December 2014

exchanges / Performances / workshops
PACT Zollverein plays host once again this year to ›dynamo‹, the dance platform for young people organised by the nrw landesbuero tanz. ›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. This edition of ›dynamo‹ opens with ›Matrioska‹, a playful performance by Portuguese choreographer Tiago Guedes.  more ...
Performance for children
›dynamo‹ gets underway with ›Matrioska‹ an acclaimed performance for children by Portuguese choreographer Tiago Guedes. The starting point for the piece is the idea that there are many layers of meaning in the things that surround us. What we see is the first, most obvious image, with many other images hiding behind it. Using the simplest of means, Guedes creates a place of constant discovery and curiosity, a magical world full of shapes, shadows and characters that amuse, delight, startle and raise questions.  more ...
Photography / video and installation art / Dance / Music / Performance
Since 2002, PACT Zollverein’s ATELIER series offers emerging and established artists from NRW, Germany and abroad a chance to present their work to the general public during a shared evening length programme. Each edition gives rise to a hybrid programme, shown throughout the building, featuring both completed works as well as projects under development from the fields of performance, choreography, video, media, sound and installation art and photography. more ...
Concert performance
Together with their fellow members of John The Houseband, Alma Söderberg and Hendrik Willekens captivated visitors to PACT’s Spring Festival earlier this year with a six hour candle lit concert performance. Now the Swedish choreographer and performer and Belgian artist return with ›Idioter‹ a riveting audio-visual concert playing on the rhythms and musicality of body, language and geometric drawings.  more ...

 

Performances in English
Former Royal Ballet soloist, Jonathan Burrows and composer, Matteo Fargion make a welcome return to PACT’s stage with two duets. more ...

November 2014

Performance
After the larger spectacles of ›Untried Untested‹ and ›Dark Matter‹ presented at PACT Zollverein in 2010 and 2012 respectively, New Zealand artist Kate McIntosh’s production ›All Ears‹ saw her return to the more intimate realm of the solo performance. Premiered at PACT Zollverein in 2013, ›All Ears‹ is driven by Kate’s ongoing fascination with destruction and creation, sense and nonsense, the whole and the fractured, by her playfulness with the audience and love of theatrical images. more ...
Lecture in English
Art historian Dorothea von Hantelmann is one of the most versatile figures on the German art scene. She has published on artists including Pierre Huyghe, Philippe Parreno and Jeff Koons, curated a series of projects and exhibitions at the crossroads of visual arts and theatre such as ›I promise it’s political‹ at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne and currently holds of a Professorship for the history and significance of the documenta at The University of Kassel’s School of Art and Design. more ...
In english
Composer, musician and installation artist Jonathan Bepler mingles seemingly disparate elements in his interdisciplinary works. His unmistakable style is hallmarked by a love of chaos, and a desire for reconciliation. Bepler has frequently worked for theater and dance productions and has collaborated with choreographers including John Jasperse and Sasha Waltz as well as notable musicians and orchestras such as the Ensemble Modern. more ...

 

Performance
Every theatre situation entails a random temporary community that follows it own rules: strangers meet up to sit more or less passively in the dark while watching others doing things in the light. In his latest work, French choreographer Xavier Le Roy has created three short pieces that try to displace the dividing lines between the public and the actors, fiction and reality, object and subject. more ...

October 2014

Performance
The works of Korean based choreographer, dancer and interdisciplinary artist, Geumhyung Jeong, constantly renegotiate the relationship between the human body and the objects which surround it. Through intense and risky physical interaction with her own body, she bestows plain everyday objects with bizarre and disconcerting lives of their own. more ...
Choreography by William Forsythe
»There’s no exhilaration quite like that of a Forsythe Company evening. (...) Made up of out-takes from works created by Forsythe over the last 30 years (...) [Study #3] has a relentless forward drive, revealing of the (...) choreographer’s preoccupation with the tragicomic nature of the human experience.« THE OBSERVER more ...
Video works
In recent years William Forsythe has been actively exploring his multidisciplinary interests and extending his choreographic thinking into new forms and modes of presentation such as installations for galleries and public spaces, video works, digital media and publications. In conjunction with the Forsythe Company’s performances of ›Study #3‹, PACT Zollverein presents a selection of William Forsythe’s film and video works which expand the possibilities of how dance is performed and perceived.  more ...

 

Dance / Performance
The dance-maker collective MAMAZA return to PACT Zollverein for the second this year with their acclaimed duet ›Eifo Efi‹. Drawing on their close relationship as collaborators, Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah evoke a virtual environment in which their bodies are multiplied by imagined realities and real reflections. At once whole and multiple, the piece invites us to investigate and untangle the ›who‹ and ›where‹ of a constructed spectacle of diverse forms, echoes and impressions. more ...
Performance
Drawing on hallmarks of the counterculture and experimental performances of the 60's such as excess, nudity, eroticism, ritualistic pleasure, audience participation and political engagement, the Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen, who regularly presents her critically acclaimed productions at PACT Zollverein, looks closely in her new solo ›69 positions‹ at the contemporary body searching for cracks in our understanding of sexuality today.  more ...

September 2014

Dance / Performance
›MONUMENT 0: HAUNTED BY WARS (1913—2013)‹ is the first part of a performance series by choreographer and performer Eszter Salamon engaging with the relationship between choreography and history. more ...
Dance / performance - one solo in three variations
With ›(Untitled) (2000)‹ award winning artist Tino Sehgal depicts an image of a world where dance and choreography can inspire a society. Originally conceived for the stage and danced by Sehgal himself, the solo remains in cultural memory as a ›museum of dance‹ – a museum containing movements and gestures of iconic dance styles rather than objects. Now, 14 years later, the bodies of three dancers confront the history of 20th century dance with the architecture of postindustrial landscapes. more ...

 

Theatre / Performance
Following the success of her durational performance ›Laughing Hole‹ at PACT Zollverein last year, choreographer and visual artist La Ribot returns to present the German premiere of her latest production ›El Triunfo de La Libertad‹ as part of the Ruhrtriennale 2014. Recurring themes in La Ribot’s creative work are artistic, political and social fantasies engaging with transformation: the transformation of things, ways of seeing and, not least, ourselves. more ...

August 2014

Concert / Performance
With ›20 Pianos‹, Matthew Herbert tells the stories of twenty unique pianos from all over the world ranging from Steinways at famous concert locations and fresh from the factory in Hamburg, to a school piano, the piano on which John Lennon wrote ‘Imagine’, and forgotten out-of-tune family and church pianos. Each piano has been sampled, and documented in photographs and through a short oral history by Herbert. The resulting material is brought to life partly in the form of new compositions and partly in improvisations. more ...

July 2014

Exchange for students in Essen / Marseille and Kyoto
Following previous editions produced with collaborating institutions from the USA (2009) and Turkey (2011), the third edition of  Feldstärke International - the transnational variant of PACT Zollverein’s Feldstärke regional programme initiated in 2009 - takes place in 2014 in cooperation with the transdisciplinary creative centre ›Montévidéo‹ in Marseille and the Kyoto Arts Center. more ...

June 2014

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. This year PACT Zollverein plays host to the New Orleans Jazz Band ›The Marmadukes‹ and the funky rap crossover group ›Schneider Hip Hop Band‹. more ...

 

Public Showing
While working in residency at PACT Zollverein from the 16th to the 25th of June, German choreographer Nicole Beutler is presenting a first public showing of her latest production ›5:ECHO‹ that premieres next month during the Julidans festival in Amsterdam. more ...
Two different evening length programmes revealing the breadth of work of a new generation of artists: P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) headed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and founded in 1995, is considered one of the most important and instigative training centres for dance and performance in Europe. PACT Zollverein enjoys a long term collaborative relationship with the Brussels-based training centre and has been a partner in the DÈPARTS network for over ten years.  more ...

May 2014

Dance / Performance
»How can I digest the many influences and traces that shaped me as a person and artist? How can a body unfold quantum genealogies and unrealised histories?« Meg Stuart more ...
Performance
The multi-prize winning theatre group, AKHE, bursts with unequivocal chaotic Russian temperament onto the stage. In ›Gobo‹, created in seventeen short vignettes in different genres from performance to cinema to shadow play, the avant-garde absurdists from St. Petersburg conjure up a stream of explosively expressive, bizarre happenings each framed in ironic relation to heroes and the remnants leftovers of heroism in each of us.   more ...

 

Performance
In her production ›Pulling Strings‹ first presented last year at PACT Zollverein and now returning as part of the programme of the puppet theatre festival FIDENA, artist Eva Meyer-Keller quite literally takes the strings into her own hands: Against a musical backdrop of well known compositions including Prokofiev’s ›Romeo and Juliet‹ or Strawinsky’s ›Sacre du Printemps‹, an eclectic cast of commonplace and normally unseen theater objects such as gaffer tape, extension cables, microphones, a bucket, tea bags, or a broom all begin to devel more ...
›FIDENA‹ is a platform for daring, subversive puppet theatre productions at the interface between the visual and performing arts. Following PACT Zollverein’s first collaboration with ›FIDENA‹ in 2008, the festival returns this year with two productions focusing on the relationship between movement, figure and space: ›Gobo.Digital Glossary‹ by the Russian collective AKHE and ›Pulling Strings‹ a performance by Eva Meyer-Keller developed in part in residency at PACT Zollverein.   more ...
Performance
Based on the award winning 1986 novel by Hungarian writer Ágota Kristóf, Forced Entertainment’s production The Notebook tells the story of two brothers evacuated to the countryside during World War Two, to stay at their impoverished grandmother’s farm. more ...

April 2014

Dance / Performance
The Flemish director and artist Jan Lauwers is one of the major innovators of European theatre. His productions for the Needcompany have been shown at leading venues and festivals worldwide such as the Burgtheater in Vienna, the Salzburg Festival or the Ruhrtriennale festival. Lauwers background as a visual artist has been decisive in his handling of the medium of theatre and has led to a highly individual and in many ways pioneering theatrical idiom.  more ...

 

From road movies and documentaries to film essays and literary adaptations, the multi-award winning film director and photographer, Wim Wenders is internationally acclaimed for his atmospherically dense and striking film imagery. Wenders breakthrough came in 1973 with the road movie Alice in the Cities (Alice in den Städten) which traces a journey from the USA via Wuppertal to the Ruhr District where he was later to film PINA, his vivid cinematic monument to Pina Bausch which received the German Film Prize in 2011 and was nominated for an Oscar in 2012. more ...
PINA40 – 40 years Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, jubilee season 2013/2014 in Wuppertal, Dusseldorf, Essen Direction: Ulli Stepan, Robert Sturm Advisor: Peter Pabst Executive director Dirk Hesse Organisers: The State of North Rhine-Westphalia, City of Wuppertal, NRW state capital Dusseldorf, City of Essen more ...
Making a concert means work. ›SKILLS‹ alias Camilla M. Fehér and Sylvi Kretzschmar investigate links between the body, technique, control and chaos in a concert performance that appears to be the acoustic result of perfectly synchronized hand grasps, sweat-inducing motion and piles of self-soldered cables. There is no way to distinguish whether the body reacts to the music or the music is initiated, produced and modulated by the body.  more ...
Performance
The starting point for ›PAUSING‹ by Ioannis Mandafounis and May Zarhy is the idea that the existence of a movement, much like the essence of poetry, cannot be consistently explained or defined by reasoning. Yet we are continually surrounded by movement that can guide, intrigue or touch us. ›PAUSING‹ negotiates the liminal space between dance and movement, between imaginary scenes and momentary realities. Together the performers create a personal account of intimacy and invite the audience to pause and encounter the ephemeral for but a short moment. more ...

 

Dance / Performance
The dance-maker collective MAMAZA Ioannis Mandafounis, Fabrice Mazliah and May Zarhy, regular guests on PACT’s programme, return now on two consecutive evenings with two distinctively different duets. In ›Eifo Efi‹ Ioannis Mandafounis and Fabrice Mazliah draw on their close relationship as collaborators to evoke a virtual environment in which their bodies are multiplied by imagined realities and real reflections. more ...
Dance / Performance
Created with composer Fredy Vallejos, a violist, and eight dancers from ZOO, choreographer Thomas Hauert’s latest work is a polyphonic, abstract piece with neither a linear story nor fixed characters. In a subtle alchemy between improvisation and composition and seeking to free us from language and short-circuit our rational thinking, ›MONO‹ is a radiophonic invitation to appreciate the volatility and complexity of our subjective consciousnesses. more ...
Dance
Philosophical writings frequently form the starting point for Laurent Chétouane’s stage works. In his latest production, the award winning director and choreographer approaches Jean-Luc Nancy’s definition of ›openness‹ as the infinity and plurality of meaning. But how can choreography be so open that form in its finiteness remains infinite? Accompanied by a live musical score for violin, viola, piano and cello, four dancers develop constellations in which they identify the multiplicity of simultaneous possibilities in space. more ...

March 2014

Let your imagination soar! In cooperation with INITIATIVE HÖREN and the West German broadcasting corporation WDR, PACT Zollverein is devoting a day to the quintessential medium of radio and its ability to trigger the mind’s capacity to imagine and visualize. Join us for a rich mix of classic and current German radio plays and dramas that can be heard in many different settings throughout the building throughout. more ...

 

Performance in English
Back in the days when the curtains of a theatre opened, the stage presented itself as a battlefield of good against evil, beauty against ugliness, god against devil. But what if there were no more curtains and all such dichotomous theatrical paradigms were suddenly dissolved?  After heroically exploring the dangerous shallows of pop culture in ›Entertainment Island‹ and post modernity’s secret codes of desire and oblivion in ›MOPMA 1‹, OBLIVIA embarks on a new adventure questioning and exploring the remains of theatricality in the performing arts. more ...
›John The Houseband‹ is a collective of artists from Germany, Iceland, Belgium, Spain and Sweden who blur the boundaries between performance, dance and music concerts. On the last official day of winter, they invite you to join them at a table in PACT’s candlelit foyer for their first ever durational concert which will literally last as long as the candles burn.  ›John The Houseband‹ are Dennis Deter, Alma Söderberg, Melkorka Sigridur, Anja Mueller, Roger Sala Reyner and Hendrik Willekens. more ...
Performance in English
›Legends & Rumours‹ brings together three very different performing artists, Phil Hayes, Maria Jerez and Thomas Kasebacher in an investigative collaborative process, on the hunt for new legends. What turns a banal occurrence into a momentous moment? How do stories become legends? With absurd sophistication and an unerring sense of timing, the trio explores what it takes for an event to acquire cult or even mythical status.  more ...
PACT’s first Spring Festival will be boasting charming performances, fascinating listening experiences and delicious springtime cuisine. All the featured works draw playfully on the power of the audiences’ imagination: trio Phil Hayes, Maria Jerez & Thomas Kasebacher explore, with great enthusiasm and light heartedness, what it really takes for an event to acquire cult status. With their customary irreverent humor, the Finnish collective Oblivia take on the mammoth task of reconciling post modernity’s secret codes with theatricality. more ...

 

This special edition of the ATELIER series entitled ›ATELIER & Guests‹ features works by students of the BA programme ›Dance, Context, Choreography‹ and the MA programmes ›Choreography‹ and ›Solo/Dance/Authorship (SODA)‹ at the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT). Alongside this, visitors can also enjoy, in true ATELIER style, a diverse exhibition of works by young artists from NRW, Germany and abroad working in the fields of photography, installation, electronic media, video and fine arts. more ...

February 2014

Dance / Lecture / Performance
In 2000, Sandra Iché wrote a history of ›L’Orient-Express‹, a Beirut based francophone magazine from the 1990s. 10 years later she conducted a new series of interviews with former contributors to the magazine set this time though fictively in the future. The interviews take place in 2030 and place the viewer in the position of looking at present occurrences and incidents in the Arab world as though they were memories from the past. more ...
A playful insight into Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki’s creative process
In parallel to their site specific performances of ›Field Works-hotel‹ at the Maritim Hotel Gelsenkirchen, Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki, alias fieldworks, will be working on their new creation ›distant voices‹ during a weeklong residency at PACT Zollverein. At the end of the week, the general public is warmly invited to join the artists in PACT’s foyer for a first insight into their creative process. more ...
Performance for just one spectator at a time
In a captivating encounter with the poetry of everyday life during PACT Zollverein’s summer festival 2012, Heine Avdal und Yukiko Shinozaki introduced visitors to a dream-like, absurd in-between world behind the closed doors of PACT’s offices. Now the two artists continue unraveling the conventions of non-theatrical spaces in an intimate site-specific performance set in a hotel. more ...

 

Durational Performance in English
At the beginning of their 30th anniversary year, Forced Entertainment, who last appeared in the NRW region at the Ruhrtriennale Festival in 2013, make a welcome return to PACT Zollverein with a rare performance of ›12am: AWAKE & LOOKING DOWN‹ their first ever durational work originally created in 1993. Over six hours, using cardboard signs to name themselves and a vast store of jumble sale clothing, five silent performers present an enthralling kaleidoscope of half-stories and ghost characters set loose in a magical space. more ...
Lecture in English
Before the durational performance ›12am: AWAKE & LOOKING DOWN‹, artistic director Tim Etchells talks in his lecture ›Counting to 30‹ about the work of Forced Entertainment and his solo practice in fiction and visual art, reflecting on 30 years of innovation and experiment. Focusing on his approaches to text and on working process, Etchells draws lines of connection between the diverse areas of his work. more ...
Poster exhibition
›Vacuum Days (The Show Stoppers)‹ is a selection of 20 posters taken from Tim Etchells 2011 project ›Vacuum Days‹ which comprised 365 days of online announcements for imaginary events, unlikely, absurd and uncomfortable performances, crazed lectures, and outrageous contests. more ...

January 2014

Dance / Performance
In his first commission for the Cullberg Ballet, Jefta van Dinther continues his research on synaesthesia - the synchronisation of several physically separated areas of sensitivity into one sensory impression – which he began in 2011 with his award winning production ›GRIND‹ which was co-produced by PACT Zollverein. more ...
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