Junges Tanzhaus on demand

Analogue and digital performances for school classes

We provide dance and performance despite the pandemic and hybrid classes, with the Junges Tanzhaus on demand programme. A series of classroom plays as well as digital performances have been co-produced within the framework of Take-off: Junger Tanz, and schools may now start booking them for the school year 2021/2022. You may book single or multiple performance, depending on facility, for the admission of 3 € per pupil. Our offering aims to reach schools, digitally or in the analogue realm, that wish to continue to offer dance and performance to their pupils during the pandemic.

The Kleine Monster series is geared towards primary school children, while the Melancholie & Muskeln series, on the other hand, bundles pieces that are directed towards a youthful audience in both themes and aesthetics.

Please feel free to contact Laura Pais, school advisor at tanzhaus nrw, for bookings and more information: lpais@tanzhaus-nrw.de

Kleine Monster series / classroom play

Alfredo Zinola
200 ways

In his solo “200 ways”, dancer and choreographer Alfredo Zinola uses movement to create a bond between himself and the audience. In this playful performance for a young audience, even the simplest movement of a finger can talk about so many things. Here, a different kind of movement virtuosity is proposed: instead of tricks and jumps, simple common gestures serve to generate an encounter between the performer and the spectators. Just by looking, the spectators become protagonists. This exchange creates a unique language of movement that enables understanding, complicity and togetherness. “200 Ways” oscillates between the abstract, the personal, and the fantastic to create an unfamiliar yet fascinating movement universe, where an outstretched hand is as captivating as a somersault.
Alfredo Zinola, Factory Artist 2020 - 2022 at tanzhaus nrw, aims to make contemporary dance tangible for a young audience in a participatory way.

Duration: 50 min.

Alfredo Zinola streckt die rechte Hand gegen die Kamera

Kleine Monster series / classroom play

Alfredo Zinola
Other World

Alfredo Zinola and Anne-Hélène Kotoujansky invite the audience into the depths of a classroom in this production. In everyday life at the school, this chamber represents a practical, functional space in which all items are assigned to their respective fixed spots. What would it be like if we stopped, for a moment, to observe everything more clearly – to see all those things that are situated in this space, so well-known to us? Does anything reveal itself in a different light? Do we witness what happens when the children are not present in the classroom? We might even discover the campfire that lights up between the tables and the chairs in the evenings. Yet, we will only succeed in uncovering the invisible if we change our perspective.
“Other World” is a site-specific dance performance in a classroom, an aesthetic experience that will change the perspective the elementary class pupils have on their familiar surroundings.

Duration: 45 min.

Mitten in einer Schulklasse steht ein Turm aus Stühlen.
“I am interested in the production of contemporary dance performances for children. In this, I take inspiration from the relation between society and the world of children. I strive to create a consistent and uncompromising experience between the audience and the performers. Alfredo Zinola”

Kleine Monster series / digital performance

Lea Martini, Enis Turan und Johanna Ackva
Wie es wirklich war

How did the universe come into being? Did it grow out of a nutshell, from a rib, did it spring from stardust? And how did it all start? With a word, a crack, a moment of perfect silence? Artists Lea Martini, Enis Turan and Johanna Ackva, along with the participants, explore these questions in “Wie es wirklich war”. Assumptions, indications, and evidence are realised in talks, as workshops and in instant performances, with the aid of earthly materials, in bodies and on screens. The artistic team developed this online performance for school classes from the stage play “Eine Geschichte der Welt (A history of the world)”. Here, too, an “invitation to openness, fantasy and independent thought” (Potsdamer Neue Nachrichten) applies.

Lea Martini studied dance and choreography in Berlin, Arnhem and Amsterdam and founded choreographic collaborations such as performance collective White Horse and Deter/Müller/Martini. Johanna Ackva is an artist focussing on performance and dance. Enis Turan is trained in contemporary dance at the University of Music and Dance Cologne and University of the Arts Iceland, freelance dancer and choreographer in Berlin / NRW.

Duration: 45 min.

Männchen und Ball in Neonfarben auf dunkler Bühne

Melancholie & Muskeln series / digital performance

Wir sind die – ein digitales Trashedy Klassenzimmerstück

The play handles complex problems from the topics of environment and consumption, with simple means and in an entertaining way. In it, unequivocal, sometimes exaggerated scenes alternate with ambiguous body images. Pupils approach the topics in a digital workshop for the Wim-Wenders- School with the help of video chat tool BigBlueButton. The space in front of the screen becomes a moving space for thought in conversations, physical interventions and performative moments. This digital classroom play is based on the production “Trashedy”. 

Duration: approx. 80 min.

Zwei Performer*innen stehen hintereinander auf der Bühne und werfen Plastikbecher von sich.


„200 ways“ From and with: Alfredo Zinola; Production: Micaela Kühn Jara; Dramaturgy: Maxwell McCarthy; Music: Caspar Hesselager; Costume: Claudia Hill; Lighting design: Marek Lamprecht; Tech: Emanuele Vallinotti. A production by Alfredo Zinola with tanzhaus nrw as part of von Take-off: Junger Tanz, Arts Printing House Vilnius and KLAP Maison pour la danse.
Funded by Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, Kunststiftung NRW, NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Koproduktionsförderung Tanz, funded by Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. With special thanks to Tanzhaus Zürich and to Grundschule Flurstrasse in Düsseldorf.

„Other World“ Concept: Alfredo Zinola; Performance: Anne-Hélène Kotoujansky, Alfredo Zinola; Music: N.N.; Lighting: Marek Lamprecht; Artistic Productionmanagement: Micaela Kühn Jara; Special thanks to: Abigail Conway, André Uerba.
A production by Alfredo Zinola, co-produced by tanzhaus nrw and Stamsund Teaterfestival Norway. Funded by Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW, NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste and Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München. 

„Wie es wirklich war“ Storytellers, dinosaur heads, talk, performance: Johanna Ackva, Enis Turan, Lea Martini; Stage design, costume design, props: Filomena Krause; Music: Theresa Stroetges.
A production from explore dance – Netzwerk Tanz für junges Publikum, a cooperation project from fabrik moves Potsdam, Fokus Tanz / Tanz und Schule e.V. München and K3 | Tanzplan Hamburg. Funded by TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with funds from der Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur, as part of NEUSTART KULTUR, Behörde für Kultur und Medien der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg, Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München and Bayerischen Landesverband für zeitgenössischen Tanz with funds from Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Unterricht und Kultus, as well as the Landeshauptstadt Potsdam and Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur des Landes Brandenburg.

„Wir Sind Die“ Idea and concept: performing:group; Directors: Daniel Mathéus and ensemble; With: Faris Saleh and Micha Baum; Video: Faris Saleh; Development: Daniel Mathéus, Laura Cadio, Cecilia Castellari, Marie-Lena Kaiser, Micha Baum, Faris Saleh; Assistants: Cecilia Castellari, Marie-Lena Kaiser; Sound composition: Martin Rascher; Cultural mediation: Laura Cadio, Julia Honer; Production: Laura Cadio, Martin Rascher; Dramaturgy: Julia Mota Carvalho. Based on the play „Trashedy“. Original direction: Leandro Kees; Original development: L. Kees, D. Mathéus, M. Rascher.
A play by performing:group in coproduction with tanzhaus nrw. Funded by Take-off: Junger Tanz, Kulturamt der Stadt Köln as well as the programm „Reload. Stipendien für Freie Gruppen“ der Kulturstiftung des Bundes.