When TanzWerkstatt Berlin appeared as a newcomer on the Berlin scene in June 1988, Tanzfabrik on Möckernstrasse was already 10 years old, TanzTangente in the Steglitzer Kreisel, founded by Leanore Ickstadt, Joanne Pateas, and Irene Sieben had been going for at least seven years, and the PMTT performance series (Pantomime – Music – Dance – Theatre) at the Akademie der Künste had been presenting dance since 1976, in parallel with the Berliner Theaterfreffen. And let’s not forget the Berliner Festwochen, which brought large ensembles to Berlin. All in all, there’s no way it can be said that modern and contemporary dance was something completely new to the West Berlin public.
With its compact programme offering performances and technique classes, workshops, discussions, and other projects, TanzWerkstatt was something new. Young, unknown groups from Europe presented their latest aesthetic experiments – it was a ‘dance workshop’ in the truest sense.