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Bibliotheca Albertina Leipzig Dance archives and digital transformation. Conference of the Association of German Dance Archives

Veranstaltung Tanzarchiv Leipzig e.V. Institut für Theaterwissenschaftern der Universität Leipzig und Bibliotheca Albertina D 17.-18.11.2023

17 November 2023

Institute for Theatre Studies at the University of Leipzig

1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Working conference of the Association of German Dance Archives

Miscellaneous topics

18 November 2023
Bibliotheca Albertina

10.00 a.m. Words of welcome

Charlotte Bauer, Deputy Director of Leipzig University Library

Holk Freytag, Saxon Academy of the Arts


10.15 am Dance archives in Germany

* Archive Performing Arts of the Academy of Arts Berlin, Stephan Dörschel (Head of the Archive)
* German Dance Archive Cologne, Thomas Thorausch (Deputy Head of the Dance Archive Cologne)
* German Dance Film Institute Bremen, Heide-Marie Härtel (Artistic Director)
* Mediathek für Tanz und Theater, Christine Henniger (Head of MTT at the International Theatre Institute Centre Germany e.V.)
* Dance Archive Leipzig e.V., Prof. Dr Patrick Primavesi (Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Leipzig and board member)
* University Archive of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden, Bianca Gleiniger (Head of the
University Archive)


10.45 am Dance-memory-digitality: a research

Caroline Helm, Clara Dolinschek, Michael Freundt (Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V.)


11.00 am Discussion: Dance and Archive – Transformation into the Digital


11.45 a.m. short break


12.00 pm Digital stages for dance: tanz:digital as an example

Michael Freundt (Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V.)


12.15 pm Discussion: Complicity of art, technology, science and archive

* Thomas Thorausch, Deputy Director of the Dance Archive Cologne
* Stephan Dörschel, Director of the Archive for Performing Arts at the Academy of Arts Berlin
* Heide-Marie Härtel, Artistic Director of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen
* Christine Henniger, Head of the Media Library for Dance and Theatre at the International Theatre Institute -
Zentrum Deutschland e. V.
* Patrick Henniger, Head of the Media Library for Dance and Theatre at the International Theatre Institute -
Zentrum Deutschland e. V. V.
* Patrick Primavesi, Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Leipzig, Board of Directors of Tanzarchiv Leipzig e.V.
* Bianca Gleiniger, Head of the University Archive of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden
Moderation: Melanie Gruß, Institute for Theatre Studies


14.00 Small reception with drinks and snacks


Foto: Ursula Kaufmann A life for dance. Ulrich Roehm celebrates his 90th birthday
In Abwandlung eines Zitates von Loriot gilt für Ulrich Roehm: "Ein Leben ohne Tanz ist möglich, aber sinnlos."
Video-Produktion Ulrich Roehm Essen D 16.09.2023

The German Dance Film Institute Bremen congratulates Ulrich Roehm on his anniversary with the specially produced film “A Life for Dance”. The festive event and the video were echoed in the specialised press. Here you can read excerpts from Online Merkur and

“What you want to ignite in others must burn within you.” Who else would this quote from St Augustine be more fitting than Ulrich Roehm – although the fire for dance has been burning in his heart for decades and he has ignited the joy of dance in many other people. No one else has brought dance to the world like him and subsequently brought the dance world to Essen. And no one else has done as much for dance and dance education as he has and, thanks to his constant persistence, has made many things possible. It is impossible to name everything that Ulrich Roehm has initiated, founded and established in his extensive work.


Almost to the day – he was born on 14 September 1933 – Ulrich Roehm celebrated his 90th birthday last Saturday with a big party in his hometown of Essen. Numerous friends, companions, dancers such as Birgit Keil and Vladimir Klos as well as dignitaries and representatives of the media and his family joined the celebrations.


Ulrich Roehm opened the festive gathering with a short speech and the film “Ulrich Roehm. A Life in Dance” was shown as a world premiere and spanned a wonderful arc over his private and professional life. Among the guests were the former President of the German Bundestag, Prof. Dr Norbert Lammert, and the Lord Mayor of Essen, Thomas Kufen, both of whom also gave speeches – as did Michael Freundt, Managing Director of Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e. V., who brought a message from the Board of Directors to mark the milestone birthday. There were also video congratulations from the Royal Academy of Dance in London. In a short interview, Heide-Marie Härtel then asked unprecedented questions of the jubilarian, who is not only celebrating this memorable birthday this year, but also a number of other anniversaries.”

Ira Werbowsky

Excerpt from an article in Online Merkur – Die internationale Kulturplattform. From 21 September 2023


“A film by Heidemarie Härtel was at the centre of the 90th birthday ceremony, which told the story of her personal and professional career in a loving and informative compilation of archive material and interviews. The touching impressions that the film left on all those present were then deepened in a discussion.”

Edith Wolf Perez in her article Ulrich Roehm on his 90th birthday on

Eingespielter Filmausschnitt. Foto: Yanitsa Genova Stephan Brinkmann. Lecture for the Orot Israel College in Tel Aviv [WissensWandel. Digitalprogramm des dbv]

Veranstaltung Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Tel Aviv / Bremen Israel / D 17.1.2023



Stephan Brinkmann, Professor of Contemporary Dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts, gladly accepted the opportunity to give a lecture for their dance students at the Orot Israel College for the Arts. He was a dancer and choreographer at the Folkwang Tanzstudio for two years before becoming a permanent ensemble member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch from 1995 to 2005. Brinkmann spoke about the connection between pedagogy and choreography.


The simultaneous translation will be provided by Ms Katja Manor, Goethe-Institut Tel Aviv.


Wissenwandel.Digitalprogramm for libraries and archives within Neustart Kultur is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and is launched by dbv Deutscher Bibliotheksverband.




Orot Israel College Tela Aviv as guest in the archive of the Dance Film Institute. Seminar in live stream. [WissensWandel. Digitalprogramm des dbv]
Aus dem Studio im Archiv des Deutschen Tanzfilminstituts Bremen direkt nach Tel Aviv.
Seminar Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Tel Aviv / Bremen Israel / D 25.10.2022 bis 17.01.2023, 14-tägig


This new digital mediation format is being developed by the German Dance Film Institute Bremen thanks to the support of “WissensWandel. Digital Programme for Archives and Libraries of the dbv German Library Association”. Heide-Marie Härtel offers a seminar on the history of dance for students of the Orot Israel College in Tel Aviv via live stream from the studio in Bremen. The event will focus in particular on the relationship between dance and politics. Historical dance film material from the institute’s own archive will illustrate the contents of the seminar. Heide-Marie Härtel is developing the lectures in close cooperation with Dr. Talia Perlshtein, head of the dance department of the Orot Israel College.


As simultaneous translators:in Ziv Frenkel, Berlin, and Katja Manor, Goethe-Institut Tel Aviv will accompany the seminar.


All film excerpts will be subtitled in English.


Invited are the lecturers:
* Reinhild Hoffmann, dancer, choreographer, dance prize winner 2022
* Dorotheé Hahne, musician, composer
* Professor Henrietta Horn, Folkwang University of the Arts, dance degree programme
* Professor Stephan Brinkmann, Fokwang University of the Arts, director of dance degree programme


Wissenwandel.Digitalprogramm für Bibliotheken und Archive within Neustart Kultur is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and is launched by dbv Deutscher Bibliotheksverband.



Folkwang University of the Arts as guest at the Dance Film Institute. Lectures in live stream. [WissensWandel.Digitalprogramm des dbv]
Das Deutsche Tanzfilminstitut öffnet sein Archiv für ein Live-Stream Seminar in Essen-Werden.
Veranstaltung Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Essen-Werden / Bremen D 18.10.2022 bis 31.01.2023, 14-tägig


Funded by the dbv German Library Association, Heide-Marie Härtel is developing a new digital mediation format for students at the Folkwang University of the Arts as part of the project “WissensWandel. Digital Programme for Libraries and Archives within Neustart Kultur” project, Heide-Marie Härtel is developing a new digital mediation format for students at Folkwang University of the Arts. The seminar on modern dance history will be broadcast from the studio at the German Dance Film Institute in Bremen – via live stream.
The focus of the seminar is particularly on the relationship between dance and politics. Important chroeographers include Kurt Joos, Hans Kresnik, Susanne Linke and Reinhild Hoffmann. In the live stream, Härtel can have film excerpts played from the rich film material of the in-house archive. The students discuss and reflect on the basis of specifically selected historical film examples with their lecturer, Professor Henrietta Horn in Essen, with Heide-Marie Härtel and invited guests, such as Reinhild Hoffmann, in Bremen.

This seminar is realised in close cooperation with the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen-Werden and Professor Henrietta Horn.


The seminar will be offered in English.
All film excerpts will be subtitled in English.


Wissenwandel.Digitalprogramm für Bibliotheken und Archive within Neustart Kultur is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and is launched by dbv Deutscher Bibliotheksverband.



tanz:digital II. Virtual and Interactive Forum for Dance [Making Of II].
Mit tanz:digital II sollen Tanzkünstler*innen, Tanzensembles und Institutionen des Tanzes in der medialen Präsentation künstlerischer Produktionen gestärkt werden. Das Deutsche Tanzfilminstitut dokumentiert ausgewählte Projekte.
Video-Produktion Dachverband Tanz Deutschland/ NEUSTART KULTUR Bundesweit D 2022

“With tanz:digital, the umbrella organization Tanz Deutschland, in cooperation with dance archives, production houses and the model projects funded within the project, is pursuing the goal of making dance a virtual and immersive experience and presenting it online as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR program.

With tanz:digital, dance artists*, dance ensembles and institutions of dance (venues, archives, dance schools, mediation projects, etc.) are to be strengthened in the medial presentation of artistic productions.” Dachverband Tanz Deutschland


The German Dance Film Institute Bremen has made it its task in this framework to build a bridge between the motivation of the realizing artists:inside and the thus focused circle of users. In concrete terms, this means that “making ofs” will be created for about 10 individual projects, which will prepare potential users, whether they are tech-savvy or not, for what to expect if they want to entrust themselves to one of the many new offerings.


The Making Ofs will follow the highly unique production process of each of the selected projects on one day of filming, making the choice of technical, aesthetic, and possibly educational means accessible to a wide audience in a film of about 10 minutes about each project. Interviews with the artistic directors and other project participants will complement the film report.


The German Dance Film Institute Bremen will accompany selected projects as part of “tanz:digital II”



tanz digital is a project in the umbrella organization Tanz Deutschland funded by the NEUSTART KULTUR program of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


Die Fotografin Marianne Menke moving faces. Photo and film portraits of 36 Bremen dance makers
Preview der 36 Filmporträts im Live-Stream aus dem Deutschen Tanzfilminstitut Bremen.
Sendetermin Landesverband TanzSzene Bremen e.V. Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen/ Forum am Wall D 11.12.2021 um 18.00 Uhr

Many facets become visible in the almost 40 portraits of Bremen’s dance practitioners, which were commissioned by the Landesverband TanzSzene Bremen and captured by photographer Marianne Menke.


While looking for a photo setting, Marianne Menke came to the Tanzfilminstitut: together with Heide-Marie Härtel, she developed the idea of using the photo setting at the institute as a backdrop for a personal interview with the respective artist. Together with existing film material from the Dance Film Institute’s archive and supplemented by current film footage from the ballet schools and dance studios as well as rehearsals in progress, the informative series of short portraits was created: “moving faces” show the protagonists in their professional environment.


The result is 36 video clips of about three minutes, which reflect the high level of professionalism, the artistic diversity and the whole range of creative work of dance artists who come to Bremen from all over the world.


The series of short portraits shows the protagonists in their professional environment.


The film clips were realised by the team of the German Dance Film Institute and Médoune Seck.


The video portraits of the participating artists will be online on the homepage of the Landesverband TanzSzene Bremen from 12.12.2021 and can be accessed there under “TanzSzene“.


The team of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen would like to thank all participants for their creative collaboration.


Supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR initiative. Aid Programme Dance

Robert Schad. MOOH 2016. Foto: Olaf Bergmann Joint Sketches – Traces of Time – Bremen vierkant / Robert Schad
Finissage mit der Schweizer Tänzerin Anna Huber in Knoops Park.
Veranstaltungs-Dokumentation Stiftung Kränholm und Gerhad-Marcks-Haus Knoops Park D 29.08.2021 um 16.00 Uhr


It has now been possible to bring the guest performance of the Swiss dancer ANNA HUBER, which was cancelled due to Corona, to Bremen in the context of the exhibition “Bremen vierkant” by the steel sculptor ROBERT SCHAD. With a delay of more than a year, Anna Huber will not dance in the Gerhard-Marcks Haus as originally planned, but in the Robert Schad exhibition of the Kränholm Foundation in Knoops Park. She dances to live music by Martin Schütz, cello.

Robert Schad will also be present.



Lightness and movement interest the steel sculptor Robert Schad, whose square-steel sculptures come across as weighing tons, rising gracefully higher and higher into the sky, striding through a room as if on spikes, or – more rarely – seeming to wind gently across the floor. His early artistic exchange with the dancer and choreographer GERHARD BOHNER marked the beginning of his artistic dialogue with dance makers. Robert Schad entered into a reciprocal exchange, often lasting for years, with renowned personalities such as the dancers and choreographers SUSANNE LINKE, FINE KWIATKOWSKI, RUI HORTA, AVI KAISER, URS DIETRICH and ANNA HUBER.


The week after this FINISSAGE the exhibition will be dismantled, so this special dance event is the last chance to get to know Robert Schad’s work in Bremen.
The German Dance Film Institute is using this opportunity to complete the shooting of its film project “Robert Schad and the Dance”.
If you are interested, please register informally at
Participation is free of charge.
Meeting place: Kränholm Sculpture Garden / Art Café
Auf dem Hohen Ufer 35, 28759 Bremen
Sunday, 29.8.2021 at 16.00

Please observe the current hygiene regulations.



Tanztraining und analoger Film. Foto: Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Communication. From the dispatch to the tweet. The Bremen Archives and Radio Bremen [Exhibition].
Ein facettenreiches Bild der technischen, gesellschaftlichen oder sprachlichen Veränderungen unserer Kommunikation aus der Sicht Bremer Archive.
Ausstellungsbeteiligung Arbeitskreis Bremer Archive Untere Rathaushalle; Eröffnung am 3.3.2020 um 17.00 Uhr D Vom 4.3. bis 12.3.2020 täglich 11.00 bis 19.00 Uhr

“The Bremen archives present treasures from their holdings: Letters, photos, films, interviews, long-playing records, posters, radio recordings, telegrams and a wide variety of exhibits on the subject of “communication”. The spectrum ranges from the US station AFN, church radio and campus radio to the artist and musician John Cage, Werder TV and satellites in space travel. As in a kaleidoscope, a multi-faceted picture of the technical, social or linguistic changes in our communication over the past 100 to 200 years emerges.


The exhibition takes a special look at the cultural heritage of the city and state of Bremen. It is complemented by supra-regional and international themes. The preservation and making available of cultural assets are among the essential tasks of the diverse and multi-layered archive landscape in the federal state of Bremen.

In this context, the Bremen Archives Working Group also includes initiatives and collections whose holdings and professional content have hardly been noticed and dealt with by academic institutions. The exhibition is thus also an offer for new ideas and plans.”


A varied programme of events frames the show.


Arbeitskreis Bremer Archive




“Dance and Film – Symbiosis of Two Genres” is the title of the exhibition contribution by the German Dance Film Institute Bremen. Heide-Marie Härtel’s contribution on the origins and development of dance film and the interpenetration of dance and film is illustrated by photos, film clips and historical costumes as well as film equipment from the extensive holdings of our producing archive.


Tanzsalon 29 will be showing ” The Dance Film Institute in Transition”. The event will start on 10 March 2020 at 8pm as part of the exhibition and will highlight the coming step for Europe’s largest producing dance film archive.

DANCE – Archive – FILM. Lecture for NaturKultur e.V. Erasmus +

Seminar Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Bremen D 29.11.2019

“The stage is yours!” is a theatre-film seminar organised by NaturKultur e.V., where young adults from Europe visiting northern Germany for a voluntary cultural year can gain a variety of experiences. 36 young people from Greece, Croatia, Spain and Germany work on the themes of experiences of discrimination and self-identity in the seven-day workshop using the methods of the performing arts, performance and film (camera work and editing). The results are presented in a performance.
This intensive programme is complemented by a video lecture at the German Dance Film Institute Bremen, in which artistic director Heide-Marie Härtel unfolds the thematic field of DANCE and FILM with the interface of the archive. Artistic dance, documentary film, film art – a broad field is outlined. This will be followed by an intensive exchange about the importance of preserving fleeting artistic moments, as they are found especially in artistic stage dance, through the medium of film.

Jean Cebron DANCE SALON 26: Farewell to Jean Cébron

Filmvortrag Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Bremen D Sonntag, 10.03.2019, um 20.00 Uhr


The dancer, choreographer and teacher Jean Cébron died on 1 February at the age of 94. After Kurt Jooss, he was probably the most influential dance teacher at the Folkwangschule for decades. His students included such well-known dance personalities as Reinhild Hoffmann, Susanne Linke, Urs Dietrich and Lutz Förster.


Jean Cébron was active as a dancer, for example in famous ballet pieces by Kurt Jooss, and as a choreographer, performing with Pina Bausch and others in the 1970s. The German Dance Film Institute has previously unpublished video material from Jean Cébron’s classes, from performances at the Folkwangschule in the 1990s and from his work with the Bremer Tanztheater in the 1980s under Reinhild Hoffmann.


We show clips from the filming and talk to one of his students from the 90s, Professor Doktor STEPHAN BRINKMANN, who has been head of the dance department at the Folkwang University of the Arts since late last year.


Following the presentation, we are pleased to introduce you to a premiere that will be shown in the Schwankhalle the following week, on 13.3: SCHLAFWANDLER 1999 / 2019. Choreographed by Helge Letonja in 1999, the same dancers continue the piece 20 years later in a second part. Ziv Frenkel and Anne Minetti are present at the Tanzsalon. (Premiere 13/3, further performances 14 and 16/3)


DANCE SALON 26 begins on Sunday, 10 March 2019, at 20:00 at the Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen, Forum am Wall, Am Wall 201, 28195 Bremen. Entrance from Ostertorstraße, left of bakery. Tel. 0421 240 550







577_Techn-Support_07 IASA as guest at the German Dance Film Institute Bremen
Exkursion der Internationalen Vereinigung der Schall- und audiovisuellen Medien - Ländergruppe Deutschland / Schweiz
Veranstaltung Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Bremen D 24.11.2018 um 15.00 Uhr

The annual conference of the IASA-Ländergruppe Deutschland/Schweiz e.V. will take place in cooperation with the Klaus Kuhnke Archive for Popular Music and the Günter Grass Foundation on 23 and 24 November 2018 at the Studienzentrum Künstlerpublikationen / Weserburg and will offer an excursion to the media archive of the Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen.


The conference will focus on the perspectives of institutional archiving of audiovisual media, especially under the aspect of digitisation and long-term archiving of this media genre. This is where the guided tour through the German Dance Film Institute Bremen, especially through the technical department, ties in. We are particularly pleased about the interest shown by colleagues from Switzerland / Memoriav. The tour through our rooms follows the numerous work phases that a medium goes through until it is fully recorded in our extensive dance film archive, the largest in Europe. Multi-layered, time-consuming work processes for digitising video tapes of different formats become visible. Special attention is paid to the possibilities of restoring tapes. The processing of the digitised material, its inclusion in a database individually adapted to the needs of our institute, the indexing of the films and the subsequent long-term digitisation are vividly presented by our staff. The extensive professional exchange with the director Heide-Marie Härtel establishes new connections and concludes the excursion.