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Um unsere Tanzdokumente einer breiten Öffentlichkeit zugänglich zu machen und dem internationalen Interesse am Tanz in Deutschland gerecht zu werden, hat das Deutsche Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Video-Vortragsreihen und Seminare zu zahlreichen Themen des Tanzes zusammengestellt.

Im Kontext der internationalen Kulturarbeit des Goethe-Instituts entstand eine langjährige Tradition der Präsentation des deutschen Tanzes im Ausland.

Bei Interesse an bestimmten Vorträgen, wenden Sie sich bitte an uns. Aktuelle Vorträge finden Sie auch unter Aktuelles und im Event-Kalender


Übersicht über die bisherigen Vortrags- und Seminararbeiten (Auswahl) 

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

Tanzarchiv Leipzig e.V. Institut für Theaterwissenschaftern der Universität Leipzig und Bibliotheca Albertina D 17.11.2023 bis 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


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.
Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Tel Aviv / Bremen Israel / D 25.10.2022 bis 17.01.2023


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.
Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Essen-Werden / Bremen D 18.10.2022 bis 31.01.2023


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.



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.
Arbeitskreis Bremer Archive Untere Rathaushalle; Eröffnung am 3.3.2020 um 17.00 Uhr D 03.03.2020 bis 16.04.2020

“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 +

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.

Foto: Marianne Menke GEGENPOLE UND ZWISCHENWELT – steptext Tanzprojekt im TANZLAND WINSEN
Gastpiel mit Einführung von Heide-Marie Härtel
Kulturverein Winsen Winsen an der Luhe D 12.09.2019

Since its premiere in 2016, step ensemble piece ZWEI GIRAFFEN TANZEN TANGO – BREMER SCHRITTE, a Tanzfonds Erbe project, has already wowed audiences in many places. Now two adapted versions of Helge Letonja’s take on dance theatre pioneer Gerhard Bohner’s 1980 choreography can be experienced away from home.


As part of the TANZLAND WINSEN cooperation, Letonja has combined sequences from the production with the ensemble to create a new multi-layered cosmos: With GEGENPOLE UND ZWISCHENWELTEN the audience can expect contemporary dance art on 12 September in the Stadthalle Winsen, which weaves everyday gestures, subconscious and humorous into impressive moving images.


At 7:30 pm, expert Heide-Marie Härtel, director of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen, will introduce the piece and its background.




The Kulturverein Winsen and steptext dance project see their cooperation as an opportunity to bring contemporary dance art closer to different sections of the population and age groups and to create sustainable structures for dance guest performances, dance reflection and dance practice. Steptext, with its productions that address social discourses in terms of dance aesthetics, as well as its networking and mediation skills, meets a committed partner in Winsen that interacts with the city on many levels and is open to new impulses. Dance as an art form that appeals to its audience across all linguistic and age differences increases Winsen’s attractiveness as a new and first-time element in the city’s cultural programme and helps to raise the profile of its cultural programme beyond the city limits.


Jean Cebron DANCE SALON 26: Farewell to Jean Cébron

Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Bremen D 10.03.2019


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
Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Bremen D 24.11.2018

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.

Projekt Digitalisierung IT RUSTS – German Museums Association offers excursion on long-term digitisation
Fachgruppe Dokumentation besichtigt Medienarchiv des Deutschen Tanzfilminstituts Bremen
Deutscher Museumsbund Bremen D 19.05.2018

Current developments call the socio-political neutrality of museums into question. The annual conference of the German Museums Association in May 2018 will discuss whether or how political museums are today and what values they represent for society. With speakers from Germany and abroad and around 400 conference participants, the annual conference offers a platform to discuss museum-relevant issues and current developments.


The annual conference offers a platform to discuss museum-relevant issues and current developments.


As part of the Spring Conference 2018 of the Documentation Section of the German Museums Association, the panel DOCUMENTING MUSEUM COLLECTIONS AND MAKING THEM ACCESSIBLE ONLINE offers a guided tour of all the departments of the German Dance Film Institute dedicated to the long-term digitisation and systematic indexing of films on and about contemporary and classical dance.


About 30 conference participants take advantage of this informative offer and receive extensive information from the staff of the various trades. In small groups, they pass through five stations that correspond to the phases of the work process a videotape goes through during digitisation and indexing at the Institute. Heide-Marie Härtel’s presentation of the database, which was custom-made for our needs, attracts special attention. Our TV and video technician, Claus Bouchard, has expertise in the restoration of highly endangered video tapes. He explains how he can rescue problem tapes. The excursion participants receive vivid explanations of the digitisation workflow from the head of the technical department, Hartmut Sebel: “A multitude of work steps – starting with reading in the tape in real time including the levelling of sound and image signals, the packaging of the material, editing work and the long-term saving of the material on special storage media – the creation of a high-quality digitisation of video tapes is time-consuming. With the knowledge of these experts, it is often possible to produce a significantly better digital copy from poor-quality video material. The insight into the user-friendly multimedia tool for using the digitised material on a tablet or smartphone via intranet, including a direct connection to the database, concludes the tour and opens up a lively exchange.


Zwei Giraffen tanzen Tango - Bremer Schritte, 2016 euro-scene Leipzig: TWO GIRAFFES DANCE TANGO – BREMER SCHRITTE. Introduction by Heide-Marie Härtel and Helge Letonja

euro-scene Leipzig Leipzig D 11.11.2017



This year’s Festival of Contemporary Theatre and Dance euro-scene Leipzig is themed “Excavations”. One focus is dedicated to the reconstruction of historically important dance pieces and so it comes as no surprise that the reconstruction of Gerhard Bohner’s “Zwei Giraffen tanzen Tango – Bremer Schritte” (original 1980) is on the programme at the Schaubühne Lindenfels on 11 and 12 November 2017. Choreographer Helge Letonja has developed this funded project of the Tanzfonds Erbe – An Initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation with steptext dance project, Bremen, based on historical film material about Bohner’s work from the archive of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen.

“Two Giraffes Dance Tango – Bremen Steps” VIDEO EXCERPT

Dance piece

Conception and choreography: Helge Letonja

According to the original choreography by Gerhard Bohner (1980)

With an introduction by Heide-Marie Härtel and Helge Letonja

Scurrile figures and elements of the absurd characterise this dance piece, which Gerhard Bohner, a pioneer of German dance history, created with 10 dancers in Bremen in 1980. 36 years later, choreographer Helge Letonja questions the historical model and opens up new associative spaces. The “steps” of the current production design their forward in the here and now. With the historical pioneering phase of German dance theatre in Bremen as well as tomorrow in mind, Letonja searches for further developments: Bohner’s subjects, the absurd, the relationships between individuals and stereotypes, the living and the dead, the figure of art and the human being – how do they dance today?


30 minutes before each performance, Heide-Marie Härtel, Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen, and Helge Letonja, steptext dance project Bremen, will give an introduction in joint conversation with a wealth of unique, historical, previously unpublished film excerpts of Bohner’s piece.

Funded by DANCE FUND ERBE – An initiative of the Federal Cultural Foundation









Dore Hoyer dynamik TANZSALON 06: A Century of Solo Dance in Germany

Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen D 10.05.2016

Since the days of expressive dance, the “supreme discipline” of solo dance has repeatedly had a style-defining effect on the development of modern dance in Germany. Greats such as Mary Wigman, Gret Palucca, Harald Kreutzberg or later Dore Hoyer represented the whole range of New Artistic Dance, as expressive dance was also called, in their solo works. Flexible and usually without an elaborate stage set, the soloists gave their performances not only in large theatres, but also on numerous concert and podium stages, thus ensuring wide dissemination. Also the new

generation that sought new forms of expression from the sixties onwards often formulated themselves first in solo works. Susanne Linke, Reinhild Hoffmann and Gerhard Bohner caused a sensation with solo evenings. In the next generation of choreographers, the aesthetic range goes from Anna Huber to Richard Siegal. But the Bremen independent scene also plays a good role. Let yourself / be surprised.


IMG_3178-778x518 DANCE SALON 02_”THE LIVE LEGACY PROJECT” and the american. Dance Modernism of the 70s

Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Bremen D 10.01.2016

8 pm

Correspondences between Contemporary Dance in Germany and the
Judson Dance Theater Movement in the USA (Preview)
A week-long symposium took place at the Tanzhaus Düsseldorf in mid-2014, which focused on the influence of America’s dance revolution in the 1960s on dance history in Germany. In a total of 60 different events (workshops, round-table discussions / performances etc.), still active contemporary witnesses, dance scholars and performers of today worked on this topic across generations and genres. The dance revolution promoted and created a wealth of new movement techniques and cross-disciplinary forms of choreography, which have found their way into the independent scene as well as into established dance institutions.

The film is an example of this.

The filmic examination of the project is almost complete. A one-hour version is available. In the course of 2016, the film will be enriched with historical visual examples in close cooperation with the project leaders from Germany and the USA. The premiere of the final version will be in June 2016 at the invitation of the 4th Dance Congress
Germany in Hanover.
TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY (parts from a recording of the last Europatournée)
The choreographer Trisha Brown was one of the co-founders of the Judson Dance movement. Her famous company toured Europe for the last time (before closing) in 2014. Commissioned by the Akademie der Künste Berlin, the
German Dance Film Institute recorded this guest performance in Berlin. In Tanzsalon 02 we show parts of this recording with older, but also newer pieces by the style-defining
A glimpse into the “film kitchen” of the Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen.

TanzKollektivBremen TANZSALON 01 with the TanzKollektiv Bremen

Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen D 10.12.2015
  • 8pm at the Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen, at Forum am Wall, Am Wall 201, 28195 Bremen, New entrance from Ostertorstraße, left of bakery. Tel 0421 240 550

In the spring of 2015, in the context of the TanzBremen festival, all the dance actors in the city came together with the desire to network anew and work together for dance in Bremen. Dancers, choreographers, dance schools and dance centres from the steptext dance project to many individual professionals in the independent dance sector, in dance and school projects as well as almost all dance schools in the city want to explore new fields of action in the city and reposition them in the cultural-political context.

On the 10th of each month, individual dance actors or dance institutions present their current projects at the German Dance Film Institute between 20-21:30. These smaller-scale events aim to show the city’s dance fans the diversity of activities in the field of dance and to present the close links between dance art, dance education, dance in schools and the dance archive. And give them the opportunity to meet the artists and dance educators in person.

We invite you. Come to our 1st event to learn more about dance in our city in a convivial atmosphere. We will start on 10.12.2015 with a presentation of the latest dance development in our city: the TanzKollektivBremen, which has already provided a new “dance colour” in the city with its very successful performances in the last two years.

We invite you to join us.

Tomas Bünger, Magali Sander Fett and Frauke Scharf from the TanzKollektivBremen present stage productions and their working methods using film clips. Tomas Bünger reports on his experiences as a guest lecturer at the University of the Arts in Buenos Aires and in Dhaka,/ Bangladesh, where he has already given several workshops on contemporary dance at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut.

About TanzKollektivBremen


The TanzKollektivBremen is a platform of former dancers from the Bremer Tanztheater/ Urs Dietrich. The initiators are Tomas Bünger, Miroslaw Żydowicz and Magali Sander Fett. All participants are active in the various fields of contemporary dance: as dancers, as choreographers, as teachers. The platform serves networking and cooperation and is open to guests. Joint projects as well as individual projects are realised from here. Two productions have already been shown in 2014: “Corvus – Second Nature” (at the Bremen Theatre) and “Street Art Project – Allowed to play” (at the Schwankhalle). The production “Schweres Wasser” will have its premiere at the Schwankhalle on 4 December.


Inge Aufführung Erwachsen DANCE SALON 03_impulse – From the Beginnings to Now

impuls Bremen Bremen D 10.02.2016

at the German Dance Film Institute Bremen


On the basis of now historical film clips from the 1980s to today’s dance performances,impuls presents its dance works from the amateur groups and training groups. Numerous well-known dancers, dance teachers and choreographers have gone through the training of impuls. In addition, freelance choreographers have taught or created dance pieces in a wide variety of groups. Only a small sample of the 30 years can be shown.


About impuls
Founded in 1984 – had the idea to bring together amateurs and professional dance makers. In addition to courses in dance improvisation, modern dance, various workshops, the 1st “Bremer Tanzherbst” was created in 1988. At first it was studio performances and events in small theatres, until Hans Diers established the connection with the Bremen Theatre. In 1999 the association “TANZ Bremen” was founded. In 1990 impuls was able to create appropriate dance spaces in a former clothing factory. In 1993 the first year of training to become a gymnastics and dance teacher with a focus on movement therapy began. In 2007, the vocational school for gymnastics, dance and sports was opened.
In 2013, a new dance room was created in the former Hemelingen town hall, which can also be used as an event space for small groups.


impuls made a name for itself with its intergenerational, inclusive dance performances as well as dance graduations from the training courses. The combination of culture, education and health is the basis for all the work.

Staatstheater Saarbrücken | Foto: Wikipedia Preservation of the dance heritage

Staatstheater Saarbrücken Saarbrücken D 23.07.2014

Dance is considered a fleeting art, dedicated to the moment. At the same time, dance has developed methods over the course of its history to ensure that significant works remain accessible to later generations. Heide-Marie Härtel, who has been working in the field of dance archives for more than 35 years, will talk about the possibilities and limits of preserving dance heritage.


Speaker: Heide-Marie Härtel

Ballerinen | © Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Ballerinas with character
Legendäre Tänzerinnen in legendären Rollen
steptext dance project Bremen D 05.05.2014

Silvia Kesselheim, Susanna Ibanez, Marcia Haydée and Malou Airodou created female roles that had a decisive influence on ballet and dance theatre in Germany. The videolecture with Heide-Marie Härtel and the Hamburg author opens up access to the historical source material of Josep Caballero Garcia’s piece “NO (`RAIT) OF SPRING” with film examples from the German Dance Film Institute Bremen.


(Source: Press text for the event)


Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz Body Guard
Seminar Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz
Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität Linz AT 09.12.2013 bis 10.12.2013

Dance and film,- two genres that at first glance could not be more different. Dance in its immanent fleetingness meets film with its ever increasing independence from the material. Both develop their own creative scope, but also use each other’s creative methods. They meet most directly in dance documentation, in video dance and on the media-designed stage. The internet as a global text and image repository offers a new background for dance knowledge and dance creations at the same time.



In six individual lessons, the seminar explores the contact surfaces between dance and film and takes a look at the mutual influences in formal working methods and format developments. Learning to see dance is also a question of media competence in view of the increasingly media-mediated ways of reception.


Speaker: Heide-Marie Härtel

Foto: © Heide-Marie Härtel Contemporary Dance in Germany
Vortrag von Heide-Marie Härtel im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe Tanz-Connection Deutschland-Brasilien
Goethe Institut San Salvador SV 14.08.2013

This seminar aims to intensify German-Brazilian contacts in the northeast of Brazil through the dance academy of the Federal University. Founded in 1956, the institution, whose teaching style is European or primarily German, is considered a pioneer in Latin America and is developing into an academic training institution for dance, offering Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. The aim of the event is to promote exchange between German and Brazilian artists and academics and thus to strengthen their international cooperation through lectures, film screenings, performances.


More on the event announcement


Foto: © Heide-Marie Härtel International Choreographers in Germany
Seminar im Rahmen der Veranstaltungsreihe: Tanz-Connection Deutschland-Bahia
Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia San Salvador BR 15.08.2013

This seminar aims to intensify German-Brazilian contacts in the northeast of Brazil through the dance academy of the Federal University.

The institution, which was founded in 1956 and whose teaching style is European or primarily German, is considered a pioneer in Latin America and is developing into an academic training centre for dance, offering Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes. The aim of the event is to promote exchange between German and Brazilian artists and academics and thus to strengthen their international cooperation through lectures, film screenings and performances. The video lecture by Heide-Marie Härtel unfolds the entire playing field of international participation in German dance. Thematic focal points of intercultural confrontation as play themes play an important role, or the lines of tradition of international dance history reflected in Germany as a theatre country.


Speaker: Heide-Marie Härtel



Continue to Dance Connection Germany-Bahia

Ballerinen | © Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Ballerinas with character
Einführungsprogramm für Josep Caballero Garcia
Kampnagel K3 Hamburg D 26.03.2013

Josep Caballero Garcia’s NO ['RAIT] OF SPRING explores female roles in German dance history from the perspective of the memories of male former dancers. Questions about body memory, copyright and the physicality of choreography beyond gender are up for discussion.


Journalist Irmela Kästner talks with dance filmmaker Heide-Marie Härtel about the four protagonists: Marcia Haydée, Sylvia Kesselheim, Susanna Ibanez and Malou Airodou.

Rare video excerpts from the German Dance Film Institute Bremen allow intensive insights into the underlying dance history and development of female roles in German dance theatre history.


Moderation: Irmela Kästner

Speaker: Heide-Marie Härtel

Production: German Dance Film Institute Bremen

45. Bremer Heimspiel - Tanzfilm Institut - 24.01.2008 Home Game: Presentation of the Dance Film Institute (Schauburg/Bremen)

Schauburg Bremen D 24.01.2008

Over the course of 20 years, the German Dance Film Institute has developed into Germany’s audiovisual dance memory. Now located in the Forum am Wall on Bremen’s Kulturmeile, it is an ambassador for Bremen’s traditional dance history and for German dance around the world. It exports lectures, internet databases and production services.


The Institute’s protagonists – Heide-Marie Härtel and cameraman Uli Scholz commented on excerpts from their various production formats. The Dance Film Institute is not only an archive, but also produces its own productions – excerpts were shown from the live recording, TV projects and DVDs.


The latest project of a “digital production manual” for choreographers was also presented. Productions are recorded, which facilitates the induction of new ensemble members or later revivals. The video recordings are mirrored: the dancers can thus copy the projection as if they were standing in front of a mirror. The report from the first project shows once again that the possibilities of using film are far from being exhausted.

(Source: Press release Schauburg Bremen)