The path to a “Tanzvermittlungszentrum”

The term “dance education“ (German: Tanzvermittlung — note on the translation) refers to a variety of approaches to dance. In principle, it seeks to enable all people to deepen their experiences with and through dance, to connect these experiences with their own everyday life and to use them for social change. It is a participatory practice that connects dance and its audience. A practice of questioning, deconstructing, and ideally transforming, in which artistic and pedagogical work meet on an equal footing.

In practice, dance education can have many faces. It can inspire people to talk about dance and to explore issues more deeply through dance. It can take the form of a pre- or post-performance (audience) discussion, but it can also include a joint research project on a certain topic that is carried out by means of dance. It includes participatory dance projects with non-professionals as well as any other form of learning with and through movement.

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Documentation

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Interviews as a Survey Tool

Interview, Text

Quotations from a shared transversal reading process of the interviews

Survey

Evaluation of the online survey about the design stage of the Berliner Tanzvermittlungszentrum

Activities

LAB #1

Activities

First public live presentation of the steering group in the House of Statistics (HdS)

Activities

LAB #2 On Time, Access and Solidarity. Envisioning a change in working cultures

Reading Room

Mobiler Tanzsaal

The pilot project “Mobiler Tanzsaal” began testing a decentrally organized system of dance education and outreach projects in the districts of Marzahn-Hellersdorf and Charlottenburg (Westend) in summer 2021. Sixteen different dance and discussion formats were carried out in cooperation with the partner venues Campus Esche, Stadtwerk mrzn/S27 and ngbk Hellersdorf, with a total of over 400 participants spanning all age groups.

The project is both a fact-finding activity for the conception phase of the steering group and a research project, which is divided into four components:

  1. needs analysis
  2. implementation of various workshops
  3. continuation discussions with the partners
  4. project documentation and scholarly analysis
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