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The Round Table Dance is a participatory process initiated by politicians to develop the Dance in Berlin injecting 100.000 euros into this process. The Round table consist on a group of 21 people representing the dance scene. In at least four rounds of talks, representatives of Berlin’s cultural policy, the Senate Culture Administration and the Berlin dance scene will come together to discuss how to improve conditions in the Berlin dance scene. The Dance Round Table will be accompanied by working groups that are open to all interested parties and whose results will be included in the joint rounds of discussion with the Dance Round Table participants. The ROund Table will have to cooperate closely with the working groups starting from the beginning of April and for the end of the year write a concept-recommendation for the politicians to take action and implement the conditions for dance in Berlin. The working groups are open to everybody and soon it will be announced when and where they will take place.  

The selection committee decided on 31.01.2018 for the following coordinators: Karin Kirchhoff – curator, dramaturge, lecturer – and dr. Elisabeth Nehring – dance critic and journalist. The selection committee consisted of one representative from each: Berlin Cultural Policy, Berlin Cultural Administration, Board of the Contemporary Dance Berlin e.V., TanzRaumBerlin Network and Tanzbüro Berlin.

The 21 participants in the round table are: the chairman of the committee for cultural affairs, Sabine Bangert (Alliance 90 / The Greens), as well as the cultural policy spokespersons of the SPD, Frank Jahnke, and the left, Regina Kittler, will take part in the round table dance. The cultural administration will be assisted by the State Secretary for Culture, Dr. med. Torsten Wöhlert and Head of Unit KD for the Promotion of Artists, Free Groups and Projects, Sabine Koehncke, and Head of Unit KB for Institutional Funding, Barbara Esser. Participants selected by the Berlin Cultural Administration are: Frank Schmid (perspective of the juries), Michaela Schlagenwerth (perspective of dance journalism) and dr. Kerstin Evert (external expert, K3 Center for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg). For the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland board member Claudia Feest will participate in the Round Table Dance, the Contemporary Dance Berlin e.V. is represented by the board member Moritz Majce. Marie Henrion will take part in the Round Table Dance for Tanzbüro Berlin. On February 14, 2018, an open preparatory meeting of the Berliner Tanzszene took place in the Uferstudios, where a mood for the posting of the participants from the artistic field was created at the Round Table Dance 2018, which the coordinator used as the basis for the selection the artistic participant served.

After consultation on their availability, the following artistic participants and their representatives were announced on 8 March 2018 for the Round Table Dance: Kareth Schaffer, choreographer, performer. Topics: emerging artists, transition training to practice Representation: Zwoisy Mears-Clarke, choreographer, performer. Topics: diversity, inclusion, mediation Peter Pleyer, choreographer, performer. Topics: international exchange, revaluation strategies, newer dance history Representation: Kirsten Maar, dance scientist. Topics: Dance Studies, Mediation Anja Schmalfuss, Networking & Development Sasha Waltz & Guests. Topics: Ensembles & Repertoire, Great Stage for Dance, Cultural Political Work between Land and Bund Representation: Ralf R. Ollertz, Artistic Director HALLE TANZBÜHNE BERLIN. Topics: internationalization, ensemble development Simone Willeit, Managing Director Uferstudios. Topics: New Models of an Institution – House for the Dance, Infrastructure Support for the Dance, Promotion of the entire range of choreographic practices and artistic working constellations Representation: Gabi Beier, Artistic Director ada Studio & Stage for Contemporary Dance. Topics: transition education to occupation Anna Mülter, Artistic Director Tanztage Berlin, Dramaturgy Dance Sophiensaele. Topics: diversity, emerging artists, inclusion Representation: to be announced Annemie Vanackere, director and CEO HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Topics: Big Stage / Big Formats, Artist Career and Promotion, audience development Representation: Ricardo Carmona, dance dramaturge HAU Hebbel am Ufer. On March 23, the Round Table Dance will meet for the first time. Subsequently, dates for the first meetings of the working groups will be announced. The working groups are open to anyone interested. The participants of the Round Table Dance have the task to introduce the results of the working groups in the discussions of the Round Table Dance.

More info at: http://tanzraumberlin.de/Runder-Tisch-Tanz-Dance-Round-Table-Berlin–2114-0.html