Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

 The HZT Berlin offers three study courses the BA "Dance, Context, Choreography“, and the two master's 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.



  • Prof. Dr. Norbert Palz (President UdK)
  • Holger Zebu Kluth (President HfS)
  • Dr. Ulrike Prechtl-Fröhlich (Chancellor UdK)
  • Andrea Syring (Chancellor HfS (m.d.W.d.G.b.))

Advisory members with speech and petition right

  • Prof. Nik Haffner (Artistic Director)
  • Silke Bake, Kareth Schaffer (TanzRaumBerlin Netzwerk)



Group 1

  • Prof. Wanda Golonka
  • Prof. Nik Haffner
  • Prof. Janez Jansa
  • Prof. Dr. Sandra Umathum

Group 2

  • Frauke Havemann
  • Rep. Klaus Janek

Group 3

  • N.N.
  • Rep. N.N.

Group 4

  • Eva-Maria Hoerster
  • Rep. Nikola Pieper

Advisory members with speech and petition right

  • Prof. Dr. Norbert Palz (President UdK)
  • Holger Zebu Kluth (President HfS)
  • Dr. Ulrike Prechtl-Fröhlich (Chancellor UdK)
  • Andrea Syring (Chancellor HfS (m.d.W.d.G.b.))
  • TanzRaumBerlin Netzwerk: Silke Bake, Kareth Schaffer
  • Women's representative UdK: Kerstin Iskra, Rep. Aybüke Kara
  • Women's representative HfS: Vanessa Wozny
  • Christina Zhu (AStA UdK), N.N. (ASta HfS)



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
  • Meg Stuart, choreographer/Berlin
  • N.N.

According to the decision of the HZT Council of 18.11.2020, the examination board is composed as follows:

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

Group 1

  • Prof. Sandra Noeth, head of board
  • Prof. Nik Haffner
  • Prof. Wanda Golonka
  • Rep. N.N.

Group 2

  • Anna Till
  • N.N.

Group 3

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

(b) Examination board MA "Choreography"

Group 1

  • Prof. Nik Haffner, head of board
  • Prof. Wanda Golonka
  • Prof. Sandra Noeth (MA SODA)
  • Rep. N.N.

Group 2

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

Group 3

  • Duncan Routh (BA since WiSe 2017)
  • Rep. N.N. (BA)

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

Group 1

  • Prof. Wanda Golonka, head of board
  • Sandra Noeth (MA SODA)
  • Prof. Nik Haffner
  • Rep. N.N.

Group 2

  • Sophia New
  • Rep. Prof. Ingo Reulecke

Group 3

  • Akemi Nagao (MAC since Okt. 2019)
  • Rep. Dominique Tegho (MAC since Okt. 2020)


  • Therese Bendjus
  • Aleksandra Petrushevska
  • Michaela Bangemann
  • Gareth Okan
  • Johanna Ryynänen


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

  • Alejandro Gonzales

MA Solo/Dance/Authorship

  • Michaela Filzi (SODA)


  • Hannah Schilling (MAC)