Raimund Hoghe receives the German Dance Award 2020

Raimund Hoghe has been among the most leading international choreographers for years, setting both aesthetic and political standards. Choreographer and dancer Hoghe summarises one of the driving forces behind his theatre work by quoting Pier Paolo Pasolini: "to throw your body into the fight". In his case, it is a body that conforms neither to the norm nor to common ideals of beauty. His works react to the political course of time without ever losing sight of his own artistic signature. They are dedicated to explosive socio-political topics such as German history, various forms of exclusion or the current political situation, for example Europe's way of dealing with refugees. His works feature a common archive of shared social experiences which can be joined by the viewers' own histories. Hoghe's artistic work has been insisting on and practicing inclusion and diversity for years without explicitly sailing under this flag. Hoghe collaborates with exceptional dance artists to produce his creations, in which people dance and speak, listen to music and act in a variety of ways. He started shaping his own unique aesthetic in the 1990s and has been pursuing it with unique intensity and consistency ever since. His high art of mindfulness, of heightened perception, allows for a new view of dance and is, not least, an unrelenting experiment with beauty. The Dance Award 2020 honours the lifetime achievement of an artist who never tried to serve the system, but rather tried to change it with unusual courage and personal commitment.

Statement of the jury DEUTSCHER TANZPREIS 2020


Biography Raimund Hoghe


Raimund Hoghe IM GESPRÄCH

„Manche Leute, manche Veranstalter werden nicht gerne mit den eigenen Schwächen konfrontiert, mit dem eigenen Körper, mit dem Alter. Das sind alles Themen, die bei mir eine Rolle spielen. Und wenn man dann nicht hinschauen will, ist das natürlich schwer bei mir. Ich bin auf der Bühne und es ist da.“
Empfehlenswerter Beitrag von Deutschlandfunk Kultur  (Beitrag vom 11.09.20209) über den Preisträger des Deutschen Tanzpreises 2020 - Raimund Hoghe


Friedemann Vogel
Principal Dancer / Kammertänzer - The Stuttgart Ballett

Few male ballet dancers of his generation can pride themselves on such a consistent artistic career as Stuttgart native Friedemann Vogel, or look back on an international career comparable to his. He has been a member of the Stuttgart Ballet for over 20 years and is now a global star. His art and skills are in demand all over the world. A respected ambassador for his country, he has played a key role in shaping its ballet scene in recent years.
Vogel excels in both the great ballet classics and contemporary pieces. Many prominent choreographers have created works for him in recent years. His great emotionality, paired with his outstanding technique, is second to none. It is this combination that makes him such a special, unique dance performer. One believes what he embodies – across all stylistic boundaries. In Friedemann Vogel, the German Dance Award 2020 honours an outstanding performer whose unparalleled drive reflects not only an ardent desire to perfect ballet dance but also the great urge to keep discovering something new in dance.

Statement of the jury DEUTSCHER TANZPREIS 2020


Biography Friedemann Vogel


Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (APiG)

Antje Pfundter has been working in Hamburg for many years as a contemporary choreographer with a very special profile, which also reflects the social dimension of dance, through the themes of her pieces as well as through her working method, which is always socially oriented and organized in society.
She trained at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the field of Moderne Theaterdans. In addition to her solo performances "eigenSinn" and "TIM ACY", which have been shown around the world, she has enjoyed success through many group and collaborative projects.
She was invited to the Tanzplattform Deutschland and was honoured with the George Tabori Award in 2016.
Since 2012, she has been developing innovative formats on the topic of hosting in addition to stage plays and productions with children and young people in the team "Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft" (APiG).
For example, TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN, funded by the TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund, is a project of networking, resource sharing and the consolidation of the exchange of knowledge as part of the "Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (APiG) team.
Through her untiring commitment to improving the cooperation of dance professionals, combined with her creative impulses, which span different disciplines and generations in the best sense of the word, she has already been able to realize much of what she once called the goal of her work "sustainable self-empowerment of the scene".
This year, Antje Pfundtner and her team are to receive the German Dance Award for "outstanding developments" for her artistic work and her multifaceted commitment to dance education.

Statement of the jury DEUTSCHER TANZPREIS 2020


Biography Antje Pfundtner




Raphael Hillebrand

Until now, the urban scene has never been represented within the Dachverband Tanz platform or as part of awards such as this. Raphael Hillebrand is German and grew up in Hong Kong as the son of an African father and a German mother - a fact that still leads people to discriminate against him today. This should be mentioned here in order to honour his belligerence on behalf of both expressive contemporary dance and urban dance with a clear message: this belligerence is important for both the hip hop community and the contemporary scene. Hillebrand has dared to venture across borders and studied at the University of Contemporary Dance without ever denying his hip hop roots. He continues to be driven by the fight against the establishment of boundaries not only between the arts but also between people who often want to see their demands on and views of the world reflected in a particular art form. His political engagement in the small party The Urbans and his commitment to a dance that is not content with roadworthy rebellion and intellectual self-reflection fit together seamlessly. We honour Raphael Hillebrand because, with all his charm and openness, he is an artist through and through, who recognizes an engine in the body that can only overcome the social imbalance in our society through courage.

Statement of the jury DEUTSCHER TANZPREIS 2020


Biography Raphael Hillebrand





An impressive list of the previous winners can be found here.