Peer Support Community

For graduates, entering a professional dance career is often associated with many questions and challenges. Networking and exchange with each other as well as with experienced experts and dance professionals can therefore be particularly helpful. With the peer-to-peer counselling, the team of DIS-TANZ-START invited all registered dancers not to walk the path of starting a career alone, but to support each other and to learn with and from each other.

Our peer support sessions alternated between open and focused discussions. In the open sessions, all topics that the participants would have liked to talk about were welcome. In the focused sessions, specific topics could be discussed - among the peers or with the support of invited experts. 

Joining our peer support community, helped you to

  • Strengthen your connections with the dance community
  • Cultivate networking skills
  • Build professional contacts
  • Gain valuable career-development advice and much more.

The event took place online via Zoom once a month in English, partially in German language.

 

  • 20.03.2023, 7-8 pm | KICK-OFF | Moderation: Alice Gaspari

    20.03.2023, 7-8 pm | KICK-OFF | Moderation: Alice Gaspari

    KICK-OFF: PEER SUPPORT COMMUNITY

    Moderation: Alice Gaspari

    Open sharing of personal experiences in the dance world with peers. Any topic is welcome.Open sharing of personal experiences in the dance world with peers. Any topic is welcome.


    Alice Gaspari

    Alice Gaspari (*1986) trained as a dancer at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and subsequently received an engagement at Phoenix Dance Theater in Leeds. After a few years of freelancing in England, she was a permanent member of the company of the Staatstheater Braunschweig, first under the direction of Jan Pusch and then under Gregor Zöllig (2014 to 2020). Since 2021 she has been working as a freelance dancer and lives in Berlin. In the last 10 years she has worked with many different choreographers such as Roy Assaf, Guilherme Bothelo, Guy Nader and Maria Campos, Isham Rusty, Henrietta Horn, Reinhild Hoffmann, Xenia Wiest or Emanuele Soavi. In 2022 she was a permanent member of the DIS-TANZ-START project team at the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland. Since the beginning of 2023 she works as a choreographic assistant at cie. toula limnaios.

  • 17.04.2023, 7-8 pm | Focus: Auditions | Expert: Susan McDonald

    17.04.2023, 7-8 pm | Focus: Auditions | Expert: Susan McDonald

    FOCUS: AUDITIONS

    Expert: Susan McDonald

    A topical session on the subject of auditioning within the dance world with our expert Susan McDonald & your peers.


    More on the subject
    Workshop “Applying Successfully as a Dancer” on 20 April 2023


    Susan McDonald

    The native New Zealander Susan graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. After various project contracts in Australia and New Zealand, Susan traveled to London and danced with the Vienna Festival Ballet. In 1993, she joined the Nordharzer Städtebundtheater in Halberstadt, Germany, where she later collaborated with choreographer Tarek Assam. Between 2001 and 2010, Susan danced and worked as an assistant with the Tanzcompagnie Giessen under the direction of Tarek Assam. During this time she also founded the TanzArt Festival East/West with Tarek Assam. In 2012 Susan moved to Bielefeld and started working as a dance assistant at the Stadttheater Bielefeld under the direction of Gregor Zöllig. Since 2015, Susan is part of the team of the dance direction of the Tanztheater Braunschweig, Staatstheater Braunschweig together with Gregor Zöllig as rehearsal and training director. She is also responsible for dance planning. Since this season, Susan is now the deputy of Gregor Zöllig for the Tanztheater Braunschweig.

     

     

  • 08.05.2023, 7-8 pm | Focus: General | Moderation: Alice Gaspari

    08.05.2023, 7-8 pm | Focus: General | Moderation: Alice Gaspari

    FOCUS: GENERAL

    Moderation: Alice Gaspari

    Open sharing of personal experiences in the dance world with peers. Any topic is welcome.


    Alice Gaspari
    Alice Gaspari (*1986) trained as a dancer at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance (UK) and subsequently received an engagement at Phoenix Dance Theater in Leeds. After a few years of freelancing in England, she was a permanent member of the company of the Staatstheater Braunschweig, first under the direction of Jan Pusch and then under Gregor Zöllig (2014 to 2020). Since 2021 she has been working as a freelance dancer and lives in Berlin. In the last 10 years she has worked with many different choreographers such as Roy Assaf, Guilherme Bothelo, Guy Nader and Maria Campos, Isham Rusty, Henrietta Horn, Reinhild Hoffmann, Xenia Wiest or Emanuele Soavi. In 2022 she was a permanent member of the DIS-TANZ-START project team at the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland. Since the beginning of 2023 she works as a choreographic assistant at cie. toula limnaios.

  • 05.06.2023, 7-8 pm | Focus: Communication & Conflict Management | Experts: Gala Moody & Michael Carter

    05.06.2023, 7-8 pm | Focus: Communication & Conflict Management | Experts: Gala Moody & Michael Carter

    FOCUS: COMMUNICATION & CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

    Experts: Gala Moody & Michael Carter (OFEN Co-Arts Platform)


    Join dancers Gala Moody and Michael Carter, co-founders of OFEN Co-Arts Platform, for a focused session on speaking up at work and managing conflict to promote ethical working conditions. Drawing on their extensive experience in the dance industry, working in companies and freelance workplaces, including Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus, Nacho Duato, Romeo Castellucci, Charleroi Danses, Pieter Ampe, The Australian Ballet, Damien Jalet as well as projects in the film and fashion industries. Gala and Michael will answer questions on issues of hierarchy, power, and voice in the dance workplace, and invite participants to share their own experiences and ideas for creating more positive workspaces. Visit the OFEN Co-arts Platform website to learn more about Gala and Michael’s work: www.cieofen.com.
    Instagram @ofen_coarts_platform 

     

  • 26.06.2023, 7-8 pm | Closing Event for all dancers funded by DIS-TANZ-START

    26.06.2023, 7-8 pm | Closing Event for all dancers funded by DIS-TANZ-START

    FOCUS: Closing Event for all dancers funded by DIS-TANZ-START 

    with the DIS-TANZ-START team

    Review and exchange about personal experiences in the dance companies during the funding period

     

  • 31.07.2023, 7- 8pm | Kick-off for all DTS registered

    31.07.2023, 7- 8pm | Kick-off for all DTS registered

    KICK-OFF: MEET YOUR PEERS

    with the DIS-TANZ-START team

    Open exchange about personal experiences in the dance world with peers. Any topic is welcome.

  • 28.08.2023, 7- 8pm | Focus: Independent Dance Scene in Germany with Gabriele Reuter

    28.08.2023, 7- 8pm | Focus: Independent Dance Scene in Germany with Gabriele Reuter

    FOCUS: Independent Dance Scene in Germany

    Expert: Gabriele Reuter

    This focussed Peer Support Session is all about the Independent Dance Scene in Germany. Our expert Gabriele Reuter will be there to answer all your questions about freelancing as a dancer. Where do I meet producers? How can I improve my networking skills? How can I get funding for my own project? YOU decide what you want to talk about. Get expert advice and exchange with your peers!


    Gabriele Reuter
    is a freelance choreographer, dancer and urbanist. She studied in Leicester, London and Berlin. Her choreographies focusing on space and acoustics/sound have been shown at various international festivals. Gabriele understands her artistic practice as a mediation work that takes place at the intersection of choreography, urban research and participatory group processes. She has taught dance and improvisation in various contexts since 2003 and has developed and accompanied numerous artistic and cultural education projects a.o. in Germany, Great Britain, Chile, Palestine and Norway. Since 2014 she is additionally active as a facilitator and coach in the field of New Work and Urban Design Thinking. From 2009 - 2018 Gabriele co- led the international workshop program of Tanzfabrik Berlin. Since 2021 she is a member of the board of Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V. Further activities as mentor and consultant (e.g. PAP, HZT, Theater Feld).

    http://www.gabrielereuter.de/

  • 25.09.2023, 7- 8pm | Focus: Dance Funding | Expert: Antonia Gersch

    25.09.2023, 7- 8pm | Focus: Dance Funding | Expert: Antonia Gersch

    FOCUS: Dance Funding

    Expert: Antonia Gersch (tanzbüro Berlin)

    In this session, our expert Antonia Gersch will answer your questions about funding opportunities for dance professionals. The session will be held in English. Questions can also be asked in German.


    Antonia Gersch

    She is a dance dramaturge and researcher. Since 2018 she is working in Tanzbüro Berlin, where she curates the workshop series and manages the bi-monthly magazine Tanzraumberlin. In 2022, she received the research award of the Society for Dance Research Germany and was part of the research team on a future dance archive. In her dramaturgical work, she is interested in linking socio-political issues, theoretical discourses in dialogue with the body. 

  • 30.10.2023, 7 - 8pm | Focus: tba

    30.10.2023, 7 - 8pm | Focus: tba

    FOCUS: tba

    Expert: tba

    A focused exchange on the topic of YOUR choice with an expert*in (tba) and peers.

     

     

     

  • 27.11.2023, 7 - 8pm | Focus: General | Moderation: tba

    27.11.2023, 7 - 8pm | Focus: General | Moderation: tba

    FOCUS: GENERAL

    Moderation: tba

    Open sharing of personal experiences in the dance world with peers. Any topic is welcome.