About Us

tanzschreiber was initiated in 2016 by Tanzbüro Berlin as an online portal for dance reviews. Since then, we have been publishing texts, which examine the aesthetic and conceptual diversity of dance in Berlin and Potsdam and make it equally accessible to experts and laypeople alike.  

There are always three tanzschreiber authors regularly publishing articles on tanzschreiber with each one writing around two texts per month, in English or German, over a period of about nine months. A selection of these dance critiques are translated into the other respective language. Occasionally, reviews by tanzschreiber guest journalists also appear on the online portal.

Our current tanzschreibers (since end of April 2021) are Evgeny Borisenko, Elisa Frasson, Jenny Mahla and Andrej Mirčev. The authors Jette Büchsenschütz, Katja Vaghi and Annette van Zwoll navigated bravely through the year 2020 for tanzschreiber, starting shortly before the pandemic-related closures in March last year.

Tanzbüro Berlin was founded in 2005 as a central institution for the Berlin dance scene and is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Tanzbüro Berlin sees its mission in strengthening the Berlin dance scene and in networking national and international dance actors and institutions.

  • Tanzbüro Berlin initiates and supports projects to improve the training and production conditions of the independent dance scene.
  • Tanzbüro Berlin promotes communication between the dance scene and cultural policy.
  • Tanzbüro Berlin organizes consulting seminars and information talks for dance and theatre professionals.
  • Tanzbüro Berlin works together with cooperation partners such as the TanzRaumBerlin network.
  • Tanzbüro Berlin is dedicated to the mediation of dance.
  • the magazine tanzraumberlin is published, which presents texts and dates to the dance happening in Berlin.
  • The TanzRaumBerlin website is operated as an information and contact portal.
  • Tanzbüro Berlin offers the tanzcard, the discount card for dance events in Berlin and Potsdam.

Further information on the individual projects of Tanzbüro Berlin can be found at www.tanzraumberlin.de.

Facts behind tanzschreiber:

The online review portal tanzschreiber was developed within the framework of “Attention Dance I”, a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Senate Administration for Culture and Europe Berlin. By late 2017, within its first 1.5 years alone, 128 texts on the Berlin dance had been published by a rotating team of dance journalists. tanzschreiber, as an incredibly successful instrument in times of increasingly diminished (cultural) media landscape, highlighted the aesthetic and conceptual diversity of dance with high-quality texts and made it equally accessible to both professionals and laypeople alike. The next goal was, and is, to simultaneously and conceptually expand the portal within the framework of “Attention Dance II”. To this end, English-writing journalists have been publishing on tanzschreiber since 2018. Furthermore, a selection of texts are translated into English or German, there’s a focus on attending selected festivals, local and nationwide structures are being initiated. And last but not least, since fall 2018 the online portal has been accompanied by a series of events (incl. the Blattkritik series), with the goal of expanding on passive reading through an active exchange on critical writing practices, developments in dance/cultural journalism, and the checkered relationship between art and critique.

Information about dance events can be sent to mail@tanzschreiber.de. Please note: The e-mails will not be answered in terms of content.

tanzschreiber is a module of “Perspektive Tanz”, a project of Tanzbüro Berlin, supported by Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin e.V. and funded for 2021-2023 by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin.