Selection 2024

The selection for the Tanztreffen der Jugend 2024 has been made!
51 ensembles from 12 federal states have applied for this year’s Tanztreffen der Jugend. The jury made an interim selection of 16 productions and has now made its final choice following the live viewings: 

10 productions from seven federal states have been nominated as award winners and will be invited to the Haus der Berliner Festspiele from 21 to 27 September 2024 to present their work on stage. Many thanks to the jury for their conscientious and dedicated work. 

We congratulate the selected ensembles: 

About a Woman
Dancecenter Vanessa Adams
Bürgerzentrum Neue Vahr e. V., Bremen

Schw3rpunkt Kollektiv, Berlin

Flying High
Jugendtanzkompanie Tanzhaus NRW, Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia

ACADEMY Bühnenkunstschule und Produktionshaus, Berlin

Game of Survival
Nachbarschaftszentrum Grünhufe – Kreisdiakonisches Werk Stralsund e. V., Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft Spiel und Theater NRW e.V., Herford, North Rhine-Westphalia

Junge Choreograf*innen
Bad Honnef tanzt e. V., Bad Honnef, North Rhine-Westphalia

So hart der Fall, so weich die Landung
Tanzstudio InRot, Hamburg

Chipp*ies, Potsdam, Brandenburg

grenzen | los | tanzen Ensemble 
grenzen | los | tanzen, Munich, Bavaria 

The award-winning works range from very short solo productions and duets to large full-length ensemble pieces and a dance film. Half of the productions are self-initiated by young dance professionals, the youngest choreographer is 12 years old. In addition, many of the contributions were created in the context of independent groups, socio-cultural centers, associations, dance houses or independent theaters. 

In their works, the young artists explore the language of dance, move out of the comfort zone of what they have learned and develop new qualities of movement. They search for their own biographies in dance, reflect on themselves and the medium or strive for the desexualisation of bodies that connect in close contact. What does it mean to be normal, where is the depth in the case and what is authenticity? It is about self-determination, identity, the conquest of free spaces in a constricting world, but also about feminism, the destructive power of envy in society and frustration. Frustration about political events, the rise of the right, climate change, homelessness in cities and the dictatorship of social media. But the young dancers also set out in search of rays of hope and moments that make them happy. 

The ensembles also integrate texts into their productions and work stylistically on the basis of contemporary and urban dance. There are often combinations of styles such as hip-hop, popping, locking and house with contemporary elements. A lot of improvisation is used and there is a strong tendency to expand one’s own repertoire of movements. For example, artistic elements are integrated, movements are shaped by the equipment material and sounds become music.

Shortlist 2024

We also look forward to welcoming delegates from the intermediate selection ensembles to the Tanztreffen der Jugend 2024:

Jette & Stina
Dance Point Oberhavel, Tanzschule, Leegebruch, Brandenburg

Exploring Identity
UMtanz JungeCompany
Umtanz e. V., Templin, Brandenburg

Im Blauen Land
Taro tanzt – Tanzcompany der Gerda-Taro-Schule, Leipzig, Saxony

junge companie tanzparcours, Tanzparcours e.V., Potsdam, Brandenburg

The gaze within ourselves
Brujas collective
Hanover, Lower Saxony

Three Minutes of Fame
Stadtteilschule Blankenese, Hamburg