Katja Illner Research École des Sables Senegal 11/2015

I 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

14.07. – 12.08.2016 Labs in Düsseldorf, Dresden and Toubab.

02. – 12.02.2017 Festival in tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf, in HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden as well as 07. – 12.03.2017 in Marrakech.

Project leader: Stefan Schwarz, tanzhaus nrw; Project organisation: Mara Nedelcu, 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.



Christian Herrmann Matter of Ages_Alexandra Waierstall

II European Dancehouse Network: Network for the strengthening of dance art

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.


Contact in tanzhaus nrw: Ines Disselbrede.


EDN 2015 to 2017 is funded by the cultural programme of the European Union.


Amaury Avermaete Declaration of Love_Nicole Beutler_Magne van den Berg

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 in tanzhaus nrw: Mijke Harmsen


A book published by Beltz entitled: "Aufwachsen mit Tanz. Erfahrungen aus Praxis, Schule und Forschung" (Growing up with dance) takes stock of Take-off: Junger Tanz. Tanzplan Düsseldorf until 2010. It contains a great number of articles and colour photos.

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.