Curation and Communication: It’s All About... Talking

Communication is crucial for the curators. They communicate online and offline with the artists, audience,
politicians and colleagues. surrounding the topic of communication, we will learn about t he necessary
skills from experts, discuss st rat egies, and exchange experiences.

Experts from different fields will share their knowledge with us and a group discussion will follow each presentation. Furthermore, the workshop includes input from experienced curators and artists. One of them is Virve Sutinen, Artistic director of the festival Tanz im August. Attendance of two performances will give us the opportunity to discuss the artistic quality and what makes a curation stand out.


  • Artists
  • Audience (guest: Amelie Mallmann)
  • Team, Colleagues, and Crew
  • Sponsors and Politicians (guest: Madeline Ritter)
  • Festival Visit Tanz im August: 2 performances will be visited in the evenings as part of the workshop (tickets included)



  • Emerging curators or presenters in the field of dance and performing arts
  • Artists or producers who aim to work as curators or at a performing arts institution
  • Art makers of any field who want to improve their communication skills
  • Practitioners from other arts are also welcome


The course is presented in co-operation with the international festival Tanz im August:


Karin Kirchhoff is a freelance curator, production manager, and dramaturge. She has worked with institutions and artists in Berlin such as Berliner Festspiele, Sophiensaele, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Rubato, Jo Fabian. From 2005 to 2008 she has worked at the Tanzbüro Berlin and held numerous seminars on cultural management since then.

Since 2009, she has been curating Tanz! Heilbronn, an annual international festival at the Theater Heilbronn. The festival represents a variety of contemporary dance productions, from large companies to works created by young choreographers, including educational formats such as community projects, workshops, dance film, work introductions, etc.



Amelie Mallmann is currently working for Tanzkomplizen in Berlin as dance mediator and educator. She studied Dramaturgy in Munich. From 2002 to 2005, she was a dramaturge at the Landestheater Linz (Austria), in 2005 she moved to Berlin to work as a dramaturge and theatre pedagogue at the Theater an der Parkaue. From 2011 to 2018, she was a freelance dramaturge, theatre and dance pedagogue and worked for different venues and festivals, e.g. Kunstfest Weimar, Festival Theaterformen, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Festival Augenblick mal!, tanzfabrik Berlin. Since 2015, she is a member of Tanzscout, a Berlin initiative for dance mediation.

 Virve Sutinen studied comparative literature, theatre and sociology at the University of Helsinki and graduated from the New York University Performance Studies Department in 1994. From 1997 until 2007 she was director of the Kiasma Theatre and head of the Performing Arts Programme at Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. Besides that she was artistic director of the festival Moving in November and Rotation Dance Film Festivalin Helsinki, as well as artistic co-director of the festivals and URB Urban Festival in Helsinki, both of which she co-founded. From 2008 until 2013 Sutinen held leading positons at various international and european institutions and networks, among others at the IETM (international network for contemporary performing arts).
Since 2018 Virve Sutinen is a Jury member of the European Festival Association Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE). Since 2014 Virve Sutinen serves as artistic director of Tanz im August- International Festival Berlin, produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer.

Madeline Ritter is a lawyer, arts manager, and dance curator. With her Berlin-based non-profit organization DIEHL+RITTER, she has been developing and driving forward new funding policies for dance and creating ground-breaking models for sustainable cultural practice. In 2016, she received the prestigious European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Award for Dance Fund Heritage, an innovative program fostering a diverse and lively cultural memory of dance. In 2014, DIEHL+RITTER launched Dance On, a multi-faceted initiative promoting artistic excellence in the context of 'dance and age'. Madeline Ritter is a certified coach and facilitator of processes of change and teaches cultural management at various European universities.

Run period:
19.08.2020 – 22.08.2020
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 350

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