As part of the performance series “encounters”, we presented in autumn 2022 artists from Germany and abroad who, by working at the interface with other art disciplines, were exploring new ways of interacting with the audience:

Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft
„Platz nehmen“

Mette Ingvartsen
„The Dancing Public“

Gerard X Reyes
„The Principle of Pleasure“



A Dance Academy Camp
@Iwanson Contemporary Dance

In cooperation and dialogue with European dance education institutes, the Dance Academy Camps SOLID GROUND – CHALLENGING SPACE took place in summer 2022 for the third time. It once again offered araound 30 students from (inter-)national dance academies the opportunity to engage in intensive exchange with experts from the field of contemporary dance and performance taking part in choreographic labs, lectures and training sessions for five days. SOLID GROUND gave them important input for their time after graduation.

You can watch all lectures and a short documentation of the previous edition on our YouTube channel:



Applications deadlines
First rounds 2023

It is possible to apply for funds in the context of the 2023 first rounds for guest performances in the field of dance and theater, for international guest performances, and for coproductions in the field of dance. Please submit your application digitally only via the application portal no later than 20.00 H (CET) on the day of the deadline.




NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ (NPN) is a funding program. It supports the mobility of contemporary artistic work on a national, European and international level. Funding is provided for guest performances in the field of dance and theatre within Germany. In the field of dance, funding is available for productions that are touring abroad. The creation of new dance productions is also supported.

With STEPPING OUT, the NPN is part of the NEUSTART KULTUR support programme of the Federal Government and promotes new artistic ways of presenting dance.

With the Impulse Fund for Dance & Theatre, new, cross-federal state collaborations are promoted that open up the potential for development and enable new “tangents” of cooperation.



NPN-STEPPING OUT, a NEUSTART KULTUR initiative of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, has now seen its fifth and probably final round of allocations. Thanks to a further increase in funding, another 164 projects can be subsidized with a total of around 5.1 million euros. The focus is on projects that open up analog, digital or media-based public spaces as well as new performative spaces and fields of artistic practice for dance.

The total project budget of NPN-STEPPING OUT thus amounts to approximately 18.5 million euros, which enabled a total of 555 projects in the field of independent contemporary dance during the pandemic. In the fifth round, the jury, consisting of Sabine Leucht (critic, Bavaria), Sven Till (artistic director fabrik Potsdam, Brandenburg) and Christian Watty (artistic director euro-scene Leipzig, Saxony), approved 56 percent of the projects submitted. A total of 291 applicants submitted their project ideas – an overwhelmingly high number!

An overview listing all projects that have been funded in the fifth round can be found here:


EUROPA 2022!

In August 2022, around 350 dance professionals and enthusiastic amateurs from Germany and around the world immersed themselves in contemporary dance techniques, learned choreographic repertoire, developped their own material or did something good for themselves with yoga and Feldenkrais. In addition, internationally renowned artists presented their works and showed in an inspiring way how dance can become a starting point for a dialogue about social realities and possibilities of living together. TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA also turned Fluffy Clouds into an afternoon of lectures, workshops and performances.




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