July 2017

Concert
Just before the summer break we’re once again holding an open air concert. This year, in timely conclusion to their three-week community project ›proyecto pregunta‹ the Chilean art collective MIL M2 will be introducing a number of musicians from their home country. Join us at the terrace bar or on the starlit dance floor for a vibrant mix of global pop, Latin American rhythms and cool electro beats in celebration of long summer nights and PACT’s 15th birthday year! more ...
Dance
The choreographers Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud are experts at bringing together and composing with different dance styles that are deeply rooted in specific cultures.  In their latest work ›DFS‹, a continuation on ›Dancehall Polyphony‹ which was a commission for the TanzTheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, they create a very special kind of culture clash by confronting Georgian vocal polyphony with Jamaican Dancehall music which has its origins in the urban ghettos of Kingston and remains to this day an expression of opposition against repressiv more ...

June 2017

Dance
The choreographers Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud are experts at bringing together and composing with different dance styles that are deeply rooted in specific cultures.  In their latest work ›DFS‹, a continuation on ›Dancehall Polyphony‹ which was a commission for the TanzTheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, they create a very special kind of culture clash by confronting Georgian vocal polyphony with Jamaican Dancehall music which has its origins in the urban ghettos of Kingston and remains to this day an expression of opposition against repressiv more ...
Concerts during Extraschicht
To mark this year’s edition of ExtraSchicht (Night of Industrial Culture), join us for an evening of great music in the company of the French KKC Orchestra with their unique mix of swing, electro & hip hop sounds laced with influences as diverse as Mano Negra, Nina Simone or Tom Waits. Second on the line-up are Doctor Krapula from Columbia, one of South America’s best known and most influential rock bands whose driving and very danceable style criss-crosses punk, cumbia, ska, hip hop and reggae. more ...

 

Installation / Performance
Japanese artist Naoko Tanaka’s Shadow Trilogy consists of the three installation performances ›Die Scheinwerferin‹ (2011), ›Absolute Helligkeit‹ (2012) and ›Unverinnerlicht‹ (2015) which explore the boundaries of visual arts and scenographic installation. The protagonist in all three works is a single source of light which travels like a self-directed eye through time and space. more ...
Installation / Urban intervention
What would you ask your neighbour? What would you ask your government? What would you ask Europe? more ...
Performance
  'An illusion of darkness' more ...
Hip Hop
The ›International Summer Battle‹ is taking place for the third time this year at PACT. At the invitation of Pottporus e.V., two German and two international hip hop dancers will compete in high-energy battles in the categories 1on1 Popping, 1on1 HipHop and 2on2 B-Boying. The evening will be moderated by host presenter P. Dee with musical support from DJs J'Marv and Big Toni. more ...

May 2017

Polyphonic solo
Developed in part during a residency at PACT, ›Tutuguri‹ is a polyphonic solo by Flora Détraz which explores the desynchronisation between movements and the sounds that escape them or surrender to them. In a perpetual conflict between opposites and inhabited by whispers, animal growls, children’s noises, alien sounds, conversations and spasms, Détraz’s body suggests a world of paradoxes and contradictions. more ...
Dance / Performance
In ›Pieces and Elements‹, the widely acclaimed second part of her trilogy on collective bodies, Isabelle Schad brings together twelve performers to negotiate the idea of a collective body in motion that can only function as a whole. At the interface between western and eastern points of view, between the visual and the performing arts, between installation and choreographic miniatures, she considers the fluid borderlines between a scientific, biological, cellular approach to the body and one that sees the human body in relation to the cycle of nature. more ...
Research festival with residencies / talks / workshops and public moments
In spring 2017 PACT launched 1/2/8, a new multi-chaptered research and development format with a special focus on connections between knowledge and actions. The format proposes extended amounts of time and space for practices of cooperation between people, objects, space, technology and experimentation. more ...
Dance/Performance during tanz nrw
Revealing unexpected sides of the power of imagination, HARTMANNMUELLER transport the audience to a suggested twilight world situated somewhere between dreams and reality. Every new discovery is accompanied by illuminating insights from the duo who take it on themselves to seduce us into joining them in ›Du bist nicht allein‹ (›You are not alone‹) in an imaginary unknown cosmos that shines in the colours and the light of the nineteen nineties. more ...

 

SPRUNGBRETT < > DANCE RESEARCH NRW
›Sprungbrett‹, is a research strand of the tanz nrw festival which enables young artists and graduates from art schools and academies in North Rhine-Westphalia to take up three-week residencies supported by an artistic mentor of their choice at PACT and tanzhaus nrw. The objective of the residencies is to research or critically engage with a specific subject and not primarily production orientated. This year’s participating artists, Wilhelmina Stark and Veronika Heisig, will share their results with festival visitors in the form of open studio presentations. more ...
Dance/Performance during tanz nrw
In Stephanie Thiersch’s production ›Bronze by Gold‹ seven performers, a string quintet and a DJ rally to form a utopian community. Fired on by DJ Elephant Power’s pounding bass beats and virtuoso scratch techniques, they throw themselves into a fast, furious and seductive mix of contemporary dance, tableaux vivants, string quartet and club music that boldly shakes up iconic images of a society that celebrates itself, resigns, moves on, and ultimately has to survive. more ...
Dance/Performance during tanz nrw
In her MA graduation work from the Stockholm University of the Arts, choreographer Ursula Nill proposes a body that moves through space and is at the same time space. A body as an instrument in exposing a landscape and simultaneously sounding out its geography. A body whose movements trace immaterial, inner and tangible space in equal measures. A body whose physicality becomes the staging ground for stories and encounters to unfold and be taken apart... more ...
Dance/Performance during tanz nrw
Our everyday life is increasingly defined by mobility. We are constantly in motion. Internet users can, like never before, experience communication and activity in a state of physical standstill. In ›HAUS, KEIN HAUS‹ choreographer Antje Velsinger follows the trail of our restless mobility drawing on everyday objects, human bodies, sound and video projections to examine the machinery of movement and explore various sets of questions: What moves us? When do we move something? When are we moved by something? And what role can the act of staying put play? more ...

 

Dance / Performance during tanz nrw
In ›(T)here and After‹ Dusseldorf choreographer Alexandra Waierstall collaborates with artist Marianna Christofides and composer HAUSCHKA to create an acoustic-physical environment that gives rise to endless possibilities for new beginnings. In the face of warnings of a man-made apocalypse, Waierstall evokes poetic images of a new alternative man-made age that is still to be. more ...
Outdoor performance during tanz nrw
Revealing unexpected sides of the power of imagination, HARTMANNMUELLER transport the audience to a suggested twilight world situated somewhere between dreams and reality. Every new discovery is accompanied by illuminating insights from the duo who take it on themselves to seduce us into joining them in ›Du bist nicht allein‹ (›You are not alone‹) in an imaginary unknown cosmos that shines in the colours and the light of the nineteen nineties. more ...
Live Interviews / Video installation
The tanz nrw 17 programme in Essen is accompanied by two video installations that are on permanent display throughout the event. ›Baby View‹ produced by Polymer DMT / Fang Yun Lo, Mu Yi Kuo und Clark Stiefel depicts a stroll towards and through PACT from a skywards perspective. The two-part project ›Intermedial places‹ from Lili M. Rampre consists of a screening of the film ›Authorized‹ in which theatregoers are asked to give post performance interviews from the standpoint of the director or dancer in the production they have just attended. more ...
The biennale Festival tanz nrw presents a range of dance productions produced in the last two years in North Rhine-Westphalia by recognised companies as well as new comers. The sixth edition opens here at pact and then travels to the partner cities of Bonn, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Krefeld, Münster, Viersen and Wuppertal. tanz nrw 17 opens at PACT on Wednesday 03.05. at 19.30 h more ...

April 2017

Performance in English
As one of just ten from over 370 eligible productions, Forced Entertainment have been shortlisted for the Berliner Theatertreffen 2017 with ›Real Magic‹ which was co-produced by PACT and premiered here last May. Now The Ibsen Award winning group are back for the world premiere of their latest piece ›Dirty Work (The Late Shift)‹, in which two performers conjure an extraordinary performance in a collaborative and competitive act of description. more ...
Experimental Platform for the Arts
Since 2002, PACT’s hugely popular Atelier series offers emerging and established artists from NRW, Germany and abroad a chance to present both completed works and works in progress, research projects, ideas or points of departure, during a shared evening length programme which traditionally takes over the whole house. This special Atelier edition is devised and hosted by HOOD, a collective of eight international artists who are part of a fellowship programme at PACT since 2016.  more ...
Talk with Rimini Protokoll / Performance / Concert
Following 49 tracks and 7 albums, Rimini Protokoll and PACT warmly invite all friends of Truck Tracks Ruhr to join us for a last night party. ProgrammE: Rimini Protokoll / Talk with Helgard Haug, Aljoscha Begrich, Stefan Kaegi, hosted by Stefan Hilterhaus Barbara Morgenstern (Berlin) / concert dorisdean (Bochum) / performance Mariola Brillowska and Günter Reznicek (Hamburg) / concert performance   more ...
Performance / Object Theatre
Brightly-coloured plastic objects, drum machines, skateboards, spinning turntables and all kinds of other found objects become the makings for ›Multiverse‹, the latest production from the young and extremely talented Belgian artist, Louis Vanhaverbeke, who is coming to PACT for the very first time. Like a multi-functional DJ, Vanhaverbeke combines seemingly banal everyday objects to create spectacular sound machines. more ...

 

Live music and Jam session with the Brasileirinhos
In a relaxed lounge setting, the ›Brasileirinhos‹ take us on a journey back through time to the period of the Brazilian "belle epoque”. This five strong ensemble share a deep passion for the Brazilian instrumental style of music called Choro which originated in the late 19th century as a result of the exposure of Brazilian musicians to European musical styles in a musical environment that was already strongly influenced by African rhythms. Join us and discover one the most fascinating musical genres in Brazil! more ...
Performance
›Ornement‹ goes to the borderlines between inside and outside, the visible and the hidden, substance and memory. more ...
Ready, steady, construct! The Instant Architecture Game ›Just Add People‹ lets players build a landscape of fantasy bus stops, windmills for vegans or outlandish machines. Ready, steady, move! ›Johann Sebastian Joust‹ is a no-graphics, digitally-enabled playground game in which players carry motion controllers and joust with each other face-to-face. more ...
audio installation
The protagonist in ›Voicing Pieces‹, is the visitor’s own voice. In the intimacy of an isolated sound booth, guided by a simple score, the act of speaking and simultaneously hearing one’s own voice turns into a theatrical and choreographic experience, sculpted anew with each individual interpretation of the score. The voice becomes a place for action, a spectacle or a surprise.  Does one’s own voice always sound unauthentic and strange? Who is speaking when one’s own voice speaks? more ...

 

The City of Essen is the stage for the final album of the acclaimed art project ›Truck Tracks Ruhr‹ by Rimini Protokoll and Urbane Künste Ruhr. For visitor’s this means taking a seat on a lorry that has been rebuilt as a mobile auditorium complete with a glass fourth wall, to watch the city’s landscapes roll past. Seven artists add a soundtrack to the individual stops and interweave real-life images of the city with their own audio-stories. more ...

March 2017

Since the release of their celebrated debut EP, Frankfurt duo ›Lea Porcelain‹ are welcome guests at festivals and concerts between London, Paris and Berlin. In Great Britain in particular, Julien Bracht and Markus Nikolas enjoy plenty of attention, which is no coincidence considering the unmistakable parallels in their music to British bands like Joy Division, The Cure or Echo & The Bunnymen. more ...
Performance in English
»THERE IS NO REASON FOR FEAR. SURVIVAL IS THE KEY WORD TO REMEMBER« Cover the windows, barricade the doors, store up on supplies and prepare for an attack when the "Return of the Zombie" takes to the stage at PACT. As part of her artistic research instrumentalizing the figure of a zombie as a metaphor for contemporary subjectivity, choreographer and dancer Dragana Bulut looks at the fragile relation between reality and fiction and perceptively exposes the mechanisms through which our reality is constructed. more ...
audio installation
The protagonist in ›Voicing Pieces‹, is the visitor’s own voice. In the intimacy of an isolated sound booth, guided by a simple score, the act of speaking and simultaneously hearing one’s own voice turns into a theatrical and choreographic experience, sculpted anew with each individual interpretation of the score. The voice becomes a place for action, a spectacle or a surprise.  Does one’s own voice always sound unauthentic and strange? Who is speaking when one’s own voice speaks? more ...

 

audio installation / concerts / Playground / Dance / Performance
This year we’re celebrating the promise of spring with an array of powerful proposals by a new generation of artists. Over the course of three days, you can discover fascinating installations, performances and stage concerts, join in transforming PACT into a giant playground or simply enjoy some good live music in a relaxed setting. As always light, seasonal refreshments are available in our foyer throughout the weekend and families are welcome to take advantage of our free child-minding playgroup on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. more ...
The City of Essen is the stage for the final album of the acclaimed art project ›Truck Tracks Ruhr‹ by Rimini Protokoll and Urbane Künste Ruhr. For visitor’s this means taking a seat on a lorry that has been rebuilt as a mobile auditorium complete with a glass fourth wall, to watch the city’s landscapes roll past. Seven artists add a soundtrack to the individual stops and interweave real-life images of the city with their own audio-stories. more ...
Dance
›The Farewell‹, the last section of Gustav Mahler’s ›The Song of the Earth‹, constitutes both starting point as well as vanishing point for Grace Ellen Barkey’s most personal choreography to date: ›FOREVER‹, to which she and scenographer Lot Lemm give powerful visual expression. The music, sung live by Maarten Seghers in a haunting, unaccompanied version, meshes with the three dancers to become a moving force for the evening. more ...
Performance
Albeit inaccessible to the public, the cave at Chauvet-Pont d’Arc in the Ardèche houses the oldest rock paintings found to date. Reason enough for Italian performance collective, Dewey Dell, to take the audience on a poetic journey right to the origins of European culture. In a powerful interplay of choreography, music, stage design and lighting, they enter into dialogue with how we possibly feel connected to traces of our forebears’ myths and rituals today. more ...

February 2017

Performative exhibition / World premiere
Embodying traditional war dances and dances of resistance, ›Wars & Dances‹ questions how a contemporary choreographic practice can resist the homogenization of choreographic imagination. Without any promise of authenticity and through empathy rather than historical practices of exclusion, Eszter Salamon engages in a utopian project investing in rituals that are sensible to the ‘common’ and the sharable. more ...
Dance / Performance
›Protagonist‹ is a simmering parable about human existence: about connections and alliances, evolution and revolution, about isolation, control and alienation. In the combination of Jefta van Dinther’s physically-extreme movement vocabulary along with David Kiers’ alluring sound arrangements, vocals from the singer ELIAS, and Minna Tiikkainen’s lighting design, dancers from the world-renowned Cullberg Ballet are thrown into a high-energy arena, an ecstatic, utopian place in which they struggle equally for community and individuality. more ...

January 2017

Experimental science show for curious people aged 4–99
Don’t be afraid because in this interactive science show bangs, hisses, smoke and lightening are guaranteed! Brimming with lively humour, scientist Joachim Hecker amazes and entertains children and adults alike by playing music on a “water organ”, getting fire to burn underwater or, as if by magic, sprinkling everyone with artificial snow. In bizarre and colourful experiments with everyday objects, Hecker skilfully combines fantasy and science to make physical phenomena tangible. more ...
The former pithead baths today!
Our ever-popular ›Open Day‹ is a fun packed opportunity for the whole family to come along and explore the former pithead baths in its lively present-day incarnation. Things to see and do include our now legendary display of stage lighting and special effects with dry ice, wind machines and much more; an adventure playground with thousands of building bricks; arts and crafts activities; face painting, and a transforming photo setting where children of all ages can re-create themselves as fantasy figures.     more ...
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