Free continuing professional development programme for Berlin dance artists in the fields of production management and dramaturgy.
Despite the great need within the contemporary dance scene, the occupations of freelance production management and dance dramaturgy are still underdeveloped, and professionals often enter these fields through learning by doing: there are few opportunities for initial training or CPD. Conversely, many young artists do not know how to get in touch with experienced production managers or dramaturgs, or how important collaboration of this kind is for professional productions.
That is precisely where the tandem module comes in. Its aim is to support and bring together prospective production managers, dance dramaturgs and dancers/choreographers. Over a period of 6 months, the structured tandem program offers professional support and continuing professional development by experienced mentors from the fields of production management and dramaturgy.
The programme prepares budding production managers and dramaturgs for their potential duties, and enables them to work with artists to pinpoint the challenges of their chosen career and develop the best means of tackling them. The artists, meanwhile, gain a better understanding of their associates’ professions and why they need to be integrated into the overall production process. Ideally, this intensive collaboration will produce teams who will continue to work together outside the tandem programme.
Apart from the CPD programme, the Tanzbüro also organises regular Stammtisch round-table meetings four times a year, run by the artist Lea Moro, who also selects the themes discussed. These offer an opportunity for people to talk about current topics related to collaboration between artists, production managers and dramaturgs, and to network with current and former tandem participants.
If you would like to take part in the Stammtisch meetings and told when they are coming up, please e-mail post@tanzbuero-berlin to be added to the mailing list.
tandem is a module of “Attention Dance II”, a Tanzbüro Berlin project supported by Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin e.V. From 2018–2021, the project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.