A Promise, With Requirements
The reform of Berlin’s funding structures indicates real change – if it gets financed
Something‘s happening: 2018 could become a decisive year for the future of the Berlin dance scene. The Dance Round Table and the new "Administrative Regulation", with which the funding structures for the performing arts are fundamentally changed, give reason for hope.
Beginnings. The Dance Round Table – shaped by Tanzbüro Berlin, supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe – is only slowly taking form, since the participants, the topics and the objectives are still in the process of being identified and a first meeting is planned for spring. Yet the chances associated with it are huge. It could shape the future model for dance in Berlin.
Change. Worth welcoming in the new "administrative regulation" is e.g., the abolition of the narrow venue definition; now, those creative places that are rather research spaces than performance spaces can also be funded. And the real shocker – at last, program funds can finally be applied for!
Conditions. However, the administrative reforms only make sense if funding goes up. 10-15 million additional euros are needed – at a minimum! So bring on the money from the City Tax! Politically, there is still room for improvement: While the commitment of Culture Committee Chairman Sabine Bangert seems exemplary when it comes to dance, the announcement of the governing coalition and the Senator for Culture Klaus Lederer that dance will become a focus of political activity has been followed by little palpable action.
Discussion. So what about the dance scene? Let’s take a polemical look – protest is welcomed. Keyword: separatism. Is a separate support structure for dance really a viable future vision? Whoever fights alone typically disregards others, and ultimately loses. Keyword: the present. Our society, our lives are in dramatic processes of upheaval. The values of a pluralistic community seem no longer to be a given any more. Are those topics sufficiently met in contemporary dance? Or have we made ourselves comfortable in our little parallel world? Here, too, something should start to happen.
What do you think: What are the most important topics in terms of politics? How should dance‘s lobby organizations position themselves? Please send your ideas and proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. We‘ll publish selected statements in one of the next issues of tanzraumberlin. Looking forward! The editors
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