is assisted in its decision-making by an honorary advisory council made up of distinguished figures in the German theatre and dance scenes.
RESIDENCIES IN GERMANY
Every year the Theatre and Dance Department awards residencies in Germany to young theatre makers and choreographers from abroad.
These residencies range from a two-week participation in the International Forum of the Berliner Theatertreffen (an annual theatre festival in Berlin) to internships in productions by dance companies and public theatres.