Over 60 ballet and dance theatre ensembles work at city and state theatres throughout Germany. Their repertoires range from ballet art classics to contemporary dance. Dance performances are immensely popular with audiences, with dance enjoying increasing audience attendance. The objective of our website is to make this diversity visible across local and national borders and to arouse curiosity concerning the world of dance. In a way, the ensemble pages can be seen as a counterpart to the www.tanzplattform.de website, which focuses primarily on independent contemporary dance in Germany – the choreographers, artist collectives and ensembles.The “Ballett- und Tanztheater - Ensembles in Deutschland“ website is a collaborative project of the Bundesdeutschen Ballett- und Tanztheaterdirektoren Konferenz (BBTK) and the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland (DTD), with kind support from the Internationalen Theaterinstituts (ITI).
The portrait pages are listed in alphabetical order and arranged on the basis of the respective city in which the ensemble is located.
Ensembles with more than one venue are thus listed in connection with numerous cities. In addition, the search function allows users to find portrait pages by searching with the name of the ensemble or the respective city or federal state.
The ensemble pages include photos, company statements from the respective artistic directors and a short portrait of each ensemble.
In addition, the history of the ensemble and its present artistic director are introduced and current and past productions listed.
Over the course of time, the projects that accompany the productions will be added, along with some background material.
The Bundesdeutsche Ballett- und Tanztheaterdirektoren Konferenz (BBTK) is a coalition of ballet and dance theatre directors with the purpose of sharing information and promoting cooperation. The first BBTK session took place in 1998 on the initiative of Marc Jonkers in Cologne at the invitation of the NRW Landesbüro Tanz.
Ballet and dance theatre directors of the primarily publicly-funded German federal theatres can become private members of the BBTK. Every two years, the BBTK elects a speaker and a seven-member council, which in turn selects a managing director.
The BTTK’s primary objectives are: good communication among companies, showing solidarity in the case of impending department closures, collaborative work on problems such as social and legal security issues as well as lobby work at the federal and European levels.
The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland - Ständige Konferenz Tanz has been working as a nation-wide platform for artistic dance in Germany since 2006. Founded with the protagonists’ awareness that dance must speak with one voice in the German political landscape, the Dachverband Tanz currently operates as a network of the most important dance associations and institutions – regardless of any aesthetic differences, varying production methods and specific careers in dance.
The Dachverband writes position papers and concepts for dance support in Germany, develops campaigns and initiatives, and realizes them in its projects.