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Inter-University Centre for Dance

Dance and Choreography

HZT – Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin is the joint responsibility of the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch” (HfS) in cooperation with TanzRaumBerlin, a network of the professional dance scene.  

The HZT Berlin offers three study courses: "Dance, Context, Choreography” (Bachelor of Arts), "Solo/ Dance/ Authorship” (Master of Arts) and "Choreography“ (Master of Arts). It provides a practice-led and research-driven education in contemporary dance, choreography and performance. A tight connection between academic education and professional artistic practice characterizes the courses, which offer an experimental approach to study, combine practice-led artistic and research-driven education, and practical career guidance. Nurturing individual artistic development, the contextualisation and critical reflexion of art and art practice are integral components of the curricula. Focus is placed on creatively and critically addressing what dance, performance and choreography are and can be as art forms in today’s diverse social and cultural environments.  

The HZT is primarily located at the Uferstudios in Berlin Wedding. It thus provides an umbrella for education, professional artistic production and dissemination, which facilitates the exchange between artists, students and the public at one location.  

The large number of public events taking place at the HZT Berlin range from presentations of students' choreographies, performances and festivals to studio-showings and thematic series of lectures, and rounds of discussion with those working creatively in dance. Information about current events at the HZT can be found on the HZT website, the HZT Facebook page and in the HZT newsletter, which appears several times per semester.  

Founded in 2006, the HZT Berlin began as a pilot project within the framework of the federal cultural initiative Tanzplan Deutschland. From 2010 onwards it has been incorporated within the institutional university framework.