Theatre and Movement

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Dance Partners Fund

Fund for partnerships between dance institutions and schools. A programme initiated by the Federal Cultural Foundation

There are many successful projects underway in which children and young people can learn about artistic dance. More and more schools want to offer their students the opportunity to become more familiar with this art form. Likewise, numerous dancers, choreographers, theatres and other institutions have shown growing interest in developing joint dance productions with youngsters.
The Federal Cultural Foundation has now created Dance Partners, a fund to promote cultural education in dance. With a budget of 2.5 million euros, the fund aims to support alliances between schools and dance institutions lasting several years.
The goal is to encourage pupils to learn about and experience dance as an art form at actual theatres and dance companies and at the highest artistic level. Institutional access is a key aspect of the project. The intention is not to send artists on an educational mission to schools, but to have pupils team up with artists at their rehearsal and performance venues, become acquainted with their artistic methods, and experience working conditions in the context of a cultural organization. Together with the dancers, the pupils will develop productions of their own and make the theatre an integral part of their lives and experience in the process. Because the partnerships will last several years, the participants will be able to gain ongoing, personal experience with dance as an art form together with professional dancers and choreographers.

What is eligible for funding?
The fund supports partnerships between schools and artistic institutions, such as theatres, dance companies and choreographic centres, from 2012 until 2014. Funding should be appropriated in such a way that pupils have the opportunity to work with top-rate dancers and choreographers on developing and performing joint productions. Ideally, the partners should agree on long-term cooperative alliances which continue after the conclusion of the funding period.

The application period has now ended for the Dance Partners Fund.
Complete application details are published on the project’s website:

Dance Fund to award funding to 12 dance partnerships
On 1 March 2012, the jury decided which partnerships should receive funding through the Dance Partners Fund. The twelve selected projects from nine German states will receive a total of 1.6 million euros in funding. Another 32,000 euros has been set aside to fund guest performances and travel stipends to help foster exchange between the projects. 

The funded projects:
Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin / Hector-Petersen-Oberschule
Cocoon Dance Company / 5. Gesamtschule Bonn
Theater Bremen / Alexander-von-Humboldt-Gymnasium
Stadttheater Bremerhaven / Marktschule Bremerhaven
Theater Dortmund / Anne-Frank-Gesamtschule
Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf / St. Benedikt Schule
Theater Freiburg, pvc Tanz / Vigelius Grundschule
Tanzcompagnie Gießen / Integrierte Gesamtschule Busecker Tal
K3 - Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg, Kampnagel Internationale Kulturfabrik / Winterhuder Reformschule
Staatsoper Hannover / Integrierte Gesamtschule Linden
Bayerisches Staatsballett, München / Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium
Perform(d)ance, Stralsund / Integrierte Gesamtschule Grünthal

For more detailed descriptions of these projects, visit the Dance Fund website.

Jury of experts for the Dance Partners Fund

Prof. Dr. Antje Klinge, professor of Sports Education and Sports Didactics at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Ursula Schneider, State Secondary School Elisabeth-Kohn-Street, Munich, principal of „Hauptschule der Freiheit“
Moos van den Broek, artistic director of the dance department at Het Lab in Utrecht (NL)

Funding period: 2012 - 2014