Our Programme
Overview, January – April 2017

January

Wed 11.01.17 16:30 h

Wed 18.01.17 16:30 h

Wed 25.01.17 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.

Sat 21.01.17 12:00 h

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.    

Sun 29.01.17 15:00 h

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.

February

Fri 03.02.17 20:00 h

Sat 04.02.17 20:00 h

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.

 

Sat 18.02.17 15:00 h

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.

March

Fri 03.03.17 20:00 h

Sat 04.03.17 20:00 h

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.

Fri 10.03.17 20:00 h

Sat 11.03.17 20:00 h

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.

Wed 15.03.17 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.

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

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 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 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

Sat 01.04.17 21:30 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.
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.

Fri 28.04.17 20:00 h

Sat 29.04.17 20:00 h

Performance in English
The Ibsen Award winning Forced Entertainment are back at PACT for the world premiere of their new piece ›Dirty Work (The Late Shift)‹, in which they explore a world in which real life is so often presented as spectacle.
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