After the national initiative for dance in Germany Tanzplan Deutschland (2006 – 2011) came to an end, the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) launched TANZFONDS ERBE (Dance Heritage Fund) and TANZFONDS PARTNER (Dance Partner Fund), each with a funding pot of EUR 2.5 million. TANZFONDS ERBE was extended for another three years in 2013. The agency managing the funds is DIEHL+RITTER. Project director is Madeline Ritter.
Funding for artistic projects dedicated to the cultural heritage of dance
For many years, the history of modern dance was only visible to a limited extent in the public sphere – despite the fact that the international reputations of numerous artists such as Mary Wigman, Dore Hoyer, Tatjana Gsovsky, Rudolf von Laban, William Forsythe or Pina Bausch began in Germany. The processing of historical material is indeed time-consuming, copyright issues are often unclear and use rights, e.g. for original music, are expensive.
In order to close these gaps, the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) initiated TANZFONDS ERBE (Dance Heritage Fund), the content for which was designed by Madeline Ritter, the former director of Tanzplan Deutschland, and Ingo Diehl, the former director of the education section Tanzplan Deutschland. Both Ritter and Diehl deliberately chose to avoid determining a canon of key dance works from history. They wanted applicants to decide on the works themselves and to argue why their chosen historical choreographers, works and themes are significant today. This open approach facilitates the possibility of accessing dance history from a wide variety of entry points.
A total of 60 projects were selected. Successful entries are model projects for dealing with dance history in an artistic way: artists use a wide range of archives for their research, work closely with experts and also contribute to the clarification of copyright. The artistic results of these processes establish public access to a lively dance history that has until now only been available to a few experts. The resulting productions are included in the season programmes of the theatres and companies involved. A guest-performance fund for TANZFONDS ERBE projects, which was set up in 2014, supports the national visibility of the productions.
The projects funded by TANZFONDS ERBE are documented by DIEHL+RITTER, in their entirety until 2014 and then selectively. The documentations offer an insight into the origins of projects as well as their research and production processes. They are a central element of this website. The wealth of information also acts as valuable study material for future researchers and artists, facilitating in-depth work with German dance history.
TANZFONDS ERBE is thereby providing fresh impetus for conveying dance in innovative ways, strengthening the visibility of dance history, and at the same time adheres to the aims of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Funds for partnerships between dance institutions and schools
TANZFONDS PARTNER (Dance Partner Fund) facilitates partnerships between dance institutions and general-education schools. The aim is to give school pupils an opportunity to take part in and experience dance as part of everyday life in theatres – and this at the highest artistic level.
Each partnership funded by TANZFONDS PARTNER involved one dance institution and one school, which in turn led to a particularly close relationship between the partners involved as well as a co-operative alliance that continued to operate even after the funding period came to an end.
Both dance artists and young people profited from new experiences when they met up for the projects. Dancers and choreographers had to convince and convey, question their own viewsand see themselves from outside, the results of which they could take back to their own institutions.
From 2011 to 2014, twelve projects across Germany were funded as part ofTANZFONDS PARTNER. The fund is now closed and it is no longer possible to submit an application for funding.
All projects funded are documented and archived on the TANZFONDS PARTNER website.