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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

15.06.2020_Junges Tanzhaus
Woraus ist das Universum entstanden? Aus einer Nussschale, einer Rippe, aus Funken von Sternenstaub? In der Performance „Eine Geschichte der Welt“ wollten Lea Martini und Dennis Deter gemeinsam mit euch diesen Fragen mit viel Fantasie auf den Grund gehen. Stattdessen nehmen sie euch jetzt mit auf eine digitale Reise durch Wasser, Erde und Luft. Zieht eure Schuhe aus und tanzt euch durch die Geschichte der Welt!


“I have experienced borders that are much more subtle, much thinner, that one almost can’t see them in society, but still they are there, very strong. They have to do with small discriminations for skin, colour, gender, for different ways of thinking. I think those borders, the ones that are not seen, are the worst ones, the more dangerous ones.” aus dem Film Living in Borderlands über die Performance Danza y Frontera von Amanda Piña.


“You are invited to expand yourself” (Choy Ka Fai): The “Cosmic Wander” performance series moves between spiritual practice, trance, pop culture and technological enhancement. Choy Ka Fai, media artist and former Factory Artist at tanzhaus nrw, offers a glimpse into shamanic Asian dance cultures. He simultaneously seeks to bridge religious rapture and the suburban zeitgeist’s need for free expression. “Cosmic Wander”, parts of which would have premiered at tanzhaus nrw on June 5th, 2020, was inspired by experiences and encounters with more than 50 shamans* in Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, Siberia and Indonesia.


Former tanzhaus nrw Factory Artist Claire Cunningham is a genre-crossing artist and performer whose work has been marked by the use and abuse of her crutches and by the handling of her own physical form. With the “Choreography of Care” symposium, she planned to investigate together with accomplices how “care” – taking care of oneself as well as others – may reflect on the artwork as a mode of operation, when a mindful situation is created in artistic collaboration, in research, during the rehearsal process, regarding barriers, as well as for the audience.  In two podcasts Claire Cunningham shares elements of her work in the form of archive material and conversations. The symposium will probably be held as part of Theater der Welt 2021.

For transcripts and links to artists* and organizations mentioned in the podcasts, please scroll down to the bottom.

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.


The Now & Next platform for up-and-coming North Rhine-Westphalian artists regularly presents first-step works and projects by young regional dance creatives. Instead of stage performances, Yana Novotorova, Philine Herrlein & Diana Treder are going to showcase an excerpt from their research for “Recircling”, in which they shine a light on energies from different perspectives. Paula Pau & Igor Meneses talk about their performance “Eminent Arrival”, in which they negotiate different body and faith concepts, based on their lived realities.


Don’t we all feel like pop stars when we’re at home?

The “Boys don’t dance” performance by Junges Tanzhaus, originally slated to run from yesterday until tomorrow and geared towards primary school children, instead invites you to digitally participate in this: Show us your everyday move and send this trailer to dancer and choreographer Takao Baba’s crew. By the way, the tanzhaus crew’s favourite move is the “Crappy Do” at the end of this affectionate and humorous video message.

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


Smile, Smiley

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