Selection 2023

In a nationwide competition, 46 ensembles applied for this year’s Tanztreffen der Jugend. The jury chose 16 productions for the intermediate selection, which they then experienced in live viewings. Now the jurors have made their final selection.

Congratulations to the winning ensembles of the 10th edition of the Tanztreffen der Jugend!

The 2023 winners will include:

unDOKed e. V., Berlin

Borders_me and the strangeness
Helena Fernandino with PUCK e. V. Kinder- und Jugendtanzklassen, Dresden, Saxony

Junior Company Bonn – They Might Be Giants, North Rhine-Westphalia

Start2dance Collective
Start2Dance, Hanover, Lower Saxony

Heimat. Suchend.
Daria Makarova and Mila Lipicar, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia

helm – tomaten – und erwachsen
Alisa Genrich, Micha Kühn and Paul Grabow, Potsdam, Brandenburg

last dance for CHANGE
Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg

Freies Tanzkollektiv, Ben Rentz
Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg

Temporary Unavailable
ARS SALTANDI Concept Company
ARS SALTANDI Dance & Drama School, Hildesheim, Lower Saxony

Kinder- und Jugendtanzcompany Sasha Waltz & Guests
Sasha Waltz & Guests, Berlin

Many thanks to the jury for their conscientious and dedicated work.

The selection ranges from solo productions and trios to large ensemble pieces with nearly 20 dancers and includes a dance film project. Shorter works of 10 minutes as well as full-length pieces are represented.

Almost half of the award winners’ productions were created on the initiative of young dance professionals, some of whom realized their works on their own for the first time. For this purpose, they cooperated with associations, socio-cultural centers, youth cultural institutions or dance schools. Other pieces were developed at independent theatres, ballet schools or dance schools with a contemporary profile.

The young dance makers touch on the central social issues of our time and share their dark visions for the future. The focus is on political content, such as dealing with the revolution in Iran or with global social injustices, questions of climate change and sustainability, the body in its individual, social and also political or feminist dimensions, social media and the increasingly obvious after-effects of the pandemic on Generation Z. The latter are reflected, among other things, in a new dance program for the young generation. Here, the young dancers succeed impressively in turning inner worlds and processes outward with the language of dance and bringing them to the stage.

Stylistically, the current cohort presents contemporary and urban dance – improvisations, instant composition, Afro, dancehall, hip-hop, heels voguing, house and waacking. There is also an exploratory component to the ensembles that combine or evolve and overwrite different styles. Thus, we see the combination of contemporary dance and acrobatics or movement languages equally influenced by voguing, Serbian folklore, temple dance and the movements of the game of baseball, or contemporary material is developed that integrates traditional Colombian-Caribbean elements.

Shortlist 2023

We also look forward to welcoming delegates from the intermediate selection ensembles to the Tanztreffen der Jugend 2023:

T.A.N.Z.-Braunschweig, Lower Saxony

24. Februar
Musikschule der Hansestadt Stralsund
Musikschule der Hansestadt Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

El Copy
Johanna Stevens, Berlin

junges theater stellwerk weimar
stellwerk weimar e. V., Thuringia

Junge Akteur*innen // JUNGES.THEATERBREMEN, Bremen

Trust Fall
Junior Boys der Jungen Choreograf*innen
Bad Honnef tanzt, North Rhine-Westphalia

Our congratulations and great appreciation go to all the applicants for the work they have submitted, which expresses their themes through the language of dance with a great deal of creativity and inventiveness.

Thank you for your applications!