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With the combination of archive and professional production, the German Dancefilm Institut is a unique institution in Europe.

We create productions for TV-stations about current events in dance and features about specific themes of dance. Editors and film-makers use the archive for their reports on dance. Apart from video-documentations for companies and choreographers, the institute also creates multi-media and print productions.

Most of the institute’s productions are available for non-commercial usage as VHS-copie or DVD for a fee.

The German Dance Film Institute is a document archive, in which the stocks are only available on site. Other potential uses arise after consultation with rights holders for specific inquiries. 

Nele Buchholz im Interview. Filmstill POSITIONS:DANCE #5 ACCESS. Films by Burkhart Siedhoff

Documentations of Dance Pedagogic Work Dreharbeiten Dachverband Tanz Deutschland Bremen, Berlin, Köln u.a. D 2022



“Inclusivity’ is now a central concept in the world of contemporary dance: but what exactly does it mean?
From a collaboration between the TAFI team and Burkhart Siedhoff of Dachverband Tanz, these interviews with some dancers with disabilities tell us how the world of dance can open up to different bodies, and poetics.


The symposium Positions:Dance #5ACCESS

What development must there be in German (contemporary) dance so that everyone has access? What impulses are needed so that we do not equate professional dance exclusively with protonormalistic body images and movements? Can cultural policy give impulses so that dance does not just open a door here and there for people with disabilities, but that the whole world of dance is open to them – with all the support and freedom for artistic development?

Together with artists, organisers and politicians with and without disabilities, we would like to discuss structures and funding so that people with disabilities have sustainable access to dance. We had originally planned this year’s symposium within the framework of the German Dance Prize from 13 to 15 October. In discussion with artists and cultural actors with and without disabilities, we developed the idea of leaving the usual format of a three-day tightly scheduled symposium and choosing a decelerated and more sustainable format with regard to the negotiation of the topic.

The 5 modules of the symposium will take place online and will each be dedicated to a focus of the theme ‘Access’, from dance education to questions of professionalisation and transnational perspectives.


POSITIONS:DANCE #5 ACCESS is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media in the programme NEUSTART KULTUR, aid programme DIS-TANZEN of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.



Foto:Heide-Marie Härtel Inner Suspension (1). With Susanne Linke in Berlin

Documentations of Dance Pedagogic Work Dreharbeiten Susanne Linke / Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen Berlin D 2022


Masters are truly great for what they pass on to their students: they leave traces that settle over time, becoming footsteps that others can walk in the future. The Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut team went to Berlin to document the “Inner Suspension” training programme, developed by dancer and choreographer Susanne Linke. The aim is to record and pass on this basis of her working method. An immersive experience with the great choreographer and her closest collaborators.




poor? … pour les livres! Books are an endangered species. Exhibition on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of KOÏNZI-DANCE e.V.
Es gibt kein Kunstwerk, das nicht seine Fortsetzung oder seinen Ursprung in anderen Künsten hat. (Gilles Deleuze 1986) / There is no work of art that does not have its continuation or origin in other arts. (Gilles Deleuze 1986)
KOÏNZI-DANCE e.V. Poolhaus Blankenese, Grotiusweg 55, Hamburg D 2022

A special place for a special event: in Poolhaus Blankenese in Hamburg, the 25th anniversary of KOÏNZI-DANCE e.V. is celebrated with a show. Founder and dedicated chairwoman Dr. Nele Lipp curates an interdisciplinary show to which 19 artists are invited to show their works on the theme “Books as an endangered species”. A festive program frames the exhibition: a discussion with three accomplished speakers, the premiere of the film “Bibliothèque sac à dos” by Dr. Nele Lipp and performances by actors: inside the film deal with printed works of various genres. Another highlight will be the auction, during the finissage, of the artistic backpack libraries created for the film by artist Burkhard Scheller.



June 18, 2022
19:00: Opening with film premiere “Bibliothèque sac à dos” by Dr. Nele Lipp and live performances



June 26, 2022
17:30 Film: “Bibliothèque sac à dos” by Dr. Nele Lipp.
19:00 Discussion: are books an endangered species? with Michael Diers, Rainer Moritz and Wilfried Weinke



July 01, 2022
17:30: Film: “Bibliothèque sac à dos” by Dr. Nele Lipp
19:00: Finissage with performances and auction of backpack libraries



Registration and other dates in consultation: info@



To all events: Admission free


At the exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of KOÏNZI-DANCE e.V. both members and artists invited to participate will show works on the given theme. On view are the following works:

Angela Breidbach – Ferdyfilm (StopMotion version), 2020/2021
Noam Ben-Jacov – Altar for a Book-Time, 2022
Tom Bunk – Ferdyfilm (comic version), 2020
Christel Burmeier – Röntgen, 2020
Doris Cordes-Vollert – Endless Text, 1997
Free in empty space floats a hole, 1998
and others.
Achim Lipp – From the life of books. Habitat cabinet, 1973/2021
Nele Lipp – Bibliothèque sac à dos (film, 61′), 2021/2022
Pierres Mémoriales, 2021
Ferdyfilm. A complete fragment (photo version), 2020
Ferdyfilm. A complete fragment (film version), 2021
Volker Lippens – Simulacra of education, 2021
Hannes Möller – Burn books, ash books, fragments, 2017
Wittwulf Y Malik – Ferdyfilm (image and music video version The Duel), 2020
Pino Polimeno – Libri Posati, 2020
Burkhard Scheller – library backpacks, 2021
Hajo Schiff – SHIP MESSAGES – books and metatext, 2022
Ursula Wagner / Burkhard Scheller – Ex Libris and book dances, 2008
Simon E. Waßermann – V e r s c h w I e g e n v e r s , 2022
VA Wölfl – The Chrome and You (scene photo), 2006 and Woodstock, 2020




The team of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen congratulates Dr. Nele Lipp, founder and longtime chairwoman of the interdisciplinary association KOÏNZI-DANCE e.V. and is pleased to document the vernissage on film.

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.
Dreharbeiten Events 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.


© Efrat Mazor Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor ART ATTACK – Festival TANZ Bremen
Ein wildes, wundervolles Manifest des Feierns. / A wild, wonderful manifesto of celebration.
Dreharbeiten Festival Dance Bremen TANZ Bremen Theater Bremen D 2022

Art wants, art should, art may, it must! It spreads and becomes loud when a dance performance is called ART ATTACK. With this group piece, the experienced duo Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor from Israel illuminate a relationship: that of the society, perhaps represented by the audience, with the art and with the artists. The performers pose and run, tumble, dance and entertain so that the sparks fly. Dynamism! Variety! Eyes open! Music drives into the limbs and memory.

“We want to praise the aggressive movement, the fiebrige sleeplessness, the running step, the somersault, the slap in the face and the punch in the fist”, wrote Filippo Tommaso Marinetti in Manifesto of Futurism in 1909. Manifestos play a crucial role in ART ATTACK, written by artists of different professions. None of them has the last word, and what is serious and what is not keeps the attack in the balance. “We must stop despising desire,” demanded Valentine de Saint-Point in the 1913 Lust-Futurism counter-manifesto.”



NIV SHEINFELD was a dancer and choreographer for Kibbutz and Batsheva Dance Company, among others. OREN LAOR studied acting and drama at Tel Aviv University. They have been working together and touring worldwide since 2004. The quartet ART ATTACK premiered in Tel Aviv in April 2021.


The team of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen documents this dance performance.

© David Cooper Vanessa Goodman & Caroline Shaw GRAVEYARDS AND GARDENS – Festival TANZ Bremen
Eine hypnotisierende Welt aus Tanz und Klang. STIR, Vancouver
Festival Dance Bremen TANZ Bremen Theater Bremen D 2022

“Cemeteries are gardens. Something grows. Someone dies. “Everything returns to the earth,” we are told at one point in this multi-voiced performance GRAVEYARDS AND GARDENS. Canadian dancer and choreografin Vanessa Goodman created it with New York-based musician and composer Caroline Shaw. The premiere was in January 2021 (online due to pandemic). Vanessa Goodman takes the solo role in the space, which is defined by a round of antique lamps, like heirlooms, side by side with green plants in earthen pots and technical equipment, old and new. Cables. Connectedness. The sounds have a life of their own. Are they placeless? Sea, song, organ, piano, violin, clacking and snapping, speech. They point to their sources, where they were recorded, and they click something in the brain of the listener. Bach, Chopin. Return. Some sounds are also made on stage, feeding the floating web of traces in the air. In addition, the dance that hears the grass grow and becomes more violent, as if nudged by gusts, like echoes or like mechanically switched, click, click. This is how remembering works.” DanceBremen


Pulitzer Prize winner CAROLINE SHAW works for films, for music ensembles, dance companies, opera houses and releases her own CDs.


The team of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen documents the European premiere.

© David Cooper Andrea Peña & Vanessa Goodman DOPPELPROGRAMM: UNTITLED I & CONTAINER – Festival TANZ Bremen
UNTITLED I Eine feine, genaue Studie über Einzigartigkeit. the dance current // CONTAINER … erforscht Erbe, Kultur und Widerstandsfähigkeit. Vanessa Goodman
Festival Dance Bremen TANZ Bremen Theater Bremen D 2022


“A picture of a man. But the picture alone doesn’t do it, so he has to be active. And being active means wanting to get better. Faster. In whatever. So repeat! What the dancer François Richard performs in the solo UNTITLED I and Andrea Peña worked out with him is a tirelessness in what is actually senseless activity. This figure on stage constructs movement phrases out of swings, jumps, rolls, bends, and it runs; or is it itself built, guided, laid down and raised up? As if this muscular, fleshy being had no personality, was only a surface, the title calls it “Untitled”. The “I” behind it, says the choreographer, is an “I” for “I”. For it is, after all, a human being. “We speak of being human in our own way with this work”. TanzBremen


As a trained industrial designer, the Canadian choreografin Andrea Peña is interested in cross-genre work, in the relentlessly recurring movement sequences of everyday life shaped by objects, and in vulnerabilities. Colombian-born, she was first a dancer in major Canadian companies, founded her own label ANDREA PEÑA & ARTISTS in 2014, and has since won several awards.


“She is never alone, but is the only person on stage. Canadian choreographer and dancer Vanessa Goodman’s solo CONTAINER unfolds the relationship of a person, a woman, to her inside and to an outside. It seems to be a struggle with expectations. It dances Andrea Peña, who stands there in her boots like a defensible Super Woman; she strides forwards, backwards, forwards, she is buffeted, bent, struggles through a matter that presses against her body, invisible. Frees herself – almost. Paths of light open up to her, crossroads too. But like a forbidding pointer, such a bar of light threatens her. It swings. Sharp scythe blade. A Yiddish good-humour song frames the solo: “Chiribim Chiribom”. Its cheerfulness gives the dancer the rest. The end. Beginning.” DanceBremen


VANESSA GOODMAN, artistic director of Vancouver-based company ACTION AT A DISTANCE DANCE SOCIETY, worked as a dancer after graduating. The 2013 Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award enabled her to produce her first full-length piece as a choreografin. The works are meant to reflect the human condition and use dance to break down contemporary experiences, she writes about her company.


The team of the German Tnazfilmminstitute Bremen documents the double performance.


© Lian Benoit Andrea Peña & Artists 6.58: MANIFESTO – Festival TANZ Bremen
Wir glauben ans Destabilisieren. Andrea Peña & Artists
German Dance Award TANZ Bremen Theater Bremen D 2022


“When everyone is sitting around, tugging at clothes or jumping around, as if to get the circulation going, and then one is just standing, then one more is standing, all upright. Later, all of them. In expectation. In readiness. This is the beginning of the show. The dancers now receive and do as told. In the three-part 6.58: MANIFESTO by Canadian choreografin Andrea Peña, it is different announcements or voices and moods to which they submit. And anyone who has ever taken a dance class knows the “Five, six, seven, eight!” command. Whether numbers, tones, beats or waltz tradition, they take the decision from the seven people here on stage. In the process, repetitions, sequences, pairings emerge. No stories. Only the bodies are exhausted. But already they are stretching their arms again, strutting, bending, kneeling.” DanceBremen


ANDREA PEÑA, a native of Colombia, worked in Canada as a dancer with Ballet BC and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, among others, studied industrial design and founded her own company ANDREA PEÑA & ARTISTS in Montréal in 2014. As someone who lives in two cultures, she’s interested in the in-between spaces, she says. In them, she wants to dig, “and show on stage the relationship between the known and the unknown.”


The German Dance Film Institute team is documenting the European premiere.

© Marianne Menke Tomas Bünger & Sergey Zhukov / TanzKollektivBremen – SEE ME! Festival TANZ Bremen
Other dancers may be on the floor / Dear, but my eyes will see only you. Dean Martin
Festival Video-Libraries Festival Dance Bremen TANZ Bremen Schwankhalle Bremen D 2022


Two dancers of two generations. But SEE ME! does not care about age distinction. The duet by Tomas Bünger and Sergey Zhukov does not seek a divide or even competition, but an interested approach. “Look at me!”, the title says, as if someone were asking for attention. The dancers show facets of themselves, their preferences. This strikes a chord in the other person, something like agreement – yes, me too, but a little differently; and a coexistence emerges. A feeling of not being alone. A living room with an armchair, sofa and lamps areenough for their little shows. As if they were spending a quiet evening and had an infinite amount of time. Music is played, music of longing. No television. So the images remain their own. With the clothes they wear, the trousers and pumps, with tumbling around, drifting, floating, with falls, too, and with flights.


TOMAS BÜNGER, co-founder of TanzKollektivBremen, was a long-time member of Tanztheater Bremen. SERGEY ZHUKOV from Kazakhstan studied in Essen at the Folkwang Hochschule and danced as a guest with the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, among others. In 2021, the two began to research the topic of queer identity in dance-choreografisch. SEE ME! premiered in early 2022.


The team of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen documented the performance.


ClaraFurey - DogRising © Kinga Michalska Clara Furey DOG RISING – Festival TANZ Bremen

Festival Dance Bremen TANZ Bremen Theater Bremen D 2022

“In DOG RISING, Clara Furey explores the invisible. What is between the lines, she expresses with and through the body. That which borders on the known, which thus becomes the only supposedly known. If something is continuously shaken, it could change. Or does something rhythmic, something lasting emerge in the pulsation? Furey awakens a very own, inner force that does not turn against anything, but simply proves its own existence, places it in space and draws paths in it. Permanence and change, both are possible, and yet the dance seems so easy, as if everyone could simply join in. What exactly is to be read in the lines of the three performers, who differ, approach, resemble and drift apart, is left to the viewers.”



The emptiness fascinates her, writes CLARA FUREY about DOG RISING, which premiered in May 2021 in her native Montréal, Canada. Trained as a musician and dancer, she first worked for choreographers such as George Stamos and Peter Jasko. Her first group choreografie of her own was COSMIC LOVE in 2017.


DOG RISING she developed together with the two dancers Be Heintzman Hope and Winni Ho. The music was composed by Tomas Furey, Clara’s brother and working partner.


The team of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen documented the German premiere.


Rubberband ESS © Marie-Noële Pilon Rubberband EVER SO SLIGHTLY – Festival TANZ Bremen
Faszinierend, intensiv, universell und höchst persönlich. / Fascinating, intense, universal and highly personal. -
Festival Dance Bremen TANZ Bremen Theater Bremen D 2022

“How does change actually happen? This was the question Victor Quijada pondered about his first choreografie for a large cast – after 14 full-length pieces and numerous short ones. Then, at the end of 2018, in Montréal, Canada, the home of his company RUBBERBAND, he released EVER SO SLIGHTLY; the French version rhymes, “Vraiment doucement” (Really Soft).

In pandemic times, it’s good for recognition: the unravelling of emotions and the disintegration of positions once decided. The ten dancers form a kind of society that sometimes moves together and light-footedly masters balances, sometimes frays into groups, finally into individual elements that lose their hold. The contrast is formed by gentle tones in the encounters, in the willingness to help, in the release of airy centrifugal forces. The action is musically accentuated by Jasper Gahunia and William Lamoureux, who play an impressive selection of electronic and amplified instruments on one side of the stage. EVER SO SLIGHTLY earned huge cheers when it ended Vancouver’s long theatre closure in October 2021.” DanceBremen


VICTOR QUIJADA grew up listening to hip hop in Los Angeles and, after dance training and engagements as a dancer, developed his own method, which he named after his ensemble RUBBERBAND , founded in 2002. It combines floor-based urban dance with partnering and contemporary ballet.





The team of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen documented the European premiere.

Re_Cycle-tanzbar_bremen. Foto Daniela Buchholz RE_CYCLE-tanzbar_bremen Premiere
Ist das Kunst oder kann das weg? Ein Tanztheaterstück zu einem Aspekt von Nachhaltigkeit erarbeitet vom 5-köpfigen inklusiven Team unter der Leitung von Günther Grollitsch.
Documentations of Events Dreharbeiten Recordings of Dance Pieces (Selection) Recordings of Pieces Festival Dance Bremen tanzbar_bremen in Kooperation mit dem Theater Bremen Theater Bremen - Kleines Haus D 2022

In this piece, among other things, the value of artistic work from past eras and its lasting effects on today’s creative work are questioned. Among other things, the waste pyramid is interpreted in a cultural-historical context.


Recycling and reuse are omnipresent on stage and shape the development process of the new production.

This material cycle is examined and stretched into artistic approaches and realisations. In this way, a poetic-satirical study of our being in a time full of tension is presented.


The team of tanzbar_bremen is supported by Delia Nordhaus, the director of the Upcycling Gallery Wallerie, as well as by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Henning Albers, who is working on recycling in the field of environmental and bioengineering.


Tickets: 19 € / con. 9 €

Tickets available via the Theater Bremen.





Concept and choreography: Günther Grollitsch in collaboration with the dancers

Dance: Jenny Ecke, Till Krumwiede, Corinna Mindt, Oskar Spatz, Adrian Wenzel

Dramaturgy: Tom Bünger

Stage design: Delia Nordhaus, Janina Mau

Costume: Lui Nilson, Katja Fritzsche

Production management: Stina Hinrichs



tanzbar_bremen in cooperation with Theater Bremen


Supported by the Senator for Culture Bremen.


Funding: Fonds Darstellende Künste aus Mitteln der Beauftragtenderder Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Rahmen von NEUSTART KULTUR, Karin und Uwe Hollweg Stiftung sowie Waldemar Koch Stiftung.

Logo of supporters


Premiere on 27 April 2022, 8pm


As part of TANZ Bremen 2022 on 06 May 2022, 6pm





The team of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen is pleased to document the premiere on film



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.
Dreharbeiten Events Landesverband TanzSzene Bremen e.V. Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut Bremen/ Forum am Wall D 2021

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

Deutscher Tanzpreis 2021. The Gala

German Dance Award Documentations of Events Dreharbeiten Dachverband Tanz Deutschland / Aalto-Theater Essen Essen D 2021

On Saturday, 23 October 2021, the German Dance Award will be presented at the Aalto Theatre in Essen – the most prestigious award for dance in Germany. The award ceremony is embedded in a top-class dance gala programme with contributions from classical ballet, dance theatre and contemporary dance.

The German Dance Prize 2021 will be awarded to the founder and director of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen, Heide-Marie Härtel. Her life’s work is associated with a globally outstanding institution and the impulse to capture dance in the medium of film and to bring it to new life.


Honours will also be awarded to ballet teacher Ursula Borrmann, choreographer Claire Cunningham and trade unionist Adil Laraki.


One of the highlights of the evening will be the pas de deux from John Cranko’s “Eugene Onegin” danced by the Stuttgart Ballet as well as Reinhild Hoffmann’s “Solo with Sofa”.

Siham El-Maimouni, presenter at Westdeutscher Rundfunk, will accompany the audience through the evening.


Details on the programme of the gala can be found here [click].



The ticket for the live streaming can be purchased online at the following link: click here.



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The team of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen is especially pleased to document the gala on film this year.

dance:digital. Virtual and interactive forum for dance [Making Of].
Mit tanz:digital sollen Tanzkünstler*innen, Tanzensembles und Institutionen des Tanzes in der medialen Präsentation künstlerischer Produktionen gestärkt werden. Das Deutsche Tanzfilminstitut dokumentiert ausgewählte Projekte.
Dreharbeiten Dachverband Tanz Deutschland/ NEUSTART KULTUR Bundesweit D 2021





“The aims of the funding in the NEUSTART KULTUR programme are the development of innovative choreographic/artistic formats and the testing of new recording and production formats – e.g. working with body cams. e.g. working with body cams, 3D and 360° recording techniques, VR and AR applications, streaming and video-on-demand productions, format development for social networks and gaming.” Dachverband Tanz Deutschland



Making Ofs of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen as part of the project



Working with digital media has become an absolute reality in the dance field. However, it is more a component of internal work processes than a topic with social and aesthetic weight in the productions. Choreographers use new technologies in a light-hearted and practical way to support the production process or as a visual tool as part of the production, often in the area of set design.


The use of digital media has become an absolute reality in the dance field.


The project “tanz:digital” by the umbrella organisation Tanz Deutschland is dedicated to the issue that goes beyond this: what happens when dance and digital technology come together in an equal dialogue for a result that is not even necessarily connected to a stage, but perhaps can only be received on the worldwide Internet? For this, 14 individual productions have been selected that encompass a whole range of altered modes of production and reception.


The German Dance Film Institute Bremen has set itself the task of building a bridge between the motivation of the realising artists and the focused circle of users. In concrete terms, this means that “making-ofs” will be created for about 10 individual projects, preparing 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 accompany the highly unique production process of the selected projects on one day of shooting each, thus making the choice of technical, aesthetic, possibly also pedagogical means accessible to a wide audience in a film of about 10 minutes each. Interviews with the artistic directors and other project participants complement the film report.


Wis­sens­Wan­del. Digital programme for libraries and archives within NEUSTART KULTUR

dbv Deutscher Bibliotheksverband und NEUSTART KULTUR digital D 2021



The German Dance Film Institute is very pleased that its application within the framework of “WissensWandel. Digital programmes for libraries and archives within NEUSTART KULTUR” has been selected as a lighthouse project. You can find out more about our project for the digital mediation of dance history here shortly.



A project within the framework of “WissensWandel. Digital Programme for Libraries and Archives within NEUSTART KULTUR”. The “WissensWandel” programme of the German Library Association is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The NEUSTART KULTUR programme aims to restart cultural life in Germany in times of Corona and beyond by empowering cultural institutions to reopen their houses, programmes and activities. More information on the programme “WissensWandel” can be found at:




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.



DANAMOS. dance art native motion system. By Martin Puttke

Documentations of Dance Pedagogic Work Dreharbeiten Martin Puttke und Dt. Tanzfilminstitu Bremen Darmstadt, TU Departement of Human Sciences, Locomotion Laboratory D 2021


“Learning by doing” has always been the basis for learning dance. Professor Martin Puttke, leading dance educator and former director of the German State Ballet Berlin and the Aalto Ballett Theatre Essen, wants to revolutionise this tradition with his concept “DANAMOS -dance native motion system”. With DANAMOS, Puttke brings together dance didactics, music, neurocognition and biomechanics in an unusual way.


The team of the Dance Film Institute has documented some experiments of this groundbreaking training technique in the Locomotion Laboratory at the TU Darmstadt, Department of Human Sciences, Lacomotion Laboratory. The gains and progress of Puttke’s training principles are made convincingly visible with the help of state-of-the-art digital technology “motion capture”. Many thanks to Maximillian A. Stacia and his team.


Robert Schad. Dancing sculptures in the park

Exhibition Videos Dreharbeiten Krähnholm, Gerhard-Marcks-Haus Bremen, Knoops Park D 2021

It is not surprising that the German sculptor Robert Schad was particularly influenced by dancers and choreographers: his sculptures are slender steel structures that, despite the hardness of the material they are made of, give to viewer the fleeting impression of a moving body.
In the project Tanzender Stahl, the team of the Deutsches Tanzfilminstitut illustrates Schad’s sculptures at the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus and Knoops Park in Bremen, highlighting their connection to dance.

Dancing in the Streets, Bremen 2021 DANCING IN THE STREETS
Bremer Marktplatz wird zur Outdoor-Bühne für Tanzkunst
Documentations of Events Letonja&Landerer gUG und steptext dance project in Kooperation mit dem Landesverband TanzSzene Bremen und Landerer&Company Bremen D 2021

As part of DANCING IN THE STREETS the Bremer Marktplatz (3. +4.9.) and the Deich behind the Schwankhalle (11.+12.9.) will become an outdoor stage for dance art. Local dance makers will present the artistic range of their work and show how much dance enthusiasm there is in the dance city of Bremen: public rehearsals, mobile open-air dance studio, glimpses into everyday rehearsals, dance workshops to join in, works by Bremen companies and individual artists, dance short films and more. Four days of a full programme that ignites joie de vivre!

The 10-member ensemble Of Curious Nature and tanzbar_bremen, the choreographers and dancers Neus Ledesma, Magali Sander Fett, Markus Hoft, Joël Detiège, the Bremen dance schools Bounce N Boogie, Casa Cultural and many more will be among the participants. The programme will be rounded off by moderated talks with Bremen dance professionals and the walk act “gassi gäng” from Tanzwerk Bremen. Marion Amschwand will lead through the programme.
The completeprogramme overview can be found under this link:
The programme is free of charge.
Registration required: 0421-704216 or
The team of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen will document the programme on film.

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.
Documentations of Events Dreharbeiten Events Stiftung Kränholm und Gerhad-Marcks-Haus Knoops Park D 2021


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.



Mother Africa and the Elephant. By Joël Lawrence Detiège and Kossi Sebastian Aholou-Wokawui
Zur Gedenkfeier an den Völkermord in Namibia durch deutsche Kolonialherrscher gehört auch die Tanzperformance „Mutter Afrika und der Elefant“ von Joël Lawrence Detiège und Kossi Sebastian Aholou-Wokawui sowie den mitwirkenden Projekten Patch-Näh-Dance und Repräsen-Tanz.
TV Documentation of Pieces Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Bremen AntiKolonialDenkmal "Der Elefant"!, Nelson-Mandela_Park Bremen D 2021


At the Battle of Ohamakari, large parts of the Herero were killed by German colonial troops. An event in the Nelson Mandela Park in Bremen commemorates the genocide in Namibia from 1904 to 1908.


On 11 August 2021 hrs, the annual commemoration in memory of the victims of the genocide in Namibia will take place at the AntiColonialMemorial “The Elephant!”



In January 1904, the Herero population group in what is now Namibia revolted against the German colonial rulers. Lieutenant General Lothar von Trotha finally led the conflict for the German Empire as a war of extermination. The genocide began with the “Battle of Ohamakari” (“Battle of the Waterberg”) on 11 August 1904. The colonial war and the systematic persecution and extermination of the three ethnic groups continued until 1908. At that time, the German Schutztruppe also carried out murder campaigns against the San. Up to 90,000 people were murdered in the process; they died through military violence, by dying of thirst and starvation on the run or from forced labour in the concentration camps of the German colony. The massacres of the Herero and Nama in what is now Namibia by German colonial troops are considered the first genocide of the 20th century, as claimed for years by the descendants and survivors of the genocide.




- Greeting: Anja Stahmann (The Senator for Social Affairs, Youth, Integration and Sport)
– Dance performance “MOTHER AFRICA and the Elephant” with Joël Lawrence Detiège and Kossi Sebastian Aholou-Wokawui (Contributing projects Patch-Sew-Dance and ≠ Repräsen-Dance)
– Words of remembrance: Prof. Dr. Manfred Hinz (Bremer Afrika-Archiv e.V.)



- Minute of silence and laying of flowers


The commemoration is under the patronage of Mayor Dr Andreas Bovenschulte, President of the Senate.

Organisers: Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Bremen, Senatskanzlei (Bremen), Der Elefant! e.V. Bremen, Afrika Netzwerk Bremen, Bremer Afrika-Archiv e.V.




Afrika Netzwerk Bremen.




The team of the German Dance Institute Bremen is pleased to be able to document the dance performance on film.


Foto: Kirsten Tiedemann Bibliothèque de sac à dos – Performance by Nele Lipp / KOÏNZI-DANCE e.V.

Dreharbeiten KOÏNZI-DANCE e.V. Quarrendorf D 2021

“For the film “Bibliothéque sac à dos”, artist Burkhard Scheller created five library backpacks that were rescued as cultural emergency luggage by performers in a forest to which a mysterious singer calls them. Some characters bear resemblance to those of the Commedia Dell’Arte.”

Dr Nele Lipp

Actors:inside: Grover, Chris Hausdorf, Christa Krings, Ralf Meyer Ze, Corinna Meyer-Esche and Nicole Gießler in “Biblothèque sac à dos”, 2022


The team of the German Dance Film Institute Bremen is pleased to film the piece by Dr. Nele Lipp/KOÏNZI-DANCE e.V. and to produce the film.

© Martin Frey SPARK Art Fair Vienna. The new international art fair in Vienna
Die Premiere der neuen internationalen Messe für zeitgenössische und moderne Kunst in Wien findet zwischen 24. und 27. Juni in der Wiener Marx Halle statt. Bei der Messe sind 71 Solopräsentationen zu sehen. Das Tanzfilminstitut Bremen ist mit einem Beitrag zum Deutschen Tanztheater vertreten.
Exhibition Videos Spark Art Fair Vienna Wiener Marx Halle, Wien Österreich 2021

Vienna’s most important galleries and international highlights make up the field of participants at the first SPARK Art Fair Vienna. They show a balanced mix of established positions and young, emerging artists. In the three curated sections “Utopia: Post-War” by Sabine Breitwieser, “Perspectives” by Tevž Logar and “Interface – Contemporary New Media and Digital Art” by Marlies Wirth, digital art forms, film, dance and photography, among others, can be seen.


In addition to international greats such as Lawrence Weiner, Heimo Zobernig, Anna Boghiguian, Eva Beresin or Nadira Husain, new works by up-and-coming talents such as Sophia Süßmilch, Birke Gorm, Jonas Lund, Nschotschi Haslinger, Irina Lotarevice or Niko Abramidis & NE can be discovered at the fair. The programme is complemented by surprising insights into the works of 20th century art icons such as Nancy Spero, Stano Filko, Joseph Beuys or Maria Lassnig. With Jakob Lena Knebl, Austria’s contribution to the 59th Venice Biennale (together with Ashley Hans Scheirl) is also represented at SPARK.


Three Curated Sections.


The section “Interface – Contemporary New Media and Digital Art”, curated by Marlies Wirth, focuses on digital art and media art. An area of interest to curators, institutions, galleries and collectors alike, it addresses new and exciting possibilities of digital technologies.


The section “Utopia: Post-War”, curated by Sabine Breitwieser, is dedicated to the open and multiple narratives of post-war art. It includes solo presentations by local and international galleries in close relation to the selected artists*. Special features on experimental film and post-war dance expand the exhibition and address other forms of distribution.


The exhibition also includes a series of special features on post-war dance and experimental film.


The Perspectives section, curated by Tevž Logar, serves as a narrative link between the galleries and the individual artistic practices, defining the social and political frameworks that make thinking about processes of change possible in the first place.






The German Dance Film Institute Bremen is pleased to invite curator Sabine Breitwieser to the SPARK ART FAIR VIENNA section “Utopia:Post-War”. Selected film contributions to the work of the Austrian Hans Kresnik, who lives in Germany, and the choreographer Susanne Linke will be shown in Vienna.