Vademecum Dance 

A Guide for the Career Start in German State & Municipal Theatre Companies

with Dr. Christiane Theobald




    The German theatre system offers diverse structures; rights, duties and responsibilities go hand in hand with the contract as an ensemble member. The guide can provide orientation for joining a dance or ballet company in a state or municipal theatre after professional training. Many questions arise, situations that one is not yet familiar with from studies, quickly overwhelm or tie up too much attention. This can be avoided if a "Vademecum Dance" can provide answers to the questions or help for self-help. Challenges can be mastered reliably. The advantage: The Vademecum Dance can always be updated, because with changing times and structural changes, the questions posed also change. The Vademecum Dance looks at the topics as a multi-perspective guide.

    The webinar was recorded in 2023 as part of the qualification programme by DIS-TANZ-START. Please note that the content may no longer be entirely up-to-date/ current.



    Before you sign a contract, ask yourself the following questions:

    • Where would you like to live?
    • What repertoire would you like to dance?
    • How big should the ensemble be?
    • Would you like to go on tour?
    • What fits to your current life situation: state theatre, municipal theatre, independent dance company or ballet/ dance department of a theatre/ opera, freelancer, guest in productions?