The Genossenschaftstag is an event held by the GDBA once every four years. Delegates representing all of the different local groups as well as the einzelmitglieder (freelancers) are invited to take part in the event and participate in major votes that determine who will have positions within the union and its agenda and course of operations. This year the Genossenschaftstag was introduced for the first time in a digital format.
One of the primary elections that took place was for the union’s presidency. Each of the two candidates, Lisa Jopt and Nathalie Senf, was given fifteen minutes to lay out her testimony, and shortly after the attendees were handing in their votes. Lisa Jopt won the election with more than seventy percent of the votes and made history as the first woman president of the GDBA since its foundation 150 years ago!
Jopt will be the president of the union for at least the next four years, which will open new opportunities for the German dance scene, as well as for the rest of the stage art disciplines. With increasing numbers of dance artists joining the GDBA, we can strive for fair payment, improved conditions and equal treatment together with a president who made clear on her agenda that she wants to help the dance community achieve their goals.
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We have launched our new workshop and info-session format. After the very positive response from our Out & About meetings this winter, we decided to continue with the same kind of online meetings.
We are happy to start it off with a collaboration with Dachverband Tanz Deutschland and their scholarship program: DIS-TANZEN.
With the third application round of the scholarship program run by the Dachverband having opened in March, we wanted to offer our support and help with the application process! Online via zoom we held 2 general info sessions with over 80 participants and 3 small workshops with 12 artists sharing and giving feedback on each other’s work. It was a great success and we want to thank everyone who participated and wish all who applied GOODLUCK!
A dramatic misunderstanding between administration and politics in Hannover led to the threat of severe budget cuts for the free dance scene. A quickly organized open letter campaign that went viral led to a fast reaction from the global dance community, and helped ensure financial security for Hannover’s freelance dance artists. READ MORE HERE
Due to a change in leadership at Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater in Schwerin, 11 out of the 14 ensemble members will be unemployed by the end of the 2020/2021 season. The dancers vainly sought support and justice, and realized it’s still not too late to raise awareness.
In front of us is a story, which is not a rare occurrence or foreign to dance artists, but is however hardly ever widely and publicly talked about and we aim to change that. A new ballet director takes over a company and decides to end contracts of many dancers who were employed by the previous director, many times out of the new director’s right for artistic freedom, forming a new ensemble while causing mass job losses (For full statement of the Mecklenburgisches Staatsballett Ensemble CLICK HERE)
The dancers end their statement with a line of inquiries- what is artistic freedom? Is the right of a director for artistic freedom superior to the right of dancers for artistic freedom? And what about basic morals and humanity? This statement has opened a gateway for discourse and re-evaluation of the efficiency and fairness of the German cultural system, in which dancers find themselves time and time again at the bottom of the food chain, so to speak. Friedrich Pohl, a law student and the co-founder of Dancersconnect, has published an article that investigates not just this story but questions the mechanisms that construct the cultural system (For full article CLICK HERE)
Our Freelancer team has also been hard at work lately, and we're happy to finally present our new 8-point plan for the freelance scene.
Despite having to change our plans several times due to corona restrictions we are happy that in the end we could move online and connect with even more of you than we ever thought possible!!! We held 10 online meetings with 300 artists from over 30 companies, the contemporary free scene and the commercial freescene!
We want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who participated, who took time to zoom in, listen, connect and share your experiences, concerns and questions with us. Also to the dancersconnect team who have learned from and supported each other though hours of online preparation and meetings. We have become so much stronger and closer thanks to this experience.
Thank you for your interest in dancersconnect’s 2020 survey for permanently employed and freelance dancers, and its findings. The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a total game changer in every aspect of modern life, and the professional dance scene is no exception. In our summary of results you will be informed of graphical illustrations and references concerning the most relevant questions from both surveys. During the time period of the 23rd of May until the 12th of June 2020, a total of 272 artists participated in the survey including 146 permanently employed dancers and 126 freelance dancers in Germany, Europe and overseas. Read our summary of results HERE
Re-entry needs time, clear communication, hygiene protocols, holistic training concepts, cooperation with medicine and sports science.
But above all, it needs adequate funding for the necessary measures!
Please read the full text HERE