Tabori Prize 2023

Group photo of all participants of the Tabori Award Ceremony 2023 on the stage of HAU 1. In the center the happy winners. © Dorothea Tuch

On May 17, 2023, the Fonds Darstellende Künste awarded the Tabori Prize, Germany's highest honor for the independent performing arts, for the 14th time.

Tabori Award Ceremony

Even before the show, Lara-Sophie Milagro and Jeanne Charlotte Vogt reported live from the Tabori Hybrid Studio for the online audience and interviewed this year's as well as former award winners, members of the jury and other guests of the award ceremony.

The award ceremony was opened by the speeches of Helge Lindh (Member of the German Parliament, cultural policy spokesman of the SPD) and the chairman of the Fonds Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider. The artistic highlights of the program were provided by the Tabori Award and last year's award winners Overhead Projekt and Meine Damen und Herren. Before the awards and the Tabori Prize were finally presented by the jurors Marta Keil, Matthias Lilienthal, Anna Wagner and Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Wagner.
The singer FAYIM led through the evening.
After the award ceremony, the company Soydivision invited to a dinner performance followed by an after-show party at CAN.

Highlights of the Award Ceremony

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Tabori Prize Winners 2023

  • From a performance by Hofmann & Lindholm: three performers stand slightly offset on stage and hold a hinged box with showpieces in front of their chests. © Sandra Then


    The Tabori Prize, endowed with 25,000 euros, goes to the artistic duo Hofmann&Lindholm. The jury's statement reads: Hofmann&Lindholm have succeeded "in establishing a completely new approach to the field of performative arts and in shaping a partly documentary format for which there is not yet a term and perhaps cannot be one, except Hofmann&Lindholm.

    Credit: Sandra Then

Tabori Auszeichnungen

  • Performer* Heinrich Horwitz dancing in a foggy room. Behind Heinrich one recognizes other musicians and performers. © Katja Feldmeier

    Tabori Award | Heinrich Horwitz

    The Tabori Award, which is endowed with 15,000 euros, goes to director*, choreographer* and actor* Heinrich Horwitz. "Inherent in Heinrich Horwitz's performances is the desire for a community that celebrates diversity and overcomes dissent. The combination of performance, dance, music with activism and lived experiences succeeds in creating surprising, powerful art from a marginalized perspective that breaks forms and is as outstanding as it is singular in the scene," said the jury about its decision.

    Credit: Katja Feldmeier

  • In the foreground an Asian read performer in a Snow White costume. In the background you can see a double of her. © Anja Beutler

    Tabori Award International | Eisa Jocson

    For the second time, the Fonds is also presenting an international Tabori Award, also endowed with 15,000 euros. This year the award goes to the choreographer and dancer Eisa Jocson, who comes from the Philippines. The international award jury thus honored one of the "most important voices in contemporary dance" who "shakes up the artistic community both in Manila and internationally by bluntly pointing out the clichés and their concrete, socio-economic and physical consequences that the Western gaze produces."

    Credit: Anja Beutler

The Tabori Prize

With the Tabori Prize, the Fonds’ expert jury honors continuous artistic work with a high level of national and international resonance which is relevant in terms of content, sometimes provocative, and has been/is pioneering in terms of format or its aesthetic signature. With the award, the jury celebrates experimental forms from artists and groups who have had a meaningful rise or convinced audiences with their continuous development of an autonomous aesthetic format. The Prize is endowed with €25,000; the Tabori Awards are each endowed with €15,000. The jury selects the winners from all the artists and groups that have been funded by the Fonds Darstellende Künste in the past five years.

In 2023, the Fonds Darstellende Künste will also be awarding a Tabori International Award for the second time in a row to independently producing, internationally active and touring artists (groups) who have impressed with their outstanding aesthetics and committed content. The Tabori International Award is also endowed with €15,000 and is granted by an international jury of experts

Jury national

Jury international

The Tabori awards ceremony is a Fonds Darstellende Künste event in cooperation with the HAU Hebbel am Ufer. It is funded by the German Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media.