Heide-Marie Härtel, Artistic Director of the German Dance Institute Bremen, receives the German Dance Award 2021
The German Dance Award – the highest distinction in the field of dance in Germany – will be presented on Saturday, 23 October 2021, at the Aalto Theatre in Essen.
The German Dance Award 2021 goes to Heide-Marie Härtel, Artistic Director of the German Dance Institute Bremen. Dance educator Ursula Borrmann and choreographer Claire Cunningham will be honoured for outstanding developments in dance, while former dancer Adil Laraki will be distinguished as an outstanding performer for his dedication to shaping cultural-policy and his social commitment.
The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, 23 October, 6 p.m. in Essen's Aalto Theatre as part of a dance gala. The programme, featuring contributions from internationally renowned ensembles and solo artists, ranges from classical ballet to contemporary dance. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not yet clear whether the event can take place with an audience. The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland will therefore also make the event available as a live stream and video on demand service (www.deutschertanzpreis.de).
The German Dance Award is funded by the city of Essen, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland will host the symposium "POSITIONS: DANCE #4 Creating Access – Diversity” from 21-23 October 2021 at PACT Zollverein in Essen to run alongside the event. Up-to-date information will be published promptly at www.deutschertanzpreis.de.
The Dachverband Tanz Deutschland e.V. is the nationwide platform for artistic dance – here, dance associations, important institutions and outstanding personalities speak with one voice. As the sponsor of the German Dance Award, the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland collaborates with the Aalto Theatre in Essen and works closely with the German Professional Association for Dance Education (DBFT) and the Federal German Ballet and Dance Theatre Directors Conference (BBTK).