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Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft receives the German Dance Award 2020 for „outstanding artistic developments“!

The German Dance Award – the highest distinction in the field of dance in Germany – was presented on Saturday, 17 October 2020, at the Aalto Theatre in Essen.

The German Dance Award honours outstanding personalities on the German dance scene – regardless of whether they have been or are making dance-related contributions on stage or behind the scenes, in education, journalism, science or other areas of dance. The award also honours performers, ensembles and projects in the dance sector for future-oriented initiatives, exemplary concepts or extraordinary productions.

The jury selected the awardees for 2020 on 19 February. Choreographer Raimund Hoghe will receive the German Dance Award 2020, which includes prize money of 20,000 euros. „Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft“ will receive an award for outstanding impulses in contemporary dance. In her productions, which she has been developing with a very young audience in mind in recent years, the Hamburg choreographer addresses social issues and focuses on a social-communal approach with her team „Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft“. This award includes prize money of 5,000 euros.

Statement of the jury:

Antje Pfundtner has been working in Hamburg for many years as a contemporary choreographer with a very special profile, which also reflects the social dimension of dance, through the themes of her pieces as well as through her working method, which is always socially oriented and organized in society.
She trained at the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in the field of Moderne Theaterdans. In addition to her solo performances „eigenSinn“ and „TIM ACY“, which have been shown around the world, she has enjoyed success through many group and collaborative projects. She was invited to the Tanzplattform Deutschland and was honoured with the George Tabori Award in 2016.
Since 2012, she has been developing innovative formats on the topic of hosting in addition to stage plays and productions with children and young people in the team „Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft“ (APiG). For example, TISCHGESELLSCHAFTEN, funded by the TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund, is a project of networking, resource sharing and the consolidation of the exchange of knowledge as part of the „Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft“ team. Through her untiring commitment to improving the cooperation of dance professionals, combined with her creative impulses, which span different disciplines and generations in the best sense of the word, she has already been able to realize much of what she once called the goal of her work „sustainable self-empowerment of the scene“.
This year, Antje Pfundtner and her team are to receive the German Dance Award for „outstanding artistic developments“ for her artistic work and her multifaceted commitment to dance education.

We are very excited and grateful – congrats to all the other awardees!

Further information about the awardees – statements of the jury and biographies – can be found on

Photo: Ursula Kaufmann