In 2020, TANZPAKT Dresden facilitates 12 four-week research residencies for choreographers and dance artists based in Saxony. The residencies take place at various partner institutions in Dresden and abroad and serve the intensive exchange between artists and institutions of business, science, culture and social work. By enabling concentrated research work, the residencies offer the opportunity to explore social realities and to (further) develop comprehensive artistic project ideas in their framework.

The resident artists

  • Caroline Beach & Ernst Markus Stein (EN-KNAP, Ljubljana/SI)
  • Katja Erfurth (Vigevo – Network for sign language services )
  • Cindy Hammer & Jared Marks (Trafó, Budapest/HU)
  • Fang Yun Lo & Cheng Ting Chen (Tanec Praha, Prag/CZ)
  • Rosalind Masson & Florence Freitag (Botanical Garden, TU Dresden)
  • Lotte Mueller (Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems)
  • Maria Chiara de’Nobili (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Industrial Design Engineering /TU Dresden & Vigevo – Network for sign language services )
  • Nora Otte (The life-historical Archive for Saxony & Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden)
  • Irina Pauls (Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau & Industrial Design Engineering /TU Dresden)
  • Johanna Roggan & Benjamin Schindler (Art Station Foundation, Poznań/PL)
  • Isaac Spencer & Franz Ehrenberg (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden & Volkssolidarität Dresden)
  • Anna Till & Barbara Lubich (Saxon Steamboat Company)

The selection of the residencies was made by a jury consisting of Katharina Christl (Head of MA Choreography, Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden), Thomas Frank (Artistic Director Residenz, Schauspiel Leipzig) and Anne-Cathrin Lessel (Artistic Director LOFFT Leipzig), as well as Johanna Roggan for Villa Wigman für TANZ e.V. and André Schallenberg for HELLERAU.

“Tanzpakt Dresden” pursues the goal of fundamentally strengthening the local and regional free dance scene. This primarily involves the implementation of two measures which, in interaction, focus on the development of nationally radiating structures: On the one hand, concrete construction investments are to be made to secure and put into operation the former Mary Wigman residence as the rehearsal and experiment room Villa Wigman. The centre is to be run by the Villa Wigman for TANZ association, which emerged from the dance scene, on its own responsibility and will offer unique conditions nationwide. On the other hand, the comprehensive residence and production programme “Werkraum Gegenwart” will be set up together with HELLERAU and partner institutions from all areas of social life. Equipped with funds for artistic research as well as for production, high-quality productions of Saxony’s independent scene will be developed for presentation in HELLERAU, in particular larger formats beyond the workshop presentation. A scientific-artistic laboratory with regional dancers and guests from economy, research and society is the prelude. The resulting stage productions will then be presented in a festival.