Explore dance – Dance for young audience

TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund

The funding awarded to the joint project by Focus Dance – Dance and Schools association Munich (Fokus Tanz – Tanz und Schule e.V. München), fabrik moves (fabrik Potsdam) and K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg will close a national gap in the cultural offer for children and young people, as explore dance is aimed at the long-term consolidation and artistic development of dance for young audiences. From 2018 established choreographers within the national German network are invited to Potsdam, Munich, and Hamburg to develop and present new works for young audiences. Reciprocal guest performances enable the pieces to be seen at different places. The new productions are brought together in an annual platform in one of the three partner cities and offer the opportunity to meet organizers, artists, the young audiences, educators and parents. A subsequent symposium on the theme of dance for young people will boost the exchange of information, ideas and experience at the national and international level. The platforms take place in Hamburg in 2019, in Munich in 2020 and in Potsdam in 2022.

Each of the three institutions also establishes long-term co-operation with local schools in order to integrate the target group directly into the artists’ work processes. The project will thus lay the foundation for a sustainable, continuous and high-quality event and transfer programme in contemporary dance for children and young people, aged from 5 to 15, and strengthen the visibility of contemporary dance as an art form in the field of performing arts for young audiences. 

From July 2022, HELLERAU - European Centre for the Arts Dresden joins the project as a fourth partner and strengthens the visibility of the field of dance for young audiences by expanding the network to four federal states. Artistically, explore dance will focus in the new funding phase from July 2022 to the end of 2023 on mediation offers and pop ups as mobile productions that open up access to dance in schools, museums, cultural centres and theatre spaces both regionally and nationwide. Three festivals with expert meetings present the 9 emerging productions and offer space for networking and a dialogue on cultural and educational policy.

explore dance was awarded the Perspective Prize of the German Theatre Prize DER FAUST in 2019.

Associated schools in Potsdam:
Gerhart Hauptmann Grundschule / Freie Schule / Grundschule am Pappelhain / Comenius Schule / Grundschule im Bornstedter Feld / Grundschule am Jungfernsee / Internationale Schule / Grundschule Marquardt / Neue Grundschule / Rosa Luxemburg Schule / Wilhelm-von-Türk-Schule / Schulzentrum am Stern / Montessori Oberschule / Humboldt Gymnasium / Voltaire Gesamtschule / Joseph Lenné Gesamtschule / Leonardo da Vinci-Gesamtschule / Oberlinschule / Kita Königskinder vom LSB / Kita und Hort Baumschule

Productions 2022/2023
HERMANN HEISIG: Happy Sisyphos (6+) – Pop Up
RENAE SHADLER (D/AUS): Horace (6+) – Pop Up
YOTAM PELED (ISR/D): Where the Boys Are (14+) – Pop Up

Productions 2020/2021
LEA MORO (CH/D): Ohren sehen auch (5+)
HERMANN HEISIG (D): Happy sisyphos (8+) – Pop Up
REGINA ROSSI (BR/D): punk, beat…LOL! (13+) – Pop Up
MARTINA LA RAGIONE (IT): This Wall has No Title (12+) – Pop Up

Productions 2020: Choreografic explorations for home
MORITZ FRISCHKORN: Übungen aus der Recherche zu Transformations
ANTJE PFUNDTNER IN GESELLSCHAFT: Choreografische Spielanleitung
LEE MÉIR & LEA KIEFFER: Bommeltutorial
LEA MARTINI & DENNIS DETER: Eine Evolutionsreise durch die Geschichte der Welt

Productions 2019/2020
DEUFERT&PLISCHKE (D): Spinnen (6+) – Pop Up
LEE MÉIR (ISR) & ANDRÉ LEWSKI (D): Von hier nach dort (6+)
MAY ZARHY (ISR): Libelle (7+)
CEREN ORAN (TR/D): Fliegende Wörter (6+) – Pop Up
MORITZ FRISCHKORN (D): Transformations (14+) – Pop Up

Productions 2018/2019
DENNIS DETER & LEA MARTINI (D): Eine Geschichte der Welt (6+)
DIEGO TORTELLI (IT): Shifting Perspective /14+)
ANNA KONJETZKY (D/PL): Move More Morph It! (8+) – Pop Up
LUCIA GLASS (D): Die Choreographie der Dinge und Geräusche (10+) – Pop Up


explore dance – Network Dance for Young Audiences is a cooperation of fabrik moves Potsdam, Fokus Tanz | Tanz und Schule e.V. Munich, K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg and HELLERAU - European Centre for the Arts. Supported by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as the Department of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Cultural Department of the State Capital Munich and the Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance with funds from the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, as well as the State Capital Potsdam and the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg, the Saxon State Ministry of Science and Art and the State Capital Dresden. With the kind support of the ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE.




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