DanceWorks Chicago on Cultural Exchange in Hamburg

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The Hamburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International is proud to support DanceWorks Chicago (DWC) on their trip to Hamburg, Germany. DWC is currently in Hamburg for two weeks rehearsing and performing with the dance group Bundesjugendballett (BJB). Together, they are creating Outside of the Box – A Dance Journey to be performed at Hamburg’s Lichthof Theater on Saturday, May 9, and Sunday, May 10. Performance details can be found at

Inspired by kindred spirits and shared values, DWC and BJB are collaborating on a rich, cultural exchange including classes, rehearsals, performances, professional development and the joint creation of Outside of the Box, to be shared with artists and audiences in Germany and the US. This exchange is supported by a generous grant from the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund.

In addition to their support, the Hamburg Committee arranged a cultural tour of Hamburg for DWC.

Founded in May 2007, DanceWorks Chicago (DWC) is an organization committed to building a foundation for the individual artistic growth of dancers and choreographers, providing a laboratory from which early career artists propel themselves and the art form to a new level through training, collaboration, mentorship, and performance. Led with integrity by the recognized team of Andreas Böttcher (CEO) and Julie Nakagawa (Artistic Director), DWC fills a niche in the dance ecosystem. Where the traditional dance company model focuses on putting dances on stage, DWC invests in and shines a spotlight on the individual artists. Committed to fostering a culture that values diversity relating to artists and their collaborators, the work of art on stage, and the audience served, DWC accomplishes its mission by bringing people together with a wide range of skills, approaches, and experience. Embracing a global perspective of contemporary dance, DWC is invested in the forward movement of dance in Chicago and beyond. More information at

Founded in 2011 and led by General Director John Neumeier and Artistic Director Kevin Haigen, the Bundesjugendballett (BJB) consists of eight dancers from around the world, ages 18-23, creating and presenting its own repertoire in a variety of traditional and non-traditional spaces. Based in the Ballet Centre Hamburg, they build on the tradition of classical ballet through the exploration of other dance forms in a robust artistic environment, enriching the dance and culture of the city and country. BJB develops well-rounded, artistic personalities through profound training and practical experience, nurturing dancers who pursue their profession with self-confidence, creativity, responsibility, and dedication. More information at