Moving in concert
Mette Ingvartsen ›Moving in concert‹ © Marc Domage

Programme Preview

Check out what's coming in fall and winter at PACT! With world premieres by Forced Entertainment and Kate McIntosh, NOW! festival with Noé Soulier, a German premiere by Mette Ingvartsen and much more. Pre-Sale starts September, 1.

Forced Entertainment about ›Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home‹.

36 plays in 36 nights. The idea behind ›Complete works: Table Top Shakespeare‹ 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 - now restaged in a domestic setting directly from the performers’ homes to yours! Watch all videos here. Until November 15.

Ruhrtriennale 2020: Archiv der verlorenen Ereignisse

Ruhrtriennale 2020: Archive of Lost Events 2020

The Ruhrtriennale festival, which was unfortunately cancelled this year due to the Covid-19 crisis, invites you to explore their ›Archive of Lost Events 2020‹: a digital collection of the voices of the invited artists, taking the form of video, audio and text contributions. Among them are nora chipaumire and Meg Stuart, who would have shown their works at PACT.

Forced Entertainment ›Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home‹ – Week 2

Romeo and Juliet

Thu 24.09. 21 h: Romeo and Juliet

»O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?« – Perhaps the most famous lovers of all time. Thwarted by an age-old family feud, their love on earth seems impossible…

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home
Forced Entertainment

Fri 25.09. 21 h: King John

»Be great in act as you have been in thought« – Crazy Kings in a crazy world: This little known play tells the story of King John's turbulent reign after the death of his older brother King Richard aka Richard the Lionheart.

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home
Forced Entertainment

Sat 26.09. 21h: Titus Andronicus

»I have done a thousand dreadful things as willingly as one would kill a fly« – Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Betrayed by his nation, Titus returns from a brutal 10-year war and plans a cruel vendetta...

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home
Forced Entertainment

Sun 27.09. 21 h: Much ado about nothing (+Post-Show Discussion)

»Sigh no more, ladies - men were deceivers ever« – Shakespeare's most enduring romantic comedy and a powerful plea for equality? Returning warriors, parties and masked balls, love and marriage, friendship and honor, deceit, manipulation and fiesty verbal combat.

PACTconnected - Let's stay in touch online!

Anne Nguyen: À mon bel amour / Video sequences and glossary

›À mon bel amour‹, which would have been presented at PACT in March, brings different urban dance styles including Voguing, Waacking, Popping, Locking and Krump into mesmerising interaction with classical and contemporary dance. For #pactconnected, Anne Nguyen has now compiled a glossary of urban dance styles and shared three video sequences of her work.

fieldworks portrait - A documentary film by Klaas Boelen

fieldworks portrait (documentary) is a film by Belgian film maker Klaas Boelen. It was shot during the preparations and happenings of fieldworks portrait, a three-day performative exhibition devoted to the work of Heine Avdal and Yukiko Shinozaki that was held at PACT in June 2018.

Kat Válastur: Arcana Swarm - Video collage

This video is an attempt to bring to the surface the emotional core of ›Arcana Swarm‹ and the thread that traverses it. ›Arcana Swarm‹ is a work about the state of humanity today and, for me, an allegory of humanity.

Ingrid LaFleur: Breathing in Blackness – Temporal Dimensions of Utopia / Lecture at IMPACT19

In her lecture ›Breathing in Blackness: Temporal Dimensions of Utopia‹ in the framework of IMPACT19 in November 2019, La Fleur investigated the notion of utopia within Afrofuturism in an attempt to examine how Black bodies can access, build and evolve their safe spaces.

Alexandra Bachzetsis: Chasing a Ghost - Short film documentary

›Chasing a Ghost‹, the latest work by Alexandra Bachzetsis, questions the choreographic archetype of the duet. The artist and choreographer has put together a short film featuring footage from the world premiere at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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.


IMPACT19 - Weaving Traces
Gestaltung: labor b designbüro Photo ©: Vlad Sokhin/laif


PACT’S yearly interactive symposium IMPACT brings together artists, practitioners, theoreticians and advanced students in the fields of dance, theatre, performance, visual arts, new media, film, music and architecture for a three day exchange engaging critically with the artistic strategies and working methods of three exceptional guest artists.

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.