Biannual festival tanz nrw successfully takes place for the second time. Also, tanzhaus nrw is accepted as carrier of so-called “International Dance Artist Service NRW" (iDAS nrw) by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, a programme designed to act as an intermediary between the great number of choreographers from the dance state of North Rhine-Westphalia and promoters. In June, the world is shocked to learn of great Wuppertal choreographer Pina Bausch’s sudden death, followed by the passing of American choreographer Merce Cunningham at the end of July. Both are among the most important figures in 20th century modern dance.
tanzhaus nrw and several further European and Chinese partners are accepted as recipients of EU subsidies for the one-year series Chin-A-Moves that is dedicated to artistic exchange between China and Europe, encompassing productions, guest performances and conferences. The Internationale Tanzmesse NRW again opens its doors in Düsseldorf in August, and the Internationales Tanzfestival (ITF), directed by Pina Bausch, issued its invitation to attend extraordinary dance artistry for one final time in November.
tanzhaus nrw, together with other North Rhine-Westphalian venues, establishes a dance platform for North Rhine-Westphalia in the form of biannual forum tanz nrw in the cities of Düsseldorf, Cologne, Viersen, Essen, and Krefeld. An exciting 2007/2008 season opening with Canadian cult company La La La Human Steps attracts more than 1,300 visitors who come to tanzhaus nrw, a venue that entered its tenth year as a theatre and dance school at its Erkrather Strasse location. The association also decided on a name change from “Die Werkstatt e.V.” to tanzhaus nrw e.V. The development of a new logo followed.
On January 25th, 2006, it is made official: Düsseldorf wins the bid! Under tanzhaus nrw’s auspices, the concept for Take-off: Junger Tanz. Tanzplan Düsseldorf managed to convince. Together with a number of Düsseldorf partners, this formed the foundation for the next five years to provide a hitherto neglected genre of dance art for children and youths with sustainable momentum. tanzhaus nrw also continued its international dialogue in the form of TEMPS D’IMAGES and IDEE (Initiatives in Dance through European Exchange).
At the start of the year, tanzhaus nrw increased its visibility as a strong partner in production: On the one hand, it coordinated the Deutscher Produzentenpreis (DPC) (German Producer’s Award), and it hosted numerous national and international co-productions on the other hand. tanzhaus nrw, along with five international partners, among them choreographer Rui Horta’s Portuguese production venue, advanced the idea of a laboratory at the intersection of different art genres in the form of European project COLINA – Collaboration in Arts in August of 2005.
tanzhaus nrw acted as a production partner for the first time, partnering for the Internationales Tanzfestival (ITF) under Pina Bausch’s direction, taking place during the summer. And: In February, tanzhaus nrw organised the sixth Tanzplattform Deutschland, the most important forum on contemporary dance in Germany.
Aided by a more clearly defined programme format, tanzhaus nrw improves its agency for contemporary dance arts with a diverse set of offerings, among them a highlight series presenting dance companies such as Rosas, Batsheva Dance and artists like Marie Chouinard. Mid-year saw the tanzhaus nrw celebrating its history, spanning almost 30 years, with a four-day festival.
Dance festival Global Dance – aesthetics of diversity issued an invitation to 36 international dance companies and 150 dance creators to gather in Düsseldorf for a duration of more than ten days. tanzhaus nrw also accounted for the festival’s artistic programme, commissioned by the World Dance Alliance (WDA) and funded with special financial subsidy by the Ministry for Urban Development, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Additionally, the house again acted as a host for the Internationale Tanzmesse NRW.
tanzhaus nrw installs the tanzmaxx series for a young audience at tanzhaus nrw, acknowledging the dance sector for children and youths for the first time. It introduces children, youths and teachers to a sector that is barely existent in Germany, via festivals, guest performances, commissioned works and workshops aimed at the target group. The inception of Junges Ensemble (Young Ensemble) at tanzhaus nrw (JET) under choreographer Ulla Geiges’ direction creates great resonance. Bad news: Educational programme European Dance Development Center (EDDC) at tanzhaus nrw, a cooperation with Arnhem University, has to end due to a cut in public funding that mainly flowed from the Netherlands. Festival Global Beat marked the first time tanzhaus nrw played the Düsseldorf Altstadt city centre as an open-air event.
This year, the tanzhaus team succeeded in concentrating the originally varied “Werkstatt” concept that included all art genres on the dance sector and to further reach qualification, in organisation as well as artistically. The start of the Düsseldorf Kultursalon also happened during the year, with major support from tanzhaus nrw. tanzhaus nrw participated in the Internationales Tanzfestival (ITF) under Marc Jonker’s artistic direction in spring 2000.
Professional training offering began, immediately drawing numerous regional dancers. With this offering, tanzhaus nrw provided a daily training regimen for the region’s professional dancers, in addition to the three-year educational programme at the European Dance Development Center (EDDC). International exchange programmes between tanzhaus nrw and other partners, so-called “Dance Links”, started with the Netherlands, later going on to include Belgium (2001), Great Britain (2003), Switzerland (2004), Austria (2008), Hungary (2010) and Poland (2011/12).