In 2024, 2 main prizes will be awarded for the first time:

Tanja Liedtke Award Choreography Hannover
endowed with 25,000 EUR


Ruth Schwieger Award Choreography Hannover“
endowed with 5.000 EUR

further prizes:
Critics’ Prize: € 1,500
Audience Award: € 1.000

In addition, we award production prizes under the following conditions:
– Honorarium: at least € 3,000
– Payment of travel expenses and accommodation during rehearsals
– Development of a choreography of at least 20 minutes with preferably more than 4 dancers of the company
– Accompaniment and support by the director of the dance ensemble and the rehearsal leaders
Production awards will be selected by the director of each company. The aim is to give an award to the choreographer they select and find suitable for their company. There is no guarantee that the production prizes will be awarded.

Production Award Theatre Linz – Director Roma Janus
Production Award National Theater Mannheim – Director Stephan Thoss
Production Award Theatre Chemnitz – Director Sabrina Sadowska
Production Award Theater Trier – Director Roberto Scafati
Production Award Ballett Nürnberg – Director Goyo Montero
Production Award Theater Lüneburg – Director Olaf Schmidt
Production Award Theater Münster – Director Lillian Stillwell
Production Award
Accademia Nazionale di Danza Roma – Director Anna Maria Galeotti
Tanzlabor Roxy Ulm will issue invitations – Director Pablo Sansalvador



Tanja Michaela Karin Liedtke
(6 October 1977 – 17 August 2007)


Tanja Liedtke was a German dancer and choreographer working in Australia. She studied in Madrid and Great Britain at the Elmhurst School for Dance and the Ballet Rambert School. In 1997, she moved permanently to Australia, where she was appointed artistic director of the Sydney Dance Company in 2007, succeeding Graeme Murphy – shortly before taking up her post, she was killed in a road accident in Sydney. In 2008, her parents established the Tanja Liedtke Foundation: its purpose is to promote art and culture with a special focus on contemporary dance.

Ruth Schwieger was associated with our choreography competition as a patron for many years – supporting young choreographers at the start of their careers was very close to her heart. After her unexpected death in 2023, her husband Rüdiger Schwieger decided to award a dance prize in her memory, thereby continuing her enthusiasm for young dance.