Dance Research NRW

International scholarship program for dance artists

Since 2009, Tanzrecherche NRW has offered dancers, performers and choreographers the opportunity to spend several weeks a year researching independently of a 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 conduct 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 program from many other funding models, not only in the field of dance.

Grants of up to 6,000 euros are offered in each case, depending on the type and scope of the research. The results are presented in each case as part of a public event (in NRW) or digital documentation (abroad). The NRW KULTURsekretariat moderates the residencies as a supervising central contact point and arranges meetings and discussions with artists and cultural institutions from a wide range of disciplines and research institutions.

In the future, the scholarship program will continue to bring international impulses to NRW and promote exchange between international scholarship holders and the NRW scene.

With Dance Research #36, the Finnish choreographer Outi Elena Valanto is investigating the influence of so-called light pollution on the human body in NRW. Polish choreographer and performer Dominik Więcek traces the political and artistic dimensions of identity and nationality in 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 grants 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 today expresses social resistance and supports political movements. 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 Tanzrecherche #40.

The cooperation project "Springboard <> Tanzrecherche NRW" by NRWKS and tanz nrw is already entering its third round in 2021. From 34 applications, two collectives around Joana Kern/Sonja Reischl/Wenta Ghebrehiwet and Igor Meneses Sousa/Paula Pau were selected for the dance researches #34 and #35.