The house in short

Situated in a former Düsseldorf tram depot, tanzhaus nrw turned into a centre for international dance with its eight dance and rehearsal studios and two stages. It acts as a staging and production venue and also as an academy with more than 4,000 weekly visitors, on 4,000 square metres. Arising from the “Werkstatt”, founded in 1978, and having been under Bettina Masuch’s direction since 2014, the house has become a highly acclaimed international cultural institution.
Non-professional and professional dancers, choreographers and artists from other genres represent the house’s core: The communal experience of dance under the roof of one single institution. The divisions between highbrow culture, subculture and socio-culture have been overcome at tanzhaus nrw. Creatively dealing with the human body and its role in societies in our present age lies at the heart of it all.

In more than 200 stage presentations annually …

... tanzhaus nrw presents the vast scope of contemporary dance within topically emphasised events, in series, at festivals and through numerous artistic collaborations. Guest performances by renowned choreographers such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Ohad Naharin, Yasmeen Godder, Lia Rodriguesand Gregory Maqoma alternate with stints by a multitude of regional artists, among them Raimund Hoghe, Stephanie Thiersch, Reut Shemesh or Hartmannmueller. tanzhaus nrw sees itself as a production venue for freelance choreographers and houses more than 50 artists annually within residencies, labs, workshops and other means of gathering. With its Factory Artists – currently Choy Ka Fai, Claire Cunningham and Ligia Lewis –, tanzhaus nrw seeks a more intense collaboration with artists. They put topics like “body and technology”, “physical difference” and “minority politics” in focus.
Young Tanzhaus, dedicated to dance for and with a young audience, and widely regarded as a singular competence centre in this field, rounds out the house’s diverse activities.

The academy as a best practice model in cultural advanced training…

... is marked by its many instructors from all around the world, offering more than 360 weekly courses and workshops, ranging from urban dance and contemporary right through to tap, and encompassing a multitude more offers, for example during the school holidays. The academy’s programme addresses all generations and levels of experience and is a national beacon in this regard, having received the seal of approval of North Rhine-Westphalian Cultural Advanced Training, among further recognition. Additionally, a daily professional training opportunity in the morning offers dance makers the possibility of regular training in classical and contemporary dance.

Winning numerous awards…

…for its commitment: for example, tanzhaus nrw received the endowed Theaterpreis des Bundes (Federal Theatre Award) in 2017 for, among other things, the topically motivated campaign REAL BODIES that dealt with new body images in dance beyond fitness, beauty and youth. Two years later, the Heinrich Böll Foundation recognised the house for its commitment in the realm of civil society.

Kampagne Real Bodies
Frau in einem Kostüm des Rock'n'Roll der 1950er Jahre liegt auf dem Boden und singt in ein Mirko.
Die Beine einer Flamenco-Tänzerin, eines HipHop-Tänzers und einer Stepp-Tänzerin
Drei junge Tänzerinnen im Vordergrund, im Hintergrund eine Tänzerin, die auf Krücken angewiesen ist.
Spiegel im Tanzstudio

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Ein dirigierender Roboter, der Alter 3 heißt und in dem Stück Scary Beauty stattfindet.

Our history

Many ideas, low rent, no heating: In 1973, a group of Düsseldorf artists founded what later became tanzhaus nrw.

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