Competition »Best German dance solo«

Idea and conception


Alain Platel, Ghent
Photo: Rolf Arnold, Leipzig

The popular dance competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) has its roots in Ghent/Belgium. Idea and conception are from the well-known choreographer Alain Platel, who directed the contest under the title »Best Belgian Dance Solo« three times from 1995-97 – within the »Victoria«-festival – which is likewise open for professionals and amateurs.

The euro-scene Leipzig adopted the competition in 1997 as »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo«. The artistic direction had been in the hands of choreographer Irina Pauls for three years. From 2000-05 Wolfgang Krause Zwieback was responsible for its artistic direction, since 2007 René Reinhardt. The number of applications rose in the course of the years from 68 to about 150.

The competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« will continue to be held biennially.

Criteria and Procedure

Anyone, whether professional or amateur, may apply with a solo of 5 minutes length. Sought-after are charisma, individuality, and persuasiveness. Style, age or nationality have no bearing. The solo is shown on a circular table with a 7-meter diameter.

In an internal closed preselection Ann-Elisabeth Wolff and the artistic director select about 20 participants who will then present themselves in public in two rounds (three nights) within the festival. A changing jury consisting of five members awards three prizes and potentially an exceptional prize. The audience chooses a winner of the audience.