Tanz die Toleranz is a dance organisation belonging to Caritas Vienna, a big social NGO that is active in many fields of society. Founded in 2007 Tanz die Toleranz facilitates intercultural and inclusive artistic work that enables new forms of encounter between people.

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Its mission is to provide everyone access to dance - thereby to art and culture in a broader sense- regardless of talent, experience, age, gender, skin color, religion, ethnicity or social background. This is achieved by creating equilibrium between the social and the artistic components at both national and international level.

By focusing on its participatory aspect, dance can be used to connect across social, cultural and language barriers, opening up alternative possibilities for communication and a sense of belonging. The active involvement in a choreographic process serves as an irreplaceable instrument for social inclusion. The intensive exchange that takes place in the rehearsal space contributes to undermine discrimination and serves as a positive momentum to face the challenges of current socio-political events, such as the increasing migration and flight phenomena i.a.. The diversity of the projects and workshops reflects the need for differentiation in seeking to interact with varied groups. People in disadvantaged situation are particularly encouraged to partake of the implemented activities. Tanz die Toleranz has currently three main staff members Monica Delgadillo-Aguilar (direction), Claire Granier Blaschke (general management & coordination and Juliett Zuza (project coordination) as well as two project assistants and a volunteer.

Each year about 300 participatory projects, workshops and performances are organised, in which more than 3.200 dancers are actively involved. Between 3.500 and 5.000 spectators attend the various performances, which often take place at the end of the longer projects and overall a reached audience of 14.000 persons is estimated. Tanz die Toleranz does not dispose of its own dance space but runs regular and ongoing activities in two venues in dezentralized districts of the city of Vienna: the Brunnenpassage and the Brotfabrik. Additionally the so-called “mobile projects” are implemented all over the city, the regions of Austria and occasionally abroad.

The activity that would be particularly relevant for this project is entitled “Dance for Adults”. The rehearsals take place weekly over 3 to 5 months and are led by professional choreographers, who have specific expertise in working in the field of community dance. At the end of the semester the participants have the opportunity to share what they have learned and perform a short choreography in front of an audience. The project counts on average 50 persons per semester.

There are different kinds of skills required to implement this project. The artistic staff – the choreographers and assistant choreographers- have to demonstrate their ability to lead the group through a dance warm-up, technique exercises and improvisation scores, as well as choreographic skills as the making of a short dance piece is a final common goal that should be engaged in early in the process. The communication skills needed to lead an intercultural, socially mixed group sometimes including people with special needs are essential in order to build a common ground for people to work creatively with each other. The choreographers in charge of this project are Monica-Delgadillo-Aguilar and Romy Kolb.

Organisational skills that are specific to the coordination of inclusive dance projects are also needed to ensure an optimal running of the activities. In particular the intercultural competences as well as communication skills that are necessary to coordinate a culturally and socially mixed group of young people sometimes involving persons with disabilities.