Gruppe von Tänzer:innen in der Abendsonne auf dem Zollverein-Gelände
Photo: Dirk Rose

Michiel Vandevelde: ›Ghosts of the Past‹ | A video exhibition | Premiere: June 10 – 16

Looking back at nine years of performance making and choreographing, Michiel Vandevelde directs a video as exhibition. Travelling through fragments of performances the underlaying threads and questions of his work are unraveled – roaming through the empty building of PACT, each room holds their own ›ghosts of the past‹.

Plakate in der Stadt
Photo: Dirk Rose

Schreibwerkstatt Katernberg – Poetry in our city

At the Katernberg writing workshop, young people explored the north of Essen with writer Pascal Bovée and wrote texts about unusual and everyday things they encountered in the area. Some of the resulting works by Aleyna Cira, Elisabeth Nierodkiewicz and Lara Peissig can currently be seen on posters all over the city and read here in our online journal.

Ein Film läuft im Schaufenster der WerkStadt
© Kat Válastur ›Arcana Swarm‹ Photo: Christoph Sebastian

Friday film in the WerkStadt window

Watch the WerkStadt window for short film screenings on Fridays from 8 to 10 pm. See our artist’s online programme on a big screen. All videos are also available to view online.


Daniel Ernesto Müller & Misagh Azimi on ›Praktisch Galaktisch‹

Choreographer Daniel Ernesto Müller and componist Misagh Azimi gave us insights into the developing process of their first work for a young audience. It premieres on May 8 & 9 as part of tanz NRW. Conversation in German.

Gruppenbild von Sonja Reischl, Joana Kern, Wenta Ghebrehiwet
© Dirk Rose


In their residency the all female Urban Dance Collective deals with their identities as women – in everyday life as well as in the dance world. In the interview they give us insights into their research and the reasons why they chose to look deeper into the field of gender identity. In German.

SOUND ON Vol. 1 Participants in conversation with WerkStadt

We met Allison, Philine and Elisha and talked to them about the role that music plays in their life, what artists they liked to work with one day and what they learned from their experiences at the SOUND ON workshops. SOUND ON – Vol. 1 took place in February 2020 with workshops from Amilli, Serious Klein, Raffi Balboa, Naina & Hoe__mies.

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. Apply now

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.


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

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.