K3 Movement Class: Dance Well

Dance well is an open format for people with Parkinson‘s disease and their relatives, as well as other people with limited physical mobility. The focus will lie on finding joy in experimenting with dance together and experiencing positive physical sensations.

Dance Well supports the professional development of dance artists and dance organizations that engage people living with Parkinson’s, or other movement disorders, with dance. The project expands their skills, artistry, competences and knowledge to widen the possibilities of becoming meaningful for the societies they live in, contributing with their innovative approaches to wellbeing and social cohesion.


The project is led by Comune di Bassano del Grappa, K3 -Tanzplan Hamburg, Le Gymnase CDCN Roubaix, La Briqueterie CDCN Vitry sur Seine, Tanec Praha, Lithuanian Dance Information Centre, Fondazione Fitzcarraldo and Fondazione Università Ca’ Foscari of Venice. 

The project is supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

The objectives of the project are:

1) developing and experimenting innovative dance practices, the implementation, transfer and dissemination of knowledge and experiences across European regions, to support the recovery of artists and dance organizations engaging people living with Parkinson’s and other mobility disorders, in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

2) contribute to the wellbeing and social cohesion and to the development of the culture of dance and its impact in civic societies.

Activities include: intensive training for Dance Well Teachers, Dance Well classes, creation and presentation of dance and audio-visual works, research and analysis, dissemination events.


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Meeting Point Dramaturgy

In cooperation with the cultural producer Alexandra Schmidt and the dramaturge & curator Anne Kersting, the K3 – Centre for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg, HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts and Sophiensæle Berlin are offering an advanced training programme for freelance dance dramaturges dedicated to dramaturgical practice in dance.

The format of the three planned episodes always follows the same principle: it is a dialogue format between the dance practitioners and serves the mutual questioning of expectations and demands on dramaturgy, as well as the search for solution-oriented experimental arrangements. The constellations change from episode to episode.

Episode #1 / 2-4 June 2022 / HELLERAU-European Centre for the Arts:
Dramaturgs meet institutions and question their demands on dramaturgy.

Episode #2 / 18-20 August 2022 / Sophiensæle Berlin:
Dramaturgs meet audiences and also question their demands on dramaturgy.

Episode #3 / 17-19 November 2022 K3-Centre for Choreography | Tanzplan Hamburg:
Dramaturgs meet choreographers and question the mutual requirements
and expectations

The academy is aimed at people at the beginning of their dramaturgical career in the field of dance who would like to deepen their questions about their own practice, seek an exchange with colleagues and have a desire to develop possible new working models. 

Meeting Point Dramaturgy is a project by Alexandra Schmidt and Anne Kersting in cooperation with K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg, HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste und Sophiensæle Berlin.

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Meeting Point Dramaturgy is supported by Tanzpakt Reconnect, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the NEUSTART KULTUR. Aid Programme Dance.

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Empowering Dance - The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach

Versatile soft skills are required on the job market in almost all areas. They enable people to act, react and adapt in various professional fields. As a decisive part of personal and professional development, soft skills promote a dynamic development of the working world.

The active practice of contemporary dance has great potential to promote soft skill competences. The project Empowering Dance - The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach therefore develops a digital handbook that supports dance teachers in their professional practice in the question of how they can specifically incorporate the teaching of soft skills into their artistic  work and dance teaching. Funded within the framework of the EU Erasmus+ program area, seven European partners, including five dance institutions (Centro per la Scena Contemporanea in Bassano Del Grappa, Dansateliers in Rotterdam, HIPP in Zagreb, La Briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne in Vitry-sur-Seine, K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg) as well as two colleges (Dance Department of Roehampton University and Fine Arts Academy Zagreb) are participating in the project from December 2020 to May 2023. 

The project builds on the results of the previous joint project of the partners - Empowering Dance - Developing Soft Skills - which show how people who are interested in dance can develop a variety of soft skills through continuous, guided practice in contemporary dance. These include, for example, the ability to reflect on oneself, to work constructively with others, to empathize with and manage conflicts, and to lead a health-conscious life.

Empowering Dance - The Soft Skills Teaching and Learning Approach encourages choreographers and dance teachers to become aware of their knowledge and skills in teaching soft skills to non-professional dancers and to actively apply them in their own professional practice. In the continuation of the first project, a digital guidebook is now to be developed to support dance teachers in articulating their own teaching approach. The digital guidebook, which will be available in English and French, will help dance teachers to acquire new qualifications and to transfer these to areas of work and application outside the dance context.

Soft Skills in Dance - A guidebook to enhance your practice will be presented on 21 August 2022 in Bassano del Grappa (Italy) as part of the B.Motion Festival and will then be accessible online free of charge. In the course of the 2022/2023 season, workshops will be held in all partner cities to introduce in how to work with the guidebook (dates will be fixed from September 2022). The workshop in Hamburg will be conducted by choreographer Patricia Carolin Mai.


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Participatory Art Based Research (PABR)

The research project PABR evaluates the methodologies and formats developed in the course of the two art based research programs Assembly and Participation (2012-2014) and Performing Citizenship (2015-2018). It aims to present coherent approaches of participatory art based research derived from the conducted 20 experimental, participatory, transdisciplinary, and artistic research projects carried out within the programs. To advance research in between academia, art and social practices the project will describe ways of working and best practice models and provide them in an online publication on how to conduct participatory art based research.

In a first phase the existing experiences, data and formats from the various projects are analyzed and charted into more general approaches. In a second phase the derived results are tested in newly conceived art based research projects. Hence, the project unites research ON and WITH artistic practices.

The approach of participatory art based research situates itself in the international discourse on art based research, as well as in citizen and participatory research, and tries to expand both with its combination. A focus of this research project rests on the verification that art based research has the potential to open academic research and make it more inclusive.

In April 2020 we hold a conference to put forward our results and organize a workshop for further discussion.


Members: Dr. Esther Pilkington, Dr. Sebastian Matthias
HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU): Prof. Dr. Kathrin Wildner
FUNDUS THEATER/ Theatre of Research: PD Dr. Sibylle Peters
K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg: Dr. Kerstin Evert

Contact: PABR@hcu-hamburg.de

Participatory Art Based Research is a cooperation of the HafenCity University Hamburg with FUNDUS THEATER / Theatre of Research and K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg and is funded by:


The Claussen-Simon-Stiftung supports the project with a phd scholarship.

explore dance - Network dance for young audience

Tanzpakt Stadt-Land-Bund

For the explore dance – Network dance for young audience, three partners fabrik moves Potsdam, Fokus Tanz | Tanz und Schule e.V. Munich and K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg – have entered into a long-term cooperation to develop a sustainable structure for the production of contemporary dance pieces for young audiences. Among other things, the shared project involves inviting established choreographers over the course of three seasons to Potsdam, Munich and Hamburg in order to develop and present new pieces for young audiences.

Every city produces two formats per season – a pop-up to be shown in classrooms or in public spaces and a stage production. The artists open their workflow for children and teenagers in order to engage them in artistic exchange and allow them to partake in the creative process via various mediation formats such as workshops, visits to rehearsals and research sessions. This produces a knowledge transfer between artists and their young audiences, allowing them to mutually share views and thoughts. The workshops affiliated with the performances give the children and teenagers the chance to delve deeper into the pieces and their subject matter. explore dance emphasises the development of innovative forms and models in a conjunction of aesthetic education and artistic production.

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Empowering Dance – Developing Soft Skills

Soft skills are personal attributes that can affect relationships, communication, and interaction with others. Complex problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, intercultural skills and teamwork are – according to the World Economic Forum –regarded as the most important skills required in our contemporary society and in the workplace.

The project Empowering Dance (duration September 2018 to February 2020) – funded in the frame of the EU progamme Erasmus+ – aimed to provide evidence on how the practice of contemporary dance helps personal and interpersonal development. The project shared by 5 partner institutions (Centro per la Scena Contemporanea in Bassano Del Grappa, Dansateliers in Rotterdam, HIPP in Zagreb, La Briqueterie – CDCN du Val-de-Marne in Vitry-sur-Seine, K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg) was based on the idea that a continuous contemporary dance practice helps people deal with change, build resilience, gain confidence and develop healthier interpersonal relationships.

However, there was little evidence to date recorded about the implicit but powerful skills of contemporary dance. Knowledge that is specific to dance is often implied or “silent” knowledge, operating in the background and rarely named (in detail) for its unique impact and potential in diverse settings. Empowering Dance identified, collected and articulated the implicit skills developed through dance practice by focusing on five examples of contemporary dance practices involving a community of non-professionals.

At the Dansateliers Rotterdam there is the "Movement class" since 2012, which is aimed at people interested in dance. Various choreographers lead these classes, which are open to all those interested in contemporary dance and choreography.

In Italy, the research focused on Dance Well, a process which has been promoting for over 5 years the regular practice of dance and the participation in dance events for people living with Parkinson's, their family members and members of the elderly community of the region.

In France at the choreographic centre, the research was centred on the on-going artistic work of Jordi Galí, Artist-in-residence, involving a mixed group of non-professionals, including migrants and refugees.

At the choreographic centre K3 in Hamburg, the project had a look at the practice and legacy of the K3 Youth Dance Group. The K3 Youth Club, founded in 2007, is open to youth age 15 and older. Each season, in collaboration with experienced choreographers, the Youth Club develops a production that is presented on stage in professional conditions. In the season 2018/2019, the Youth Club was involved in the project Hamonim by Patricia Carolin Mai.

In Zagreb the project has followed the impact of students of dance in a professional dance school that may be considering dance as a future career.

A series of good-practice sharing meetings with the staff of five European dance houses, dance practitioners with diverse practices and their local communities took place between January 2019 and January 2020 in different partners’ cities.

The findings are now available in the form of a separate project website, a collection of results and a detailed project report.


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360° Communicating Dance

Online Communication Toolkit

The website www.communicatingdance.eu is the result of the EU project 360° Building Strategies for Communication in Contemporary Dance, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

It was created to assist dance professionals to develop their thinking, skills and practices in the area of communication with all key stakeholders in their career.

The title 360° highlights that communication in contemporary dance does not only include the traditional understanding of communication (press work, marketing, PR, etc.) but that communication starts in the moment a choreographer begins a creative process. 360° communication in this sense refers to all possible people and target groups the artist might encounter during the process and can include: cooperation partners, presenters, stakeholders, team members, collaborators, journalists and audiences. It can also include institutions such as funding bodies, venues, theatres and festivals and, as such it also includes staff members of the different departments of each institution (from the technical department to the artistic director).

Over the course of 16 months, this project allowed a series of best-practice sharing meetings with the staff of six European dancehouses, international communication experts and many dance practitioners at different career stages with diverse practices. The result of this journey is a toolkit, that aims at encouraging professionals in the field of dance and the performing arts to:


This text examines key words we identified on our journey that are crucial for successful communication in the field of contemporary dance: http://www.communicatingdance.eu/tools/think

A collection of practical advice, useable templates and FAQs on press and marketing issues.

A modular tool that inspires dance professionals to create (and play!) with their own communication plan in a visual, interactive format.

Project Partners:
Centro per la Scena Contemporanea, Bassano Del Grappa; Dance Ireland, Dublin; Dansateliers, Rotterdam; Hrvatski institut za pokret i ples, Zagreb; K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg / Kampnagel; La Briqueterie - CDCN du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine.

Project Duration: September 2016 to December 2017.


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Reflex Europe

REFLEX Europe researched and used documenting as a tool for reflection in order to improve the teaching and to increase the impact on the learners in contemporary dance. It was a partnership of 8 European organisation working in the field of contemporary dance and its education.

At the core of REFLEX Europe was the Research Group consisting of 11 dance teachers and experts in dance video and dance writing. Over the course of three years (September 2015 until August 2018) the Research Group developed the REFLEX Tool & Guide in a series of Research Modules.

The summerly IDOCDE symposium which is held each year at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival complemented the research of REFLEX Europe. Next to its function as peer to peer platform for exchange among dance artists and teachers the symposium relates the project progress to the interested audience and with its help and feedback the REFLEX Tool & Guide were developed further.

In the last project year, outreach workshops and a final master class disseminated project results. Furthemore, an online-publication was published. Mind the Dance is a collection of essays, texts and practical tools for all artists and teachers who are interested in the creative documentation of movement: www.mindthedance.com

REFLEX Europe was funded by the European Union and collaborated closely with the online network for contemporary dance and teaching, IDOCDE (international documentation of contemporary dance education) for publication of the REFLEX Tool & Guide, for networking and feedback.

Research Group: Amir Avraham, Bertha Bermúdez Pascual, Defne Erdur, Eszter Gál, Sabina Holzer, Nicolas Hubert, Andrea Keiz, Kerstin Kussmaul, Friederike Lampert, Anouk Llaurens, Ulla Mäkinen, Barbara Meneses, Martin Streit, John Taylor, Suzan Tunca

Partner Organisations: Wiener Tanzwochen (AT), K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie | Tanzplan Hamburg (DE), Tanzplattform Rhein-Main (DE), SíN Culture Center (HU), North Karelia College Outokumpu (FI), Le Pacifique (FR), ICKamsterdam (NL), Elim Sende (TR)

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