Dear friends of the Tanzfestival Bielefeld!

Brigitte Brand, Kulturamtsleiterin
(Director of the Arts Office)

Dance for Everyone!

Movement is one of the human being’s basic needs. Whenever this need can be met on a high artistic level and within a community of kindred spirits, in a unique atmosphere with inspiring music, you can be sure it is Tanzfestival Bielefeld time again!

It is the very special setting of the Rudolf-Oetker-Halle that participants from this region but also from all over Germany and even beyond appreciate so much. It is a place to meet, it is a place for exchange, and it is also a place where being a bit noisy is no issue. For those parts of the program requiring a bit more tranquility and inner concentration, like BMC, Pilates and Tai-Chi Dao-Yin, we have the DansArt studios at the city center. Our internationally renowned instructors ensure the professional as well as the educational quality of our available workshops, which are fit for both amateurs and professionals of a wide age range, in other words: for people with the most different preconditions and capabilities. This mix is the cornerstone of the vivid and cheerful mutuality that makes our festival so unique.

You will find all of our workshop offers in this booklet, arranged by the categories Academic, World, Urban, Body Work and Specials, and listed in our content table, together with the respective instructor’s name. There are also some new instructors who bring their knowledge, their professional abilities and their passion to Bielefeld: Danilo Cardoso (Improvisation/Floor Work), Ange Koué (Hip Hop) and Odile Lacides (House Dance). We are especially happy that Gerda König, teaming up with Gitta Roser (Mixed-Abled), will offer an inclusive workshop again for people with and without special physical and mental conditions. This workshop will take place as a cooperation with the Bewegungs-und Sporttherapeutischen Dienst (BSD) and the Center for Leisure and Culture Neue Schmiede of the v. Bodelschwinghsche Foundations Bethel.

All workshop participants will again enjoy reduced rates for tickets to the accompanying performance program; moreover, a very differentiated discount system makes the festival easily accessible for any dance enthusiasts. If you have any questions regarding workshops or instructors, our competent festival office staff and the artistic directors Ulla and Tchekpo Dan Agbetou are happy to help with advice.

I would like to give our special thanks to the sponsors of ”kulturextra” – Carolinen, BGW, Sparkasse Bielefeld, Stadtwerke Bielefeld, Böllhoff, dm and Radeberger – without whom a festival of this scope and quality could not be realized in Bielefeld. Our sincere thanks as well goes to our partners Neue Westfälische, Radio Bielefeld, and the Arcadia Hotel Bielefeld. The regional arts aid package "Tanz OWL 2015" of the state of NRW contributes to a great degree to keeping up the quality of our festival.

Have a great time at our workshops!

Brigitte Brand
Kulturamtsleiterin (Director of the Arts Office)