All public performances between the 02.November and 30. November have been suspended in compliance with the resolution of the federal and state governments announced on 28. October and the Corona Protection Ordinance of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. In the meantime, we still have plenty in store for you online including new #pactconnected contributions, a digital edition of IMPACT and much more. Let's stay in touch!


Forced Entertainment: ›Complete works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home‹

36 plays in 36 nights. The idea is as simple as it is ingenious. Six performers bring every play ever written by Shakespeare to life using only a collection of ordinary everyday objects as stand-ins for the characters on the one metre stage of a table top.  Broadcasted online directly from the performers’ homes to yours. The videos are available on demand until Dec 31.

Protektorama toxica (cared for by J.P. Raether), Protektox Impossible Forest [5.4.9]‹, Tanznacht Berlin (2020), Photo ©: Gosia Lehmann
Protektorama toxica (cared for by J.P. Raether), Protektox Impossible Forest [5.4.9]‹, Tanznacht Berlin (2020), Photo ©: Gosia Lehmann

IMPACT20 - Planetary Alliances / Online Lectures & Talk

For years, experts from all fields of knowledge have been occupied with the complex interconnections and vital dependencies between the human and the non-human. Under the title ›Planetary Alliances‹, IMPACT20 invites you to a polylogue on relationship net- works in which humans are just one actor among many. As a scientific and artistic think-tank, IMPACT20 criss-crosses perspectives from biotechnology, natural science, philosophy and contemporary art. With Lars Blank, Rosi Braidotti and Johannes Paul Raether. Programme available on demand.

›Water‹ im Rahmen von ›landscapes and bodies‹
Daniel Kötter

Interview with Daniel Kötter on ›landscapes and bodies‹

During the residency of Kötter/Israel/Limberg working on ›landscapes and bodies‹, Daniel Kötter gives insights into the research and rehearsal process concerning the cases ›Water‹ and ›Coltane‹ (in German).

Himmel & Hölle by William Forsythe
Dirk Rose

Interactive art work: Himmel & Hölle by William Forsythe

The site specific choreographic object by William Forsythe ›Himmel & Hölle‹ (2019) is on display again exactly one year after its first installation.

Meg Stuart on the making of ›CASCADE‹

In August, Meg Stuart was on a month long residency at PACT working on her new creation ›CASCADE‹ which would have premiered at the Ruhrtriennale 2020.

Information on support and links to further resources for artists during the current situation.

Artists' Centre

Residenzen: Cyril Baldy
Jana Mila Lippitz


Running all year round since 2002, the residency programme is open to professional artists from home and abroad who work in the areas of dance, performance, media arts or music, closely linking PACT’s core strands of activity in presenting work and facilitating research and development.

Roestvrij, Photo: Lucia Gerhardt

Fellowship Programme

Through its Fellowship Programme 2020, PACT supports artists who significantly engage with complex social issues and use art to voice and impact on them. Three individual fellowships in 2020 enable teams of artists, activists, philosophers and technology experts, to connect and work in temporary research communities.

Dirk Rose


Since 2002, PACT has been the scene of a series of very special take-overs widely known under the title ATELIER. The ongoing format invites artists from the local region, Germany and abroad to present their current projects to a broadly interested audience at PACT. With no subject or genre restrictions, each ATELIER edition gives rise to new, surprising constellations of contemporary artistic positions.

Guest Fellowships

Guest Fellowships

Künstler*innen waren und sind in der Corona-Krise oft existenziell betroffen und zugleich in ihrer Fähigkeit zur interdisziplinären, kritischen und freien Interpretation gesellschaftlicher Zusammenhänge besonders gefragt. PACT hat 2020 zusätzlich zu den regulären Fellowships die ›Guest Fellowships‹ ins Leben gerufen, mit denen 16 Künstler*innen in der Fortsetzung und Weiterentwicklung ihrer aktuellen Arbeit unterstützt werden.


IMPACT20 – Planetary Alliances
Protektorama toxica (cared for by J.P. Raether), Protektox Impossible Forest [5.4.9]‹, Tanznacht Berlin (2020), Photo ©: Gosia Lehmann / Design: labor b

Open Call: IMPACT20 – Planetary Alliances

As a scientific and artistic think-tank, IMPACT20 criss-crosses perspectives from biotechnology, natural science, philosophy and contemporary art: Lars Blank, Rosi Braidotti and Johannes Paul Raether reflect on the relativities, metabolisms and relationships between the elements and protagonists of our world and how these impact on ecological, social, economic and technological developments in a community. How can new alliances that no longer place humankind at the centre of perception, shape and define new models of societies?

Blue Skies Bodies in trouble Körper in Aufruhr
Gestaltung: labor b designbüro

Blue Skies - Bodies in trouble // Lectures and talks available online

The growing impact of technology on life as we know it brings changes to our bodies, our communities and the environment – what can we do? How can we understand and shape these changes collectively? Over the course of five days, PACT and shine an investigative light on active interdisciplinary perspectives on new narratives, speculative visions of the future and alternative practices in the company of international artists, scientists, activists, publicists, students and audience members. All lectures and talks are available to see online.

1/2/8 Forschungsfestival
Photo ©: Christine Grosche

1/2/8 Forschungsfestival

In Spring 2017, PACT launched 1/2/8, a new, central and long-term research and development format with a special focus on the connection between knowledge and actions. The format offers substantial time and space for practices of cooperation between people, objects, space, technology and experimentation.

Urban Space


The PACT Café is staying connected with you: PACT’s bright and spacious foyer, which is normally a popular meeting place for families from all over Essen on Wednesday afternoons, has now become the backdrop for an online edition of the PACT Café. Members of the PACT Café team will read to you from their favourite children's books. In this way, we hope to bring a small piece of PACT Café atmosphere to your home and still spend some quality time together, even if we are physically separated.

Photo ©: Dirk Rose


Initiated by PACT in close collaboration with the ›Arbeitskreis Kunst und Soziales‹ (Art and Social Engagement Working Group), the WerkStadt is a new local hub for open and ongoing communal discourse, activities and knowledge transfer.