Tanzmesse Programme 2022

For 2022 edition, we are happy to present you the Tanzmesse programme with 30 performances, 35 Open Studio presentations and 18 pitchings. Have a look at our Tanzmesse Programme Trailer. Here you also find the programme as printable pdfs to download. Please also find here a description of the different days at Tanzmesse.

PRE-DAY NRW 30 August 2022

This year, internationale tanzmesse nrw is launched with Pre-Day NRW on Tuesday 30 August 2022 which offers the opportunity to visit the cities of Essen, Cologne or Wuppertal. Buses for the Pre-Day NRW will leave from tanzhaus nrw at 13.00 h, the programme starts at 14.00 h.

OPENING DAY 31 August 2022

Peggy Baker’s installation her body as words is open to the public from 10.00 h to 20.00 h in the reading room (Lesesaal) of Zentralbibliothek in KAP1.

On Wednesday 31 August 2022, internationale tanzmesse nrw will be officially opened.

On 31 August 2022, NRW Forum is open: Professional visitors and exhibitor attendants can collect their badges between 9.00 h and 15.00 h exhibitor attendants may also set up their areas.

From 16.00 h professional visitors, exhibitor attendants and artists can pick up their badges at the registration desk in tanzhaus nrw. 16.00 h is also when our First Timer Meeting starts, which takes place in the foyer of tanzhaus nrw (registration will open soon).

The performance programme begins at 17.30 h. The opening performance 6.58: MANIFESTO by Andrea Peña & artists is given at Capitol Theater, right after the welcoming speeches at 18.30 h.

TANZMESSE DAYS 1 to 3 September 2022

Peggy Baker’s installation her body as words is open to the public from 9.00 h to 21.00 h in the reading room (Lesesaal) of Zentralbibliothek in KAP1.

9.30 h to 14.00 h at NRW Forum
15.00 h to 18.00 h at tanzhaus nrw


Between 9.00 h and 10.00 h bus shuttle service from tanzhaus nrw to NRW Forum.

The central location in the mornings is NRW Forum. This is where the AGORA and the TALK & CONNECT programme take place.

10.00 to 14.00 h opening hours of the AGORA at NRW Forum

Guided tours of the AGORA at 11.00 h and 13.00 h (Registration opens soon).

10.30 h to 13.45 h TALK & CONNECT

Programme (1 Keynote, 2 Panel, 3 Group Session)

On Saturday 3 September 2022, 11.00 h to 14.50 h, there is an Open Studio programme featuring Canadian companies and artists of the Ballett am Rhein of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. There is a bus shuttle service departing from tanzhaus nrw at 10.15 h.

Bus Shuttle Service

There are shuttle buses running from NRW Forum to tanzhaus nrw (venue of Open Studios) between 13.00 and 13.45 h

Between 13.45 and 14.30 h the buses run from NRW Forum to tanzhaus nrw (venue of Open Studios) via Zentralbibliothek/KAP1 (venue of Pitchings), then continuing to FREIRAUM (venue of Pitchings).


From the afternoon, the main location is tanzhaus nrw, from where FFT, Zentralbibliothek in KAP1 and FREIRAUM are easy to get to.

The Open Studios take place from 14.00 h at tanzhaus nrw. They run in blocks consisting of three presentations each. Starting times are 14.00 h., 14.15 h and 14.30 h The Open Studio blocks are repeated at 16.00 h, 16.15 h and 16.30 h, respectively.

On Thursday 1 September 2022, InfoPlus/Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, Performing Arts Programm Berlin, LAPAS & die produktionsbande host the International Meeting of Performing Arts Producers, Agents, Managers in Studio 6 at tanzhaus nrw.

On Friday 2 September 2022 at 15.00 h, the outdoor performance Looping by Company 605 is shown in the city centre of Düsseldorf. There are walking tours from NRW Forum via the location of the performance to tanzhaus nrw.

At 16.00 h, Roser Lopez Espinosa & Vorpommern tanzt an stage COMETA, a production designed for a young audience.

At 17.00 h, the panel discussion on DANCE: Transnational Collaborations is held at Zentralbibliothek.

On Saturday 3 September 2022, the outdoor performance Abacus by Laura Murphy is staged three times in the city centre of Düsseldorf at 15.00 h, 16.00 h and 17.00 h, respectively.There are walking tours from NRW Forum via the location of the performance to tanzhaus nrw.

At 15.00 h, Barbora Látalová & coll. perform ANIMAL CARNIVAL at FFT, a production for spectators aged 5 and over.


The performance programme starts on several stages at approximately 17.00 h.

On Thursday 1 September 2022, in addition to venues in Düsseldorf there are performances at TanzFaktur in Cologne, at Fabrik Heeder in Krefeld and at Forum Leverkusen. There are shuttle buses departing from tanzhaus nrw to all the shows in those cities. After the performances the shuttle buses return to tanzhaus nrw.

Every evening there is an edition of the late night talk format Bauer Hour in the foyer at FFT. Every night a different delegation hosts a party at tanzhaus nrw.

Digital Tanzmesse

The Digital Space will be open online throughout from Wednesday 31 August.

The on-site Digital Space at tanzhaus nrw is open from Thursday to Saturday 14.00 to 22.00 h. Some digital performances take place on Friday and Saturdary afternoons or evenings. On Saturday there is a discourse programme on digital topics from 14.30 to 18.30 h. For an overview of the digital programme click here.

General Information

Most venues of internationale tanzmesse nrw are within walking distance. For longer distances there are bus shuttles, and walking tours are offered to outdoor performances.

There will be an Info Point at NRW Forum for any further questions. Information on accessibility can be found here.

The main venues of the Tanzmesse are NRW Forum in the mornings and early afternoons until 14.00 h. and tanzhaus nrw from 14.00 h onwards.

Tanzmesse Programme Trailer