TU 31.05.2022, 7.00 PM

Ballet for Future? We have to talk!

Panel discussion


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Best performance? The limits of resilience

Are the working conditions of a ballet dancer healthy? Is it possible to end a career in dance without lasting injuries? The balancing act between exceeding the natural range of movement and the forces of the human body in order to achieve an aesthetic ideal seems to have failed. One of the most frequently cited clichés of classical ballet are maltreated feet or even the successful ballet film BLACK SWAN, which suggests a working environment characterised by psychological pressure and physical exploitation.

This time, the panelists include: Anneli Chasemore (Health Department, Staatsballett Berlin), Dr. Mariama Diagne (Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung), Weronika Frodyma (Soloist, Staatsballett Berlin), Dr. Anja Hauschild (, Gemeinnütziger Verein für Tanzmedizin), Dr. Christiane Theobald (Kommissarische Intendantin, Staatsballett Berlin), Dr. phil. Brit Wilsdorf (Sportpsychologin am Olympiastützpunkt Berlin), Prof. Dr. med. Bernd Wolfarth (Ärztlicher Leiter Abteilung Sportmedizin, Charité Berlin), moderated by Claudia Henne (dance journalist).


On the night, a photographer will be present do take photos of the event. Even though, the focus will be on the panelists, audience members might still appear in the background. In case you don't want to appear in any of the photos, please talk to the photographer beforehand.


Previous dates

14 September 2021, 7pm
Ballet repertory past, present and future

On the topic of "Diversity and Ballet Repertoire," experts will meet at the invitation of Acting Artistic Director Dr. Christiane Theobald at the round table of the Staatsballett Berlin: the multi-voiced panel, chaired by dance journalist Claudia Henne, includes Ingrid Lorentzen (Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Ballet Oslo), dance critic Arnd Wesemann (tanz), Black Pearl De Almeida (freelance dancer), Federico Spallitta (principal dancer, Staatsballett Berlin), and dance scholars Prof. Dr. Gabriele Brandstetter (FU Berlin) and Dr. Mariama Diagne (currently university assistant for gender studies at the University of Performing Arts, Vienna).

4 November 2021, 7pm
Power relationships and discrimination in the culture industry

As part of the event series BALLET FOR FUTURE? WE HAVE TO TALK!, the Staatsballett Berlin opens up the debate, once more. This time, on November 4, 2021, it's about "Power and Discrimination in the Cultural Sector". 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).

13 January 2022, 7pm
Training and mentoring. The path to the stage

High-performance sport or educating artistic expression? Between discipline and big goals, between partnership and pedagogy, traditional training for professional dancers is called into question. Scandals about humiliation and drill at renowned institutes dominate the headlines in Germany and abroad in recent years. Where is the fine line between encouragement and demand that ultimately leads to a "selection of the best"? How do students feel about their education? What support do they need to be ready for the special demands of this particular profession?

Panelists are Jason Beechey (Principal of Palucca University of Dance, Dresden), Anneli Chasemore (Enhance Mentorship Programme, Staatsballett Berlin), Dr. Mariama Diagne (Director of the Society for Dance Research (gtf)), Lorenzzo Fernandes (Fellow of the Mentorship Programme, Staatsballett Berlin) and Dr. Dorion Weickmann (Süddeutsche Zeitung, tanz), moderated by Loretta Stern (presenter, actress, singer).

3 March 2022, 7pm
Visitors and Non Visitors. An art world for experts?

Despite the political agenda of a "culture for everyone", only a small part of the population in Germany visits publicly funded culture institutions on a regular basis. With diverse events, theatres, museums and libraries try to change this to reach a more diverse audience. However, who feels welcomed? How can culture institutions dismantle classist structures?

This iteration's panelists include Verena Brakonier (dancer, choreographer, founder of „Anonyme Arbeiter:innenkinder“), Sonja Krumrick (primary school teacher in Lichtenberg), Dr. Thomas Renz (Institut für Kulturelle Teilhabeforschung), Irene Knava (Author of „Audiencing“), moderated by Claudia Henne.

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