I The Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser 2016 – 2018

The Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser (International Production Houses Alliance) is among the foremost associations within Germany. FFT Düsseldorf, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt am Main), PACT Zollverein (Essen) and tanzhaus nrw (Düsseldorf) all channel their abilities and experiences as central stakeholders in culture and sociopolitics, bringing international perspectives into a continuous, open and diverse exchange with local artists, local groups of audiences, as well as with diverse urban societies. The Office of the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media has been supporting the Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser with a sum of 12 million since the 2016/17 season, for a total duration of three years.
This support enables the production venues to realise special artistic endeavours together as well as on their respective sites, sometimes spanning several years, and going beyond their customary programmes and practices. They deal with the economic, social, cultural and ecological urban and global changes in the 21st century, playfully exploring the future of society, theatre, dance and art, exemplarily trying out scenarios of communal living. Furthermore, the venues connect their competency in the ongoing development of advanced means of production in the field of performative art and their far-reaching local and international networks more closely than before.
Tried practices can be further developed and expanded, with an eye towards the future, in this decentralised co-operational model; among them, for example, the possibility of artistic residencies, commissioned works, co-productions and site-specific project development as well as the consolidation, the artistic agency for and strengthening of artistic positions on a trans-regional and international scale and for local contexts. So, the Bündnis has set up, among other things, an academy for freelancing producers, and it is accordingly significantly involved in an occupational area that is gaining in importance.
The current communal project “Connecting Cities – Das öffentliche Leben” (“Connecting Cities – The public life)” is a cross-venue undertaking, dedicated to the questions and challenges of progressively diversifying, conflict-ridden and disparate urban societies. During the 2017/18 season, international artists in six cities investigate the role of the arts in social change of our local as well as global urban societies, posing the question for their potential in differentiation and articulation of varying designs in thought, for life and the future. In June 2018, the different artistic approaches, experiments and contributions from the six cities will reflect in a joint programme in Berlin.

Contact: Fabian Langer

FFT Düsseldorf / HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin / HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden / Kampnagel Hamburg / Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt/Main / PACT Zollverein Essen / tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf

The Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser is funded by the the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media/Germany.


Katja Illner INVENTUR 2017: Panel 1 Globalism/Postcolonialism mit/with Jay Pather, Nora Chiapaumire (auf dem Bild/on the picture) und/and Opiyo Okach

II The European Dancehouse Network 2017 – 2020: intercontinental perspectives on contemporary dance

The European Dance House Network (EDN) was constituted in 2009 and is since 2014 funded by the EU Commission. More than 30 European dance houses, among others tanzhaus nrw, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, Tanzquartier Wien and Maison de la Danse Lyon, cooperate in securing a sustainable future for the dance sector and to improve relevance for diverse dance among society. EDN is actively behind many projects that stem from the work analysis carried out by working groups with focuse on the idea and identity of the institution dance house. The development of cooperation projects is one of the current focal points of the work carried out by the association.
One of the projects was modul-dance, which had been promoting between 2010 to 2014 a selection of artists. Annother one was LÉIM, led by Dance Ireland in partnership with tanzhaus nrw, CSC Dance House, Bassano del Grappa, Mercat de les Flors Barcelona, and Dance House Lemesos.
In June 2017 the artists congress INVENTUR took place, where tanzhaus nrw and EDN ask questions about the relevance in today’s society from the perspective of dance among others and about the task of cultural institutions in the 21. Century or about strategies of empowerment of the genre.

Here you'll find a trailer about INVENTUR.
Contact in tanzhaus nrw: Ines Disselbrede


EDN 2017 – 2020 is funded by the cultural programme of the European Union.

Katja Illner Eric Minh Cuong Castaing SCHOOL OF MOON

III Take-off: Junger Tanz: Everyone has the right to dance

Take-off: Junger Tanz, until 2010 one of nine Tanzplan-Deutschland projects, introduces children and youths aged zero to 18 to the aesthetics and techniques of contemporary dance. Since 2006, a multitude of partners from Düsseldorf’s cultural and educational sectors and from science and politics have been working out new sustainable structures for young dance art under the direction of tanzhaus nrw. As competence network, Take.off: Junger Tanz firmly establishes the art of dance in theatres, schools and youth centres, where regular dance productions for children and youths are created. The project was accompanied by a scientific evaluation by Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf to 2010.
Supported by the city of Düsseldorf and the state of NRW, tanzhaus nrw was able to guarantee the continuation of the project beyond the end of Tanzplan Deutschland in 2010 and has since brought forward new ideas such as the residency programmes and other acitivities, which assisted choreographers with the development of productions for young target groups.

Contact: Mijke Harmsen, tanzhaus nrw

Take-off: Junger Tanz is promoted by the Office for Cultural Affairs of the city of Düsseldorf as well as the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the state of NRW. Take-off: Junger Tanz is a cooperation project of cultural, educational and social institutions in Düsseldorf under the overall management of tanzhaus nrw.


Katja Illner

IV Shifting Realities: transcontinental choreographic exchange 2015 – 2017

Shifting Realities was a project that aims at an encounter and an exchange between 14 promising young choreographers from different African countries and Germany. For two years selected artist were accompanied by outstanding personalities of the international dance scene on their way to develop new works. The experienced artists Germaine Acogny, Panaibra Canda, Taoufiq Izeddiou, Robyn Orlin and Stephanie Thiersch, who see themselves as mediators between Africa and Europe, were substantially involved in choosing the participating choreographers. The partner institutions who initiated Shifting Realities following Dance Dialogues Africa (DDA) were the Senegalese École des Sables Toubab Dialaw, Hellerau – European Centre for the Arts Dresden and the project leader, tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf. Laboratory, research and production formats allowed an extensive artistic exchange, which started with a two-week course at the École des Sables in Senegal headed by Patrick Acogny in November 2015. There has been further research meetings in Düsseldorf and Dresden, and in February and March 2017 the developed creations has been premiered as part of a festival in Germany and Morocco.
Participating artists: Avatâra Ayuso, Felix Bürkle, Jason Jacobs, Souleymane Ladji Koné, Fang Yun Lo, Félécité Mballa Manga, Katia Manjate, Fouad Nafali, Momar Ndiaye, Sonia Radebe, Tian Rotteveel, Israël Sunday, Reut Shemesh and Anna Till.

Please take a look on Youtube

Project leader: Stefan Schwarz, tanzhaus nrw

Shifting Realities is a project of tanzhaus nrw (leading partner), École des Sables Toubab Dialaw, Senegal, and HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden. Associated partner: Festival On Marche in Marrakesh. www.jantbi.org / www.hellerau.org / www.tanzhaus-nrw.de
Shifting Realities was funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation. www.kulturstiftung-des-Bundes.de

The project activities 2017 were supported by the Koproduktionsfonds des Goethe-Institut.

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