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.

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Project in transition

Making a Difference’s current funding as part of TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund ends on 29 February 2024. While the network is making plans for the future together with Berlin artists and allies, things will initially be a little quieter here over the next few months. The previous project team, consisting of Noa Winter, Anne Rieger, Gina Jeske and Agnieszka Habraschka, is saying goodbye and handing over to a new strategic project manager. We will publish the job advertisement here shortly.

The project’s administration will also be passed on within the network and will be transferred from Sophiensæle to Uferstudios. Until a new strategic project manager has been found, Simone Willeit (Head of Uferstudios) is available to answer questions at or 030 / 460 60 887.

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Our publication is out!

Under the title „Making a Difference 2018-2024. Developing, cultivating, and strengthening anti-ableist practice in the field of dance”, we look back on the last six years. In the form of interviews with artists and reports on developments in the network’s partner organisations, Chapter 1 provides insights into project practice over the last six years. Chapter 2 “What it takes to act – a knowledge transfer” gives an overview of our perspectives on disability, ableism, privilege and audism as well as initial practical recommendations for anti-ableist working practices in the cultural sector and beyond.

Click here to open the digital publication as accessible PDF

Five questions for…

As we conclude the project, we look back on the last six years and realise: Making a Difference has made a difference. Under the title “Five questions for…” we interviewed six artists over the past year, who co-produced a piece with Making a Difference under their own artistic direction. In the interviews, Tamara Rettenmund, Carolin Hartmann, Rita Mazza, Jan Kress, Camilla Pölzer und Sophia Neises talk about their artistic projects, their plans and wishes for the future.

The video interviews are available on our website and social media channels. They are in German spoken language, German Sign Language and come with German and English subtitles and transcripts.

Click here to access the videos