The German Dance Platform was launched in 1994 to provide Germany
with a top-level arena for presenting contemporary dance and has risen
since then to become one of the most important dance events in Europe.
Initially intended as a preliminary meeting for the renowned choreography
competition “Les Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales
de Seine-Saint-Denis" in Bagnolet, the biennial German Dance
Platform gained its own impetus and has been offering insights into
the latest trends and developments on the contemporary dance scene
in Germany since 2002. The platform is aimed at guests from Germany
and abroad, arts organisers, the arts press and the public, offering
a broad spectrum of dance productions within the space of just a few
days. The German Dance Platform is also a lively forum for exchange
between artists, organisers, arts professionals and other dance enthusiasts.
Artistic direction of the German Dance Platform lay exclusively with
the host institution until 2002. In 2004, a panel of experts was assembled
for the first time to arrange selection. The organiser on site continues
to share in the decision-making as one of its members, but is now
joined by two other independent jury members, ensuring that several
opinions converge and can be discussed. This approach proved effective
in Düsseldorf in 2004 and again in Stuttgart in 2006 and will
be maintained in the future.
The German Dance Platform's location changes with each edition. Previous
locations have been Berlin (1994), Frankfurt am Main (1996), Munich
(1998), Hamburg (2000), Leipzig (2002), Düsseldorf (2004) and
Stuttgart (2006). Every institution which hosts the German Dance Platform
is taken up in the society of organisers which is committed to working
for dance in Germany.