Our Programme
Overview, March – September 2017

March

Wed 01.03.17 16:30 h

Wed 08.03.17 16:30 h

Wed 15.03.17 16:30 h

Wed 22.03.17 16:30 h

Wed 29.03.17 16:30 h

Movement workshop for children & meeting place
Every Wednesday afternoon PACT’s foyer transforms into ›Café Simpatico‹, a friendly informal space where local families of all countries of origin can drop by for a cup of tea or coffee and some good conversation whilst children between the ages of 4 and 6 join in playful dance and movement activities led by a qualified movement therapist. ›Café Simpatico‹ is free and families can come along at any time. No previous dance experience or knowledge of German is required.

Wed 15.03.17 18:00 h

Wed 22.03.17 18:00 h

Wed 29.03.17 18:00 h

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.

Fri 31.03.17 - Sun 02.04.17

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.
As part of

Spring Festival 2017

Fri 31.03.17 17:00 h

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?

 

As part of

Spring Festival 2017

Fri 31.03.17 20:00 h

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.
As part of

Spring Festival 2017

Fri 31.03.17 22:00 h

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.

April

Wed 05.04.17 18:00 h

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.
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.

 

As part of

Spring Festival 2017

Sat 01.04.17 16:00 h

Sun 02.04.17 14:30 h

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?
As part of

Spring Festival 2017

Sat 01.04.17 16:00 h

Sun 02.04.17 14:30 h

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.
As part of

Spring Festival 2017

Sat 01.04.17 20:00 h

Performance
›Ornement‹ goes to the borderlines between inside and outside, the visible and the hidden, substance and memory.
As part of

Spring Festival 2017

Sun 02.04.17 14:30 h

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!

 

As part of

Spring Festival 2017

Sun 02.04.17 16:30 h

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.

Wed 05.04.17 16:30 h

Wed 12.04.17 16:30 h

Wed 19.04.17 16:30 h

Wed 26.04.17 16:30 h

Movement workshop for children & meeting place
Every Wednesday afternoon PACT’s foyer transforms into ›Café Simpatico‹, a friendly informal space where local families of all countries of origin can drop by for a cup of tea or coffee and some good conversation whilst children between the ages of 4 and 6 join in playful dance and movement activities led by a qualified movement therapist. ›Café Simpatico‹ is free and families can come along at any time. No previous dance experience or knowledge of German is required.

Fri 21.04.17 19:00 h

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. 

Fri 28.04.17 20:00 h

Sat 29.04.17 20:00 h

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.

May

Wed 03.05.17 - Sun 07.05.17

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

Wed 03.05.17 18:00 h

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.

Wed 03.05.17 20:00 h

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.

Fri 05.05.17 20:00 h

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?

 

Sat 06.05.17 18:00 h

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...

Sat 06.05.17 20:00 h

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.

Sun 07.05.17 14:00 h

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.

Sun 07.05.17 17:00 h

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.

August

Fri 25.08.17 19:00 h

Sat 26.08.17 18:00 h

Sun 27.08.17 18:00 h

Theatre / Dance / Installation / Ruhrtriennale performance
2015: Hell. 2016: Purgatory. 2017: Paradise. According to the logic of Dante’s ›Divine Comedy‹ which provides the point of departure for Siegal’s Ruhrtriennale trilogy, Dante’s journey through the afterlife concludes in ›El Dorado‹ with redemption in heaven.

September

Sat 02.09.17 17:00 h

Sat 02.09.17 20:00 h

Sun 03.09.17 17:00 h

Sat 09.09.17 17:00 h

Sat 09.09.17 22:00 h

Sun 10.09.17 17:00 h

Ruhrtriennale performance
›Dienstbare Geister‹ (“subservient spirits”) tells of two migratory journeys in opposite directions. In 1905 an impoverished young woman leaves Berlin and emigrates to the German colony of Cameroon. Her social advancement is achieved at the expense of her native neighbours and servants who are engaged in stubborn but futile resistance against the Germans.

Wed 06.09.17 20:00 h

Thu 07.09.17 20:00 h

Fri 08.09.17 20:00 h

Sat 09.09.17 20:00 h

Dance / As part of Ruhrtriennale
In his latest production ›CAEN AMOUR‹, New York choreographer Trajal Harrell prompts a sensuous encounter between the legendary dance and Art Nouveau icon, Loïe Fuller and the founder of the dance performance art Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata. Swathed in flowing garments and inspired by Oriental concepts, Fuller’s dancing was simultaneously avant-garde and Vaudeville in nature and posthumously hailed as modern dance.

Fri 15.09.17 18:00 h

Sat 16.09.17 18:00 h

Sun 17.09.17 18:00 h

As part of Ruhrtriennale
What is the relationship today between the Global South and the Global North? Is there a Global history? How can artistic, ecologic and social visions be seen from the perspective of the Southern Hemisphere?
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