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Schwabinger Kunstpreis 2023 goes to Fokus Tanz | Tanz und Schule e.V.


In 2023, the association FOKUS TANZ I Tanz und Schule e.V. will be 18 years old. And just in time for their coming of age, the team around Simone Schulte-Aladağ and Anja Brixle can look forward to the Schwabinger Kunstpreis, which will be awarded to them on 13th November. The jury's statement reads: 


Since 2006, Tanz und Schule e.V. has made artistic contemporary dance an area of cultural participation for children and young people. Every year, the association realises more than 80 artistic projects in 30 educational institutions in Munich. Dancing, according to the makers' credo, has been proven to promote creativity, social competence and intellectual development - and offers space for intercultural encounters. Supporting children and young people in school and out-of-school contexts always means further development for the instructing artists at the same time. Their teaching work is part of the ACCESS TO DANCE - Tanzplan München initiative, which contributes to the promotion and strengthening of contemporary dance in Munich and Bavaria. Fokus Tanz designs further training courses for dancers and dance teachers and realises participatory art projects in collaboration with museums, orchestras and theatres. In 2011, Fokus Tanz founded the THINK BIG! Festival for contemporary dance, performance and music theatre for young audiences. The biennial festival communicates performing arts with a focus on dance to a diverse audience and creates venues for international networking.

The aesthetic and structural development of dance art for young audiences sets standards from Schwabing. Here, everything becomes a stage: meadow hills, gymnasiums, teachers' desks, foyers and occasionally stage spaces. In workshops and productions, the experts also bring Munich makers together with international colleagues. The powerhouse for dance in Kaiserstraße radiates far beyond Schwabing and strengthens and challenges dancers and audiences alike. Young and experienced dance fans alike can only hope that Fokus Tanz never runs out of steam.

From Schwabing into the world


Since 2006, the headquarters of Fokus Tanz has been a shop office in Schwabing's Kaiserstraße 46. From here, the association led by Simone Schulte-Aladağ and Anja Brixle realises over 80 artistic projects for children and young people in 30 educational institutions. Since 2011, Fokus Tanz (since 2019 in cooperation with the Schauburg) has presented the international festival THINK BIG! to a broad Munich audience. Fokus Tanz originates from the initiative ACCESS TO DANCE - Tanzplan München, which has been helping to promote and strengthen contemporary dance in Munich and Bavaria since 2006.  

Since 2018, Fokus Tanz has also been networked nationwide: Together with colleagues in Hamburg, Potsdam and Dresden, the jointly initiated project explore dance has been developing the production of dance pieces for young audiences for six years. This strengthens the continuity of the work of dance professionals, which is urgently needed: dance continues to be structurally and dance is still structurally and financially much weaker than other art forms. Above all, offers in cultural education, for which continuity would be particularly important, are usually only designed for the short term. Five years of explore dance show what immense potential dance opens up for young audiences: 28 dance productions with over 400 performances at home and abroad, plus numerous rehearsal visits, workshops and discussion formats on stages, in gymnasiums, schools, cultural centres and parks, as well as festivals and expert meetings in all four partner cities, testify to the success and broad impact of the network. For everyone: for pupils and teachers, for families, for choreographers and dance professionals, for the dance scenes locally and nationwide, for the synergies between the funding authorities as well as for the four partner institutions involved. Fortunately, this is also increasingly being noticed by the public: explore dance has already received the renowned theatre prize FAUST in 2019.

Success story: 5 years of explore dance - dance for young audiences Study confirms high effectiveness of the nationwide network


Over 400 nationwide and international performances of dance productions for children and young people, plus hundreds of outreach programmes in schools and educational institutions - the nationwide network explore dance - dance for young audiences has been working with impressive success since its foundation in 2018. 

This is clearly demonstrated by the independent evaluation of CULTURE CONCEPTS that has now been published, which brings together empirical data with a survey of the central actors involved in funding and projects over the last five years.

The evaluation study is part of the booklet "5 years explore dance - network dance for young audiences. Impact, Potential, Perspectives" which was published on the occasion of the network's fifth anniversary.

© Severin Vogl

DANCE & CREATE with Daniela and Jana

Dance for children from 6 - 10 years


Dance as a journey of discovery means imagination, creativity, the joy of moving to music. Sometimes very loud and then quiet again, sometimes fast, jerky or flowing. Contemporary dance offers children the opportunity to discover and express themselves through movement.


The dancers develop their own movement material alone, in pairs or in small groups and thus become little choreographers. They actively shape the process of the project and experience what dance can be as an art form. At the end of the project, the children's works are shown in a small performance.


every saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Start: 17th June 2023



T29 dance space


80335 Munich

U1/U7 underground station Maillingerstraße


Thanks to public funding, the course can be offered for a contribution towards costs of 25 €.


Registrations to

Drei Personen auf der Bühne nehmen einen Preis entgegen.

© Ursula Kaufmann

Award from Aktion Tanz for "Outstanding Development in Dance" - Deutscher Tanzpreis 2022


FOKUS TANZ as (founding) member celebrates with Aktion Tanz!!!! On 15th October 2022, Aktion Tanz e. V. received the "Honour for Outstanding Development in Dance" during the festive gala for the Deutscher Tanzpreis at the Aalto Theatre in Essen!


With this award, those colleagues of Fokus Tanz are also honoured for the many years of joint work with the aim of anchoring dance as a creative component in schools. Click here for the jury's detailed statement. 


© Andrea Huber


Stories from Neuperlach. A theatre spectacle.


In cooperation with the Münchner Kammerspiele and four schools in Neuperlach, 140 young people research favourite places and their own points of view in urban space and school. They make theatre about the here and now. With dance and performance, video and sound, art and skill, they board the stage at the Schauspielhaus and bring their Neuperlach to Maximilianstraße. 

Galli/Lindner/Paschke/Voigt - playing places

Video by Lily Erlinger documenting the premiere of "playing places" on 10th July 2022

playing places by and with Simone Lindner, Lara Paschke, Barbara Galli-Jeschek and Katharina Voigt at this year's THINK BIG!#9 Festival 


playing places takes on the task of understanding Max-Joseph-Platz in the centre of the city, which is surrounded by traditional cultural venues, as a dazzling interplay of encounters between different actors, and to redefine urban society and the appropriation of public spaces with performative impulses from dance and music. Existing structures and hierarchies are questioned and the framework they seem to provide is exploded by understanding the urban space as a space of possibility for encounter, exchange and joint exploration. playing places encourages people to enter into a dance relationship with the hustle and bustle of the city and to experience it from different perspectives. 


Around 250 people attended both the public rehearsal and the performance, with the dress rehearsal largely attended by children and young people, while on Sunday a mixed audience of all ages came together to experience the city space anew. The performance, conceived in the choreographic collective of Barbara Galli, Simone Lindner, Lara Paschke and Katharina Voigt, was concretised and realised with performers from the independent contemporary dance scene in Munich. The musical composition of Leonard Kuhn's Soundscapes and the life performance of the alto clarinettist Jakob Lakner complemented the performative interventions, dance explorations and urban relationships of playing places to create a synaesthetic urban experience.

© Ray Demski

© Ray Demski


Neues Netzwerk - Neuer temporärer Trainings- und Probenraum für Münchens freie Tanzszene


Mit T29 dance space, einem neuen Trainings- und Probenraum im Stadtteil Neuhausen, erhalten Münchener Tanzschaffende in der akuten Raumnot vorübergehend einen neuen Ort.

Münchner Tanzszene erhält 750.000 Euro Bundesmittel

(25.10.2021) Münchner Tanzschaffende erhalten Mittel aus der Bundesförderung TANZPAKT RECONNECT. Acht von 91 bundesweiten Maßnahmen werden 2022 in München gefördert. Damit gehen fast 750.000 Euro von insgesamt rund elf Millionen Euro in die Metropolregion München. 


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