Alongside the public strand of our programme our work encompasses many practical and theoretical exchanges, discussion formats and other diverse activities that expand on and lend visibility to the fundamental intersections between art, knowledge and society.  Through our involvement with the local community and long-term co-operations with universities, research institutions and international networks, we are constantly developing these formats which we understand as essential resources for all our undertakings.
You can read about the diverse activities that form the backbone of our work under the rubric ›PACT Relationen‹.



… are delighted that Forced Entertainment’s production ›Real Magic‹, which was co-produced by PACT and premiered here in May 2016, has been shortlisted for the Berliner Theatertreffen 2017.

… are the host of the biennale German Dance Platform from 14.-18. March 2018.

... are part of the theatre network RuhrBühnen which links 11 publicly funded theatres in the Ruhr District. The network will be officially launched on 1. October 2017 with a jointly organised tour through the region’s theatre landscape.

... are part of the ›Alliance of international production houses‹ (Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser e.V.) which enables us to develop resources and implement new incentives in partnership with HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste (Dresden), Forum Freies Theater (Dusseldorf) and tanzhaus nrw (Dusseldorf). The project is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

…work within the framework of a new fellowship programme with eight independent artists who, under the label HOOD, are collectively investigating the possibilities of cooperative practises. HOOD are the former Forsythe Company members Cyril Baldy, Katja Cheraneva, Frances Chiaverini, Josh Johnson, Fabrice Mazliah, Roberta Mosca, Tilman O’Donnell and Elizabeth Waterhouse.

…host the Sozialraumkonferenz (social space conference) in Essen City District VI - Zollverein made up of 125 representatives from the areas of education, social work, church and police services. We initiate projects within the Arbeitskreis Kunst und Soziales (art and social engagement working group) such as the community project ›Katernberg blitzt auf‹ and are currently planning a new satellite communal space in a former shop in Essen-Katernberg. ›Café Simpatico‹ on a weekly basis for (new) families in Essen of all countries of origin. Our partner in this project is the children and family centre BLAUER ELEFANT Zollverein.

… collaborate closely with diverse cultural institutions in NRW including the nrw landesbuero tanz and the youth dance platform DYNAMO as well as the Cologne based Ensemble Musikfabrik.
...cooperate with seven other cities in the region within the framework of the Tanzproduzentenkonferenz NRW in implementing the biennale festival tanz nrw.

…are a member of the network, represent Germany in the European network Aerowaves and are a partner in the international network for the development of contemporary dance in Europe [DNA].

… are a holder since 2015 of the honorary title of ›Ort des Fortschritts‹ (Place of progress) awarded by the Ministries of Science, Economics and Urban development of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in acknowledgement of our work in facilitating dialogue between contemporary artistic strategies and other diverse fields of knowledge. 

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