In 2016, TANZFONDS ERBE was one of 28 winners from 16 countries – and the only German winner – to receive the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards in the category Education, Training and Awareness-raising for its achievements in preserving and communicating the cultural heritage of dance.
In late summer 2019, the Akademie der Künste in cooperation with DIEHL+RITTER and the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) dedicated an exhibition, a festival, an international campus and a book to the „Century of Dance“.
Tanzfonds.de is the website dedicated to two funds initiated by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation), namely Tanzfonds Erbe (Dance Heritage Fund) and Tanzfonds Partner (Dance Partner Fund). Although Tanzfonds Partner – a fund for partnerships between schools and dance institutions – expired in 2014, Tanzfonds Erbe has been extended to 2019. DIEHL+RITTER is the non-profit agency which was managing the funds. The archive of Tanzfonds Partner, documentary videos on the Tanzfonds projects as well as additional contributions on the theme of dance heritage can all be found at tanzfonds.de.
The focus of the past forward evening is on Gerhard Bohner’s late choreographic work Angst und Geometrie (Fear and Geometry), which was commissioned by Berlin’s Hebbel Theater and premiered in 1990.
Twenty-eight years later, Theater Bielefeld and its ensemble TANZ Bielefeld (artistic direction: Simone Sandroni) has now restaged the piece under the direction of the former Bohner dancer Petr Tyc.
The reconstruction will be supplemented by works by three contemporary choreographers – Simone Sandroni, Overhead Project and Lali Ayguadé – who will be looking at Bohner’s choreography and its intrinsic themes and forms in wholly different ways.
In short interviews, the artists involved talk about their access to Angst und Geometry as well as their own new creations.
An overview of archives and libraries that are either dedicated to dance or cover dance within their remit. Some of the material can be accessed online.
Copyright is an unavoidable aspect of dealing with dance heritage. At the same time, dance is largely omitted from public debates on copyright issues. In addition to contributions to debates, we provide useful tools for dance artists.
A graphic recording team commissioned by TANZFONDS asked Dance Congress 2013 participants about their own dance heritage. Here, we publish the collection of personal, funny, sad and poetic drawings for your own use.