From 2019 until 2021, TANZPAKT Dresden pursued the goal of fundamentally strengthening the local and regional independent dance scene. This primarily involved the realization of two measures which, in interaction, focussed on the development of structures that had a national impact:

On the one hand, concrete construction investments were being made to secure and commission the former home of Mary Wigman as rehearsal and experimentation space VILLA WIGMAN. The centre is run independently by the Villa Wigman for TANZ association, which emerged from the dance scene, and offers unique conditions nationwide.

On the other hand, together with HELLERAU, a comprehensive residency and production programme was set up with partner institutions from all areas of social life. Equipped with funds for artistic research as well as for production, high-quality productions of Saxony’s independent scene were developed for presentation in HELLERAU. The resulting stage productions were then presented in the festival Dancing About from 22 September to 3 October 2021. A scientific-artistic academy in January 2021 with regional dancers and international guests formed the center of the two-year programme, giving time and space to reflect the current situation and to discuss the future of artisitic work.

Impressions of the residency showings in late-summer 2020


Villa Wigman für TANZ e.V.

The Villa Wigman is the former place of work of the dancer and choreographer Mary Wigman at Bautzner Straße 107 in Dresden. It is supported by the association "Villa Wigman für TANZ e.V. which maintains and gradually renovates the former school building as a cultural-historical location and operates it as a rehearsal and production site for contemporary dance and other performing arts.

The house has one large and two small rehearsal rooms, which can be rented for artistic productions, trainings, rehearsals, workshops or seminars by the hour, day or week. These rooms are also available for other events by arrangement. The association also rents out offices, meeting rooms and storage space.

HELLERAU - European Centre for the Arts

HELLERAU, built in 1911 as a festival theatre and educational institution for music and rhythm according to the visions of the pioneer of modern architecture Heinrich Tessenow and the music teacher Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, developed into a laboratory of artistic modernity within an eventful history.

HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts is today one of the most important centres for contemporary art in Germany and Europe.

HELLERAU acts as an interdisciplinary co-production and guest performance house and offers contemporary arts dance, music, theatre, performance, media art and visual arts spaces for production and presentation.

HELLERAU initiates and promotes debates on art and society with thematic focuses, festivals and audience formats.

HELLERAU cooperates with other cultural partners regionally, nationally and internationally and is involved in numerous networks.

HELLERAU is a stage by the state capital Dresden and a member of The Alliance of International Production Houses.

From the 2018/19 season onwards, the artistic director Carena Schlewitt will shape the fortunes of the house and, together with the HELLERAU team, will set the program with many artists and about 350 events per season.


Christoph Bovermann
Artistic Production Coordination

Tobias Steiner
Artistic Project Coordination