Choreographers from Germany have significantly influenced international contemporary dance in recent decades. Yet despite the efforts of such illustrious dance artists as Mary Wigman, Dore Hoyer, William Forsythe and Pina Bausch, modern dance in Germany continues to be characterized by a poorly studied history and limited public visibility.
The goal of this project is to develop a modern online dance portal like no other in Germany, primarily containing historic film and video recordings of dance. The material, which is currently located in numerous archives and institutions, will be compiled onto a central Internet platform and made publicly accessible. This involves securing the rights, digitalizing materials and restoring them if necessary. To develop a suitable database, the project will build on a prototype developed by the Dance Plan Germany – a project initiated by the Federal Cultural Foundation. Following a 18-month implementation phase, the Academy of the Arts and other institutions and archives will take responsibility of the platform and ensure its sustained operation.

Directors: Franz Anton Cramer, Caroline Rehberg

Venue and schedule:
Internet website, planned launch on 9 Sept. 2011

Di­gital Dance At­las

The project “Dance on the Internet” is developing an innovative dance website like no other in Germany past or present. The site will be mainly comprised of historic films and video recordings of dance performances. Although the extended and modified version of the Digital Dance Atlas will be available in summer 2012, you can already view a prototype here.


Antonia Lahmé 

Kulturstiftung des Bundes 
Franckeplatz 1 
06110 Halle (Saale) 
Tel.: +49 (0)345 2997 117 
Fax.: +49 (0)345 2997 333


Akademie der Künste

Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin