FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS MUNICH DANCE SCENE WITH FUNDS FROM THE "NEUSTART.KULTUR" PROGRAM
HochX Theater und Live Art, Fokus Tanz/Tanz und Schule e.V. and Tanzbüro München are supported by the federal government's "Neustart.Kultur" program. The federal government is strengthening structures for professional work in dance during the Corona pandemic with a total of 5.5 million euros. The three Munich grants were selected alongside 48 other submissions from a total of 159 applications.
Cultural Officer Anton Biebl:
"In dance, the period of professional activity is usually concentrated in a few years. Every month lost due to corona is particularly hard. Currently, no performances are possible. However, rehearsals and the preservation of affordable spaces and adequate working conditions must continue to be ensured. Only in this way can we bring the independent scene well through the next months. The federal government has recognized this and, with its support, is sending out a signal of how important culture and artists are for our society. The fact that three innovative and cooperative dance institutions from Munich are receiving funding is very good news for the Munich dance scene."
HochX will receive funding of just under 124,000 euros for "Munich moves. Improving the dance infrastructure at HochX." In 2020/2021, existing rehearsal spaces will be optimized for dance, e.g., with dance floors, flooring and lighting/sound technology. Other focal points are networking and training programs for dancers and outreach work for dance to a wider audience - as soon as events can be held again.
Fokus Tanz will receive funding of nearly 90,000 euros for the pandemic-related changes at the upcoming edition of the THINK BIG! - Festival. It is scheduled to take place in early July 2021. The festival for young audiences, which Fokus Tanz organizes in cooperation with the Schauburg, will expand programmatically, spatially and temporally. The goal is to create a high-quality program despite the existing imponderables.
Tanzbüro München, an information and advice center for dance professionals in Munich, will receive funding of around 57,000 euros for its "Fast Forward" application. The goal is to sustainably improve production conditions for contemporary dance in Munich and increase its visibility in the national and international arena. With a new part-time position for project management and an additional rehearsal space in the Kreativquartiert, this approach will be strengthened
FAST FORWARD –
A package of measures to strengthen Tanzbüro München and the independent Munich dance scene in times of the Covid 19 pandemic:
# Intensification of networking and national and international contacts, among other things within the framework of the "Meeting Points II" format, in order to build long-term perspectives for future work.
# Improved technical equipment of rehearsal rooms to enable dance makers to develop hybrid formats
# Expansion of the staff structure of the Tanzbüro München by providing additional personnel, among other things due to increased consulting and administrative needs.
The contemporary independent dance scene in Munich is diverse and combines exciting choreographic signatures. There are numerous promising choreographers who work experimentally and interdisciplinarily with political awareness and actively participate in current artistic and social discourses.
In times of the pandemic, the need for advice and information has greatly increased. With the help of TANZPAKT RECONNECT, we would like to offer Munich's dance professionals high-quality consulting and support services, an improved infrastructure, as well as the opportunity for artistic exchange, joint research and communication in the current difficult times. These goals are to be realized by expanding the team with an additional project manager, as well as a person for finances and controlling, better equipment of the rehearsal space available to us (Labor Ateliers, Hall 6) and the development of different event and exchange formats in order to give Munich's dance makers more opportunities for exchange and networking.
Supported by DIEHL+RITTER/TANZPAKT RECONNECT, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the initiative NEUSTART KULTUR. Aid Program Dance"