Ballet for Future? Podcast


BALLET FOR FUTURE? is a companion podcast to the eponymous five-part event series. As in the round table discussions, different topics concerning the institution of ballet, its values and structures will be discussed controversially.

The podcast is available via
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#01 Ballet repertoire past, present and future
The first episode puts the ballet repertoire to the test. What may, what can, what should a ballet company perform nowadays? Are the works of the classical ballet repertoire still contemporary? What exactly are the critical contents and how can they be dealt with? The so-called three C's: ›Cancel Culture‹, ›Censorship‹ und ›Contextualization‹  are up for debate.
Black Pearl de Almeida Lima (freelance dancer), Ingrid Lorentzen (Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Ballet Oslo), Federico Spallitta (principal dancer Staatsballett Berlin), Dr. Christiane Theobald (Acting Artistic Director, Staatsballett Berlin), dance critic Arnd Wesemann (tanz) and dance scholars Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter (FU Berlin) and Dr. Mariama Diagne (Director of the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung, gtf) will discuss the topic.


#02 Power relationships and discrimination in the culture industry
What is the current status of power relations at the theatre and in other cultural institutions?  Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt, author of the book "Power and Structure in Theatre. Asymmetries of Power" (Springer VS 2019), speaks of a "structural abuse of power in German-speaking theatres".
At Dr. Christiane Theobald's invitation, Acting Artistic Director of the Staatsballett Berlin, Dr. Mariama Diagne (Director of the Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung (gtf)), Dr. Dorion Weickmann (Süddeutsche Zeitung, tanz), Friedrich Pohl (dancersconnect, GDBA), Alan Barnes (ballet master, choreographer, dancer), Maren Lansink (Themis Vertrauensstelle gegen sexuelle Belästigung und Gewalt e. V.), Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt (Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts, HfMDK) and Annemie Vanackere (HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Artistic Director and Managing Director), moderated by Claudia Henne (dance journalist).


Further topics and dates of the event series and podcast are
(publication of the podcast approx. 4 weeks after each event):

13 January 2022
Training and Mentoring. The path to the stage

3 March 2022
Visitors and non-visitors. An art world for specialists?

31 May 2022
Best Performance? To the limits of endurance