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Tanztage Berlin 2025 Open Call – Sophiensæle | Freies Theater in Berlin

Saison 24/25

Tanztage Berlin 2025 Open Call

Tanztage Berlin 2025 Open Call

To all emerging dance artists based in Berlin

Since 1996, Tanztage Berlin has presented innovative and genre-bending work by Berlin artists in the field of contemporary dance, choreography and performance. This producing platform is a unique opportunity for the city's broadly defined choreographic newcomers and artists that have recently arrived in Berlin to present their work to a loyal local and international audience. With its 33 editions, the festival has proven many times what constitutes its DNA: it encourages artistic risk-taking, experimental formats and visions that not only challenge conventional narratives about dance and choreography but also question the status of the body in the contemporary world.

The next edition of Tanztage Berlin will again take place under the artistic direction of Mateusz Szymanówka. The festival is currently planned for January 9th–25th 2025. The festival offers emerging dance artists based in Berlin a framework for their new productions and revivals.

The program of the last editions can be found here.

In the Tanztage Berlin Podcast you can hear more about the history of the festival.

Applications for premieres and revivals

1. Module: Premieres
Tanztage Berlin can support a limited number of productions presenting their premiere at the festival.

We offer:

  • A production grant of between € 7,000 and € 12,000, depending on the personnel costs (e.g. the number of project participants)
  • An evening fee of 380€ per person per show for the collaborators involved in the presentation of the show (choreographers, performers or lighting and sound designers
    running the show).
  • Free external rehearsal space (approx. 2 weeks per production)
  • Approx. 1–2 days for rehearsal on stage at Sophiensæle between Christmas and New Year.
  • Approx. 3 days for final rehearsals (usually shared with another group), technical set-up & dress rehearsal on stage in January 2025. The groups are supported here by curatorial, technical and organizational supervision.
  • Dramaturgical support by emerging dramaturgs during the rehearsal process
  • Support in the form of press work/marketing as part of the festival's general press and public relations work, free photo and video documentation of the performances and,
    depending on the need, also in the form of advice on calculation, administration and accounting of the production cost subsidy
  • Travel and accommodation costs will only be reimbursed in exceptional cases.

2. Module: Revivals
Furthermore, finished productions can be submitted for a revival.

We offer:

  • A flat fee of € 3,000 for the rehearsals and the realization of the project
  • An evening fee of € 380 per person per performance for the collaborators involved in the presentation of the show (choreographers, performers or lighting and sound designers
    running the show)
  • Approx. 1–2 days for rehearsal on stage at Sophiensæle between Christmas and New Year
  • Approx. 3 days for final rehearsals (usually shared with another group), technical set-up & dress rehearsal on stage in January. The groups are supported here by curatorial, technical
    and organizational supervision.
  • Support in the form of press work/marketing as part of the festival's general press and public relations work, free photo and video documentation of the performances and, depending on need, also in the form of advice on calculation, administration and accounting of the production cost subsidy
  • Travel and accommodation costs will only be reimbursed in exceptional cases

Special Service

Workshop Accessibility and Aesthetics of Access
The artists selected for the Tanztage Berlin 2025 will be invited to an online workshop on the topic of accessibility and Aesthetics of Access on November 16th 2024 which will be facilitated by Angela Alves (Choreographer) and Agnieszka Habraschka (Artist and Access Coach). Please, reserve the day for the workshop.

Workshop Narratives of Intimacy
The artists selected for Tanztage Berlin 2025 will be invited to an online workshop Narratives of Intimacy: An Introduction to Intimacy Coordination for Choreographers dedicated to emerging choreographers, in which Kaya Kołodziejczyk (Choreographer, movement director and intimacy professional for film and theatre) is going to give an insight into the dynamically developing field of intimacy coordination. Please, reserve the day for the workshop.

Application

Please apply by email to tanztage@sophiensaele.com using the application form. The form is available for download here. If you have any questions, please contact
tanztage@sophiensaele.com or +49 (0)30 278 900-49 or join our info event via Zoom on August 9th 2024 at 7pm (see below).

With Tanztage Berlin, we want to support ways of working that represent as diverse a range of lifeworlds and experiences as possible. We, therefore, welcome applications from people with and without disabilities, with marginalized perspectives and projects with diverse, cross-age casts. We accept applications with productions that can be presented in the festival in different formats, such as stage performance, online performance, durational performance, installation, video. Most of the works during Tanztage Berlin will be presented as double bills.

More information about the Festsaal, Hochzeitssaal and Kantine here.

Our team has entered a transformation process and is dealing with ways of thinking and working that are inclusive, criticise power structures, and are sensitive towards discrimination. Currently, the majority of our staff are white and non-disabled. We know this can be challenging for BIPoC and people with disabilities who start working with us. You are welcome to make statements in your application concerning your positioning if you wish to do so.

The deadline for applications is August 11th 2024

Please also inform us about showings and presentations of your work at tanztage@sophiensaele.com. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual feedback on the projects that were not selected.

Info-Zoom on August 9th 2024

Together with Tanzbüro Berlin we offer an info event via Zoom in English and German on August 9th at 7 pm. There will be the opportunity to ask questions to the festival curator Mateusz Szymanówka and production manager Francesca Spisto in spoken and written language. The info event will be live subtitled. To participate in the event, please register at anmeldung@tanzbuero-berlin.de, including your name and function (e.g. dancer, choreographer etc.)

Open office of the curator

Mateusz Szymanówka offers an open online consultation via Zoom in August, where you can talk to him about a project proposal for Tanztage Berlin 2025. Booking dates here. If you can’t see any meetings in the calendar, they are booked out.

Thank you and best regards from the Tanztage team

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