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.
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.
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.