TANZFONDS ERBE supports the reconstruction and restaging of classic dance works from the 20th century and makes them available to audiences. The projects funded reflect the spectrum of German dance history.

The artistic appropriation of dance heritage is no longer limited to the faithful reconstruction of historical works. Interest in historical dance works, themes and personalities is growing, as is the range of artistic formats.

Re-enactments, films, installations or online projects deliberately make use of the historical distance offered by archival sources and body memory for contemporary updates of classical works. Different projects are dedicated to the fact there will be always be gaps in any dance reconstruction.

The diversity of methods and approaches in funded projects ensures that the present is no mere fleeting imitation of the past, that culture isn’t just a trinket or a place of refuge.


The material resulting from the projects will be documented by DIEHL+RITTER, the agency running TANZFONDS ERBE. In addition to video recordings of the final performances, the documentation also offers an insight into rehearsal processes as well as interviews with artists, contemporary witnesses and experts.

These elements, when filed with comprehensive dossiers covering heritage-related topics, create an online archive that can be viewed by anyone visiting this website. The videos will be available over the long term for members of the public, as well as for teaching and research purposes.

The wealth of material emerging from this process will become valuable study material for future researchers and artists, allowing them to investigate German dance history more thoroughly.

TANZFONDS ERBE jury recommendation from 22 March 2012:

Applicant Project title Genre
Avista Film (Munich) Forschungsprojekt Sacharoff Movie/Reconstruction
Theatres and orchestra of the city of Bielefeld "Auch" by Reinhild Hoffmann Performance/Restaging
K3 – Zentrum für Choreografie | Tanzplan Hamburg/Kampnagel HEUTE: volkstanzen Participative performance
Produktionszentrum Tanz + Performance (Stuttgart) TANZLOKAL - Tanzfest Stuttgart Festival
JOINT ADVENTURES – Walter Heun (Munich) Olga de Soto: Débords. Reflections on The Green Table Performance/Creation
Paula Rosolen (Frankfurt) Piano Men Performance/Creation
Jochen Roller (Berlin) The Source Code Online-Project
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau Bauhaus tanzen Performance/Creation
Ligna (Berlin) Tanz aller Audio play with public performance
Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (Hamburg) Nussknacker Performance/Creation


TANZFONDS ERBE jury recommendations from 23 and 24 January 2013:

Applicant Project Title Genre
Oper Leipzig Pax Questuosa – Klagender Friede Performance/Reconstruction and Creation
Schauspielhaus Bochum "Ruhr-Ort" by Susanne Linke Performance/Restaging
Angela Guerreiro (Düsseldorf) The Live Legacy Project Symposium
Saarländisches Staatstheater (Saarbrücken) Anastasia/Shadow Performance/Reconstruction
Theater Hagen Der Schrank der Georgi Performance/Reconstruction and Creation
Pina Bausch Stiftung (Wuppertal) Wind von West (Cantata) Performance/Reconstruction
Martin Stiefermann (Berlin) Anita Berber - Retro/Perspektive Performance/Reconstruction and Creation
Nationaltheater Mannheim Tracing Isadora Performance/Creation
Uri Turkenich (Berlin) I love my dancers Performance/Creation
Internationales Theaterinstitut –
Zentrum Deutschland (Berlin)
Transforming Acts Video installation
Stadttheater Gießen The Horta Project - SOAP Recreation Performance/Restaging
Akademie der Künste (Berlin) Das Triadische Ballett Performance/Reconstruction
MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch (Köln) The Memory Machine Installation
Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück Le Sacre du Printemps Performance/Reconstruction
Theater Koblenz 1000 Grüße Performance/Reconstruction and Creation
Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden Loops and Lines Performance/Creation
Juliette Villemin (Stuttgart) Monte Verità - Raumdeutungen Exhibition and Performance
Christoph Winkler (Berlin) Abendliche Tänze Performance/Creation
Christina Ciupke/Anna Till (Berlin) undo, redo and repeat Performance/Website and Exhibition
Sasa Asentic (Hamburg) Revolution won't be performed Performance/Creation
Theater Freiburg   Julius-Hans-Spiegel-Zentrum Performance/Creation
 Josep Caballero García (Berlin)  No [’rait] of spring Performance/Creation