Guest-performance partnership programme

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The Danceland programme is one of the many measures, with which the Federal Cultural Foundation demonstrates its broad-based commitment to the field of dance. The purpose of Danceland is to present the diversity of contemporary dance – represented by more than 60 city and state theatre ensembles and independent dance companies – to regions outside the established centres of dance. Funding is granted to guest performance partnerships by dance ensembles and venues located outside the metropolitan hubs.

The funding measures are accompanied by innovative educational formats which are designed specifically for the individual venues with the purpose of generating public interest and appreciation of contemporary dance. At the centre of the programme are the approximately 400 guest performance venues of INTHEGA (interest group of cities with guest theatre performances). In cities and regions with no established ensembles of their own, INTHEGA theatres play an important role in enriching the theatre and dance scenes in their localities. The Danceland programme was thus created to draw increased cultural-political attention to rural regions, as well as smaller and medium-sized cities. The programme has already funded 19 guest performance partnerships with 2.4 million euros.

In light of the programme’s success in enhancing attractive, high-quality cultural programmes, the host venues as well as the participating city and state theatre dance ensembles have expressed great interest in continuing the funding activities of Danceland. For the ensembles, the programme has generated a welcomed increase in visibility thanks to the increased performance opportunities, which in turn, have had a positive influence on public recognition and demand in larger cities. Therefore, the Federal Cultural Foundation has decided to finance another 20 guest performance partnerships until 2026.

According to the new funding guidelines, the former tandem partnerships can now be expanded to include additional partners. For instance, an INTHEGA performance venue can now invite three ensembles, or alternatively, one ensemble can guest-perform at several venues. Only INTHEGA member venues in Germany are eligible to apply.

In the autumn of 2021, the Danceland jury has recommended an additional 10 guest performance partnerships for funding with a total amount of 1.18 million euros. In the second and final round of funding in the autumn of 2022, 10 new partnerships have been equipped with funding with a total amount of 1.13 million euros.  

Applications 2021–2026

The Federal Cultural Foundation is grateful to the Dachverband Tanz and its managing director Michael Freundt and his team for establishing and carrying out the first programme phase which will conclude in 2021. The Federal Cultural Foundation has now allocated 2.8 million euros to extend the Danceland programme until 2026. In the future, applications for funding can be submitted directly to the Federal Cultural Foundation. The amount of funding granted to the selected partnerships is determined by the Executive Board based on the recommendation of a jury of independent experts. The submission deadline for the first round of applications was 15 July 2021, the deadline for the second and final round of applications was 15 July 2022.


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Previous events

  • 26 October, 2023 to 27 October, 2023: In Motion – Danceland network meeting

    With workshops, discussions and a public gala programme. Details follow

    Bernburg and Staßfurt

  • 17 March, 2022 to 18 March, 2022: Expedition zur Tanzplattform Deutschland

    Weiterbildungs-Angebot für INTHEGA-Häuser 


  • 15 February, 2022 to 16 February, 2022: Gastspielwerkstatt 2022

    Fachtreffen für INTHEGA-Gastspielhäuser und Tanz-Ensembles


  • 11 October, 2021 to 12 October, 2021: Messeauftritt auf dem INTHEGA-Theatermarkt

    Programmpräsentation am Tanzland-Messestand

    INTHEGA-Theatermarkt, Stadthalle , Bielefeld

  • 22 March, 2021 to 23 March, 2021: Gastspielwerkstatt II

    mit öffentlich zugänglichen Gala-Abenden und der kulturpolitischen Diskussion "Aus der Krise in die Krise? Können wir eine vielfältige Kulturlandschaft erhalten?"

    Livestreams unter, online


Karin Kirchhoff
Kulturstiftung des Bundes

Franckeplatz 2
06110 Halle (Saale)
Tel.: +49 (0)345 2997 169
Fax.: +49 (0)345 2997 333

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