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Internet platform for regional and local dance scenes in NRW

TANZweb NRW" (DANCEweb NRW) has established itself as a medium for the critical accompaniment of dance in word, film and photography by independent dance journalists and filmmakers in NRW. The platform provides dance enthusiasts in the regions of Cologne/Bonn, Krefeld, Wuppertal, the Metropole Ruhr and - together with the international "schrit_tmacher" festival - the Euregio with a wide range of information such as event information, reviews and video material on upcoming and shown productions.

In addition, research and work processes as well as confrontations in and with dance and its artistic personalities are comprehensively depicted and made tangible here. A regular newsletter also provides information about special highlights and presents news, dance policy developments and event announcements.

The effects of the Corona pandemic on the "performing arts" and the multiple shifts of performances into the digital space have once again clearly underlined the importance of TANZweb.org for the visibility of dance creation in and from NRW.

A digital platform in its own right, it has made it possible to maintain access to dance performances for audiences and the diverse dance scene and, in part, to provide access to dance from NRW itself as a streaming platform. As a medium for sophisticated criticism, which is becoming less and less common in print and broadcasting, it took advantage of the temporary emergency situation to recruit new dance critics throughout Germany to engage with this art form in a value-creating way.

In 2019, TANZweb.org has already begun to engage in transnational collaborations for new forms of digital accompaniment and engagement with this art form. The integration into a European network is planned. In addition, with further support, work is being done to extend the platform to the dance state of NRW. The aim is also to explore new ways of communicating the art of dance together with TANZ.media, the association for the promotion of quality journalism in dance - for example, via scrollytelling, which is an excellent tool for in-depth portraits or reports. Another focus for 2023 is the development of audio descriptions. They also provide non-sighted people with access to the art of dance and its platform, with which a digital, contemporary archive is being developed at the same time.