With “TANZweb.org” (DANCEweb.org), the NRW KULTURsekretariat has supported the innovative online platform for the critical accompaniment of dance in word, film and photography by independent dance journalists and filmmakers in NRW since 2014. The project meanwhile evolved from the “Cooperated Projects” into an independent sponsorship programme.
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.
With the aid of “Transfer International”, and with Aachen and Heerlen as well as the annual international “schrit_tmacher” festival as the base, the trilingual TANZweb Euregio is being established since the end of 2017, and thus another step towards the dissemination of the platform on an international level has been taken. With additional support, the platform will also be extended to the dance state of NRW and integrated in a European network in the near future.
In 2019, TANZweb.org will advocate new forms of digital accompaniment and engagement with this art form in transnational cooperations. The goal is also to train a new, internationally operating generation of dance journalists who will join in with moderators, screenwriters, crime fiction authors and filmmakers to explore new ways of interaction between words, film and image and to implement them together with media experts.