2020 Tabori Prize
On May 20, 2020, the Fonds Darstellende Künste awarded the Tabori Prize, the country's most distinguished award for the independent performing arts, for the 11th time. The award jury selected the winners from all the groups and artists who have been supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste in the past five years.
The Award Winners
The 2020 Tabori Prize went to the German-English theater collective Gob Squad, "which has had a significant influence on national and international theater aesthetics for more than 25 years and has thus become one of the pioneers of new contemporary art production in the independent performing arts," according to the award jury in its statement.
The 2020 Tabori Awards went to Anta Helena Recke, "who in her work insists on the question of diversity, effectively negotiates approaches to discourse in a large public sphere, develops an aesthetic critical of representation, and thus has a lasting impact on the structural work of theater". Also honored with the Tabori Award was Christoph Winkler, whom the jury recognized for "the artistic continuity [with which] he uniquely understands how to translate relevant sociopolitical and explosive personal issues into the language of dance, questioning our understanding of nationalities, generations and cultures as constructions".
The Award Ceremony
The 2020 prize and award winners were honored during an unboxing award ceremony via video stream, in conformity with the coronavirus pandemic protection measures, which was unprecedented in the history of the Tabori Prize.
Even if many things were a bit different in 2020, this online ceremony contained all the ingredients of an award ceremony: welcoming speeches by the managing director of the Fonds Darstellende Künste, Holger Bergmann, as well as the chairman of the Fonds, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider, a tribute to the prize and award winners by the Deputy Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Culture and Europe, Dr. Klaus Lederer, and the reading of the jury statements by the jurors Sabine Gehm (Tanz Bremen), Martina Grohmann (Theater Rampe) and Annemie Vanackere (HAU Hebbel am Ufer).
2020 Award Jury
The five-member jury of experts selects the winners from all groups and artists who have received funding from the Fonds Darstellende Künste in the past five years. In 2020, the prize jury consisted of the following jurors:
Dramaturg, artistic director Theater Rampe | Stuttgart
Martina GrohmannDramaturg, artistic director Theater Rampe | Stuttgart
Martina Grohmann, born in Mödling near Vienna, studied theater at the University of Vienna. She began as a production manager at steirischer herbst in '98 and '99. From 2000 on, she was engaged as a dramaturg at Staatstheater Kassel, at LTT Tübingen, at Theater Heidelberg, where she directed the venue zwinger1 for author's theater and projects from 2005 to 2007, and at Theater Basel. She has also worked as a guest dramaturge at the Schaubühne Berlin and the Schauspiel Frankfurt. Her work focuses on contemporary drama, play development, and interdisciplinary formats and festivals. Since August 2013, she has been the artistic director of Theater Rampe together with Marie Bues.
Lawyer (Deutscher Bühnenverein)
Ilka SchmalbauchLawyer (Deutscher Bühnenverein)
Lawyer and Head of Legal/International Affairs of the German Stage Association. Studied law, German language and literature, and history at the University of Regensburg and the University of Cologne. Managing Director of the Council for Performing Arts and Dance of the German Cultural Council, representative of the Council for Performing Arts and Dance in the expert committees Labor and Social Affairs and Europe of the German Cultural Council. Member of the Committee for European Social Policy of the Confederation of German Employers' Associations. Deputy member of the executive committee of the employers' association PEARLE* - Live Performance Europe, representing the German Stage Association and PEARLE* in the Social Dialogue of the European Union. Co-author of the loose-leaf collection "Stage and Orchestra Law". Member of the Board of Trustees of the Dance Foundation - Transition Center Germany. Ilka Schmalbauch is deputy chairwoman of the Fonds Darstellende Künste.
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider
Chairman of the Fonds Darstellende Künste
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang SchneiderChairman of the Fonds Darstellende Künste
Wolfgang Schneider was founding director of the Institute for Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim and holder of the UNESCO Chair "Cultural Policy for the Arts in Development" (2014 - 2020). He was the first director of the Children's and Young People's Theater Center in the Federal Republic of Germany, chairman of the Lower Saxony Theater Advisory Board, member of the Goethe-Institut's Dance and Theater Advisory Board and, as an expert member of the German Bundestag's Enquete Commission "Culture in Germany," rapporteur for the chapter on theater, among other things. He is chairman of the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., a personal member of the German UNESCO Commission, a trusted lecturer of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a member of the federal board of the Cultural Forum of Social Democracy, a member of the board of the Initiative for the Archives of Independent Theater e.V., a member of the International Theater Institute, a member of the Council for Performing Arts and Dance in the German Cultural Council, an honorary member of ASSITEJ Germany and Switzerland, and honorary president of the International Association of Theater for Children and Young People. In 2018, he was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class by the German President for his honorary international commitment. Numerous publications on theater policy, editor of, among others, "Theater und Schule. Handbuch zur kulturellen Bildung" (2009), " Theater und Migration. Herausforderungen für Kulturpolitik und Theaterpraxis" (2011), "Theater entwickeln und planen. Kulturpolitische Konzeptionen zur Reform der Darstellenden Künste" (2014), "Theatermachen als Beruf. Hildesheimer Wege" (together with Julia Speckmann, 2017); ""Partizipation als Programm. Wege ins Theater für Kinder und Jugendliche" (together with Anna Eitzeroth, 2017); "Performing the Archive. Studie zur Entwicklung eines Archivs des Freien Theaters" (together with Henning Fülle and Christine Henniger, 2018), "Theater in der Provinz. Künstlerische Vielfalt und kulturelle Teilhabe als Programm" (with Katharina Schröck and Silvia Stolz, 2019); "Theater in Transformation. Artistic Processes and Cultural Policy in South Africa" (with Lance Lebogang Nawa, 2019).
Curator, dramaturg, author, since 2012 deputy artistic director of HAU Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin
Aenne QuiñonesCurator, dramaturg, author, since 2012 deputy artistic director of HAU Hebbel am Ufer | Berlin
After her studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin, she worked as a research assistant at the Academy of Arts of the GDR. In 1996 she was co-founder and until 2003 curator of the theater festival "reich & berühmt". From 1997 to 2002 she was head of the theater/performance department at Podewil, Center for Contemporary Arts in Berlin. Here she realized various co-productions, guest performances and international festivals, including the 1997 festival "Live Art - New theatre for the 90s" with young British performers.
She worked at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz from 2002 to 2011, mainly as curator for the Volksbühne im Prater. In 2010 and 2012 she was artistic director of the theater festival "Favoriten" in Dortmund and during the season 2011/2012 dramaturg at the Residenztheater Munich.
Various publications, including: René Pollesch, "Liebe ist kälter als das Kapital," Hamburg 2009 and Postdramatic Theater in Portraits/Gob Squad "What are you looking at?", Berlin 2020.