Angela Rannow

Academic Staff Member


Born in Berlin, Germany


  • English and Arabic Studies at the Karl Marx University Leipzig
  • Research student at the University of Music "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig


  • Research assistant at the Theaterhochschule "Hans Otto" Leipzig
  • Research Assistant at the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig
  • Consultant to the Rector of the Palucca University of Dance Dresden
  • Consultant for press and PR work for the Deutsche Tanzkompanie: scientific, editorial and journalistic work in the field of dance (including modern dance, improvisation and contemporary dance)
  • Research Assistant at the Palucca University of Dance Dresden


  • Teaching in the following programmes: BA Dance, BA Dance Teacher, MA Choreography, MA Dance Teacher, and in the Apprenticeship Programme in the (part) modules History of Dance and History of Art, Dance and Art Analysis and (Dance) Dramaturgy, Dance and Art Theory/Dramaturgy


My current research topic is dance culture in Dresden in the 17th century.

In the representational culture of the Saxon rulers, dance, movement and the physical presence of the main players had considerable status, at least equal to that of the other arts. This was already true during the rule of Johann Georg II and even more so in the age of the Electors Augustus II and III. I am particularly interested in the role of dance in the theatrical structure of the period. This includes the consideration of gender relations.

In this way I aim to open up an area of Dresden’s cultural history which has been neglected up to today, as well as contribute to the current reconstruction debate in Dance Studies in Germany. Rather than a “reconstruction” in the sense of the supposed rediscovery of dances from the past, I hope to tap sources for a creative contemporary appropriation of dance material from the past.

My aim is to inspire an active, inspired and inspiring approach to history, including its non-verbal dimensions.