We aim to make internationale tanzmesse nrw more barrier-free. We continuously educate ourselves in discrimination-critical practice and actively engage with issues of ableist critique and accessibility.

In preparation for the internationale tanzmesse nrw, which will take place from 28 to 31 August 2024, we will provide an overview of the accessibility of venues and locations here, as well as further accessibility information on our events.

This is the beginning of a long-term process that we would like to pursue together with you. We would be very grateful for any suggestions that might improve the accessibility of internationale tanzmesse nrw.

If you have any suggestions for improving our services or questions about booking an exhibition space or registering as professional visitor, please feel free to send an e-mail or call us at +49 221 888 95 493.

We will be happy to arrange a personal appointment via Zoom or arrange to meet by other means.

Info Zoom in International Sign Language

Open Call for Proposals in Plain English

The next Tanzmesse is from 28 to 31 August 2024 in Düsseldorf.

Our proposal forms are text based. Please contact us if you need a different proposal format due to accessibility reasons: E-Mail: Telephone: +49 221 888 95 493

You can send a proposal for the Performance Programme of internationale tanzmesse nrw 2024 if you are:
- a professional contemporary dance artist
- a dance company
- a dance professional
- a dance organisation

Steps before you can send a proposal:

1. You need an account on the Tanzmesse website (

2. a. You book an Area in the Tanzmesse Exhibition Space.
An Area at Tanzmesse: A space where you can talk with other dance professionals about your work. You can book an Area in your Tanzmesse account.

b. An organisation with an Area sends you an invitation. The invitation is an email.

3. You log into your account.
4. You go to the proposal form in your account.
5. You answer the questions in the form

Let us know if you need help with the form:

The last day to send a proposal is 15 September 2023.

We have a jury choosing the Performance Programme:
Tanzmesse Co-Directors: Isa Köhler and Katharina Kucher
Tanzmesse Associate Curators: Julia Asperska, Dan Daw, Natacha Melo and Quito Tembe

We want to present a good overview of the dance scene worldwide. We want to show dance pieces with high quality.

At Tanzmesse, we have three different ways of presentation:

1. Performance
2. Open Studio
3. Insight

1. Performance

At Tanzmesse, we present performances on theatre stages, in the public space, and digitally.

a. Proposal for Performance On Stage:

We need:

  • Filled in online form
  • Technical information about stage type, design, lighting
  • Lighting plot
  • A link to a video showing the whole piece

b. Proposal for Performance in a public space
A public space can be inside a building or a square outside

We need:

  • Filled in online form
  • Information about the space you need for the performance
  • A link to a video showing the whole piece

c. Proposal for digital Performance
We are looking for pieces using technologies such as Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality.

We need:

  • Filled in online form
  • Information about the technology you are using
  • A link to a video showing the whole piece

2. Open Studio

An Open Studio is 20 minutes long. In an Open Studio you can show a short part of your dance piece. You can also talk to the audience about your dance piece.

We need:

  • Filled in online form
  • A link to a video showing the whole piece or a rehearsal if the piece has not premiered yet.

3. Insight
An Insight is a presentation of your work with words, power point presentation or video. An Insight is 20 minutes long. You can talk about your dance piece or project. And the audience can ask you questions.

We need:

  • Filled in online form
  • A link to a video showing the whole piece or a rehearsal if the piece has not premiered yet.

The artists we choose for the Performance Programme will get a free registration for Tanzmesse. The registration means you can:
- go into the Exhibition Space
- listen to the conference programme Talk & Connect
- enter all Tanzmesse venues
- use our Bus Shuttle Service
- get remaining tickets to the Performance Programme

The Tanzmesse will pay a performance fee for all members of a company of a Performance or an Open Studio.

You need to pay for your travel and accommodation.

About us in Plain English

internationale tanzmesse nrw 2024
28 to 31 August

international means: from different countries
tanzmesse means: people who work in dance meet and talk about their work
nrw is: the short form for the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Tanzmesse takes place there.

The Tanzmesse takes place every 2 years. The organiser is the nrw landesbuero tanz.
This year's Tanzmesse takes place in Düsseldorf, Krefeld and Leverkusen.

Many people from all over the world meet at Tanzmesse.
These people can talk to each other here.
They can watch different dance performances.
They can arrange to meet here and work together later.
Together they can then make new dance pieces.

People who do not work with dance can also come to Tanzmesse and watch dance performances.

Programme: everything that happens at Tanzmesse
The programme will be announced in spring 2024.
Then you can register for Tanzmesse or buy tickets for the dance performances.


Here you can listen to our audio flyer about internationale tanzmesse nrw

About Tanzmesse – in International Sign Language