Tanzkongress 2022 – Call for Proposals

The sixth edition of the Tanzkongress 2022 will take place from 16 to 19 June 2022 in Mainz, Germany. The event has been established as an international forum for discussing and reflecting on current trends in dance and choreography as well as movement in theory and practice. In 2022, the theme of the Tanzkongress will be Sharing Potentials, providing a platform for the dance community to exchange ideas, learn from one another and grow in the increasingly diverse and inclusive world of dance. The congress was born out of the role of tanzmainz being a bridge between the independent scene and repertory theatres.

Through this call for proposals we would like to invite dancers, choreographers, rehearsal directors, dramaturges, producers, theorists, company and theatre directors, and all dance professionals to put forward ideas, projects and case studies from your respective fields. We invite you to present your best practice models for sharing information and other resources. We also welcome any suggestions for topics related to the ever-growing collaboration between repertory theatres/compagnies and the independent dance scene and the associated potential and opportunities. We will also accept submissions from any other artistic and scientific disciplines.

Open Call I: Sharing Potentials

The pandemic has made us more aware and critical of our working cultures. Therefore we must ask ourselves, how can we rethink our approach? Is there a way to be more sustainable, accessible and inclusive? How to be efficient in the current climate? The aim of the Tanzkongress is to generate a debate within the dance community, about how we can share our knowledge and resources with one another beyond traditional boundaries. What forms of teamwork do we find inspiring in our artistic, independent and institutional work? What new cooperative models have emerged from the pandemic? We would love to gather ideas of the best practice examples and suggestions for future-oriented concepts.

Open Call II: Bridging the Independent Dance Scene and Repertory Theatres/Compagnies

The independent scene is shaped by its flexibility and high creative potential, but everyday work in this sector is often influenced by fragile economic conditions. By contrast, repertory theatres are versatile places of production, creation and presentation where professionals are obliged to generate high viewing figures, and therefore are more rigid in production. But despite all their persisting differences, the two worlds have been moving closer together in terms of their structure and aesthetics; collaborations and hybrids of two communities are no longer a rarity. What are the opportunities and challenges presented by this form of cooperation? What does this mean for the different fields, from politics to education, theatres and their audiences? As well as dancers, producers and choreographers? We would like to discuss what stimulating experiences and models have already been created, and potentially what (social) utopias can be developed from them?

Please note: We would like to address our call for proposals to groups only (two people or more).
This is the interest of encouraging critical discourse, and with a focus on sharing knowledge and experience. We would like to explicitly request submissions that critically reflect on common conventions and formats. We warmly welcome proposals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
The selected submissions will be discussed during the Tanzkongress, which will be held from 16 to 19 June 2022 in Mainz.

The submission deadline is Monday, 31 May 2021.

Please submit your proposals in German or English by email to the dramaturg Ingrida Gerbutavičiūtė: ✉ → igerbutaviciute@tanzkongress2022.de Please write Open Call I or Open Call II in the subject line.

We will give feedback by mid-July 2021.

Your written submission must include the following information:

1) A brief description of your proposal (max. 500 words)
2) A concise curriculum vitae for each member of the proposal (max. 250 words each)
3) More information on technical and spatial requirements, timeframes and other conditions, as well as the language of the proposed contribution
4) A rough calculation of the costs involved

We will also accept proposals via other sources of media, for example video and audio messages (to be sent f.e. via WeTransfer).

The submissions will be selected by the artistic team of the Tanzkongress 2022.

The Tanzkongress 2022 is an event organised by the Federal Cultural Foundation and Mainz State Theatre.



Deadline: 31/05/2021 12:00 am (Timezone: Etc/GMT+12)

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