About us

PACT Kosmos


As an international venue for contemporary arts, PACT Zollverein produces and co-produces dance and performance productions. The house enjoys established ongoing creative working relationships with numerous artists and companies who regularly develop and premiere their work here. In addition to this, PACT Zollverein also presents outstanding regional and international guest performances on its two stages and frequently uses all kinds of alternative niches and spaces throughout the building for performances, exhibitions and installations. In this way, and by consistently showing works by younger as well as major established names, PACT Zollverein presents its audience with the widest possible range of artistic signatures.

Artists’ Centre

PACT Zollverein is first and foremost an artists’ centre. The residency programme, open to artists from around the world, is at the heart of PACT Zollverein’s day to day work. Every year up to 30 artistic teams research, rehearse and produce work here for varying periods of time. Shaped to suit individual needs, residencies are available throughout the year and include rehearsal space and local accommodation as well as administrative and technical support from PACT’s team.


PACT Zollverein’s research and development formats offer students, artists, researchers, practitioners and academics from different disciplines diverse chances to involve themselves in temporary working and learning communities and situations. PACT Zollverein is a versatile, open and communicative setting which can transform from a theatre to a cinema, to a seminar venue, a late night bar, a gallery, an open air stage or a concert hall. This flexibility, in combination with professional support resources, makes it an unrivalled location for artists from the region and around the world to investigate, test and question artistic strategies and practices.

The Tanzlandschaft Ruhr project and the Choreographisches Zentrum NRW institution merged in February 2002 to form an international centre for the performing arts specialising in dance. Located at the former Zollverein colliery site in Essen, the new centre and its programme both stand under the name: PACT Zollverein Performing Arts Choreographisches Zentrum NRW Tanzlandschaft Ruhr.

Choreographisches Zentrum NRW

A regional institution opened since mid 2000, the Choreographisches Zentrum NRW is a unique support enterprise for dance and the arts. Housed in the former colliery shower building, the centre is not only equipped with excellent studio, rehearsal and stage facilities but also offers wide-ranging technical, organisational and administrative resources to regional artists as well as guests and companies from around the world.

Tanzlandschaft Ruhr

is a Kultur Ruhr GmbH project initiated in 1998 that promotes and develops dance in the NRW region and has become a focal point for the arts at a national and international level.