Scholarships, awards and nominations

For students and alumni...


  • Hannah Schillinger (MA Choreography) as well as Therese Bendjus and Zuki Ringart (both BA Dance, Context, Choreography) received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.
  • HZT Alumni Raphael Hillebrand was honoured by the jury of the German Dance Prize in the category HONOR FOR EXCELLENT ARTISTICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN DANCE 2020: "The urban scene has never before been represented either in the Dachverband Tanz or at such honours. Raphael Hillebrand is a German citizen who grew up in Hong Kong as the son of an African father and a German mother, a circumstance that still leads people to discriminate today. This should be mentioned here in order to honour his belligerence for both a meaningful contemporary dance and an urban dance with a clear message: This belligerence is important for the hip hop community as well as for the contemporary scene. Raphael Hillebrand has dared to cross borders and studied at the College of Contemporary Dance without ever denying his breakdance origins. His motor remains the fight against the drawing of boundaries not only between the arts, but also between people, who often want to see their demands on and views of the world formulated in a particular art form. His political involvement in the small party Die Urbane and his commitment to a dance that does not suffice in street-worthy rebellion and intellectual self-reflection fit together seamlessly. We honour Raphael Hillebrand because, for all his charm and openness, he is an artist through and through, who recognises in the body a motor that can only overcome the social imbalance in our society through courage", says the jury.
  • HZT Alumni Kat Válastur (together with Martin Beeretz, Leon Eixenberger) as well as Milla Koistinen (Performance Koistinen Valikoski Zajac) have received a scholarship from the Kulturstiftung des Bundes Reload-Scholarship. Further information on the Reload Scholarship can be found here.
  • HZT Alumni Przemek Kaminski receives an eight-month long  K3-Residency in Hamburg (from August 2020).
  • With their joint project "Breathing With", HZT Alumni Miriam Jakob and Jana Unmüßig have been accepted to the suport program Berliner Förderprogramm Künstlerische Forschung 2020/21. The funding program is designed to promote artistic research across disciplines.
  • 10 HZT Alumni Johanna Ackva, Cécile Bally, Janne Gregor, Dragana Bulut, Olympia Bukkakis, Ian Kaler, Kat Válastur, Ania Nowak, Martin Hansen and Kareth Schaffer have received fundings from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds (second decision procedure for 2019)
  • HZT Alumni Lina Gómez (MA Choreography) receives a residency for November 2020 at Radialsystem


  • Akemi Nagao (MA Choreography) and Jane Richter (BA Dance, Context, Choreography) received a scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.
  • Clara Federica Crescini (MA Choreographie) and Alica Minarova (MA Choreography) received a scholarship from Germany (Deutschlandstipendium).
  • Jadi Carboni received the Critic's Choice Award of the L'Age d'Or International Art House Film Festival for her first dance film "Gravity Well". The film was also shown at Tipperary Dance Platform 2019, the Women's International Film Festival and the Berlin Short Film Festival.
  • Enrico Ticconi and Ginevra Panzetti were awarded the First Prize of the 13th Arte Laguna Prize in the Video Art and Performance section for their work Jardin / Arsenale, 2016-2019.
  • Rhyannon Wagg receives a DAAD scholarship.
  • Jascha Viehstädt receives the project funding from the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media and the Hamburg Cultural Foundation for TABLEAU (2018/19). 
    In addition, he was honored as Best Choreographer in a Full-Length Work at the 16th BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2019 of Malaysia.
    For 2020, Jascha Viehstädt receives the project funding from the Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media for TO SHARE (AT). The costa compagnie has again received the Doppelpass Plus grant from the Federal Cultural Foundation for 2019 - 2021, with Ballhaus Ost Berlin, Staatstheater Oldenburg and Nuremberg. 
  • I Jung Lim has received the NRW Research Scholarship. In July and August, the South Korean choreographer dedicates herself to human movements that are about to disappear. Under the research title "Glück auf: The increasing disappearance of the labor of miners" she examines the life and work of miners. Her goal is the development of a system with which she can artistically document physical movement sequences. She is particularly interested in the so-called Recruitment Agreement, which brought a total of 8395 miners from Korea to Germany between 1963 and 1977.
  • Katrin Memmer receives funding from the artists' programme Video/Film of the Berlin Cultural Senate.
  • Rosalind Goldberg writes her doctoral dissertation ”Choreography as a meaning-generating aggregate” at KUNSTHØGSKOLEN | OSLO, Oslo National Academy of the Arts.
  • Ania Nowak is the winner of the second prize {project room} 2018 for her exhibition and performance "can you die on a broken heart?".
  • Nina Wesermann shows her film "KIDS" at Berlinale 2019. It is her final project from the HFF in Munich.
  • Ania Nowak, Cécile Bally, Martin Hansen, Magda Korsinsky, Kat Valastur, Ixchel Mendoza Hernandez and Alice Chauchat have received fundings from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds (second decision procedure for 2019)
  • Jee-Ae Lim has received a research grant from the Berlin Senate for Culture and Europe. 
  • Marc Philipp Gabriel and Lee Méir are grant holders of the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2019
    Lee Méirs 
    fellowship partner is the École des Sables (Senegal) where she will focus on the way how rhythm functions as a means to create common grounds between human beings. Marc Philipp Gabriels fellowship partner is Dançando com a Diferença dance company (Portugal), who work with physically and mentally differently abled people of all ages. Marc will learn about their understanding of dance and their working methods, to deepen his understanding of joint creative spaces and to enhance his perception and sensitivity for artistic work with all the bodies we have.


  • In 2018 Jasmin Ihraç received an artist-in-residence grant from the Kunststiftung NRW for Istanbul and another from the Kulturakademie Tarabya.
  • Bella Hager has received the Elsa Naumann scholarship.
  • Johanna Ackva, Assaf Aharonson, Magdalena Meindl, Nir Vidan, Axeli Aittomäki, Anneli André, Shiran Eliaserov and Matteo Graziano will receive the Einstiegsförderung for 2019.
  • Felix Marchand, Jee-Ae Lim, Lyllie Rouvière, Anna Nowicka and Rafael Hillebrandt receive the individual project funding in 2019.
  • Vilja Mihalovsky and Niels Weijer were selected as new grant recipients by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
  • Kareth Schaffer and Alexandre Achour are grant holders of the Pina Bausch Fellowship 2018.
  • Shang-Chi Sun was appointed as a guest professor at the National Taiwan University of Arts and is giving Mater program for a semester.
  • Tümay Kılınçel has an artistic research "We'R'Dansöz" (working title) as part of the Flausen Residenz am Theater in the baalsaal Bonn this summer. She works together with Berna Kurt, Baly Nguyen and Hiba Shammout.
  • Magda Korsinsky is currently researching black German feminism and intersectionality with the support of the initial funding of the Fonds Darstellende Künste and in cooperation with the Ballhaus Naunynstraße. In addition, she works on documentary theatre to find out how documentary methods can be made fruitful for dance.
  • In August Jana Unmüßig defends her doctoral thesis of arts (dance) with the title "Critical Reflections on Perception, Body and Temporality" at the Performing Arts Research Center of the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. It will be published by ActaScenia.
  • Jee-Ae Lim has received a Recherchestipendium 2018 from the Berliner Senat.
  • Janne Gregor receives the Einstiegsförderung 2018 of Berlin Senat.
  •  Leonie Graf received scholarships at the Westwind Festival "next generation" for young audiences and the theatre festival "watch+talk" in Basel.
  • Yuko Matsuyama received a research grant from the Heinich-Böll Foundation for the development of an audiovisual dance performance entitled "A Silent Room - Schweigen, Dunkelheit, Stille" in October 2019.
  • Nik Haffner, artistic director of the HZT, was a member of the advisory board of the German Dance Prize and the Dance Congress in 2018 outside his leading position, as well as the first speaker of the AKT dance training course.
  • Britta Wirtmüller, artistic assistant at the HZT since 2015, began her one-year DAAD scholarship at the School for Contemporary Arts in Vancouver, Canada. With the help of this research fellowship, she will work locally on the German-born dancer, choreographer, teacher and artistic director Ruth Elly Abramovitsch Sorel, who worked in Quebec at the time. Under the title "Tracing Ruth Sorel" Britta deals with "notions of distance & proximity, history & present, the person & the global through the dancing body and choreography". 
  • Prof. Sandra Noeth, who took up her MA SODA professorship at the HZT in 2018, focused her research last year on investigating the relationship between experiences of boundaries and collectivity from the perspective of the body. Based on the dramaturgical analysis of artistic works from the Lebanon and Palestine, her empirical-theoretical study showed how borders and bodies are 'made', aestheticized, rejected by means of movement and the body. The work was defended with distinction (summa cum laude) as a dissertation at the University of Hamburg in September 2018; the publication Resilient Bodies, Residual Effects will be published by transcript Verlag in early 2019. 


  • Anna Aristarkhova  erhält eine Einzelprojektförderung des Berliner Senats für 2018 für ihr Projekt LUST (in Kooperation mit den Sophiensaelen). Premiere ist im Frühling 2018.
  • Mirko Winkel erhielt den Rabbit Island Residency Award.
  • Lulu Obermayer erhielt die Debütförderung im Bereich Tanz in Höhe von 18.000€ der Stadt München.
  • Lina Gómez erhält ebenfalls die Einzelprojektförderung 2018 des Berliner Senats für ihr Projekt "Chão Vazado" (working title).
  • Lina Gómez reist mit Unterstützung des Goethe Instituts nach Sardinien, um dort ihre Recherche für Chão Vazado zu realisieren. Während einer Künstlerresidenz im Centrum Amarant in Poznań entwickelte Lina Gómez das Projekt Choreographies of Fear, Responses to invisible strategies
  • Mila Koistinen erhielt ein sechsmonatiges Stipendium des Arts Promotion Centre of Finland.
  • Przemek Kaminski nimmt an der Wild Card Residenz des I.C.I./CCM in Montpellier teil.
  • Anna Till erhält ein dreimonatiges Arbeitsstipendium für Darstellende Kunst der Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen für ihr Vorhaben "s t i l l".
  • Miriam Jakob ist vom 20.2. bis 5.3.2017 artist in residency im ausland Berlin. Ergebnisse des interdisziplinären Vorhabens „In the Shadow of Man“ (AT) in Kollaboration mit einer Tänzerin, einem Musiker und einem Filmemacher werden am 4.3. präsentiert.


  • Anna Aristarkhova received the Einstiegsförderung 2017 of Berlin Senat.  
  • Jasmin Ihraç receives the Einzelprojektförderung from the Berlin Senate.
  • The short movie "Fukoshima“ (D 2016, Aymeric Nager) is nominated for the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Münster. Screenings: 29.10. and 30.10. Dance and voice by Yuko Matsuyama www.zebrapoetryfilm.  
  • Miriam Kongstad received a grant in the context of the PAP Mentoring Program Berlin with the mentor Eva Hartmann. She also received a PROMOS grant for an internship at Participant Inc. in New York.  
  • Carina Otte and Romy Schwarzer will receive a PROMOS grant for their studies in Finland.  
  • Irina Demina received project support from the cultural administration of Hamburg for the project „Banshee Ragout" in cooperation with Joshua Rutter. The premiere will take place in Hamburg in February 2017  
  • Anna Fitoussi received a grant from the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk.  
  • Madalina Dan is one of the prizewinners of the CNDB - National Dance Center-Bucharest Prize.  
  • Ewa Dziarnowska performed in "more than naked“ by Doris Uhlich at CNDB in Bucharest on 11.12.  
  • Romy Schwarzer was a dancer in Anna Till’s work "flat scream“, which showed at the European Center for Art in Hellerau on 18. and 19.12.2015.


  • Anna Aristarkhova received production cost subsidies of LIFE LONG BURNING, a EU networking project.  
  • Kareth Schaffer will receive support from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds for „Unheard Of“. - Congratulations!  
  • Julian Weber was chosen as one of three prizewinners of the Berlin Art Prize 2015 for his performance „the tourist“ on June 12th. All three prizewinners received a trophy by Yael Bartana, prize money and an invitation to a residency in Greece. The Berlin Art Prize exhibition will be open until 4. July 2015. It is accompanied by a programme with performances, screenings and workshops.  
  • Virag Arány and Júlia Hadi received the Laban-Award for their piece "S t e p i n T i m e“. The award is given to the performance of the year in Hungary.  
  • Helena Botto, Katharina Greimel, Agata Siniarski and Kai Simon Stoeger all received one of the Berlin Senate’s dance grants for 2015.  
  • Lea Moro was given a residency grant at the K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie, Tanzplan Hamburg and will develop her solo performance „The End of the Alphabet“ there.  
  • Inna Krasnoper, Annegret Schalke and Hana Lee Erdman received danceWEB grants 2015 in the context of the ImPulsTanz Wien festival from 16.7. to 16.8. *  
  • Lea Moro will receive the Elsa-Neumann Grant of the Land of Berlin (February 2015 - February 2016).  
  • Ewa Dziarnowska, Katarzyna Wolinska and Zuzanna Ratajczyk received danceWEB grants for 2015 in the context of the ImPulsTanz Wien festival from 16.7. to 16.8.  
  • Zuzanna Ratajczyk was given the UdK Germany grant for the 2015/2016 academic year.  
  • Anna Aristakhova was given the Jury Award at the SzólóDuó Festival 2015 (14.-18.1.) in Budapest for „Duett für zwei Zungen“.  
  • David Pollmann was awarded the Förderpreis der großen Kunstausstellung NRW; it provides 3,000 EUR of support.  
  • Lea Moro was given a residency grant at the K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie, Tanzplan Hamburg and will develop her solo performance „The End of the Alphabet“ there.  
  • Inna Krasnoper, Annegret Schalke and Hana Lee Erdman received danceWEB grants 2015 in the context of the ImPulsTanz Wien festival from 16.7. to 16.8.


  • Katharina Greimel received a "Startstipendium" by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture.  
  • Emma Tricard, Ivo Serra Silva and Anna Aristarkhova were selected as new grant recipients by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
  • Anna Aristarkhova was also given the 'best duo - newcomer' prize for „Duett für zwei Zungen“ at the SoloDuo NRW + Friends Festival in Cologne.
  • Rodrigo Garcia Alves will receive a production grant from the Uferstudios GmbH of EUR 4.250 this year; it is made possible by the five-year EU network project LIFE LONG BURNING (LLB). The German partner, Uferstudios GmbH, supports one artist per year in the HZT MA study programmes in order to increase local and international visibility for MA students. The selection is made by a Network Tanzraum Berlin jury that changes every year.
  • Miriam Jakob will receive a residency at the PACT Zollverein in Essen in September 2014. She will work on her new piece "Travelling to the four corners of the earth" together with Maija Karhunen and Nir Vidan; it will premiere at the Tanzfabrik Berlin in November.
  • Jee-Ae Lim was voted as the up-and-coming hopeful in the magazine tanz’s yearbook 2014.  
  • Rosalind Goldberg’s piece "MIT” was nominated for the "Prix Jardin d'Europe 2014” prize.  
  • Julia Rodríguez received a stipend of Deutscher Bühnenverein - Landesverband Berlin as Fund Matching for her participation at danceWEB.
  • Miriam Jakob, Julian Weber, Lee Meir, Ania Nowak, Katharina Greimel, Julia Rodríguez and Lea Moro received the danceWEB stipend 2014, which will take place during the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna from July 16 to August 20.  
  • Jee-Ae Lim received the residence stipend of K3 Hamburg and an invitation to the “Visiting Fellows Program 2014” at the Saison Foundation in Japan.  
  • Magda Korsinsky received the recognition award Screening 2014 of Förderverein für Künstlerinnen und Künstler in der Region Hildesheim e.V. for extraordinary art accomplishment.  
  • Kareth Schaffer received the Tanzrecherche NRW #15. The research residency and the grant are awarded by NRW Kultursekretariat.  
  • Anna Nowicka, Dragana Bulut, Carlos Oliveira and Juan Gabriel Harcha received a Dance Grant 2014 from the Berlin Senate.  
  • Sergiu Matis received this year's funding of the EU network project LIFE LONG BURNING.  
  • Seven students have each received a DanceWEB grant: BA students Ania Nowak, Julia Rodriguez, Katharina Greimel and Lea Moro and Alumni Julian Weber, Miriam Jakob and Lee Meir.  
  • Agata Siniarska and Ania Nowak received project support from the Frauenversammlung of the performing arts faculty of the UdK for feminist-oriented projects.
  • Berlin Senate selected the projects of the following alumni for the Projektförderung 2014: Kat Válastur and Miriam Jakob.  
  • Jee-Ae Lim received support from the Elsa-Neumann-Stiftung. She also received funding from the Berlin Senate for inter-cultural project work 2014.    
  • Magda Korsinsky received support from the Berlin Senate for her project "Gazes that matter" in the field of inter-cultural projects 2014.


  • Ellinor Ljungkvist, Matteo Graziano and Sergiu Matis; all three of them received grants from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.
  • Renen Itzhaki received a grant from the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk.
  • Ana Laura Lozza, Anne-Mareike Hess, Claudia Tomasi, Kareth Schaffer, Lee Meir and Sheena McGrandles all received Einstiegsförderung (support for newcomers).
  • The Prix Jardin d’Europe audience prize in Vienna went to Willy Prager for the production "The Victory Day“.
  • Polyxeni Angelidou received a scholarship for her studies at the MA Choreography from IKY, the Greek State Scholarships Foundation. 
  • Ellinor Ljungkvist was awarded a residency at the Austrian Art and Media Lab Schmiede13: RETURN.
  • Dragana Bulut is fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude of the generation 2013- 2015.
  • Jee-Ae Lim is one of the residents at the K3 – Zentrum für Choreographie, Tanzplan Hamburg and received the "Grant for Artist in Residence Abroad“ from the Arts Council Korea.
  • Sonja Pregrad and Willy Prager received the Jardin d'Europe Residency and worked at the WASP (Working Art Space and Production) in Bucharest on their performance "Dance in 2044“.
  • Désirée Meul and Lea Moro won the Tankstelle 2013 up-and-comers prize with their performance "Oh Heimat, wie bist du so schön, so schön" in Luzern.
  • Ania Nowak received a grant from the Polish Institute of Music and Dance for her residence at the Performing Arts Forum (PAF). 
  • Jascha Viehstädt received the Doppelpass Grant from the German Federal Cultural Foundation as a member of the artist collective costa compagnie.
  • Magda Korsinsky received a Dance Grant 2013 from the Berlin Senate. 
  • Alexandre Achour received a residency for his "Spectatorship versus Theatre" project at the PACT Zollverein in Essen.
  • This year, a grand total of three BA Dance, Context, Choreography received DanceWEB grants: Ana Laura Lozza, Martin Hansen and Marc Philipp Gabriel.
  • Alumni Magda Korsinsky and Claudia Garbe also received DanceWEB grants. 
  • Agata Siniarska received the "Young Poland 2013" grant from the Polish Ministry for Culture and National Heritage. 
  • Miriam Jakob won the 100° Festival jury prize with her performance "23.1.1915[sic] 'as usual, sorry that I do not always..." in March. 
  • Hana Erdman received women’s funding from the UdK dance department for her collaborative work in the “Turbulence” project initiated by Keith Hennessey.
  • Jasmin İhraç received support for the “Fluchtlinien” project (working title) from the Programm zur Förderung der interkulturellen Projektarbeit in Berlin for the year 2013.
  • Felix Mathias Ott received support from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds for the project “Ilias”.
  • Britta Wirthmüller was given project support from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds for the “Projekt Jean Weidt” production.
  • The graduates Magda Korsinski and Elisabete Finger received an entry-level grants from the Berlin Senate.
  • The project support from the Berlin Senate for 2013 was awarded to the graduates An Kaler, Shang-Chi Sun und Milla Koistinen.


  • In November 2012, Anne-Mareike Hess was awarded a prize from the Stiftung zur Förderung junger Künstler in Luxemburg in the field of choreography.  
  • Ellinor Ljungkvist just received a stipendium/grant from the Swedish foundation "Per Eriksson Stiftelse" in Örebro commun for study support this semester.  
  • In July 2012 Kiran Kumar received the NAC Arts Stipendium for the MA SODA programme from the National Arts Council Singapore. Roni Katz got a scholarship from ELES, the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studentenwerk.    
  • Magda Korsinsky got the Einstiegsförderung 2012 from the Berliner Senat.
  • Alexandre Achour was rewarded a grant of the Elsa-Neumann-Foundation for one year supporting the development of an artistic project.  
  • Ana Laura Lozza received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation.  
  • Julian Weber received a residency at the Stadtmühle Willisau (Switzerland) from the 4th artgrant Kunstpreis 2012.  
  • Lea Moro received a scholarship from the international Artists in Residence program (AIR) at the Künstlerhaus der Fundaziun NAIRS, Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst.  
  • Cinira Macedo was supported by a UdK Berlin Deutschland grant.  
  • Anna Nowicka’s solo „Fire burning in your hair“ won the HAU Jury Prize at the 100° Festival. She is also a danceWEB scholarship holder during ImPulsTanz in Vienna.  
  • Felix Ott received a start-up grant from the Berlin Senate and is an apap scholarship holder for 2012.  
  • The HZT graduate An Kaler was rewarded a grant from the Contemporary Arts Alliance for her project "Orientations".  
  • David Bloom is a danceWEB 2012 scholarship holder during ImPulsTanz in Vienna and will be receiving financial support from the Goethe Institute.  
  • For their production "Bewegungsschreiber. Dichtung trifft Tanz“, Ingo Reulecke and Martina Hefter received project support form the Berlin Senate.  
  • Jana Unmüßig recieved project funding for 2012 from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.


  • Ellinor Ljungkvist received a grant from Örebro Cultural Council for the project "Acrylic on Canvas" with a residence at Gallery Coco in Vienna.
  • Lee Meir was awarded with the 1. prize for her performance "Translation included “ at the Shades of Dance 2011 off spring festival in Tel Aviv.
  • Sheena McGrandles and Anna Nowicka received grants from the the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes in the field of choreography.  
  • In the framework of the K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg residency programme, Jana Unmüßig will begin a nine-month residency beginning in August 2011.  
  • An Kaler received a dance grant from the Berlin Senate and is an artist-in-residence in Vienna in the context of TURBO-plattform junger tanz at ImPulsTanz 2011.  
  • Claudia Garbe was given a Berlin Senate entry-level grant for her project "into/out of landscape" in 2011.  
  • Anat Eisenberg, Felix Marchand and Kai Simon Stöger will be receiving Berlin Senate project grants for 2011.  
  • Jasmin Íhrac received a scholarship from Tanzrecherche NRW for the fall of 2010.  
  • Nina Kurtela received a three-month scholarship in Vienna from KulturKontakt Austria within the framework of the “Artists in Residence” - Program during April 1st to June 30th 2011.


  • Dragana Bulut was awarded the “Prix Jardin d’Europe” European dance prize for young choreographers for the performance "E.I.O." she created together with Maria Baroncea and Eduard Gabia.  
  • Jasmin Íhrac received a scholarship from Tanzrecherche NRW for the fall of 2010.  
  • Nina Kurtela was awarded the Henkel Art.Award Young Artist‘s Prize CEE 2010.