Production and production structures in dance

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland networks and supports freelancers, ensembles, associations, dance schools and other active partners in dance. In close cooperation with its members and in dialogue with cultural policy-makers, it develops funding instruments and initiatives designed to secure and strengthen dance structures in the long term.


Dance needs its own places and systems for cooperation and exchange. The discussion about contemporary production structures relates to both the independent sector and the permanent ensembles. In the independent sector, innovative funding models (guest performance and co-production funding) have been developed as examples for dance. For the permanent ensembles, the focus is on further dialog with the directors of the theaters and leaders in cultural policy.



Touring Artists

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Co-production funding

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland itself does not currently implement any projects that promote co-productions in dance. There is a regular exchange of experience with Joint Adventures, an organisation that is responsible for the funding program NATIONAL PERFORMANCE NETWORK. This program promotes the exchange and dissemination of contemporary dance and theater within Germany and strengthens the (inter)national rotation of existing and new productions.


Production houses with focus on dance in Germany

FFT Düsseldorf

HAU – Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin)

HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden)

Kampnagel (Hamburg)

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt am Main)

PACT Zollverein (Essen)

tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf)



Guest performance promotion can be found as a topic and work task in various initiatives and projects in which the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland is involved as a sponsor or in an advisory capacity.

The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland was responsible for the successful establishment and implementation of the first program phase of TANZLAND - Program for Guest Performance Cooperations (2017 to 2021).

There is also an exchange with so called InThega - Interessengemeinschaft der Städte mit Theatergastspielen e.V. (community of interest of the cities with theater guest performances)

Artists Support

The Federal Association for Dance in Germany is committed to promoting dance throughout Germany in a way that is structured to meet the needs of professional artists. We want to achieve federal funding that can be compared with funding for music or film.

The first steps in this direction were taken in 2013 with the Dance Initiative. The goal is to establish a long-term framework for dance funding that brings the funding procedures and funding instruments of local and state governments and the federal government's initiatives into an effective structure.

With the Initiative Tanz, the umbrella organization has succeeded in establishing a new national co-production funding and an international guest performance funding. Both funding models have been tendered and implemented through the National Performance Network - information on the Joint Adventures / NPN website.