Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin

Study dance like philosophy

The HZT Berlin offers three study courses the BA "Dance, Context, Choreography“, an the two master progammes "Choreography“ and "Solo/ Dance/Authorship“. It provides a practice led and research driven education in contemporary dance, choreography and performance. Close 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 located at the Campus Uferstudios in Berlin Wedding and the Campus Zinnowitzer Straße in Berlin Mitte.

The 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.

Founded in 2006 the HZT Berlin commenced 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.

The Berlin University of the Arts is one of the biggest, most diversified and traditional universities of the arts world-wide. The teaching offered at the four colleges of Fine Art, Design, Music and Performing Arts as well as at the Central Institute of Further Education encompasses the full spectrum of the arts and related academic studies in more than 70 courses. Having the right to confer doctorates and post-doctoral qualifications, Berlin University of the Arts is also one of Germany’s few art colleges with full university status.

Creative Excellence
Almost all the study courses at Berlin University of the Arts are part of a centuries-old tradition. Combining separate academies to create what was then, in 1975, the Hochschule der Künste, the university has since developed into a network of colleges. Spurning compromise in artistic and creative disciplines, these colleges facilitate an integrated view of the arts by means of interdisciplinary projects, shared theoretical starting points, and the consolidation of related academic fields. Thus Berlin University of the Arts gives its students - at an early stage and within the protected sphere of a study course - the opportunity to investigate and experiment with other art forms in order to recognise and extend the boundaries of their own discipline.

Inter-University Centres
Berlin’s art universities concentrate their potentials in two inter-university centres: The Jazz Institute Berlin (JIB), where students and teachers of Berlin University of the Arts and the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler work together, and the Inter-University Center for Dance  Berlin (HZT). The latter not only links Berlin University of the Arts and the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch, it also cultivates contacts with Berlin’s independent professional dance scene through cooperation with "TanzRaumBerlin".

The Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch trains students in four departments: Acting, Directing, Contemporary Puppetry and Dance. The training focuses on the personality of each student, from the first to the last day of their studies. The teaching of skills and knowledge at the highest level by teachers, most of whom are themselves active in theatre practice, is one of the main pillars of the training concept.

In addition, the second pillar is the close, intensive contact between lecturers and students - a partnership that goes far beyond the timetable. Thanks to excellent teaching and excellent supervision structures, the university exerts an enormous attraction on applicants and renowned specialists from Germany and abroad. Conversely, many of the university's colleagues work as sought-after guests at partner institutes around the globe. The Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts is committed to experimenting on a secure basis, both teaching and learning, and to doing so in a practical manner.

Since the summer of 2018, the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch and all its departments have resided under one roof in Berlin-Mitte for the first time in its history. In addition to the two new studio stages in Zinnowitzer Strasse, the university continues to operate the university's studio theatre in the Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg, bat-Studiotheater.

Since 2006, the HfS Ernst Busch, together with the University of the Arts and the Tanzraum Berlin network, has supported the Inter-University Centre for Dance (HZT). The Master's programme in Choreography is located at the HZT.

Since its foundation in 2004, the TanzRaumBerlin network has been an association of Berlin stages, organizers, institutions and artists who have set themselves the goal of strengthening the art of dance.

As a unique dance initiative, the network meets at regular intervals and is an important forum for exchange, discussion and cooperation. It has established projects such as the Uferstudios in Wedding, initiated a reform of the Berlin funding system for theatre and dance groups organised under private law, and has been the third partner of the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin since its founding.

The network works on a cultural-political level to improve the social and labour-law situation of dancers and choreographers (Initiative Honoraruntergrenze) and continuously works to strengthen the visibility of the dance sector (including the Dance Marketing Project). Together with Tanzbüro Berlin, which cooperates with the network on a coordinating, informative and impulse-giving level, the network acts on a cultural-political level and is committed to the concerns of the Berlin dance scene.

TanzRaumBerlin netzwork partner

  • ada Studio Berlin
  • Constanza Macras | Dorky Park
  • fabrik Potsdam
  • HALLE TANZBÜHNE BERLIN / cie. toula limnaios
  • HAU Hebbel am Ufer
  • Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz Berlin
  • LaborGras
  • lake Studios Berlin
  • Mime Centrum Berlin
  • Radialsystem V
  • Sasha Waltz & Guests
  • Sophiensaele
  • Staatsballet Berlin
  • Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V.
  • Tanz im August
  • TanzTangente
  • TanzZeit e.V.
  • Uferstudios
  • Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin e.V.



Group 1

  • Prof. Wanda Golonka
  • Prof. Nik Haffner
  • Prof. Rhys Martin
  • Prof. N.N.

Group 2

  • Frauke Havemann
  • Rep. Klaus Janek

Group 3

  • Jane Richter
  • Rep. David Manuel da Lima Cruz

Group 4

  • Eva-Maria Hoerster

Advisory members with speech and petition right

  • Kanzlerin UdK und Rektor HfS: Dr. Ulrike Prechtl-Fröhlich, Holger Zebu Kluth
  • Netzwerk TanzRaumBerlin: Anna Mülter, Barbara Friedrich
  • Frauenbeauftragte: UdK und HfS: Kerstin Iskra, Prof. Kerstin Hensel
  • AStA (UdK, HfS)

According to the decision of the HZT Council of 04.06.18, the examination board is composed as follows:

(a) Examination board BA "Dance, Context, Choreography"

Group 1

  • Prof. Rhys Martin, head of board
  • Prof. Nik Haffner
  • Prof. Wanda Golonka
  • Rep. N.N.

Group 2

  • Britta Wirthmüller
  • Rep. Diego Agulló*

Group 3

  • Michela Filzi* (SODA since Oct. 2019)
  • Rep. Armin Hokmi (SODA since Oct. 2019)

(b) Examination board MA "SODA Solo / Dance/ Authorship"

Group 1

  • Prof. Wanda Golonka, head of board
  • Prof. Rhys Martin
  • Prof. Nik Haffner
  • Rep. N.N.

Group 2

  • Sophia New
  • Rep. Prof. Ingo Reulecke

Group 3

  • Akemi Nagao (MAC since Okt. 2019)
  • Rep. Jadi Carboni (MAC since Okt. 2019)

(c) Examination board MA "Choreography"

Group 1

  • Prof. Nik Haffner, head of board
  • Prof. Wanda Golonka
  • Prof. Rhys Martin
  • Rep. N.N.

Group 2

  • Dr. Christiane Berger
  • Rep. Prof. Ingo Reulecke

Group 3

  • Camila Malenchini (BA)
  • Rep. Duncan Routh (BA)


  • Rosemarie Eberl (BA)
  • Ana-Elena Lessing (SODA)
  • Jane Richter (BA)


HZT team meetings are taking place every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:00-11:00 am. HZT staff and students are participating in these meetings.

BA Dance, Context, Choreography

  • Rosemarie Eberl (BA)
  • Jelena Alempijevic, Deva Schubert (BA)
  • Margarida Sofia Delmiro Alfeirão, Camila Malenchini (BA)

MA Solo/Dance/Authorship

  • Jason Corff (SODA)
  • Jorge de Hoyos (SODA)


  • Dina Sennhauser, Niels Weijer (maC)


  • Dr. Ulrike Prechtl-Fröhlich (Chancellor UdK)
  • Holger Zebu Kluth (President HfS)

Advisory members with speech and petition right

  • HZT Berlin: Prof. Nik Haffner
  • Netzwerk TanzRaumBerlin: Anna Mülter, Silke Bake


The international Expert Committee gives recommendations in structural issues or questions of content. At this point the following persons are members of the HZT Expert Committee:

  • Efva Lilja, choreographer and artistic Dansehallerne/Copenhagen
  • Dr. Annemarie Matzke, professor at University of Hildesheim
  • Adrienne Goehler, Publicist and Curator/Berlin
  • Meg Stuart, choreographer/Berlin