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FUNDING TO PROMOTE AN ARTISTIC APPROACH
TO 20th CENTURY DANCE

WHAT IS TANZFONDS.DE?

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). DIEHL+RITTER is the non-profit agency managing the funds. Although Tanzfonds Partner – a fund for partnerships between schools and dance institutions – expired in 2014, Tanzfonds Erbe has been extended to 2018. Information about the application procedure, documentary videos on previous and current Tanzfonds projects as well as additional contributions on the theme of dance heritage can all be found at tanzfonds.de.

Christoph Winkler: The Complete Expressionist – Project documentation

The dancer, choreographer and composer Ernest Berk was born in Cologne in 1909 and studied violin and improvisation at the Rheinische Musikschule as well as dance and improvisation at the institute of the Wigman student Chinita Ullmann. His oeuvre, which is characterised by a stylistically unusual combination of modern dance and musique concrete, has largely been forgotten. The Berlin choreographer Christoph Winkler’s project set out to create an evening that illustrated the full breadth of Berk’s artistic work with reconstructions of various short choreographies complemented by performances of the artist’s electronic music compositions. In addition to Berk’s extensive estate, the basis for the reconstruction work was mainly interviews with contemporary witnesses – namely Berk’s former dancers, friends and students – that Winkler conducted himself and were an integral part of the evening. The project documentation offers insights into the development and working process for The Complete Expressionist.    

SPECIAL FOCUS: DANCE AND COPYRIGHT

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.

NEWS

LECTURE
Now online:
Madeline Ritter's Lecture within the frame of the conference "The Best in Heritage", Dubrovnic September 2017: "A Cure for Dance Loss"

Now online available:
Learning Kits for heritage civil society organisations
on Fundraising, Awareness-Raising & Advocacy,
and Citizen Engagement & Education, published
by Europa Nostra on the occasion of the European
Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.
Have a look!

*Applications are nore no longer possible* 

 

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EVALUATION

TANZFONDS ERBE (2011-14)

Short version of the study by Dr. Cornelia Dümcke
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Summary by Madeline Ritter
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Dance Technique 2010

A book by Ingo Diehl and Friederike Lampert.
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Theater Bielefeld: "past forward" – Interviews

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 SandroniOverhead 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.  

DANCE ARCHIVES AROUND THE WORLD

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.

DRAWINGS FROM THE DANCE CONGRESS

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.

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