tanz nrw 21

Online programme | tanz nrw festival digitally for the first time | April 30 – May 9

The biennial tanz nrw festival (28.04. – 09.05.) offers a unique opportunity to experience North Rhine-Westphalia’s rich contemporary dance scene showing a wide range of dance productions created in the last two years in North Rhine-Westphalia via online streaming as well as ZOOM. PACT is presenting six of the about 30 chosen productions.

Dirk Rose

A look into PACT’s history

»The conversion of the colliery's former washhouse into such a site and its curatorial development and programmatic trajectory is part of a massive process of transformation of an entire region.«

As part of the research project »Architecture and Space for the Performing Arts. Developments since the 1960s« Barbara Büscher (HMT) and Verena Elisabet Eitel (HTWK Leipzig) now publishes a workbook drawing on the example of PACT in German.

Großflächenplakat Schreibwerkstatt Katernberg
© Christoph Sebastian

Schreibwerkstatt Katernberg – Poesie auf Plakaten in der Stadt und im Journal

Bei der Schreibwerkstatt Katernberg erkundeten Jugendliche mit dem Schriftsteller Pascal Bovée den Essener Norden und verfassten Texte über das Außergewöhnliche und Alltägliche. Einige der entstandenen Arbeiten von Aleyna Cira, Elisabeth Nierodkiewicz und Lara Peissig sind aktuell auf Plakaten überall in der Stadt zu entdecken und hier im Onlinejournal zu lesen.


Protektorama toxica (cared for by J.P. Raether), Protektox Impossible Forest [5.4.9]‹, Tanznacht Berlin (2020), Photo ©: Gosia Lehmann
Protektorama toxica (cared for by J.P. Raether), Protektox Impossible Forest [5.4.9]‹, Tanznacht Berlin (2020), Photo ©: Gosia Lehmann

IMPACT20 - Planetary Alliances / Lectures & Talk | Rosi Braidotti, Johannes Paul Raether and Lars Blank

For years, experts from all fields of knowledge have been occupied with the complex interconnections and vital dependencies between the human and the non-human. Under the title ›Planetary Alliances‹, IMPACT20 invites you to a polylogue on relationship net- works in which humans are just one actor among many. As a scientific and artistic think-tank, IMPACT20 criss-crosses perspectives from biotechnology, natural science, philosophy and contemporary art. With Lars Blank, Rosi Braidotti and Johannes Paul Raether. Programme available on demand.

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


The all female Urban Dance Collective deals with their identity 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 gender identities. 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.

fieldworks portrait - Documentary A 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.

Interview with Mette Ingvartsen in the Missy Magazine
Marc Domage

Interview with Mette Ingvartsen in the Missy Magazine

Due to lockdown restrictions the performances of Mette Ingvartsen's new piece ›Moving in Concert‹ had to be cancelled. Prior to that she spoke to Missy Magazine about the work in which she examines how technologies affect our bodies and about the effects of the Corona pandemic on this matter. Read the full interview (In German)

Guest Fellows

Meet our Guest Fellows!

Artists have and continue to be affected, often existentially, by the corona crisis while, at the same time, their ability to interpret complex social contexts in open, critical and interdisciplinary forms grows in importance. In response to the challenges and constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic, PACT has created 16 new Guest Fellowships alongside its established long-term Fellowship Programme.
These fellowship awards are not project specific or commission based, but rather aimed principally at enabling the recipient artists to continue with their current work and research and to build new networks.

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.