The "Tanzrecherche NRW" (Dance Research NRW) of the NRW KULTURsekretariat has been offering dancers, choreographers, performers and musicians the possibility to work and research in NRW for several weeks since 2009. This international scholarship programme is organised n collaboration with municipal partners.
The dance research is explicitly not focused on production, thus is not aimed at the realisation of almost complete concepts. It therefore differs from many other sponsorship models, not only in the field of dance. Instead, the focus lies on the promotion of artistic work as well as experimental methodology.
Sponsorships for one to two persons, of which at least one must be an international guest, are offered and include taking over the costs of living, travel and material as well as personal support, mentoring and moderation. At the end, the results will be presented publicly in the host partnering institution.
The NRW KULTURsekretariat supports the scholarship holders through its network. It moderates the stays as the supporting central point of contact and arranges meetings and discussions with artists and cultural institutions from across a wide range of disciplines and research facilities.
With the "Tanzrecherche NRW #22" in the autumn of 2017, the NRWKS considerably developed its well-established sponsorship programme further and put a change of perspective from a municipal to an institutional level in place together with the tanzhaus nrw in Düsseldorf.
The aim of the "Tanzrecherche" – more than ever before – is to bring international impulses to NRW and nurture the exchange between international scholarship holders and the scene in NRW with each residence.
Applicants and supporting institutions are now production houses, festivals or companies, insofar as they can provide sufficient structure and logistical possibilities. Thus, stronger integration in the topics and the focus of the respective season can be ensured. Discussions with further partners and cities for 2018 are ongoing.