Please find little messages from digital space in our #tanzhausstream. They do not replace the encounters occurring during performance visits as well as in classes, but they rather send gestures of solidarity and permit artists to utilise paces along the lines of the cancelled programme. Stay tuned, we keep you posted. #tobecontinued

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Claire Cunningham, ehemals Factory Artist am tanzhaus nrw, ist multidisziplinäre Künstlerin und Performerin, deren Arbeit vom Gebrauch und Missbrauch ihrer Krücken und von der Auseinandersetzung mit ihrer eigenen Körperlichkeit geprägt ist. In dem Symposium „Choreography of Care”, gemeinsam mit dem tanzhaus nrw entwickelt und ursprünglich Mitte Mai terminiert, wollte sie ursprünglich gemeinsam mit verschiedenen Kompliz*innen folgendes Themenfeld untersuchen: Wie wirkt sich „Care“ – das Sorgen für sich und andere – als Arbeitsweise auf das Kunstwerk aus, wenn in der künstlerischen Zusammenarbeit, in Recherche, Probenprozess und Aufführung, bei Barrieren und beim Publikum auf einen sorgsamen Umgang geachtet wird? In zwei Podcasts (s. u.) erzählt uns Claire (auf dem Foto während ihrer Performance „Guide Gods”) via Archivmaterial und in Gesprächen von ihrer Arbeit. Das Symposium wird voraussichtlich während des Festivals Theater der Welt 2021 in Düsseldorf nachgeholt.

Für weiterführende Transkripte und Links zu Künstler*innen und Organisationen, die in den Podcasts erwähnt werden, bitte ganz nach unten scrollen.

Claire Cunningham mit Gehhilfen auf der Bühne.

Claire Cunningham: “In this podcast myself and long time collaborator Luke Pell, dramaturg and artist and who is co-curating and hosting the event with me, discuss some of the key ideas shaping the planned symposium, where those ideas come from in relation to our own practice and previous works and why the concept of “care” and the word itself has become important to us.”

Please note: This podcast contains mentions (but not descriptions) of violence experienced by LGBTIQ* folx and of domestic violence.

Claire Cunningham: “In 2017 I commissioned artist Jak Soroka to curate a series of podcasts from interviews I had done while researching my show “Guide Gods”. This one: “Crip Time – Finding Your Own Rhythm” feels incredibly relevant again as I witness so many people suddenly find their “normative” relationship to time, schedules and productivity upended.  I hope you find it both interesting and perhaps helpful.


Die Plattform Now & Next für künstlerischen Nachwuchs aus NRW zeigt regelmäßig erste eigene Arbeiten und Projekte junger Tanzschaffender aus der Region. Statt Bühnenperformances präsentieren Yana Novotorova, Philine Herrlein & Diana Treder nun einen Ausschnitt aus ihrer Recherche zu „Recircling“, in der sie Energien aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven durchleuchten. Paula Pau & Igor Meneses sprechen über ihre Performance „Eminent Arrival“, in der sie verschiedene Konzepte von Körper und Glauben basierend auf ihren Lebensrealitäten verhandeln.


Fühlen wir uns nicht alle zuhause wie ein Popstar?

Die Performance Boys don’t dance, mit der sich das Junge Tanzhaus seit gestern bis einschließlich morgen an Grundschulkinder gewendet hätte, sendet euch stattdessen ein digitales Mitmach-Angebot: Zeigt uns euren Alltags-Move und sendet den Trailer an die Crew um den Choreografen und Tänzer Baba Takao. Der Lieblings-Move der tanzhaus-Crew übrigens ist der Crappy Do am Ende dieser liebe- und humorvollen Video-Botschaft.

Deadline: 09. Juni 2020 / Email: deinmove@emotion-crew.de

30.04.2020 SPECIALS


We would have celebrated the opening of the Tap Dance Days today! Daniel Luka, the face of tap at tanzhaus nrw and the future Tap Dance Days artistic counsellor, starting in 2021, sends a beginners’ session to your homes. His dedication is infectious, and you will feel inspired and your spirits lifted! And: Who knows who among you will become a new fan of the genre. Enjoy!

23.04.2020 ACADEMY

Surena, power woman, dancer and teacher at tanzhaus nrw, guides you into the deserted building: She brought along a freestyle training schedule – suitable not only for the needs of urban dancers, but also readily applicable to other styles. Have fun with it, from tanzhaus with love!

23.04.2020 STAGE

From portuguese: Virtual Anatomy is the name of a series of video tutorials in dance, which aims to explain the modes of articulating the concepts that are the basis of the technique developed by Grupo Cena 11. This series is part of the "Cena 11-NAU 2018" Project, supported by the State of Santa Catarina, the State Secretariat of Tourism, Culture and Sports, the Santa Catarina Cultural Foundation, FUNCULTURAL and Edital Elisabete Anderle 2017.

00:49 - Voodoo body
the dancer's body is the doll
the movements are the needles
the object of the spell is the spectator's body

01:35 - Front drop
body subject-object
block body

Reorganize the body's defense resources
guide the relationship with gravity through a muscle modulation between tensions and relaxation in constant exchange with the environment
Guide emotion to equalize new defenses resources and not act reactively with hands and arms To position the head correctly

02:13 - Virtualize space
incorporate space
space as an extended body
body as established space

02:30 - Spinning is a call to change
change to continue
remain to change

03:00 - The staff is a totem
of gravity
of space and

03:16 - Spinning is a ritual procedure of presence

03:29 - The state of presence summoned by the spinning
also tensions the way to perceive the space for those who see

04:21 - Summon, change and stay
feedback, self-organization, immersion

04:50 - Emergency, coherence, and ritual

19.04.2020 STAGE

Take #4: Continuation of the movement interviews from “house to house”

With the greatest gratitude for this prolific four-day collaboration with all of you, for your trust and your openness, but most of all for the opportunity to have us participate in artistic examination under such exceptional circumstances: Katja Heitmann, Sander van der Schaaf, Wies Berkhout, Lea Christensen, Ornella Prieto and Karolien Wauters in their respective “home offices” in the Netherlands, in Belgium, France and Denmark. We hope for and believe in “Motus Mori Düsseldorf”, live at tanzhaus nrw, in August 2020.

Stay tuned at http://www.motusmori.com


18.04.2020 STAGE

Today, Katja will present short movement portraits that show the manner in which her team handles the movement offerings by Düsseldorf movement donors*, among them Susanne, Arnika, Layla and Pavel. The survey of these movement fragments, both anatomical as well as abstract, currently brings about a reevaluation of this experience for all: Through remembrance, preservation, deepening of these fragments, dancers* Wies, Lea, Karolien and Ornella experience a different intensity of connection, of consolation, in their respective “home offices”.

17.04.2020 STAGE


The body as an archive: Today, Katja Heitmann will provide a lecture performance in which she visualises, in miniature form, what method she observes while archiving movement. Again, this will feature four of her dancers, Wies, Lea, Karolien and Ornella, in their respective “home offices”.

16.04.2020 STAGE


Rehearsal processes in times of corona? German-Dutch choreographer Katja Heitmann is seeking out new ways to rehearse, to preserve collected as well as find new material and also to prove digital potential, in times of physical isolation, for her movement archive “Motus Mori Düsseldorf”. Together with her team, Katja will present her idea as well as her current situation to you in four takes, in which she will daily gather four of her dancers for rehearsals in their respective “home offices” situated in the Netherlands, in Denmark, in France and Belgium.
“Motus Mori Düsseldorf” is a project that materialised through the input given by numerous movements donated by Düsseldorf citizens* in February.
tanzhaus nrw would have provided access to the project in its spaces, from today until Sunday.



48h without culture! Originally, we planned to stream the performance of the dancer, performer and curator Juan Carlos Lérida live. The cultural political situation in Spain has become more acute – please read the words by Juan Carlos Lérida himself – why he decided to participate in the artists strike in Spain and not to send any art for 48 hours. We support him and send him and his fellow artists a sign of solidarity.

“Now more than ever and in the situation we find ourselves in, empathy, care as well as gestures of love are necessary and even vital.” Juan Carlos Lérida

He continues: “A large number of artists and the cultural fabric that surrounds them, are currently offering and sharing multiple and varied artistic actions through the options available, to try to convey to the various social groups gestures of love, care and compassion in these moments.
In response to the words of the Spanish Minister of Culture, where he expressed the absence of specific economic measures at this time, and in solidarity with the sector to which I belong, I personally adhere to a #apagoncultural of 48 hours without culture in social networks.”

Sending love to Spain! For further updates please follow Juan Carlos Lérida on his account: Juan Carlos Lérida Official site

Porträt von Juan Carlos Lérida in schwarz weiß

09.04.2020 SPECIALS

DIGITAL TALK “Über die Zukunft des Flamenco Festivals”

Dorothee Schackow hands over the festival’s curation to the dancer and choreographer Juan Carlos Lérida. Moderated by Susanne Zellinger, journalist

07.04.2020 SPECIALS

AUDIO Music is a key component of the flamenco festival. This year Rafael Cortés would have played his concert “Así lo siento”. As a consolation you find an overview of possible streamings of his new album HERE.

Rafael Cortes hat seine Girtarre unterm Arm und schaut zum Fenster herraus.

03.04.2020 SPECIALS

The opening of the eleven-day Flamenco Festival would have been today. Despite the cancellation, we decided: We carry on! Looking for digital formats, with gestures of connectedness and longing for new experiences, we’re now taking first steps towards #tanzhausstream. Look forward to small greetings from the digital space that – without a doubt – can’t replace the festival, the encounters onstage and in the dance hall.

Gesture of the instructors


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Leben an der Grenze: Die Performance »Danza y Frontera« von Amanda Piña ist inspiriert von einem Tanz, der am Grenzbereich zwischen Mexiko und den USA entstanden ist. Er geht auf eine prähispanische Tanzform zurück und führt diese mit neuen Bewegungsformen zusammen. Die Performance hätte im Mai bei uns im Rahmen von Theater der Welt stattgefunden. Nun präsentieren wir euch den sehenswerten Film »Living in borderlands« von Susana Ojeda über die Performance.