Since 2018, Dachverband Tanz Deutschland has organized an annual public conference under the title POSITIONS:DANCE as part of the German Dance Award, which addresses current issues, attitudes and developments within the dance scene, cultural policy and society and initiates discussions.


SYMPOSIUM POSITIONS:DANCE #4 Creating Access - Diversity (AT)

October 21-23, 2021 in Essen, Germany

Dance sees itself as a community-building art form. Nevertheless, access is made difficult for many people interested in dance or is not visible at all. At last year's symposium it became clear: the dance scene in Germany may appear diverse, but it needs a good deal of sensitization in terms of diversity. A structural white hegemony is just as noticeable here as in other areas of society. Therefore, the 2021 symposium will be dedicated to diversity and sensitization of the dance scene under the overall theme "Creating Access". In 2022, #Inclusion, another urgent topic, will be the focus of the symposium.

The symposium is already thought differently in its preparation, curators are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) - experts from the dance scene who will determine the topics and formats. The aim is to raise awareness, to uncover hidden or misunderstood racism, to deal with body images and culturally shaped views of dance. Urban dance, which is largely diverse, also plays an important role in this.

You can find more detailed information on our project website

POSITIONS:DANCE #1 The Future of Dance - Artists*, Collectives, Collaborations (2018).

Here you can find the flyer of the symposium in the context of the German Dance Award 2018

POSITIONS:DANCE #2 Ethics (Oct. 18-19, 2019).

Here you can find the flyer of the symposium in the context of the German Dance Award 2019

POSITIONS:DANCE #3 Conditions - Qualities of artistic working methods and working conditions (16. to 17.10.2020)

Here you can find the flyer of the symposium 2020