(Dance Research NRW)
Since 2009, "Tanzrecherche NRW"(Dance Research NRW) has been offering dancers, performers and choreographers the opportunity to research several weeks a year, independent of production.
Up to three artists or teams from abroad are invited to NRW for research with special regional references in cultural, political, social or scientific terms.
Conversely, several NRW artists or teams can research abroad and thus enrich their work with international experience.
"Tanzrecherche NRW" is explicitly not production-oriented. The focus here is not on the implementation of largely finished concepts, but rather on the intensive promotion of artistic work and the development of experimental working methods. This distinguishes the programme from many other funding models, not only in the field of dance.
Scholarships of up to 6,000 euros are offered in each case, depending on the type and scope of the research. The results will be presented in a public event (in NRW) or digital documentation (abroad, downloadable at nrw-kultur.de). The NRW KULTURsekretariat acts as a central point of contact and arranges meetings and discussions with artists and cultural institutions from a wide range of disciplines and research institutions.
In the future, the scholarship programme will continue to bring international impulses to NRW and promote the exchange between international scholarship holders and the NRW scene.
With Dance Research #36, Finnish choreographer Outi Elena Valanto is investigating the influence of so-called light pollution on the human body in NRW.
The political and artistic dimensions of identity and nationality, the Polish choreographer and performer Dominik Więcek traces in the dance research #37. And with Tanzrecherche #38, Salzburg choreographer and dancer Annelie Andre and Berlin sculptor and performer Jakob Blazejczak search for existing sounds and vibrations in mining and open-cast mining areas.
In addition, two scholarships were awarded to dance artists who live and work in one of the NRWKS member cities and would like to conduct research abroad. With Dance Research #39, the Cologne-based choreographer Marje Hirvonen is investigating in New York the ways in which dance expresses social resistance and supports political movements today. In Copenhagen, the Essen-based dancer Mirjam Otten deals with the questions of preservation on the one hand and renewal in the sense of current and relevant art production on the other hand in the field of tension between tradition and modernity as part of Dance Research #40.
The cooperation project "Sprungbrett <> Tanzrecherche NRW" by NRWKS and tanz nrw will enter its third round in 2021. Two collectives around Joana Kern/Sonja Reischl/Wenta Ghebrehiwet and Igor Meneses Sousa/Paula Pau were selected from 34 applications for Dance Research #34 and #35.