December 2015

exchanges / Performances / workshops
PACT plays host for the third time 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 year’s edition is accompanied by the photo exhibition ›Drehmomente‹ featuring images from the previous two years.  more ...
photo art / Dance / Installation / Performance / Video
PACT’s hugely popular Atelier series offers emerging and established artists from home and abroad a chance to present work, either finished or in process, to the general public during a shared evening length programme which traditionally takes over the whole house.  In conclusion to our autumn season shifting the traditional boundaries of stage and auditorium, we’ve invited old friends and new acquaintances from PACT’s 13 year history to contribute to a special Atelier edition bringing visual and performance art into a dynamic dialogue with its setting. more ...

November 2015

Concert
Founded in 1990 and now regarded as one of the leading ensembles for contemporary music in Europe, Ensemble Musikfabrik is one of the three protagonists leading this year’s edition of IMPACT. To mark the occasion, Musikfabrik pianist Ulrich Löffler presents the chamber concert ›im freien – out of doors – en plein air‹. Inspired by Morton Feldman’s ›Nature Pieces for Piano‹, Löffler went in search of contemporary works related to nature only to find it to be a strangely neglected theme amongst composers of today. more ...
Lecture presentation
During IMPACT15 Halory Goerger offers an insight into his multifaceted work and will also talk about the ›L’Amicale de Production‹ cooperative which he co-founded. more ...

 

Dance / Performance
Since he was appointed ›Affiliated Artist‹ at PACT in 2013, Düsseldorf based choreographer Ben J. Riepe has researched and presented diverse works here exploring the boundaries between visual art, music theatre and performance. His latest production ›Untitled: Persona‹ gives center place to the human body as a conveyor of meaning, a projection surface and equally as a blank unwritten page. more ...
Dance / Performance
In June 2015 choreographer and regular PACT guest artist, Fabrice Mazliah, created a new work in collaboration with dancers of The Forsythe Company, which looks at how the understanding acquired by a community of dancers can be revealed to a public and simultaneously evolve towards something new. Recognizing that their actions are tangled with thoughts, but certainly not replaced by them, ›In Act and Thought‹ recomposes the performers’ working knowledge within an intricate machinery of shifting curtains. more ...

October 2015

Performance / Installation
In a new and extended version of his exhibition performance ›my shapes, your words, their grey‹, Austrian choreographer Philipp Gehmacher invites the audience to roam freely through a landscape of densely interwoven physical actions, sculptures and large format video projections. During the encounter which is accompanied live by French musician and artist Gérald Kurdian, Gehmacher addresses how fundamental questions in the performing and visual arts have informed and challenged his artistic practice. more ...
Dance / performance in English
From London to New York, Paris to Berlin, Shiraz to Taiwan, from Bertolt Brecht to Marcel Duchamp, Rudolf Laban to Martha Graham, from Merce Cunningham to David Gordon and Yvonne Rainer, from John Cage to Morton Feldman and La Monte Young, from Brian de Palma to Woody Allen and from King Lear to Othello: more ...

 

Dance / Performance
Having trained at the Paris Conservatoire and P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, the French choreographer and philosophy graduate Noé Soulier made a name for himself on the European dance scene with his piece ›Movement on Movement‹ from 2013. more ...

September 2015

Dance / Performance
Meg Stuart, a regular guest at PACT, is one of the most influential choreographers of the last two decades. After taking her own artistic and personal biography as a starting point for her solo work ›Hunter‹, she now draws inspiration from people who retreat from the real world and construct their own, fantastic set of rules. more ...
Theatre / Performance
The line »Be embraced, you millions« from Schiller’s ›Ode to Joy‹ provides the starting point for a creative encounter between teenagers from immigrant families and teenager asylum seekers living in the Ruhr District. more ...
Concert
Canadian singer-songwriter and composer Owen Pallett is regarded as one of the most exciting artists operating in the space between pop culture and classical tradition. As a solo artist he creates direct and highly emotional indie pop tracks with complex arrangements and texts influenced by both contemporary queer poetry and post-modern cultural theory. Composer Nico Muhly describes his eclectic songwriting as a ›curatorial gesture‹, equally capable of sampling Laurie Anderson, Wagnerian strings or West African rhythm patterns. more ...

August 2015

For the very first time, a diverse collection of social and cultural initiatives, groups and institutions working in the district of Katern­berg are jointly opening their doors to the local community for a vibrant programme of events. Whether you’re looking for an exhibition, a tour, a demonstration, a ceremony, handcrafts, a competition, to play a game, sing a song, have a cup of tea or something else entirely, the 7 hour occasion offers an unpre- more ...
Dance/Performance
Belgian director and writer Jan Decorte’s latest work ›Much Dance‹ revolves around two extraordinary love stories. Four striking stage personalities address central experiences of human existence such as love, desire and death in unadorned images. Decorte’s distinctive and somewhat playful physical lyricism doesn’t require virtuosity, trained bodies or strict dance grammar. more ...

July 2015

Concert
»Perfectly lovely… delightfully disgraceful« (Dummy-Magazin über Jaakko Eino Kalevi) This season comes to a close on a summery note with an open air concert featuring two internationally acclaimed live bands and a DJ.  The evening gets underway with a unique blend of psychedelic pop, funk and folk from Finnish singer and cult figure Jaakko Eino Kalevi.  more ...
Since 2002, PACT’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 featuring both completed works as well as projects under development from the fields of performance, choreography, video, media, sound and installation art and photography. Entries from artists working in all disciplines are welcome for the next Atelier on the 03. July 2015. more ...

June 2015

Join us on Friday the 26. June from 19 h for an exhibition of exemplary works drawn from the diverse fields of practice of partners in the medienwerk.nrw network which push and expand the ascribed borders of artistic sectors and disciplines. The exhibits include digital, time-based, physical, manual and conceptual approaches which together give a broad overview of current transdisciplinary working methods. The exhibition will be preceded by a lecture. more ...
Concert
Now in its fifteenth edition, Extraschicht (Night of Industrial Culture) is a unique cultural happening which sets 50 former industrial sites in the Metropolis Ruhr alight with music, dance, theatre, video and light installations. This year we are hosting two live concerts to mark the occasion. For the first set of the evening, Jan Plewka, lead singer of the German cult band ›Selig‹, teams up with the Schwarz-Rote Heilsarmee band to deliver a striking collection of interpretations of hit songs by his idol the German singer songwriter Rio Reiser.  more ...
Choreographer and visual artist Antonia Baehr creates sensuous and humorous pieces that investigate the experience of fiction in everyday life and in theatre. Her latest work ›Misses und Mysterien‹ was made in collaboration with the French dancer and performer Valérie Castan who has recently made a name for herself with audio descriptions of dance pieces for the blind and the visually impaired. more ...
The ›International Summer Battle‹ is being held for the first time this year at PACT. At the invitation of Pottporus e. V., two German and two international hip hop dancers will each compete in high-energy, crowd-rousing, one-on-one battles in one of four different categories. The evening is moderated by host presenter Engin with musical support from DJ Big Toni from the Minden collective Hitnapperz. more ...

 

Over four days, the first Ruhr Games brings together thousands of young people from all over Europe to compete with and against one another in a combination of Olympic, modern trend and action sports. As one of the main contest venues, the Zollverein world cultural heritage site is staging the table tennis, BMX Dirt Jump and MTB Slopestyle championships as well as a colourful open air festival redefining the borders between art and sport and underpinning social integration and inclusion. more ...

May 2015

Felix Kubin is an intriguing icon on the electronic scene with a crazy discography. His music is brimming with irony and futurism – as though Willy Wonka and Stanley Kubrick had started a band. His retro sound, which feels Eastern European, is very highly regarded and his live appearances reveal him to be a wonderful entertainer.  more ...
The son of two Presbyterian ministers from an American backwater called Spokane, James Pants went from being the teenage DJ for a black nationalist rap group to a multi-instrumentalist who can count on fans as diverse as Flying Lotus, Zane Lowe, Erol Alkan and Tyler The Creator. His music takes in ’80s boogie, synth experiments, garage rock and much more. His third album ›Seven Seals‹ was released in 2009. more ...
STUFF stands for great beats, crazy improvisation, dangerous synthesizer lines and alien grooves. Inspired by Kraftwerk and Flying Lotus and using samples and loops as the framework for groundbreaking, technically edifying jam sessions, STUFF describe their unique sound as Live Glitch TripHop. more ...

 

Dans Dans headstrong eclectic style takes in everything from garage jazz, psychedelic blues and ecstatic noir soundtracks to spacey rock-'n-roll. Especially in their live performances, dancing on the razor's edge, the band reveals its true nature as a restless gang of music junkies constantly on the hunt for musical innovation. more ...
Performance
›Mystery Magnet‹ is a performance by Belgian visual artist and theatre maker Miet Warlop made of moments of fragile illusionism, where fantasy and reality coexist. Sketching out a haunted world where humour is born from sadness and magic from the prosaic, seemingly unconnected figures, sculptures, tableaux vivants emerge from the darkness of the stage like theatrical creatures entering a terrain where freakish cuteness and desensitised cruelty, glittering promises and unstoppable destruction share a common space. more ...
Performance
With the help of his real friends and family members, Dutch Artist Feiko Beckers recounts and stages personal stories and experiences that often revolve around personal failures, accidents and embarrassments. His work is an attempt to find answers to the unexpected and relentless nature of these unfortunate events. Incorporating video, performance, spoken text, sculptures and even songs, he sets up engaging tales, which are always interrupted unexpectedly, thereby signaling their unavoidable and pre-determined failure. more ...
Exhibition
With: Pieterjan Ginckels, Dennis Tyfus, Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurdardóttir, Gerard Herman, SPIN, Gerard-Jan Claes & Olivia Rochette,  more ...

 

Never seen a Belgian? Grab your chance! Beursschouwburg – an arts centre in the heart of Brussels – takes the bus towards Essen. They’re bringing a small group of artists and an enthusiastic audience with them. more ...
Now in its tenth year and following stops in Los Angeles, Istanbul, Kyoto and France, PACT’s interdisciplinary platform feldstärke is again concentrating its focus on the local region. The coming edition brings together around 40 participants following courses in performance, choreography, graphics, video and media art, design, animation, photography, music and visual art at different university faculties in nrw, for an open and practice orientated exchange. more ...

April 2015

Dance
The works of Bonn based ensemble CocoonDance consistently challenge audiences to break with conventional ways of seeing. Inspired by the structure of DVDs and the interactive possibilities offered by ›bonus materials‹, ›PIECES OF ME‹, breaks free from linear narrative patterns and allows viewers to navigate individual dance fragments and construe themselves as participants, or commentators in an open space. more ...
In the context of ›Sprungbrett‹, a pilot project initiated by tanz nrw, two NRW based artists, Lihito Kamiya and Bianca Mendonça, were each invited to take up a three week research residency at PACT supported by an artistic mentor of their choice.  During tanz nrw 15, both artists will share the results of their working processes in a short 15 minute showing. more ...

 

Plenary discussion
What should or can educational programmes in the arts, particularly in dance and choreography, aspire to? What kind of curricular and learning structures does the present day demand? What type of environment is conducive to artistic thought and practices? International experts meet with artists and students from NRW to discuss contemporary art education. more ...
Lecture
In April 2013 artist Thomas Lehmen set out from PACT Zollverein on a solo motorcycle journey around the world with a planned duration of several years. In direct collaboration with people he encountered underway, Lehmen developed a series of ‘reciprocal gifts’ in the form of short dance works, performances and other communal activities. Before resuming his travels in South America, Thomas Lehmen returns to PACT to give an account of some of his stations to date in 26 countries on three continents. more ...
Dance / Performance
›Der letzte Schrei‹ (the Dernier Cri) can refer to a new fashion trend or the latest sensation or, if taken metaphorically, can also stand for death. In his same named series, Ben J. Riepe, Affiliated Artist at PACT Zollverein since 2013, gives center place to the human body. Eight dancers investigate the beauty and vulnerability of manifestations of the body in a performance space, in fashion or as objects of desire. more ...
Lecture
Mary Wigman’s ›Le Sacre du Printemps‹ premiered at the Städtische Oper Berlin in 1957. Since then the work has been considered lost. Drawing on surviving sketches, notes and photographs and the support of original cast members and Wigman’s contemporaries, her choreography was reconstructed and restaged by the theatres of Osnabrück and Bielefeld in 2013. Henrietta Horn, artistic director of the reconstruction team, talks about the process and questions that arose during its course. more ...

 

Dance
›Adam’s R.I.P.‹, Renegade’s first production for an all-female cast, arose from an artistic encounter between choreographer and dancer Lenka Kniha-Bartunkova and young women from the break dance scene. In an entertaining, self-ironic and expressive articulation of feminist thought, five B-Girls explore the role of female energy in hip hop and how female aesthetics communicate in an urban context. more ...
Festival
The biannual festival tanz nrw presents a wide range of current dance productions created in North Rhine-Westphalia.Hosted in eight cities in NRW and featuring no less than 21 artists, the fifth edition opens in Cologne and continues in Essen and Düsseldorf before moving on to the partner cities of Bonn, Cologne, Krefeld, Münster, Viersen and Wuppertal. The two-day festival programme at PACT concentrates on productions at the interface between dance, performance and installation and also includes talks and panel more ...
Talk in English
On the closing day of our portrait of Kate McIntosh the general public is warmly invited to join her for a talk about her work across the boundaries of performance, theatre, video and installation over a relaxed brunch in PACT’s foyer. A selection of Kate’s video and installation work will also be on show from 13:00h as well as her live installation ›Worktable‹.  more ...
Performance in English
›Dark Matter‹ by Kate McIntosh wondrously defies categorization.  Moderated by a female figure standing in the spotlight wearing a sparkling dress and a long, grey beard and with the help of two assistants, some small strange dances, and a few materials, the performance approaches the big scientific-philosophical questions in a show-biz/late-night theatre style: time and gravity, being and not being, thought and the body. more ...

 

Performance in English
Kate McIntosh’s solo performance ›All Ears‹, which premiered at PACT in 2013, is driven by her 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. With an off-beat humour and moments of lucid thought, the performance, balances on the thin line between experiment and entertainment. more ...
Video installation
›De-Placed‹ is a multi-screen video installation created by Kate McIntosh in collaboration with Eva Meyer-Keller. Shifting through the city, from inside to out, the two artists constructed small installations in the locations they found, ping-ponging images between them - each action challenging the other to a reply. The result is an inventory of the world that is constantly expanding as a result of the mischievous ‘de-placement’ of the things it contains. more ...
Interactive installation
How much creative potential lies in destruction?  Does manipulation offer an insight into the true nature of things? In her live installation ›Worktable‹, the performance, theatre, video and installation artist 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 ...
PROGRAMME WED 08.04.15 18:00 H FRI 10.04.15 18:00 H SAT 11.04.15 18:00 H more ...

March 2015

Dance / performance in English
Melody and rhythm have always come before lyrics and meaning for Henri Hütt. In ›Rhythm is a dancer‹, created in part during a residency at PACT in 2013, the Estonian choreographer and dancer sets out to identify his own personal rhythm. Using short video, text and music clips, he skips backwards and forwards in time comparing how he experiences a certain rhythm now with how he experienced it on first encounter in the past. What rhythm should he follow? more ...
Installation performance
Following ›Die Scheinwerferin‹, and ›Absolute Helligkeit‹, prize winning media artist and performer Naoko Tanaka returns to PACT with ›Unverinnerlicht‹ the final part of her ›Shadow Trilogy‹. Working deliberately with skillful and subtle interplays of light and darkness rather than existing or digitally manipulated images, Tanaka’s enthralling installation performance invites the audience to test the bounds of their powers of sight, deduction and imagination.  more ...
Interactive performance installation
›Karaoke (ART)‹ is a unique event resonating out of the collision of contemporary art and the karaoke phenomenon. Random Scream invited 15 internationally acclaimed artists to create their own video for a popular karaoke song. Each artist was given a selection of songs to choose from and asked to use their own personal style to reflect on what it’s like to live in the world today with the song as their conduit. The artists were free to create whatever video they desired as long as it clearly embedded the karaoke music and words. more ...
Performance in English & French and German with surtitles
»Take my hand, crush it, bruise it – take my heart ’cos I can’t use it.« Truth is all i need, Phil Hayes more ...

 

Audio performance
What does nature have to say? To find out, Myriam Van Imschoot visited a zoo, used a tuning fork to listen to a motorway and discovered birds that sound like chainsaws or can imitate the ringtones of mobile phones. Drawing on a variety of field recordings, five performers – with backgrounds in the noise underground scene and pop – replicate these various sounds, using only their voices. The result is a radiophonic performance, a show to listen to and watch, both recognizable and abstract, and in which notions about humanity, nature and machines are called into question. more ...
The last weekend in March heralds a brand new edition of PACT’s Spring Festival featuring a vibrant array of performance art. more ...
This special edition of our ATELIER series is devoted to works which have come out of our artists in residency programme over the last twelve years.  Over two days, we will be presenting a broad selection of dance, music, film, photography, media and performance art drawn from the rich pool of around 500 artists, collectives and groups that have worked in residency at PACT since 2002. more ...

February 2015

Performance
»Gordon Monahan produces sounds we haven’t heard before« John Cage more ...

 

Solo-Performance in English
The core of theatre maker, artist and writer Tim Etchells’ latest solo work is a live remixing of pages from his notebook – a single sprawling word document in which, over many years, he has gathered fragments of text, ideas, overheard conversation, cut-paste quotations from newspapers and web pages, ideas for performances, rough drafts, and other notes. more ...
Dance / Performance
In multi-award winning productions such as ›GRIND‹ or ›The Plateau Effect‹ for the Cullberg Ballet, Jefta van Dinther has developed an unmistakable choreographic signature that has received wide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Drawing on scientific findings in perception psychology, his works condense the individual components of body, light and sound into one single inescapable, all-encompassing sensory experience. more ...
Multimedia performance experience for children and adults
Are you sure that what you see is everything there is to see?  Is the world you live in the only one? Is there perhaps another universe that you can only reach through a secret entrance?  more ...

January 2015

Different people will understand the same thing in a different way. (Sol LeWitt, Artforum, June 1967)   more ...

 

PACT’s open day is an invitation to bring the whole family to explore and discover our century old former industrial building. more ...
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