K3 – Centre for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg at Kampnagel is a comprehensive centre for expertise in the field contemporary dance and choreography, artistic research and dance outreach.
K3 was established in 2006/2007 as part of a five-year funding program by Tanzplan Deutschland - an initiative of the Federal Cultural Foundation that ran from 2006 to 2010. In the summer of 2007, the k3 exhibition hall at Kampnagel – a former factory complex in Hamburg-Barmbek that is today an international centre for performing arts – was renovated with funds provided by the Hamburg Cultural Authority. The resulting three dance studios, as well as adjacent studio stage P1, now form the basis of K3 - Centre for Choreography. K3 is an artistically independent institution operating within the organisational structure of Kampnagel.
K3 is funded by the City of Hamburg since 2011 and is one of the few rare centres for choreography and dance in the German-speaking regions of Europe. With its expertise and strong network of ties to the local, national and international dance scene, K3 significantly contributes to increasing the visibility of dance and strengthening the standing of this special art form.
A major focus of work at K3 is developing and offering various forms of residencies and artistic formats of working that combine artistic research, production and presentation. Promoting and supporting young choreographers and dance professionals in the early stages of their career is a main priority.
In addition to providing information and advice, the centre offers dance makers and other professionals in the field regular courses and professional training, workshops as well as further learning formats.
Our outreach and education programmes aim towards fostering appreciation of dance in people of all ages. One of our main focuses lies on projects located at the crossroads of artistic practice – i.e. dance, choreography and performance – and discourse, both on the theory of dance and broader social issues. In addition to the Moving Heads series, we also offer e.g. regular courses in cooperation with a local community college offering classes for adults. Another important part of our work at K3 is to promote cultural appreciation among children and teenagers through a variety of collaborative projects and partnerships with schools and projects by and with teenagers, such as the K3 Youth Club.
The three pillars of our work – residencies, classes and training, and dance outreach – moreover form the conceptual foundation for a number of projects in cooperation with academic and cultural institutions running over several years in contexts ranging from local to national and international.
As a place for artistic exchange and networking, K3 has played a major part since its establishment in developing a dynamic and strong dance community in Hamburg. In addition, we consider fostering dialogue between policymakers and dance professionals, as well as creating platforms for transdisciplinary exchange with other arts and fields of knowledge essential in order to strengthen the standing and the position of contemporary dance and choreography in our society.
The Tanzplan Hamburg concept conceived as part of Tanzplan Deutschland (2006-2010) not only involved the establishment of the K3 Centre for Choreography, but also provided the incentive for the Cultural Authorities in Hamburg to appoint an independent jury of dance experts and double the amount of funding available for dance in the city. Both changes have been retained even after the end of Tanzplan Deutschland.
K3 – Centre for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg is an affiliate member of the European Dancehouse Network (EDN) and member of the Dachverband Tanz Germany, the Federal Association of Dance in School and the LAG Kinder und Jugendkultur e.V.