In the 1920s and 30s, Mary Wigman and Gret Palucca used the dancers’ congress as a way to bring together the different dance scenes in Germany. The German Federal Cultural Foundation opted to revive this legendary tradition in a contemporary format in 2006. The first Tanzkongress took place in Berlin and was followed by congresses in Hamburg (2009), Düsseldorf (2013), Hanover (2016), and Dresden (2019). The sixth edition of Tanzkongress, due to take place in 2022, will be hosted by the Staatstheater Mainz in cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Honne Dohrmann will be programme director.
Tanzkongress takes place at a series of alternating performance venues in Germany. On the basis of a nationwide call for tenders, interested cities were given the opportunity to apply by spring 2020 to host Tanzkongress 2022. On the recommendation of the managing committee of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the foundation’s executive board selected the city of Mainz to act as host, with Staatstheater Mainz as the venue.
Guided by the principle of Sharing Potentials, the Tanzkongress in Mainz is set to become a site of exchange, learning, and growth for dancers and for the increasingly hybrid dance scene. The starting point for the concept of the congress is the way in which tanzmainz operates within the context of the independent dance scene and repertory theatre and at the interface between the two.
Programme director: Honne Dohrmann
Dramaturgy: Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė
Conceptual collaboration: Marina Grün, Finn Lakeberg, Amber Pansters
Communication and meeting formats: Felix Berner
Artistic production management: Lisa Besser
International production: Katharina Greuel
Inland production: Stefanie Schmitt
Head of administration: Jana Bäskau
Taigué Ahmed, Bertha Bermúdez, Felix Berner, Fabienne Bill, Gwen Hsin-Yi Chang, María José Cifuentes, Rajae El Mouhandiz, Marina Grün, Eleno Guzmán Gutíerrez, Pia Krämer, Finn Lakeberg, Friederike Lampert, How Ngean Lim, Mamela Nyamza, Amber Pansters, Tobias Staab, Thorsten Teubl, Guy Weizman
Graphics and PR
PR: Hendrik von Boxberg, Vera Fleischer
Managing editor: Sylvia Fritzinger
Design, website and Tanzkongress
NITE Hotel: Martijn Halie
Social media: Marie Helene Anschütz, Zachary Chant, Madeline Harms, John Wannehag
Diversity development: Ella Steinmann
Inclusion/Accessibility: Gerda König, Lisette Reuter
Sustainability strategy: Tabea Leukhardt, Katrin Wipper, Sarah Lüngen
Technical director: Dominik Maria Scheiermann
Technical coordinator: Justus Matla
Team Federal Cultural Foundation
Coordination: Karin Kirchhoff
Communication: Kathrin Mergel
Administration: Laura Klopf
The advisory board advises the German Federal Cultural Foundation on the cultural policy orientation of Tanzkongress 2022 and supports the artistic director with regard to issues of programme development.
Prof. Ingo Diehl
Prof. Nik Haffner