Vademecum Dance - A Guide for the Career Start in German State and Municipal Theatre Companies

04.12.23 | 19:00 - 20:30 Uhr

with Dr. Christiane Theobald

The German theatre system offers diverse structures; rights, duties and responsibilities go hand in hand with the contract as an ensemble member. The guide can provide orientation for joining a dance or ballet company in a state or municipal theatre after professional training. Many questions arise, situations that one is not yet familiar with from studies, quickly overwhelm or tie up too much attention. This can be avoided if a "Vademecum Dance" can provide answers to the questions or help for self-help. Challenges can be mastered reliably. The advantage: the Vademecum Dance can always be updated, because with changing times and structural changes, the questions posed also change. The Vademecum Dance looks at the topics as a multi-perspective guide. The more questions the participants ask, the more precise the guide will offer orientation. We therefore encourage you to participate actively. Your questions might also be those of your colleagues. Please send your questions prior the webinar to

19:00-19:30 Uhr Lecture (will be recorded)
19:30-19:45 Uhr Question and answer session (without recording)

19:45-20:15 Uhr Lecture (will be recorded)
20:15-20:30 Uhr Question and answer session (without recording)

The event will be held in English. Questions can also be asked in German.

Conditions of Participation

Participation is possible for all dancers starting their professional career after prior registration at Registration deadline: 20.11.2023.


Free participation is made possible by NEUSTART KULTUR, an initiative of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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Dr. Christiane Theobald
Acting Artistic Director

Dr. Christiane Theobald was born in Koblenz, completed a classical ballet education in addition to her studies in humanities and started as a ballet dramaturge at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1987. In 1993 she moved to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden as ballet company director and dramaturge. She supported the process of merging the Berlin ballet companies through her final thesis as part of a part-time postgraduate course, in which she theoretically elaborated the structural change and laid the foundation for an independent ballet company. In the course of the founding of the Stiftung Oper Berlin and the Staatsballett Berlin in 2004, she was appointed Deputy Artistic Director alongside founding Artistic DirectorVladimir Malakhov.

From August 2020 – June 2023, she has been entrusted with the provisional artistic directorship of the company and feels committed to the original founding motto of the Staatsballett Berlin, "Preserving tradition, making the present visible and promoting the future". In a phase of transition, of artistic, structural and social challenges and processes of change of our time, she sees the strengthening of the "ensemble spirit" as one of her central tasks, always borne by the desire to show the art form of dance a modern, viable future. Her main interests are audience development, prevention in the everyday professional life of dancers and structural improvements for dance. She is also involved in lobby work in the field of dance.