Making a Difference – Teaser in German Sign Language with German subtitles.

Making a Difference

Making a Difference is a Berlin-based network founded in 2018 to promote the independent work of disabled, d/Deaf and chronically ill artists in dance. Eight organisations have joined forces to create high-quality, accessible training and production opportunities through workshops, residencies and co-productions. The central guideline of the project is to fill all leadership and expert positions with disabled, d/Deaf and chronically ill people.

News and recommendations

Event tip: Performance with DGS interpretation

In “Resurrection (A Bad Copy)” by Crispin Lord, the protagonist asks: what should a faithful or excellent production look like? Am I in control of the material or is it leading me? And what is the status of my interpretation as opposed to someone else’s?

December 9 + 10, 7:00 p.m.

Uferstudio 14, Uferstraße 23, 13357 Berlin

In English spoken language. The music and text will be performed throughout in German Sign Language (DGS) by deaf performer Mila Valtin. Rita Mazza accompanied the rehearsals as dramaturge for accessibility / DGS.


  • Studio 14 is almost at ground level. There is a slight incline of 1.0% from the outside to the entrance of the studios. Studio 14 has two wheelchair spaces.
  • Admission is free of charge. Registration at

Further information at:

Teacher Training with with dancer and choreographer Joseph Tebandeke

What? Training on inclusive, anti-ableist teaching in dance
When? Sunday, January 21, 2024, 11:00 – 17:30
Where? Uferstudios Berlin, Studio 11
Who? Disabled and non-disabled artists and dance educators
Language? English spoken language

Further information and registration coming soon

Tanzplattform Deutschland 2024

Congratulations to former Making a Difference co-production artists Rita Mazza, Carolin Hartmann and Tamara Rettenmund for being nominated to Tanzplattform Deutschland 2024! Rita Mazza will perform the solo performance “Matters of Rhythm” in Freiburg in February 2024, Hartmann and Rettenmund will participate as ensemble members of the production “HARMONIA” by Unusual Symptoms / Adrienn Hód.

Link to the website of Tanzplattform Deutschland

Congratulations! Deutscher Tanzpreis 2023 for Sophia Neises

Sophia Neises was awarded the German Dance Prize for her outstanding development in dance on October 14, 2023. Among other things, she is being honored for her unconventional strategies that challenge audiences to actively examine their own approach to disability and incorporating and applying innovative approaches.

Link to the website and the jury statement of Deutscher Tanzpreis

Einstein Professorship for Claire Cunningham

Starting in the winter semester 2023/24, Claire Cunningham, member of the artist board of Making a Difference, will be Einstein Professor “Choreography, Dance and Disability Arts” at Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz (HZT), making her the first disabled professor in dance in Berlin.

Link to the press release of the Berlin University of the Arts