The network explore dance, which now encompasses four federal states, aims to sustainably establish dance for young audiences throughout Germany through the production, mediation and reception of artistically outstanding dance pieces and to open up access to dance as an art form and participation in experienced artistic practice for children and young people. 

With HELLERAU as a new partner, explore dance will focus from summer 2022 to the end of 2023 on expanding the network and strengthening the visibility of the field, which is still underrepresented in Germany. Three festivals with expert meetings bundle the productions and offer space for nationwide and international networking and cultural/educational dialogue. 

Artistically, explore dance concentrates on the pop ups developed in the pilot phase as mobile dance productions with low technical requirements. Experienced choreographers and teams are invited to develop flexible dance pieces that can also open up access to the art form of dance away from the classical theatre stages, e.g. in schools, museums or cultural centres in the regional and urban context of the partners. 

Children and young people are actively involved in all phases of the artistic work processes. In numerous participatory formats, the project develops additional dance-physical dance mediation offers. In doing so, explore dance focuses on the diversity of current contemporary dance styles, which can include hip hop, urban dance, new circus or contemporary. 

“As a new partner institution in the explore dance – network dance for young audiences, we are very happy about the positive decision of the TANZPAKT jury to support and continue the joint project. It is a wonderful sign for the network, which paved the way excellently in the pilot phase, for the nationwide independent dance scene, which is intensively involved with contemporary dance for children and young people, and for the dance city of Dresden, which will now also cooperate on this important topic beyond city and state borders. HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts and the entire explore dance network would like to thank the sponsors who make this cooperation possible”,
says Carena Schlewitt, artistic director of HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts. 

explore dance – Network Dance for Young Audiences is a cooperation project of fabrik moves Potsdam, Fokus Tanz / Tanz und Schule e.V. Munich, K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg, from July 2022 HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts. 

It is funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Department of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and the Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance with funds from the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, as well as the City of Potsdam and the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg. 

From July 2022, the second phase of the project will also be funded by the Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Arts and the state capital Dresden. 

 

explore dance – Network Dance for Young Audiences is a cooperation project of fabrik moves Potsdam, Fokus Tanz / Tanz und Schule e.V. Munich, K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg, from July 2022 HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts. 

It is funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the Department of Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Cultural Department of the City of Munich and the Bavarian State Association for Contemporary Dance with funds from the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, as well as the City of Potsdam and the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg. 

From July 2022, the second phase of the project will also be funded by the Saxon State Ministry for Science and the Arts and the state capital Dresden. 

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