The responsible institutions of the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT) are delighted that the 6th Dance Education Biennial, supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is taking place in Berlin this year.
On 30th April 2017 we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the founding of the HZT. Since 2007, young dancers and choreographers study and work next door to the Berlin dance scene, regularly inviting audiences to lectures and performances. With the HZT, the value of dance as an art form is established in both of our two universities as never before.
Outstanding teamwork has made the HZT what it is today: a focal point for the teaching and development of contemporary dance, crucial to the dance and performance scene of Berlin and abroad.
The vision we formulated at the foundation of the institution was of the dancer as self determining artist, the creator of her own new form of expression – searching for intellectual examination of this art form and open to the examination of all other art forms. If we observe the successful and highly artistically educated graduates who have found their place in the professional life of their own discipline and even beyond, we can speak of success.
Our concerns to make interdisciplinary study, work and research possible for students is reflected in the concept of the Dance Education Biennial in the best possible way. The biennial actively brings classical and contemporary dance training together, offering the students a unique platform to work together on different dance disciplines.
In this way the biennial opens the eyes of young dance makers to the diversity of dance and the dance world in which they wish to gain a foothold. The sometimes widely divergent poles of different training opportunities for dancers rarely come into contact in the daily life of the students and yet they are already closely connected in today’s professional world. Here in Berlin for example, we greet a successful figure from the world of contemporary dance: Sasha Waltz as the artistic director of the Staatsballett.
In order to be able to survive in this rapidly changing professional field in the future, young dancers need versatility and a broad range of knowledge and skills.
Therefore we are very pleased that this year’s edition of the Dance Education Biennial is cooperating for the first time with the German national dance contest “Tanztreffen der Jugend”. The students of tomorrow will certainly be inspired to develop a vision of their own paths from this exchange.
Therefore we extend our most heartfelt thanks to the artistic direction team of this 6th Dance Education Biennial, Nik Haffner, Britta Wirthmüller and Sophie Brunner.
Professor Martin Rennert, President of the Berlin University of the Arts and Holger Zebu Kluth, Rector of the University of Performing Arts »Ernst Busch«