Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s hard to believe your eyes, when you see the word “festival” on a programme in the year 2020 – it is after all closely associated with a kind of concentration of people and events, the likes of which we are encouraged to avoid in the COVID-19 pandemic times. Yet, the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main has succeeded in adapting the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main to existing conditions. I would therefore like to express my special thanks to everyone involved for their commitment and resilience. I am very pleased that the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main can still go forward on its fifth anniversary and that it will continue to enrich cultural life in the region as it has in the past.

Karin Wolff, Managing Director of the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, dear dance lovers and enthusiasts

collaborative reflection and action pay off – as proven by the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main in its fifth edition of the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main. The Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and the Hessisches Staatsballett, with their cooperative project Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, have succeeded in putting together a very exciting programme even in this difficult year. We are delighted that the five foundations in our Alliance of Foundations have been able to contribute to this endeavor. We wish the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main much success and the visitors much joy in experiencing contemporary dance!

Eugen Müller (Aventis Foundation), Stefan Mumme (BHF BANK Stiftung), Dr. Aslak Petersen (Crespo Foundation), Hansjörg Koroschetz (Dr. Marschner Stiftung) und Prof. Dr. Roland Kaehlbrandt (Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main)

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Over the past few months we have learned that we should not talk about "social distancing" but rather about "physical distancing". We can collectively keep cultural life in our region alive, but to do so we need initiatives such as the Tanzplattform Rhein-Main, which succeeds in creating a framework for it. I would therefore like to thank the cultural workers in Hessen, who have been hit particularly hard by the crisis, but who have not allowed their creativity to be stifled. On the contrary, come see for yourself at the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main.

Angela Dorn, Hessian Minister for Science and Art

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

how much intimacy is possible, how much distance is necessary? Over the past few months, these questions have taken on a completely relevance. They play a role in numerous works of the rich programme of the Tanzfestival Rhein-Main. Both artistically, in terms of the issues being adresses, but also in terms of their practical implementation. I am therefore greatly looking forward to gaining new perspectives and wish all festival visitors wonderful festival days.

Dr. Ina Hartwig, Department of Culture of the City of Frankfurt am Main