Insights, perspectives,
actions & impulses

Alexandra Bachzetsis on ›Escape Act‹ at PACT Zollverein

How do we evaluate what is real and what is not? And to what extent is everyday life a performance? In the age of mass produced visual media and steadfast obsession with preserving the youthful body, it is almost impossible to distinguish between appearance and existence. In her latest work ›Escape Act‹, Alexandra Bachzetsis turns her attention with subtle irony to the construction of authenticity and investigates its manifestations in everyday and pop culture.

Antonia Steffens & Bruno Listopad

Antonia Steffens künstlerische Praxis bewegt sich zwischen Tanz, Malerei und Schreiben. In ihrer choreographischen Forschung versucht sie, dem Bild als nicht-hierarchisches Element zu begegnen. Für ihre Residenz bei PACT, die im Rahmen der Choreographischen Dialoge stattfand, hat sie mit dem Choreographen Bruno Listopard zusammengearbeitet.

Interview towards the project ›Whistle While You Work‹

We talked to Robyn Doty und Frances Chiaverini who initiated the project ›Whistle While You Work‹, a social justice project bringing awareness to sexism and abuses of power in the fields of dance and performance.

Fang Yun Lo & Hanna Linn Ernst about ›UNSOLVED‹ at PACT Zollverein

Taking an existing Taiwanese family home as their departure point, choreographer Fang Yun Lo and her artistic association Polymer DMT contemplate the construction of cultural identity and its ephemerality within both personal and broader political contexts. At the interview Fang Yun Lo & Hanna Linn Ernst talk about the creation and realisation of their premiere of ›UNSOLVED‹ at PACT.


In his current research project at PACT, Saša Asentić together with international artists* from Poland, Romania, Serbia, Croatia and China examines the relations between the contemporary dance scene in West and East Germany since reunification from a critical standpoint and asks what remains of the GDR dance scene.

#ResidencyInsights – HartmannMüller

Anhand ihrer Experimente mit dem eigenen, menschlichen Fleisch, betrachten HARTMANNMUELLER in ihrer Performance „my saturday went pretty well until I realized it was monday“, an der sie während ihrer Residenz bei PACT arbeiten, Shakespeare’s Figur Hamlet aus einer besonderen Perspektive: Sie eignen sich Hamlets Probleme an und übertragen sie auf die Körper der heutigen Zeit – denn auch 2018 scheint die Welt aus den Fugen und ein wahnhaftes Verwirrspiel um physische Grenzen beginnt.

#ResidencyInsights – Alma Toaspern

In the dance piece "The dreams in which I'm dying" choreographer and dancer Alma Toaspern deals with the often abstruse and illogical dramaturgy of dreams. In collaboration with Susanne Grau, Rocio Marano and Juan Betancurth, she wants to develop an aesthetic that corresponds to the logic of a dream, an aesthetic that is characterized by interruptions, shifts, repetitions and continuous failure.

Transforming City Regions III

Worldwide, Metropolitan Regions are changing rapidly to absorb the urban growth expected over the next 20-30 years. While urban transformations in the global south will be dominated by irregular processes of urbanization, the formal regulatory frameworks operating in the global north must also be interrogated to ensure a more sustainable, just and vibrant urban future.

#ResidencyInsights – Flora Détraz

Flora Détraz keeps on exploring the possibilities of voice – having the middle age era as the main musical, literature and pictural source to feed their research