History of Tanztendenz
Commitment to contemporary dance

Since 1987, the choreographers' association Tanztendenz has been in existence as a unique community in Germany that supports, promotes and delights in contemporary dance.
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Five choreographers, supported by the Cultural Office of the State Capital City of Munich, co-founded Tanztendenz München e.V. in 1987 with the goal of improving the conditions for contemporary dance and making it easier for artists to work independently and in a self-determined way. The association presently includes 25 members.

Under the leitmotif “Artists for Artists,” the objective of Tanztendenz München e.V. is to create a free space for dance: for research, experimentation and finalizing; with openness toward regional, national and international guests; and with diverse formats for sharing, networking and discussion.

A central component in the association’s self-image is to provide practical support for artistic projects produced by their creators. For this purpose, Tanztendenz München e.V. operates three studios and an organizational office in Lindwurmhof. Under the name “schwere reiter tanz” and with a concept of its own, the association is co-initiator and operating partner of the schwere reiter performance venue, which is operated together with partners PATHOS München and schwere reiter MUSIK in the future Kreativquartier.

The “Open Studios,” “Standpoint.s – welcome to my world,” “side-kicks” and “Choreographers’ Atelier” formats successfully strengthen the autonomous profile and reaffirm the association’s purpose. In creative collaboration and thanks to unpaid voluntary work by the association’s members, self-determined work is facilitated in an environment that appreciates and protects the artistic process.

Tanztendenz München e.V. is grateful for longstanding support and trusting collaboration with the Cultural Office of the State Capital City of Munich. We and also thank our partners, patrons and colleagues in Germany and abroad, as well as all the artists who have accompanied us during the past thirty years.

Our mission
Fine Art Needs independance

It is our goal to aid this independence for Munich based freelance choreographers who work in the field of contemporary dance. We are doing this by furnishing rooms and providing a range of other support measures for their activities.


Rehearsal space
Every freelance choreographer who is working in the genre of contemporary dance in Munich can submit an application to Tanztendenz München e. V. to request permission to temporarily use the studios. Permission to use the studios is granted in accord with the association’s goal and while taking the current capacity into consideration. You can find the relevant information here:
[ Studio usage ]

Public Relations
Information about the whole range of contemporary dance in the Munich area. This includes the quarterly publication of a dance calendar and a newsletter with all contemporary dance premieres in Munich. You might suscribe both without any fees. [ Suscribe Tanzkalender + Newsletter ]
In the dance calendar you can also place advertising. [ advertising, PDF ]

Open Studios
In 2013, Tanztendenz began to offer newcomers once a year the possibility of using its studios free of charge for two weeks. [ more ]

Tanztendenz is expanding its residency programme and would like to invite collaborators to continue work on their productions in the Tanztendenz rehearsal spaces. [ more ]

International Choreographers' Atelier
Exchange and experimenting with national and international choreographers.
[ more ]


schwere reiter
Since spring 2008 schwere reiter is alive: a new stage for freelance contemporary dance. [ more ]

STANDPUNKT.e – welcome to my world
Choreographers invite us into their world. A special feature for the venue schwere reiter. [ more ]

guests & friends of the international network show their recent productions.
[ more ]

Tanztendenz Munich e.V. is sponsored
by the Munich Department of Arts and Culture
Karen Janker
Moritz Ostruschnjak
Micha Purucker

Moritz Ostruschnjak
Johanna Richter

Managing Director
Ingrid Kalka

Darja Kloepfer

Public Relations
Simone Lutz