More than 40 representatives from 25 state and city theatre ensembles started off the day by working together to share and formulate their ideal utopian future for dance as an art form. With the inspiration of this first task, the conference sought a forward-looking and solution-oriented style of thinking for their discussions.
Rivca Rubin acted as an expert on communication and encouraged the dancers to take new approaches to self-awareness and conversation. We were introduced to a form of positive language that helped us create more room for our dialogue partners to share ideas and suggestions with us. With all of this in mind, the participants adopted an 8-point plan of intention, which we intend to introduce into the cultural policy discourse in the coming months. Read the 8-point-plan and the protocols for the 3rd dancersconnect conference here...
General Meeting Ensemble Network
December 1, 2018 | Berlin
Actually, it should have only been an informal meeting for coffee and cake on Saturday morning at 10:30. Friedrich Pohl had the honour to get to know all of the members of the Ensemble Network's board for the first time. It quickly became clear that both networks, with their concerns, problems and ideas- with their self-conception as well as their philosophy - are almost congruent with each other. Lisa Jopt found the right words: "Wir wollen nach Kunst riechen."
There was immediate interest from both sides to form a cooperation between the two networks in order to begin the longer-term and logical perspective of bringing together collective energy and movements. Without further ado, the Ensemble Network invited Friedrich Pohl as a guest to their subsequent general meeting in order to introduce its members to dancersconnect and its 8-point-plan of intention. Dancersconnect would like to thank the Ensemble Network for initiating an encounter with such a future-orientated perspective.
40th Federal German Ballet and Dance Theater Directors Conference
November 16, 2018 | Mannheim
This time dancersconnect was invited to the Managerial Round on the eve of the Directors' Conference. Friedrich Pohl made a presentation outlining the 8-point plan adopted by the network in October after its 3rd conference. Since 2017, 39 companies from German State and City theaters have been represented at the conferences held by dancersconnect. Some managers present expressed their concerns that implementation of the plan would have a negative impact on the local dance scene and that problems should be dealt with internally by dancers taking on the responsibility of contributing more inside their own theaters. However, a large number of managers also made an effort to take a positive part in the dialogue and gave very encouraging feedback on the outcome of the 3rd dancersconnect conference. At the end of the discussions, Friedrich Pohl made it clear that the network was looking forward to further talks with the Directors Conference and their continued input and cooperation on this subject.
Conference "The Future of Dance - Artists Collective Cooperations"
21st & 22nd September | Essen
As part of awarding the German Dance Prize to Nele Hertling, the umbrella organization Dachverband Tanz Deutschland invited dance makers to a two-day conference on The Future of Dance. Friedrich Pohl attended as a representative for the network. Many of the conference's discussions focused on possible changes to institutions and forms of organization. The focus was often directed to the subject of hierarchical structures and the fact that dancers are given limited autonomy, but there was a lack of representation for the dancers themselves during these important conversations.
It became clear that in addition to the general problem of financing, that having interdisciplinary qualifications in communication and corporate management could be of real value and are of fundamental relevance to dance, its conditions and its development.
"The Ensemble" as the focal point of tanz-jahrbuch 2018
August 2018 | tanz
In this year's survey by magazine Tanz, the critics cannot agree on a company of the year. Instead, it draws the attention to all dancers as the key figures of our art. Elinor Jagodnik and Friedrich Pohl, as founders and board members of dancersconnect, were honored to speak with journalist Dorion Weickmann about the spirit of ensembles and the network. Read the interview in tanz-Jahrbuch 2018! Order here...
Dancersconnect on the radio
August 13th & 20th, 2018 | Deutschlandfunk Kultur & WDR3
We were asked to introduce ourselves on the radio twice in just one week. Our board member Friedrich Pohl was around and was able to present dancersconnect to a broad public. He was interviewed on Deutschlandfunk Kultur and WDR2. Listen to "Aufstand mit Ansage: Junge Tänzer begehren auf" on deutschlandfunkkultur.de.
"Participation - Death of the Dance Dictators!" by Dorion Weickmann
August 5th, 2018 | Süddeutsche Zeitung
"[...] Dancersconnect is expression of a new self-confidence, and that is a good thing. The youngsters want to know what they should do and why, instead of executing directives. Their mindset stands for what art generally claims for itself: it is about acknowledgement of autonomy. [...]" Read the full article at sueddeutsche.de.
General Meeting of Dachverband Tanz Deutschland
June 6th, 2018 | Potsdam
On behalf of dancersconnect, Friedrich Pohl attends a meeting of the members of the Dachverband for the first time as a guest. As part of the debate "Ethics in Dance", dancersconnect is invited to present the initiative and share its view on the issue. Friedrich Pohl emphasizes that the improvement and renewal of regulations is only one step. At the moment even the implementation of health protection and existing laws is extremely problematic in dance due to the dancers’ weak position as employees. Dancersconnect sees this as a general threat to the art form. Friedrich Pohl urges the participants to recognize the central role of the active protagonists and their significant role for future generations. The plenum of the Dachverband cohesively expresses agreement and support.
14th Congress for Dance Medicine
June 3rd, 2018 | Frankfurt am Main
Dominic Hodal is invited as an active dancer and representative of dancersconnect, to participate in a panel discussion closing the three-day congress. The preceding lecture block deals with the implementation of health care in the everyday life of professional dancers. In this context, especially the autonomy of dancers in regard to hierarchical structures, despotic ways of leadership and fear of non-elongation is critically discussed. The participants highly welcome and support that dancers themselves start to address issues related to professional relationships in dance as well as to voice their concerns and interests.
1st Meeting of the Bundesdeutscher Tanzvorstand (Federal German Dance Board)
May 10th, 2018 | Düsseldorf
The board members are discussing task distribution, as well as ways of communication and decision-making - especially with regard to large physical distances. The content of the debate focuses on the dancers’ constant fear of non-elongation, preventing them from communicating their problems and needs openly. The members thoroughly debate about permanent contracts as a possible solution to this basic problem. In addition, they talk about possibilities for a financial base of the network, public relation - and above all more constant contact with even more dance ensembles.
Bundesdeutsche Ballett- und Tanztheaterdirektorenkonferenz
(Conference of the Federal German Ballet and Dance Theater Directorate)
April 14th, 2018 | Darmstadt
Representatives of Bundesdeutscher Tanzvorstand (Federal German Dance Board) have the opportunity to introduce the platform dancersconnect for the first time. The directors and managers of German ballet and dance companies appreciate the initiative. Through closer communication between all those involved, they see great opportunities for the entire dance branch. Marc Grandmontagne (managing director of the German Theatre and Orchestra Association) acknowledges that amongst the theatre branches, dancers are in the greatest need for improvement with regard to their contractual situation. The BBTK and dancersconnect in direct partnership, want to discuss and tackle problems that dancers face. The BBTK states that they will invite board representatives of dancersconnect to each conference from now on.
2nd Conference of Ballet and Dance Ensemble Representatives
February 19th, 2018 | Berlin
The focus of the 2nd conference was how dancers could find ways to be more independent in relation to their superiors and directors, as well as within the theater as a whole, and on the social and cultural-political level. Read the summary of the 2nd conference.
1st Conference of Ballet and Dance Ensemble Representatives
June 6th, 2017 | Berlin
For the first time, ensemble speakers and representatives are coming together to discuss shared issues and concerns far beyond the limits of each company. The participating dancers are starting to develop a common self-awareness. The main discussions are: working conditions, health care and prevention, and career transition. Read the summary of the 1st conference.