December 2013

exchanges / Performances / workshops
›dynamo‹, the dance platform for young people organised by the nrw landesbuero tanz, comes to PACT Zollverein. ›dynamo‹ is all about youth dance and includes presentations of dance pieces created by young people with professional dancers, choreographers and teachers as well as a programme offering specialist back-up and workshops for dance dissemination experts. ›dynamo‹ opens with ›HOLE‹, a performance for young people, followed by a workshop for children.  more ...
Performance for children
The dance platform for young people ›dynamo‹ gets underway with ›BURACO‹ (hole) a performance for children by Brazilian choreographer Elisabete Finger. Using a host of different materials, she and the dancers create a landscape in which everything is perforated and waiting to be explored. Diving in and out, disappearing, crisscrossing and resurfacing, the performers reveal an exciting world of vibrant colours behind what’s apparently visible. more ...
Performance
For their latest work, the dance-maker collective MAMAZA – Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy have teamed up with contemporary musicians from Ensemble Nikel. Both collectives shared the ambition of making a work in which dance and music meets without either entity falling into a subordinate role. more ...
Since 2002 PACT Zollverein has, in the framework of the ATELIER series, offered emerging and established choreographers, dancers, performers, fine artists and musicians from NRW, Germany and abroad a chance to present their work to the general public during a shared evening length programme. Each ATELIER edition gives rise to a hybrid programme featuring performance, art exhibits, music, dance, film, readings, photography, theatre, lectures and video art. Held throughout the building, the next edition will be on the 6th of December. more ...

November 2013

Portraits of affinities in animal metaphors / Performance in English French and German
Following the example of her internationally acclaimed solo ›LAUGH‹, presented at PACT in 2011, choreographer and performer Antonia Baehr has again invited friends to write compositions for her. This time for ›Abecedarium Bestiarium‹ she proposed they write short pieces for an ABC of extinct animals: D for dodo, T for the Tasmanian tiger… Each author was asked for a score singling out their affinity with an extinct animal of their choice while reflecting metaphorically on their friendship with the choreographer. more ...
International festival of the re-narrated film
›Total Recall‹ invites ordinary film viewers to take to the stage and recount a film in their own words. From spotting unintended humour to exploring dress codes for female characters, anything goes. The rules are easy: The film in question must have been released; no notepads, props, recorded sound or images are allowed; the re-narration can be held by one or two people and shouldn’t be longer than 10 minutes.  There are no genre restrictions. At the end, the audience selects the deserving candidate who gets to take home the winner’s trophy. more ...
Interactive symposium
How can mediation, participation and incentive strategies practiced in the arts be applied effectively in social fields? What kind of interesting possibilities arise through dialogue with artistic practices for day-to-day social work with children and adolescents? Building on past editions of the series, ›EXPLORATIONEN13‹ looks at how ideas from the fields of games research, performance, art mediation and urban research can be used by professionals working in social contexts.  more ...
Multiple screen video performance with live music
Jerusalem, Yerushalyim, Al Quds – etymological ›City of Peace‹, sacred place of three world religions, witness to a volatile mixture of conflicting interests over centuries. Israelis and Palestinians live here side by side albeit separated by ideological and physical borders. The celebrated Belgian multimedia collective, BERLIN, who regularly present their sensitive documentary performances at PACT Zollverein, now revisit the Holy City. more ...

October 2013

Re-Enactment of fleeting appearances / Performance
In their new work Hofmann&Lindholm reconstruct in media historically documented situations that have taken place in interiors in the 20th Century. In striking and unequivocal terms, ›Nebenschauplätze Nr.1‹ extracts the superficial splendor from history by solely following the shadows that spawned a distinct event. Alluding to protagonists such as Otto Hahn, Marie Curie or the space dog Laika, the piece is a collection of bright, lucid snapshots and a masterstroke of transitory manifestations.  more ...
Performance
Vlatka Horvat studied theatre, performance studies and visual art practice (PhD) and works across a wide range of fields, such as sculpture, installation, drawing, performance, photography and text. Her works have been shown as solo exhibitions in Boston University Art Gallery, Rachel Uffner Gallery (New York) and Zak|Branicka (Berlin) amongst others. Horvat's recent projects include installations for the Greater New York at MoMA PS1 (New York) and the 11th Istanbul Biennale. more ...
Performance
»Verdonck and Eynaudi develop their thesis with consistency – subtly and without pretension, with the aim of influencing our perception. […] In which they succeed brilliantly.« DE STANDAARD more ...
In english
Photographer, author and teacher Walid Raad is one of the most influential figures on the international art scene. more ...

 

An interactive symposium in 3 episodes in 3 days
PACT Zollverein’s yearly international symposium IMPACT, initiated in 2004, brings together around 35 artists, practitioners, theoreticians and advanced students in the fields of dance, theatre, performance, visual arts, new media and film, for a three day exchange engaging critically with the artistic strategies and working methods of three exceptional guest artists. Each day's internal agenda is devised and led by one of the guest artists and informed by all the participants. more ...

September 2013

With ›the fault lines‹, choreographers Meg Stuart and Philipp Gehmacher and visual artist Vladimir Miller have achieved a sensitive masterpiece. What begins as an intense physical interaction gradually, almost imperceptibly, becomes a fascinating video installation. Again and again the perspectives of the audience on the two performers shift. more ...
An empty space. The floor covered with cardboard signs. Word by word, three performers start to uncover a text of mysterious origins. In her legendary work ›Laughing Hole‹, La Ribot fuses performance and exhibition to create a new kind of performative art. During the six hour performance the audience can come and go as they please, while the performers are bound to continue their work in time and space. Absurd like Beckett, existential like Abramovic´, as immediate as a human tragedy. more ...
Brazilian choreographer Bruno Beltrão is widely known with his company Grupo de Rua for his danced deconstruction of hip-hop.  Beltrão’s international breakthrough came with his acclaimed productions H2 and H3. In 2010, he was awarded New York’s prestigious Bessie Award for H3 which was presented at PACT Zollverein in 2008 during the International Dance Festival NRW directed by Pina Bausch. more ...

August 2013

Brazilian choreographer Bruno Beltrão is widely known with his company Grupo de Rua for his danced deconstruction of hip-hop.  Beltrão’s international breakthrough came with his acclaimed productions H2 and H3. In 2010, he was awarded New York’s prestigious Bessie Award for H3 which was presented at PACT Zollverein in 2008 during the International Dance Festival NRW directed by Pina Bausch. more ...

July 2013

The Kurt Jooss Prize was established as a prize for young choreographers in 2001 on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Kurt Jooss, creator of the anti-war dance drama, ›The Green Table‹, co-founder of the Folkwang Academy and founder of the Folkwang Dance Studio. Carrying an endowment of 6.000 Euro, the prize is sponsored by the Anna and Hermann Markard Foundation Amsterdam and the City of Essen and is awarded every three years. It is open to choreographers of all ages who are not yet fully established in the profession. There are no style restrictions. more ...
Setting the entire Metropolis Ruhr alight, Extraschicht (Night of Industrial Culture) is a special programme of cultural events put on once a year at former industrial landmarks.  As one of 50 participating locations in 2013, PACT Zollverein plays host to the Dortmund indie band ›Sisterkingkong‹ and the funky rap crossover group ›Schneider Hip Hop Band‹.  more ...

June 2013

Performance in English
»a humorous, many-layered performance. The Ampes make use of the simplest of means to create an unforgettable performance about very recognisable mechanisms.« theaterkrant.nl ›Jake & Pete’s Big Reconciliation Attempt for the Disputes from the Past‹ was created by brothers Pieter and Jakob Ampe under the mentorship of Alain Platel within the framework of CONNECT CONNECT project initiated by the international theatre festival SPIELART München. more ...

 

Installation / Performance
Following ›Die Scheinwerferin‹, presented at PACT Zollverein in 2011, Naoko Tanaka assumes a less prominent role in the second part of her Shadow Trilogy. The main protagonist in ›Absolute Helligkeit‹ is a single source of light which appears like an autonomous eye. In astronomy, the concept of ›absolute magnitude‹ (German ›Absolute Helligkeit‹, literally ‘absolute brightness’) is a measure of a celestial object's intrinsic brightness. more ...
Performance in English
»(...) a challenging meditation on form and memory, but performed with such droll tension that it's also a deliciously entertaining kind of dance theatre.«  The Guardian Former Royal Ballet soloist Jonathan Burrows and composer Matteo Fargion describe what they do as ›handmade and human- scale‹. They build with simple, non-spectacular elements but arrive often at a deceptive virtuosity, radiating delight even as it makes the audience think. more ...
Performance
There is something in the pure physicality of sports that we find uniquely attractive and fascinating. From the Games of Ancient Greece, to the frenzied crowds of modern stadiums, sporting competition has produced a powerful form of communal rapture. In ›Slow Sports‹, choreographer Albert Quesada brings the total experience of sport into the theatre. He places the audience on a grandstand and provides five dancers with the rules of the game in an attempt to understand how sports are experienced, and why they hold such a fascination for us. more ...
Live-Installation
How much creative potential lies in destruction?  Does manipulation offer an insight into the true nature of things? In her live installation ›Worktable‹, open for several days in a series of rooms at PACT Zollverein, performer and choreographer Kate Mcintosh invites visitors to engage in a complicit task of dismantling and reassembling:  Once inside you are given instructions, equipment and safety goggles so you can get to work - it's up to you to decide how things come apart, and how they come back together…  more ...

 

PACT Zollverein invites you to its third Summer Festival in and around the former pithead baths at the Zollverein World Heritage site! more ...
Dance / Performance
In her latest work ›Built to Last‹ multiple award winning choreographer, Meg Stuart, confronts five performers with overwhelming works of classical and contemporary music which have virtually all significantly influenced the history of music in terms of both technique and content. more ...

May 2013

Performance
Following on from ›Untried Untested‹ and ›Dark Matter‹ presented at PACT Zollverein in 2010 and 2012 respectively, Kate McIntosh returns this year with the premiere of her new creation ›All Ears‹ in which she sets up the stage as an improvised adhoc laboratory for a series of unusual recordings and acoustic experiments. Using everyday objects and materials, sounds are gathered, recorded and played back – the action of one part of the performance providing soundtrack, background or atmosphere for another. more ...
present their own works at PACT Zollverein
From its very beginning, PACT Zollverein has enjoyed close links to the Wuppertaler Tanztheater in a variety of contexts: Ensemble members have taught classes and workshops here and, in 2004 and again in 2008, PACT Zollverein was a partner venue to the International Dance Festival (ITF) under the direction of Pina Bausch. Now 12 dancers from the current ensemble are bringing their own first short choreographies to PACT’s stage. more ...

 

Dance / Performance
THE WHITE VOID_SERIES is not a performance in the conventional sense but rather a performative installation which invites the audience over a period of two hours to look and to listen, to linger or come and go as they please. more ...
Performance
›ROTLICHT‹ is an artistic encounter between choreographer, dancer and long-term former director of the Folkwang Tanzstudio Company, Henrietta Horn, and composer, musician and publisher, Dorothée Hahne. Created in part during a residency at PACT Zollverein, the result of their collaboration is a powerfully immediate multi-part interdisciplinary performance combining choreography, music, live electronics and improvisation.   more ...
Performance
In his most recent piece ›The Walk‹ dancer and choreographer Martin Nachbar, who last appeared at PACT Zollverein in 2011 with his production ›nach Hause‹, invites the audience to accompany him and his four collaborators on foot once around the block of the former pit head bath building which today houses PACT Zollverein. Walking, running, or moving backwards together as a crowd, the participants become protagonists in a performance which interacts with the striking backdrop of the Zollverein complex and in which the journey itself is the goal.  more ...
Dance / Performance
›Young & Furious‹ marks the first collaboration between two unconventional theatre makers: The multi award-winning Algerian choreographer Samir Akika, who last appeared at PACT Zollverein in 2011 with his production ›Me and my Mum‹ and Münster director Johannes Fundermann, team up with eight young people from Belgium and Germany. Together they share their different perspectives on the society we live in. more ...

April 2013

»(…) Chorus is a masterpiece for the eyes and ears. This is a sensitive show that fulfils our cosmic appetite and makes up for our lack of beauty (…)«  Quest-France »(…) as refreshing as a breeze and enchanting as a dream«  LES INROCKUPTIBLES Encounters are a recurring theme in French choreographer Mickaël Phelippeau’s work. more ...
Performance in French with German surtitles
French artist Fanny de Chaillé’s new work skillfully interweaves European and Japanese narrative traditions. Drawing on the ancient Japanese puppet theatre form Bunraku, Chaillé introduces a few decisive changes - the customary puppet role is taken by a dancer, the musician plays the ukulele instead of the shamisen and, in place of legends, the narrator recites from Thomas Bernhard’s play ›Minetti‹.  more ...
Performance in Japanese with German surtitles
Philippe Quesne’s new show ›Anamorphosis‹, created in Japan with four young actresses from the ›Seinendan Company‹ premieres in Tokyo in February. True to his emblematic ›theatrical laboratory‹ style, Quesne’s work tries to modify conventions and generates an ambiguously shaped universe in which dreams and matter, music and languages, smoke and light, solitude and companionship, all mix together.  more ...

 

Dance
Award winning director and choreographer Laurent Chétouane’s new work is commissioned by the Franco-German initiative Transfabrik. The duo ›M!M‹  with Matthieu Burner and Mikael Marklund explores the term friendship  not only from the social perspective of a private intimate relationship between two people but also in reference to its political dimensions. more ...
Franco-German festival within the framework of the project TRANSFABRIK
with performance programmes in Hamburg, Essen, Berlin and Saarbrucken and Brest, Metz and Paris ›TRANSFABRIK‹ is a bilateral federal incentive initiated by the Institut Français Deutschland / Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut. more ...

March 2013

Dance / Performance
Moving between the poetic and the bizarre, slapstick humor and the contradictory depths of the human condition, Grace Ellen Barkey creates visually striking tableaux vivants laced with absurdity.  In her latest production ›MUSH-ROOM‹ created in close collaboration with scenographer Lot Lemm, hallucinogenic episodes converge in a surreal autumnal scenario of decaying beauty in which the performers’ ultimate resistance wins the day over melancholia. more ...
Performance
Jefta van Dinther, who last appeared at PACT Zollverein with his production GRIND, which won the Wild Card 2012 award at the NRW theater festival FAVORITEN 2012, has created his latest work in collaboration with the Brazilian choreographer and performer Thiago Granato. In ›THIS IS CONCRETE‹ two male bodies slowly interact, blurring the boundaries and limits between self and other. more ...

 

Performance
Eva Meyer-Keller, who last appeared at PACT Zollverein in spring 2012 in her cooking show performance ›Cooking Catastrophes‹, quite literally takes the strings into her own hands in her new project ›Pulling Strings‹. Centre stage here is held by an eclectic mix of commonplace and normally unseen theater objects such as gaffer tape, extension cables, a microphone, bucket, tea bags, or a broom which are attached to threads and set into motion by the performers. more ...

February 2013

Performance
To ask another person for something important has a special dimension and function in life. Such requests create the possibility for change; to respond affirmatively is to shift reality in a direct and profound way. Reality within the performers’ performances, whether true or false, dreamt or wished for, results only with the help of the others individual stories.  more ...
Dance / Performance
›Tentative Assembly (the tent piece)‹ is a sequel to Eleanor Bauer's last group piece ›A Dance for the Newest Age (the triangle piece)‹. Where laws of form preceded action in ›(the triangle piece)‹, inquisitive action precedes form in ›(the tent piece), asking not what it means to make shapes together, but what kinds of shapes emerge from tackling the meaning and experience of being together. more ...

January 2013

Performance
Following ›Field Works‹ their captivating and internationally acclaimed series of site-specific performances in semi-public spaces such as hotels and offices, which includes ›Field Works-Office‹, presented at PACT Zollverein in 2012, Heine Adval and Yukiko Shinozaki are making a return to a theatre setting. more ...

 

Exhibition
One of only two editions of its kind worldwide, the fifty etching-engravings in the series ›Bizzarrie di divarie figure‹ (Oddities of various figures) by Giovanni Battista Bracelli from the celebrated Werner Nekes collection will be exhibited at PACT Zollverein during the first half of 2013. Dating from 1624 and dedicated to Don Pietro de Medici, the etchings make use of allegory and Emblem to allude to evident and hidden meaning. more ...
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