Performing Arts
Choreographisches Zentrum NRW
Tanzlandschaft Ruhr

PACT Zollverein
Photo ©: Dirk Rose

Since it was founded in 2002, PACT Zollverein has clearly positioned itself as an initiator, catalyst and venue for seminal developments in the fields of dance, performance, theatre, media and fine arts.

Situated in the heart of the Ruhr District, the house boasts a nationwide unique working structure which consolidates three key areas of activity addressing regional, national and international social and cultural interests which all contribute to the standing and appreciation of dance and performance as independent art forms:

In its residency programme, which is open to artists from around the world, PACT operates as an artists’ centre offering space for concentrated working processes. Under the rubric platform, it initiates exchanges between artists, academics and students from diverse disciplines and promotes critical dialogue and reflection on artistic methodologies and findings. Its third main focus is on presenting an innovative and high calibre stage programme featuring premieres, co-productions and guest performances.

Rather than seeking immediate results, PACT’s work is primarily laid out to make lasting provisions for a plurality of different possible models. It is characteristic of PACT’s concept that all three of its areas of activity are closely linked and mutually enriching. Under the roof of the former pithead bath at the Zollverein colliery, PACT has created a space for lively encounters and exchange between actions, experience and theoretical discourse which supports and forges long term co-operative practices and partnerships.

PACT Foyer
Photo ©: Jana Mila Lippitz

Representatives of the Choreographisches Zentrum NRW

The Choreographisches Zentrum NRW is a registered limited company supported by a non-profit making foundation.

Executive Directors of Choreographisches Zentrum NRW Betriebs GmbH:
Stefan Hilterhaus, Nina Winckler

Tanzlandschaft Ruhr

Artistic Director: Stefan Hilterhaus

CZ NRW Foundation Board of Govenors

Dr. Dietmar Möhler (Chairperson)
Prof. Wolfgang Hufschmidt´
Heinrich Böll
Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt
Dr. Doris Schönwald
Dr. Irene Wiese von Ofen

CZ NRW Foundation Board of Trustees

Dr. Inke Arns (Spokesperson)
Prof. Dr. Thomas Christaller
Prof. Dr. Dietrich Grönemeyer
Prof. Dr. Hans-Thies Lehmann
Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Müller-Schöll
Prof. Dr. Gesa Ziemer


PACT Zollverein is a model cultural institution conceived and funded by the region. The partnership, unique in NRW, resourcefully combines flexible project funding with institutional assets.

The house and its personnel are financed by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the City of Essen. The executive directors are Stefan Hilterhaus, Nina Winckler.

Programme content is realised by the Kultur Ruhr GmbH. The artistic director is Stefan Hilterhaus.