With »tanzweb.org« the NRW KULTURsekretariat has been supporting an innovative internet platform for the dance scenes in Cologne/Bonn, Krefeld and Dortmund since 2014.
The project, which was formerly funded differently, has been developing into an independent funding programme with the NRWKS since 2016.
The platform provides people interested in dance with a variety of information such as announcements of as well as reviews and video materials on upcoming and past productions.
Moreover, it comprehensively depicts research and work processes as well as controversies in and with dance and its artistic personalities and makes them tangible.
»tanzweb.org« facilitates access to dance performances and generates a larger audience for this diverse dance scene.
At the same time a medium for demanding criticism is created which is hardly given space in print and broadcasting.
It is based on the idea of the special importance of increasingly marginalised writing about dance: as an art form that like no other gives the individual an opportunity to explore and reflect on the identity of the own body and its distinctive demarcation, dynamism and movement in space and time in a globalised and virtualised world.
In 2014 the offer, which was initially developed for the dance scene of Cologne/Bonn, was extended to the dance scenes in Krefeld and Dortmund. In the meantime, the “Tanzweb” (Dance Web) includes the cities of Bochum, Dortmund, Essen, Herne and Mülheim an der Ruhr.
With additional support, the portal will also be extended to the dance state of NRW and integrated in a European network in the near future.
The websites with their local orientation are already a role model for nationwide considerations, which the umbrella organisation Dance has started under the label “tanzmedia.de” as a think tank for the connection of dance and media science with aspects of artistic practice.