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Claudia Rosiny, Bern

Claudia Rosiny (born February 15, 1960 in Bad Godesberg) is a German-Swiss academic in Dance and Media studies, a festival director and cultural manager. She became internationally known as an expert on video dance. Having served as a co-director of the Berne Dance Days (Berner Tanztage) for many years, she teaches at the University of Bern and at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and is in charge of Dance and Theatre at the Federal Office for Culture, Berne.[1]


Claudia Rosiny grew up the eldest of six siblings in the Herler Mühle [de], an old water mill in Cologne-Buchheim. Her father, Nikolaus Rosiny [de] (born July 19, 1926 in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany, died March 16, 2011 in Cologne) was an architect, her mother Johanna Rosiny née Riedel (born June 4, 1936 in Prague), a psychotherapist for children and adolescents. After completing her training as a gymnastics teacher, Rosiny studied Theatre, Film and Television, German and Education at the University of Cologne[2] (1983–1989). For three semesters, she also attended the Play-Music-Dance (Spiel-Musik-Tanz) course as a guest student at the German Sport University Cologne(Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln). In 1987/88 she did one semester of Theatre Studies at the University of Amsterdam. In 1997, she did a PhD with her dissertation being on Video Dance at the Institute of Theatre Studies at the University of Berne.[3]

Since her studies Claudia Rosiny has devoted herself to her specialist fields of Video Dance and Intermediality in Dance: "Inter- and transdisciplinary cultural studies are needed in an art context of convergence, in which the disciplines come together, connect and enable new experiences of perception. (...) If time travel was possible, I would like to talk to the pioneers of film and dance, like Georges Méliès or Loïe Fuller, and ask them what, back then, fascinated them most in the interplay of movement of dance and film."[4]

She is married to Reto Clavadetscher (born 1961), they have a daughter and live in Bern.


  • 2005 Cultural Prize Canton of Berne (Berne Dance Days) [Kulturpreis Kanton Bern (Berner Tanztage)][5]
  • 1992 Cultural Prize Municipality of Berne (Berne Dance Days) [Kulturpreis Burgergemeinde Bern (Berner Tanztage)][6]

Berne Dance Days (Berner Tanztage)[edit]

This festival of contemporary dance was established in 1987 by Reto Clavadetscher and co-directed by Claudia Rosiny from 1991 to 2007. Highlights of the Berne Dance Days include the themed festivals Danseimage (1996, re. dance and film) and Kunststückkörper (1997, re. dance and diverse body forms, including disabilities), and guest performances by renowned dance artists such as Maguy Marin [de], Wim Vandekeybus, Sasha Waltz, Meg Stuart and many others. The Berne Dance Days are documented on several media platforms:

  • Around 250 video recordings of performances and projects from the years 1988 to 2007 were digitised and handed over to the Swiss Dance Archive (Schweizer Tanzarchiv/Collection Suisse de la Danse) at the Zurich branch. Thus these recordings of historic significance were preserved and made available to interested members of the public.
  • An extensive collection of documents on the companies that performed at the Berne Dance Days, a complete set of posters and programmes as well as other relevant documents were handed over to the Swiss Dance Archive (Schweizer Tanzarchiv/Collection Suisse de la Danse) at the Lausanne branch for research purposes.
  • In 2007, Rosiny, together with Reto Clavadetscher, published Contemporary Dance. Bodies, Concepts, Cultures – a Survey (Zeitgenössischer Tanz. Körper, Konzepte, Kulturen – eine Bestandsaufnahme)[7] The book was published on the occasion of the 20th anniversary and final staging of the Berne Dance Days and is the first to be dedicated to contemporary dance in the German-speaking world.

Kornhausforum Bern[edit]

Since its foundation in 1998, the Kornhausforum[8] has been a venue for design and social politics. The concept for its occupancy, demonstrating a pronounced bias towards culture, was determined via a referendum of the Bernese people. Over ten years (1998–2007) – first as a co-director (with Peter Eichenberger), then, from 2006 onwards, solely in charge – Claudia Rosiny steered its development as a cultural centre focusing on architecture, design, photography, video, new media and socio-political issues. In addition to around 300 events per year, more than 100 exhibitions were held during this time, including:

  • Playfulness & Clarity. Swiss Architecture, Graphic Arts and Design 1950–2006 (Spielwitz & Klarheit. Schweizer Architektur, Grafik und Design 1950–2006), 2006
  • Sex Work. An Exhibition on Prostitution (Sexarbeit. Eine Ausstellung zum Thema Prostitution), 2007

Swiss Dance Archive[edit]

From 2009 to 2012, Rosiny worked as a specialist consultant on modern dance for the Swiss Dance Archive (Schweizer Tanzarchiv) in Zurich, where she co-ordinated lecture programmes, acquired, amongst others, the Nachlass (estate) of Sigurd Leeder in 2011, oversaw a video project on early contemporary dance in Western Switzerland and, until the end of 2010, project-managed the fusion[9] of the Archives suisses de la danse in Lausanne with the mediathektanz.ch in Zurich into the Swiss Dance Archive (Schweizer Tanzarchiv/Collection suisse de la danse) with branches in Zürich and Lausanne. It has existed in this new form since January 1, 2011.

Teaching in higher education[edit]

As a lecturer, Rosiny[10] is strongly committed to integrating dance practice, dance studies and film. From 1994 to 2005, she led seminars on Video Dance and Contemporary Dance at the Institute for Theatre Studies at the University of Berne, and from 2006 to 2011 proseminars on intermediality, postmodernism, dance, theatre and performance at the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Basel. From 2002 to 2015, she was a member of the programme management team and a lecturer on the continuing education course TanzKultur (designed for students in employment) at the University of Bern. Since 2016, she has been working there in the same capacity at the Institute for Theatre Studies on the newly introduced Master of Advanced Studies in Dance/Performing Arts course: "This unique Continuing Education Study Programme, with its interdisciplinary design and international network, will reflect the current state of research."[11] She has been teaching Cultural Management Practice (continuing education) at Lucerne University since 2012.[12]

Dance film programming[edit]

Rosiny curated, academically contextualised and evaluated numerous dance film programmmes:

  • 1990 Dance films for the 34th International Summer Academy of Dance Cologne (34. Internationale Sommerakademie des Tanzes Köln)
  • 1993–1997 Dance films Kellerkino Bern
  • 1993 Video programming, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon
  • 1994 Dance Screen Club Dada at the Styrian Autumn Graz
  • 2000 Selection panel member, Dance for the Camera 6 for the BBC and Arts Council London
  • 2003 Moving Dance Images (Bewegte Tanzbilder), Dance Film Festival (Tanzfilmfestival) Kino Xenix MGB Zurich
  • 2012 Women in Dance (Frauen im Tanz) for the Migros Co-operative Federation
  • Zurich as part of the Steps Dance Festival

Jury and board memberships[edit]

Rosiny was on the jury panel of the Hans-Reinhart-Ring of the Swiss Society for Theatre Culture (Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Theaterkultur SGTK) from 2001 to 2006, of the German Video Dance Prize (Deutscher Videotanzpreis)[13] 2003–2004, the Swiss Dance and Choreography Prize (Schweizer Tanz- und Choreographiepreis)[14] 2002–2010 and the Dance Screen[15] competition in Cologne (1999). She also participated in the pre-selection for the 37th Dance on Camera Festival New York City (2008/9) and VIPER '01, the International Film & Videofestival Basel[16] (2001).

From 1995 to 2005, she advised the Migros Cooperative Aare on dance funding and promotion, from 1993 to 2010 she was a board member of the Archives suisses de la danse, Lausanne, and from 1997 to 2003 President of the Commission for Theater and Dance, Canton of Berne. Since 2009, she has been a board member of Teatro San Materno,[17] Ascona.

Federal Office for Culture (Bundesamt für Kultur) Berne[edit]

Since 2012, Claudia Rosiny has been in charge of dance and theatre at the Federal Office for Culture Berne in the Department for Cultural Creation (Sektion Kulturschaffen)[18] and has been developing the new national awards policy of the federal government for these areas,[1] with the aim of recognising the quality of professional artistic dance and theatre practice in all its diversity and strengthening it on a national level.

Swiss dance awards[edit]

The Federal Office for Culture has been awarding the Swiss Grand Prix for Dance (Schweizer Grand Prix Tanz) (CHF 40,000) every two years, as well as a Special Prize for Dance (Spezialpreis Tanz) (CHF 40,000), two awards in the category Outstanding Female Dancer/Outstanding Male Dancer (CHF 25,000 each) and four Swiss Dance Prizes (Schweizer Tanzpreise) (25,000 Francs each). In addition, the June Johnson Dance Prize is awarded in partnership with the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation[19] (CHF 25,000). The Grand Prix Tanz is awarded to honour a recipient's artistic career on the recommendation of the Swiss Federal Jury for Dance (Eidgenössische Jury für Tanz). The first person to win this prize[20] was in 2013 the Swiss choreographer Martin Schläpfer [de],[21] artistic director of the Ballet am Rhein[22] Düsseldorf Duisburg. In 2015, the award went to the Geneva choreographer Gilles Jobin and in 2017 to Noemi Lapzeson,[23] Geneva choreographer and founder of Vertical Danse.

Swiss theater awards[edit]

In the field of theatre, the Federal Office for Culture also awards the annual Swiss Grand Prix Theatre/Hans-Reinhart-Ring (CHF 100,000), a Swiss Cabaret (Kleinkunst) Prize and four to five Swiss Theatre Awards (CHF 30,000 each for individuals and CHF 50,000 for groups). In 2014, Omar Porras [fr] was the first recipient of the Swiss Grand Prix Theatre, followed by Stefan Kaegi – Rimini Protokoll in 2015, and the Zurich-based Theater HORA [de] in 2016.

Selected publications[edit]


  • Claudia Rosiny: Video Dance: Panorama of an Intermediate Art Form. (Videotanz. Panorama einer intermedialen Kunstform). Theatrum helveticum, ed. V. ITW Bern, vol. 5, Chronos, Zurich 1999, ISBN 978-3-905313-23-9
  • Margrit Bishop, Claudia Feest, Claudia Rosiny (eds.): e_motion, Series: Dance Research Almanach (Jahrbuch Tanzforschung), Vol. 16, Lit, Münster 2006, ISBN 3-8258-9621-8, out of stock
  • Claudia Rosiny and Reto Clavadetscher (Eds.): Contemporary Dance. Bodies, Concepts, Cultures – A Survey, (Zeitgenössischer Tanz. Körper, Konzepte, Kulturen – eine Bestandsaufnahme), Transcript, Bielefeld 2007, ISBN 3-89942-765-3[24]
  • Margrit Bishop, Claudia Rosiny (Eds.): Concepts of Dance Culture: Knowledge and Methods of Dance Research (Konzepte der Tanzkultur. Wissen und Wege der Tanzforschung), Transcript, Bielefeld 2010, ISBN 978-3-8376-1440-4
  • Hedy Graber, Dominik Landwehr, Veronika Sellier (eds.), Peter Haber and Claudia Rosiny (co-editors): Digital Culture. Terms, Backgrounds, Examples (Kultur digital. Begriffe, Hintergründe, Beispiele), Merian, Basel 2011, ISBN 978-3-85616-530-7
  • Claudia Rosiny: Dance Film. Intermedial Relations between Media History and Modern Dance Aesthetics (Tanz Film. Intermediale Beziehungen zwischen Mediengeschichte und moderner Tanzästhetik), Transcript, Bielefeld 2013, ISBN 978-3-8376-2329-1[4]

Articles in encyclopediae[edit]

  • Video Dance (Videotanz), In: Manfred Brauneck, Gérard Schneilin: Encyclopedia of Theatre (Theaterlexikon), 3rd New Edition, Reinbek 1992, pp. 1085–1086
  • Encyclopedia articles on: Jean Deroc [de], Ricardo Duse, Susana Janssen. In: Historical Encyclopaedia of Switzerland (Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz (HLS)): Schwabe Basel, published 2002 onwards in 13 volumes.
  • Articles on Dance: Deroc, Dietrich, Flamencos en route, Fritsche, Kreissig, Malfer, Mattis, Swiss Chamber Ballet (Schweizer Kammerballett), Steps, Susana, Video Dance (Videotanz), Zöllig. In: Andreas Kotte (Ed.): Encyclopedia of Theatre Switzerland (Theaterlexikon Schweiz), Chronos Zurich, 2005
  • Change in Perception – From Dance Video to Video Dance (Wandel in der Wahrnehmung – Vom Tanzvideo zum Videotanz). In: Frieder Reininghaus & Katja Schneider (Eds.): Experimental Music and Dance Theatre. Compendium of Music in the 20th Century (Experimentelles Musik- und Tanztheater. Handbuch der Musik im 20. Jahrhundert), Volume 7, Laaber-Verlag Laaber, 2004, pp. 356–359. New edition Change in Perception – From Dance Video to Video Dance (Wandel in der Wahrnehmung – Vom Tanzvideo zum Videotanz). In: Siegfried Mauser, Elisabeth Schmierer (Eds.): Handbook of Musical Genres (Handbuch der musikalischen Gattungen), Volume 17,1: Community Music, Wind Music, Movement Music (Gesellschaftsmusik, Bläsermusik, Bewegungsmusik), Laaber-Verlag Laaber, 2009, pp. 299–301
  • Lemmata Tanzfilm (Lemmata Tanzfilm), Video Dance (Videotanz), Motion Capturing, Amélia, Roseland, Lloyd Newson. In: Monika Woitas and Annette Hartmann (Eds.): Encyclopedia of Dance (Lexikon des Tanzes), Laaber-Verlag Laaber, 2013
  • List of Publications Claudia Rosiny (1997–2012)[25]


  1. ^ a b "FOC - Federal Office of Culture -Dance". Bak.admin.ch. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  2. ^ Rosiny, Claudia: Tanz im Fernsehen. Transferprobleme dargestellt an den Fernsehaufzeichnungen des Wuppertaler Tanztheaters, [Masch.-schr.] Magisterarbeit, Köln 1989
  3. ^ Rosiny, Claudia: Videotanz. Analyse einer intermedialen Kunstform anhand einer Auswertung der Filmbeiträge zum Dance Screen von 1990–1994, Diss. Phil.-hist. Fak. Bern 1997
  4. ^ a b "Tanz Film | Film, Foto und analoge Medien | Medienwissenschaft | Kulturwissenschaften | Programmbereiche | transcript Verlag". Transcript-verlag.de. 2013-06-24. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  5. ^ "Berner Tanztage erhalten den Kulturpreis 2005 des Kantons Bern (Medien) Kanton Bern - Kanton Bern". Be.ch. 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  6. ^ "Verliehene Kulturpreise — Burgergemeinde Bern". Bgbern.ch (in German). Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  7. ^ Zeitgenössischer Tanz. Körper, Konzepte, Kulturen – eine Bestandsaufnahme, mit Beiträgen von Gabriele Klein, Marianne Mühlemann, Claudia Rosiny, Gerald Sigmund und Christina Thurner, Erschienen in der Buchserie «Tanz Scripte» des Transcript Verlags (Bielefeld), ISBN 3-89942-765-3
  8. ^ "Veranstaltungen". kornhausforum.ch. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  9. ^ "Home | Ueber Uns | Nationales Kompetenzzentrum Kulturgüterrettung Tanz | Tanzarchiv". Tanzarchiv.ch. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  10. ^ wemove digital solutions. "Who is Who - Tanzkongress 2016". Tanzkongress.de. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  11. ^ "Institut für Theaterwissenschaft: Weiterbildung - Universität Bern". Theaterwissenschaft.unibe.ch. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  12. ^ Auskunft und Administration (2016-11-25). "CAS Kulturmanagement Kurs A | Hochschule Luzern". Hslu.ch. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  13. ^ "Deutscher Videotanzpreis". Kulturpreise.de. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  14. ^ "– Stiftung Corymbo". Tanzpreis.ch. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  15. ^ "DANCESCREEN – the hub for dance on screen". Dancescreen.com. 2016-06-12. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  16. ^ "SWISS FILMS: VIPER Internationales Festival für Film, Video und neue Medien Basel". Swissfilms.ch. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  17. ^ "Das Teatro San Materno in Ascona als frühes Meisterwerk der modernen Theaterarchitektur: Sanktuarium des Ausdruckstanzes - NZZ". Nzz.ch. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  18. ^ "FOC - Federal Office of Culture -Cultural Creativity". Bak.admin.ch. 2016-11-25. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  19. ^ Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung; Herr Guido Münzel (2005-09-20). "Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung". Johnsonstiftung.ch. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  20. ^ "Gilles Jobin receives the Swiss Grand Award for Dance 2015". Tanzpreise.ch. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  21. ^ "Annette von Wangenheim". Annettevonwangenheim.de. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  22. ^ "Ballet - Deutsche Oper am Rhein". Operamrhein.de. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  23. ^ http://www.tanzpreise.ch/en/swiss-grand-award-dance/2017/noemi-lapzeson/
  24. ^ "Zeitgenössischer Tanz | Tanzwissenschaft | Theater- und Tanzwissenschaft | Kulturwissenschaften | Programmbereiche | transcript Verlag". Transcript-verlag.de. 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  25. ^ "Publikationsliste" (PDF). Rosiny.ch. Retrieved 2017-04-25.

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