From the original Werkstatt to tanzhaus nrw

Many ideas, low rent, no heating. In 1973, a small group of artists pressed ahead in Düsseldorf-Flingern with what later on became tanzhaus nrw and what has today with his section STAGE, ACADEMY and YOUNG TANZHAUS a huge reputation on international level.

 

 

2017

Wir freuen uns auf das Jahr mit Documenta, dem Festival Theater der Welt in Hamburg und vielen anderen auseinandersetzugsfreudigen Akzenten in der Kunst.

 

A.R. Real Bodies_Image Kampagne 2016

2016

First of all, so much dance is rare: With three international meetings in this country – Tanzplattform Germany from 02/03 – 06/03 in Frankfurt/M., Dance Congress from 16/06 – 19/06 in Hanover as well as internationale tanzmesse nrw from 31/08 – 03/09 in Düsseldorf – the year 2016 is a year of dance! And what about us, who celebrate the year of dance every single year? With a wide range of topics, such as REAL BODIES, the newest works of our Factory Artists including a high percentage of participation as well as the development as a place of production for independent choreographers, tanzhaus nrw pushes on the changing process regarding artistic content and brand identity, which has begun with the change of management.

A.R. Real Bodies_Image Kampagne 2016

2015

The year began i.a. with a focus on the Factory Artists Alexandra Waierstall and Jan Martens. The appeal “Düsseldorf culture and sports for humanity/respect/diversity” moved something in the city, as well as in many others, to set a strong sign against xenophobia and intolerance. That, too: Jan Martens was honoured by receiving the Charlotte Köhler Price for “The Dog Days are over”, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw, and was named as one of the 33 “great hopes of the year” by the dance magazine “tanz”. The youth company of tanzhaus nrw, B2B Back to Basics, has gained critical acclaim by receiving a nomination and an invitation to the Tanztreffen der Jugend 2015 in Berlin, as well as the multitude of activities of Junges Tanzhaus, which received the Kulturjugendpreis der Sparkassenstiftung des Rheinlandes. The alliance of international production places for contemporary performing arts in Germany, funded with twelve million euro by the ministry of culture and media, can be seen as a small, cultural-political sensation. To one of „the seven biggest and most important places with international charism” (press information of the Bund) counts tanzhaus nrw, next to Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt/M., Europäische Zentrum der Künste Dresden-Hellerau, PACT Zollverein Essen and FFT Düsseldorf.
 
With the new season 2015/2016 and a multiplicity of artists tanzhaus nrw poses questions after new forms of participation and the joint experience of dance and sets clear statements with guest performances by Lia Rodrigues and Christian Rizzo, also within the social discussions about refugees. The new project Shifting Realities that focuses on the exchange between artists from different African nations and Germany and is funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, took its first step with the first Research phase at École de Sables in Senegal in November.

Piet Goethals Jan Martens THE DOG DAYS ARE OVER

2014

With the season 2014/2015 the artistic style of Bettina Masuch is visible, who has been working as the director of the tanzhaus nrw since 01/01/2014. The four-day season opening in August was a lavish party and presented i.a. artists such as Emanuel Gat, Ari Benjamin Meyers & Tino Seghal, Alexandra Waierstall, Jan Martens and Sebastian Matthias. The Dance Platform Germany, whose partner the tanzhaus nrw is, invited in the end of February to Hamburg, and the International Dance Fair, the other important sector event took place in Dusseldorf from 27th to 30th of August.

2013

The year began with the new serie Back to the future - 35 Jahre tanzhaus nrw, funded by the Kunststiftung NRW. The serie runs over the whole year and focuses on the history of the tanzhaus nrw and the former "Die werkstatt e.V." in the context of his presence and future. The International Dance Congress took place from 06th to 09th of June in Düsseldorf and in close cooperation with the tanzhaus nrw, and the new season 2013/2014 has started with an inspiring meeting of a big range of european Dancehouses and artists in the frame of the EU-project modul-dance.

Paul Schöpfer Performing Group TRASHedy

2012

Having won the contracts for the projects Dance Dialogues Africa and Benedikt Next Generation (formely known as Tanzpartner Düsseldorf), both of them sponsored by the Federal Cultural Foundation, tanzhaus nrw entered its 14th year on Erkrather Straße. With guest performances by Saburo Teshigawara, Pepping Tom, Dave St-Pierre and Louise Lecavalier the house successfully continues its highlight series. From 29.08. until 01.09., the International Dance Fair brought again the world of dance to Düsseldorf. In September tanzhaus nrw anounced with Bettina Masuch, a.o. director of the Springdance Festivals Utrecht, the new artistic director from 2014 on. Bertram Müller has then been director for more than 35 years.

2011

The year begins with the sixth edition of the European festival Temps d’Images. The series Global Dance Alliances, dedicated to the idea of the curating choreographer, is off to a flying start with renowned artists and groups such as the Australian Dance Theatre, Jan Fabre, Olga Pona and Gregory Maqoma. For the Eurovision Song Contest in Mai 2011 in Düsseldorf, tanzhaus nrw conjures up "a great show" (Rheinische Post) in the Altstadt with its dance mob and more than 1500 persons dancing. Good news also for Take-off: Junger Tanz: we carry on with the help of the city of Düsseldorf and the state of NRW! In the context of this project tanzhaus nrw publishes its first book with the title "Aufwachsen mit Tanz" ("Growing up with dance"), published in January 2011 by Beltz Verlag.
Much anticipation also of another project: the city of Düsseldorf with tanzhaus nrw is awarded the organisation of the International Dance Convention (Internationaler Tanzkongress") from June 6 to 9, 2013.

Marita Liulia Tero Saarinen HUNT

2010

The year begins with the series Sacre plus, which in the course of the year will present contemporary interpretations of Strawinsky classics from 1913, amongst which works by Marie Chouinard, Tero Saarinen (photo), Raimund Hoghe, Xavier Le Roy and Carlotta Ikeda, accompanied by an artists’ lab and a symposium. Two big meetings of the dance sector will take place this year: Tanzplattform Deutschland in Nuremberg, where four of the twelve selected choreographers work in Düsseldorf: VA Wölfl, Ben J. Riepe, Fabien Prioville and the group Ludica. Furthermore the Internationale Tanzmesse NRW, which brings organizers, choreographers and dancers from all over the world to Düsseldorf. 

2009

The biennial festival tanz nrw is successfully staged for the second time. tanzhaus nrw wins the contract for the International Dance Artist Agency NRW (in short iDAS nrw) from the state of NRW, which is to be a mediator between organizers and the multitude of choreographers from NRW. In June the world was shocked by the sudden death of Wuppertal choreographer Pina Bausch. Shortly after dies Merce Cunningham

Chris Haring Liquid Loft/Chris Haring & Jin Xing Dance Theatre (AT/CN) Lovely Liquid Lounge: DAS CHINA-PROJEKT

2008

Together with different partners from Europe and China, tanzhaus nrw is awarded the contract for the one-year series Chin-A-Moves, dedicated to the artistic exchange between China and Europe within the context of productions, guest performances and conferences. The Internationale Tanzmesse NRW opens again in Düsseldorf in August and the International Dance Festival (ITF) directed by Pina Bausch invites to outstanding dance art in November.

2007

With a dance platform for NRW, tanzhaus nrw establishes together with other organizers from NRW the biennial forum tanz nrw in the cities of Düsseldorf, Cologne, Viersen, Essen and Krefeld. An exciting opening of the 2007/2008 season with Canadian cult company La La La Human Steps attracts an audience of more than 1300 to tanzhaus nrw, which at the same time enters the tenth year of its operation as a theatre and school of dance on Erkrather Straße.  The society decides to change its name from "Die Werkstatt e.V." to tanzhaus nrw e.V. A new logo is created.

2006

On January 25, 2006 it is official: Düsseldorf wins the contract! Under the direction of tanzhaus nrw, the concept Take:off Junger Tanz. Tanzplan Düsseldorf was most convincing. Together with a number of partners from Düsseldorf, the state capital will give sustained impetus to a neglected category over the next five years. tanzhaus nrw continues its international dialogue in the context of Temps D'Images and IDEE (Initiatives in Dance through European Exchange).

2005

Starting from the beginning of this year, tanzhaus nrw is able to distinguish itself as a strong production partner: on the one hand with the coordination of the German producer award (DPC), on the other hand with a multitude of national and international co-productions. With the organisation of the European project COLINA – Collaboration in Arts in August 2005, tanzhaus nrw together with five international partners presses on with the idea of a laboratory at the interface of different art categories.

2004

 

In the summer of 2004, tanzhaus nrw is for the first time partner in the International Dance Festival (ITF) under the direction of Pina Bausch. And: in February, tanzhaus nrw organizes the 6th Tanzplattform Deutschland, the most important forum for contemporary dance in Germany.

2003

With well-defined programme formats, tanzhaus nrw wants to create a greater understanding of contemporary dance art, amongst others with the highlight series presenting dance companies such as Rosas (BE), Batsheva Dance (ISR) and Marie Chouinard (CA). In the middle of the year tanzhaus nrw celebrates its almost 30-year history during four days.

2002

On the occasion of the dance festival Global Dance – aesthetics of diversity – more than 36 international dance companies and 150 dance experts are invited to Düsseldorf for 10 days.  tanzhaus nrw is commissioned by the World Dance Alliance (WDA) and with special funding by the Ministry of Urban Planning and Housing, Culture and Sports under Dr. Michael Vesper to take charge of the artistic programme. It is also host to the Internationale Tanzmesse NRW.

2001

tanzhaus nrw establishes the series tanzmaxx – für junges Publikum at tanzhaus nrw and thereby focuses on dance for children and youths for the first time. With festivals, guest performances, commissioned productions and workshops for children, youths and teachers it introduces the target groups to a so far neglected art category. The foundation of the young ensemble at tanzhaus nrw (JET) under the direction of choreographer Ulla Geiges meets with great response. Bad news: the education programme European Dance Development Center (EDDC) at tanzhaus nrw must be closed because of a cut in public subsidies, which had come mainly from the Netherlands. The Festival Global Beat is the first successful open air performance by tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf’s Altstadt.

2000

The tanzhaus team succeeds in concentrating the original multiform Werkstatt concept with all categories of art on the sector dance and to qualify further with respect to organisation and art contents. The Düsseldorfer Kultursalon is founded that year, which tanzhaus nrw supports to a large extent.  In spring 2000, tanzhaus nrw participates in the International Dance Festival (ITF) under the artistic direction of Marc Jonkers.

1999

The daily professional dance training is started. Tanzhaus nrw offers daily training units for professional dancers in the region, apart from the three-year training programme of the European Dance Development Centers (EDDC). International exchange programmes between tanzhaus nrw and other partners, so-called dance links, start with the Netherlands, later on with Belgium (2001), Great Britain (2003), Switzerland (2004) Austria (2008), Hungary (2010) and Poland (2011/12).

1996-1998

tanzhaus nrw is inaugurated in April 1998 with a grand fortnight’s festival. In the subsequent years, tanzhaus nrw is awarded several prizes for a successful concept with regard to urban development and architecture in an impressively redeveloped tram depot – incidentally the oldest one in Germany! Taking into account the conceptual and spatial changes, the former Werkstatt is renamed tanzhaus nrw – die werkstatt e.V., which calls for a grand topping-out ceremony in 1997. The World Dance Alliance Europe (WDA Europe) is founded, with its seat at the Werkstatt and Bertram Müller as director. A small miracle: the foundation stone of the new house on Erkrather Straße 30 is laid in September 1996 by NRW minister Ilse Brusis, head of the cultural department of the city of Düsseldorf, Hans-Heinrich Grosse-Brockhoff, and the chairman of the cultural committee, Wolfgang Kamper.

1996

In 1996 Düsseldorf city director Jörg Bickenbach and the head of the cultural department Hans-Heinrich Grosse-Brockhoff sign a 60-year leasehold contract with the Werkstatt for a part of the former tram depot on Erkrather Straße in South Flingern. The Werkstatt management succeeds in securing step by step financing for the redevelopment of the tram depot to the amount of 16 million DM: for 80% of the building cost by the state of NRW (Ilse Brusis, then minister for culture and urban development), provided that the city funded 14% and there were 6% own funds. In addition the Düsseldorf employment bureau funded a quota of 20 building workers with 1.2 million DM under the job creation scheme. The Werkstatt as developer in charge begins to restructure the 4000 square metres surface on Erkrather Straße together with architect Jochen Boskamp and to build Germany’s first dance house with six studios, a large stage (327 seats), a small stage (89 seats), a bistro and a theatre foyer with gallery, music stage and gastronomy.

1993-1995

After 15 years, the Werkstatt decides in 1995 not to renew its rental agreement on Börnestraße, amongst other things because of excessive rent demands, and starts looking for another suitable long-term domicile. The European Dance Development Center (EDDC) under the direction of Aat Hougée and Mary Fulkerson is founded in Düsseldorf in 1993 as a cooperation between the Hochschule der Künste und Werkstatt e.V.. The Werkstatt attracts increasing attention as a national multicultural meeting place in NRW. Experts confirm its model character as a site of intercultural exchange and its contribution to the mutual understanding of cultural identities.

 

Künstlerarchiv Von li.: Volker Canaris und Bertram Müller

1985-1991

December 1991: Jack Lang, French Minister of Cultural Affairs, decorates Bertram Müller, director of Werkstatt e.V., with the coveted order "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" for special merits in the promotion of foreign culture and arts and the creation of the exemplary multi-cultural meeting place, the Werkstatt. The first flamenco festival and the first Orientale festival take place in 1990. September 1987: in cooperation with the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (playhouse) the Werkstatt founds the Rheinische Tanz- und Theaterschule (RTT), which teaches two classes with twelve participants each for two and a half years. Stage director Stephan Müller is the first pedagogical manager. 1986/87: After lengthy negotiations, the city of Düsseldorf increases funding in addition to the rent for the Werkstatt in Börnestraße to around 3000,000 DM. 1985: the first extremely successful "Strandtheatertage" with films, international dance and theatre in three tents are organised and staged by the Werkstatt in Düsseldorf’s Rheinpark.

1982-1984

1984: Christoph Honig founds the Werkstatt-Kuku programme for children and youths, forerunner of the Düsseldorf AKKI. The initiative for founding JuTA (Junges Theater in der Altstadt) by Werkstatt staff members Bernd Lohmann, Ernest Martin and Bertram Müller is showing first results. April 1982: "They’ve done it at last" (NRZ)! The Werkstatt on Börnestraße opens its doors to well over 1000 visitors and is declared to be the "Mecca of culture off opera and museum" (Rheinische Post). More than 100 courses per week and more than 200 workshops a year are held in the eight studios. More than 100 performances are put on stage in the small new theatre.

1979-1981

March 1981: new premises for the Werkstatt are found at Börnestraße 10 in Düsseldorf. The city pays the rent for five years to start with. However, funds for the conversion and renovation of the 1500 square metres building, amounting to 3000,000 DM, must be procured. March 1980: The industrial building on Grafenberger Allee 330 is demolished, although the Werkstatt has not yet found a new domicile. June 1979: the Werkstatt festivals, later to become the formula for success, are started - a mix of performances, workshops and communication between artists and non-professionals.

1978/1979

March 1979: Werkstatt e.V. is becoming a member of  Deutscher Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband (DPWV), thus being eligible for subsidies from the state of NRW for cultural further education. December 1978: the team of Werkstatt e.V. receives the 1st general cultural award of the city of Essen for exemplary local cultural work and thought-provoking impulses for non-vocational cultural work. June/July 1978: the first Werkstatt summer festival with a varied programme by international theatre groups succeeds in making a broad public aware of quality and alternative concept of the Werkstatt’s work.

1977/1978

January 1978: The non-profit society Die Werkstatt für Tanz, Theater, Malen, Werken und Gestalten (workshop for dance, theatre, painting, handicrafts and design) is founded with the aim of promoting the creativity and inventive personality of non-professionals, their direct encounter with artists and the world’s different cultures. End of 1977: on the initiative of Bertram Müller and some instructors and course participants, debt relief of the old project of the original Werkstatt and a conceptual and organisational new beginning can be achieved. In spite of its growing popularity, the project of the original Werkstatt is getting into existential financial and organisational difficulties. Important staff members and instructors leave the project. The project ends in October 1977.

Mustapha Teddy Addy (Mitte)

1973 and after

The beginnings of the original Werkstatt date back to 1973 when dance instructor Fe Reichelt temporarily established her ballet school in a condemned industrial building at Grafenberger Allee 330. Several artists such as Chris Parker, Robert Solomon, Mustapha Teddy Addy, Winni Berger, Yves leBreton and Magda van Dewalle offered courses, workshops and occasional performances, which Uli Hoffmann and Ulrike Zellmann organised on an honorary basis. Peter Achmed Kreusch, a student of Josef Beuys, designed the series of posters that became typical for the Werkstatt.