Performances

The Tanzmesse programming team has had the honour to create the 2018 Tanzmesse programme out of more than 700 proposals. Here you can find the programme of performances that will take place on stages in Düsseldorf, Krefeld and Leverkusen. Most performance descriptions are online, by the end of June the complete programme will be available.

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Wednesday August 29, 2018

Early Welcome & Tour of Balletthaus der Deutschen Oper am Rhein

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Early Welcome & Tour of Balletthaus der Deutschen Oper am Rhein
  • Balletthaus der Deutschen Oper am Rhein
    Balletthaus
    Merowinger Straße 88
    40225 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    16:00 – 16:45
  • Duration: 45min

ASPHALT PILOTEN CH

STILL MOTION

Choreography: Anna Anderegg

STILL MOTION transpires at the interface between visual and performance art, reflecting the human body in its urban habitat. Movement and image are both stripped down to the bare minimum. This allows ...

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STILL MOTION
  • Balletthaus der Deutschen Oper am Rhein
    Studio 2
    Merowinger Straße 88
    40225 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    17:00 – 17:30
  • Duration: 30min
  • Booth: 104
    Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council

Ben J. Riepe Kompanie DE

CARNE VALE!

Choreography: Ben J. Riepe

The production CARNE VALE! focuses on the human body and its boundless potential. Riepe exhibits it, veils it, reveals it, experiments with forms of a universal, non-verbal language and in doing so utilizes ...

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CARNE VALE!
  • Balletthaus der Deutschen Oper am Rhein
    Studio 1
    Merowinger Straße 88
    40225 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    17:00 – 18:00
  • Duration: 60min

Opening internationale tanzmesse nrw 2018

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Opening internationale tanzmesse nrw 2018
  • tanzhaus nrw
    Big Stage
    Erkrather Str. 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    19:00 – 19:45
  • Duration: 45min

TAO Dance Theatre CN

6 & 7

Choreography: Tao Ye

Tao Ye, China’s rising star of the international dance scene, shows two parts of his numbered series. 6 deals with the human spine. A reflection on the primal power of man to “move” as humans. 7 features ...

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6 & 7
  • tanzhaus nrw
    Big Stage
    Erkrather Str. 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    19:55 – 21:00
  • Duration: 65min

LIU Kuan-Hsiang TW

Kids

Choreography: LIU Kuan-Hsiang

Kids is a tribute to death. The choreography explores how a beloved body transforms in the final days of life. The three performers on stage dance to the voice recordings of choreographer LIU Kuan-Hsiang ...

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Kids
  • tanzhaus nrw
    Small Stage
    Erkrather Str. 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    20:00 – 20:50
  • Duration: 50min
  • Booth: 41
    Ministry of Culture

Kukai Dantza ES

Oskara

Choreography: Marcos Morau

Oskara is an installation work that reviews myths of Basque culture, from their origins to the present time. The performance is structured by an accentuated, almost violent language of abstraction. The ...

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Oskara
  • Capitol Theater
    Theatersaal
    Erkrather Straße 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    20:30 – 21:30
  • Duration: 60min
  • Booth: 53
    BASQUE DANCE

Compañía Tania Pérez-Salas MX

Macho Man XXI

Choreography: Tania Pérez-Salas

For Macho Man XXI, Tania Pérez-Salas draws on her own experiences – experiences that got under her skin and which she has not completely processed yet. With a distinct sense of humour, Macho Man XXI ...

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Macho Man XXI

Soul City FR

KANYAR epilogue

Choreography: Didier Boutiana

In the creole language of Reunion Island “kanyar” refers to a person considered as an outcast. To marginalization. In his first solo work, KANYAR, choreographer Didier Boutiana deals with the mechanisms ...

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KANYAR epilogue
  • FFT Juta
    Kasernenstraße 6
    40213 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    20:30 – 21:20
  • Duration: 50min
  • Booth: 103
    camin aktion
Double bill

Iron Skulls Co ES

Sinestesia

Choreography: Iron Skulls Co

Sinestesia is set in a post-apocalyptic world. In this no-man's-land of flashing searchlights and grotesque gas masks, a group of survivors starts on a journey towards safety. Hip hop, acrobatics and ...

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Sinestesia

Hodworks HU

Solos

Choreography: Adrienn Hód

Three performers and three solos in a row, surrounded by the audience. Each solo is independent in its compactness, offering a different approach and another variation of the genre. In series, however, ...

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Solos
  • tanzhaus nrw
    Studio 6
    Erkrather Str. 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    21:00 – 22:00
  • Duration: 60min
  • Booth: 43
    Dancin' Hungary

Guangdong Modern Dance Company CN

Outdoor intervention

Choreography: --

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Outdoor intervention
  • tanzhaus nrw
    tanzhaus Außenbereich
    Erkrather Str. 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    21:00 – 21:30
  • Duration: 30min

ALDES IT

In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni

Choreography: Roberto Castello

The enigmatic Latin palindrome In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (“We wander around at night and are consumed by fire”) of uncertain origin provides the title for Roberto Castello’s play at the ...

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In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni
  • FFT Kammerspiele
    Jahnstr. 3
    40215 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    21:00 – 22:00
  • Duration: 60min
  • Booth: 4
    ALDES

Susanna Leinonen Company FI

Dreams of Replay

Choreography: Susanna Leinonen

Choreographer Susanna Leinonen takes the audience on an inspiring, thought-provoking journey: If you look back and consciously deal with the consequences of your decisions in the past, you can hardly ...

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Dreams of Replay
  • Capitol Theater
    Theatersaal
    Erkrather Straße 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 29, 2018
    22:00 – 23:00
  • Duration: 60min
  • Booth: 69
    Dance Info Finland

Thursday August 30, 2018

CCN – Ballet de Lorraine FR

Discofoot

Choreography: Petter Jacobsson, Thomas Caley

Get your funk on: DISCOFOOT is an ass kickin’, DJ spinin’, maybe even twerkin’ free-styling battle, where football’s rules are twisted and thrashed by dance. Let the choreography of the ball take you ...

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Discofoot
  • NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
    NRW-Forum
    Ehrenhof 2
    40479 Düsseldorf
  • August 30, 2018
    13:00 – 13:30
  • Duration: 30min

Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser DE

FORKS IN THE CITY (24h Intervention)

Choreography: Angie Hiesl + Roland Kaiser

This subcutaneous 24-hour non-stop intervention enters the physical and social space of the urban environment in an installative-improvising manner. Seven performers with hundreds of white plastic disposable ...

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FORKS IN THE CITY (24h Intervention)
  • Düsseldorf City
    to be announced
    40213 Düsseldorf
  • August 30, 2018
    14:00 – 23:59
  • Duration: 599min

Korea National Contemporary Dance Company KR

Immixture

Choreography: Sungsoo Ahn

Immixture creates “visible music” by combining tunes and movements from the East and the West. The beats of Korean traditional music resonate far, and the rhythms are full of suggestion. By contrast, ...

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Immixture
  • Fabrik Heeder
    Big Stage & Small Stage
    Virchowstraße 130
    47805 Krefeld
  • August 30, 2018
    16:00 – 17:50
  • Duration: 110min
  • Booth: 40
    Dance of Korea
Triple bill

MOMURO MOVEMENT LAB KR

Between

Choreography: Kyum Ahn, Gayoung Lee

A love relationship usually begins with passion. But sooner or later routine, alienation and dullness arise. Feelings fade. Then the gaps in the familiarity of a relationship become apparent, and loneliness ...

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Between
Triple bill

NONAME SOSU KR

SILENTIUM

Choreography: Young-hyun Choi

The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence. This silence can be the soundlessness after a long struggle with oneself. It may also be the result of looking away and repressing. SILENTIUM examines ...

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SILENTIUM

Navdhara India Dance Theatre IN

Amaara – A Journey of Love

Choreography: Ashley Lobo

“I hear you, smell you, see you, touch you, taste you in every breath … you are my lover and I am yours”. In a magical hour, Indian-Australian choreographer Ashley Lobo takes us into a world where body ...

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Amaara – A Journey of Love
  • Capitol Theater
    Theatersaal
    Erkrather Straße 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 30, 2018
    19:00 – 20:00
  • Duration: 60min
  • Booth: 14
    Navdhara India Dance Theatre

Foco alAire producciones MX

LOStheULTRAMAR

Choreography: Marcela Sanchez Mota & Octavio Zeivy

LOStheULTRAMAR represent a kind of tribe: a product of the globalized world, of contemporary history and digital communication. Walking in procession through the streets, they seek to astonish the passer. ...

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LOStheULTRAMAR
  • tanzhaus nrw
    tanzhaus Außenbereich
    Erkrather Str. 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 30, 2018
    19:00 – 19:30
  • Duration: 30min
  • Booth: 89
    NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS

Cloud Gate 2 TW

13 Tongues

Choreography: CHENG Tsung-lung

Choreographer CHENG Tsung-lung has always been fascinated by his mother’s stories about “Thirteen Tongues”: the street artist and legendary storyteller from their neighbourhood in Taipei was known for ...

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13 Tongues
  • Forum Leverkusen
    Am Büchelter Hof 9
    51373 Leverkusen
  • August 30, 2018
    19:00 – 20:00
  • Duration: 60min
  • Booth: 41
    Ministry of Culture

Lai Tak Wai HK

So Low

Choreography: Lai Tak Wai

In the barrenness of a naked stage, in the face of flowing time, a man dances alone, accompanied only by his musicality, his courage and his imagination. In search of refuge within the seemingly inescapable ...

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So Low

Hou Ying Dance Theatre CN

TU TU

Choreography: Hou Ying

TU TU relies on its unique dance language and the principles of movement itself. It deconstructs the way the body moves, such as using release techniques and four-dimensional spatial recognition to continually ...

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TU TU
  • CENTRAL
    Small Stage
    Worringer Straße 140
    40210 Düsseldorf
  • August 30, 2018
    20:30 – 21:30
  • Duration: 60min

Compagnie Nicole Seiler CH

The Wanderers Peace

Choreography: Nicole Seiler

The Wanderers Peace sheds light on the life of German dancer and choreographer Beatrice Cordua. From biographical-documentary material, supplemented by the levels of language and (moving) images, the ...

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The Wanderers Peace

Oona Doherty IE

HOPE HUNT & The Ascenion into Lazarus

Choreography: Oona Doherty

HOPE HUNT & The Ascenion into Lazarus lies between the lines of physical theatre, social proclamation and dance performance. A thumping black golf drives up with flashing headlights. Music sounds from ...

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HOPE HUNT & The Ascenion into Lazarus
  • FFT Kammerspiele
    Jahnstr. 3
    40215 Düsseldorf
  • August 30, 2018
    20:30 – 21:55
  • Duration: 85min
  • Booth: 24
    Dance Ireland
Double bill

Ateka Cie FR

Humming Bird – Colibri

Choreography: Abdoulaye Konate

The hummingbird’s life is full of traps. While it tirelessly seeks to overcome all these obstacles in its life, this dazzling little bird always manages to make a contribution to the community it lives ...

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Humming Bird – Colibri

Omar Rajeh | Maqamat LB

#minaret

Choreography: Omar Rajeh

For nearly 1,000 years the minaret of the Great Mosque of Aleppo soared above Syria’s largest city. It now lies in ruins. The once existing monument represented the city’s soul. A monumental portrayal ...

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#minaret
  • tanzhaus nrw
    Big Stage
    Erkrather Str. 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 30, 2018
    21:00 – 22:00
  • Duration: 60min

Friday August 31, 2018

dance.on.site

The Friday afternoon at WELTKUNSTZIMMER is dedicated to a three-hour performance discovery tour. dance.on.site opens up a microcosm of site-specific performances and performative intervention. The works ...

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dance.on.site
  • Weltkunstzimmer
    Düsseldorf City
    Ronsdorfer Str. 77a
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 31, 2018
    15:00 – 18:00
  • Duration: 180min

Cia. Pe Mellado Danza CL

La Bailarina

Choreography: Paulina Mellado

The poems of Chilean Nobel Prize winner in literature Gabriela Mistral inspired choreographer Paulina Mellado to create La Bailarina. The montage carries a strong and recognizable message of national ...

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La Bailarina
  • Fabrik Heeder
    Big Stage & Small Stage
    Virchowstraße 130
    47805 Krefeld
  • August 31, 2018
    16:00 – 17:38
  • Duration: 98min
  • Booth: 90
    DANZA CHILE
Double bill

MOUVOIR/Stephanie Thiersch DE

Chombotrope

Choreography: Stephanie Thiersch und das Jitta Kollektiv

Through a surreal, raucous fashion concert that blinds and purifies us deliberately cheerful, the African-European collective attempts to rethink the heritage of cultural appropriation. In a playfully ...

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Chombotrope

DLD – Daniel Léveillé Danse CA

Crépuscule des océans

Choreography: Daniel Léveillé

At the centre of Crépuscule des océans is a human tide, animated by opposing currents: busy, but at the same time on guard – concentrated to make no mistakes – resistant, ambitious and obsessive. An ...

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Crépuscule des océans
  • Capitol Theater
    Theatersaal
    Erkrather Straße 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 31, 2018
    18:00 – 19:00
  • Duration: 60min
  • Booth: 87
    CINARS / Quebec on Stage

VILCANOTA FR

People what people ?

Choreography: Bruno Pradet

Choreographer Bruno Pradet invents a world without machines, without sets and props. In this unique universe, motion exists only in the form of vibrating bodies. The dancers develop their own language ...

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People what people ?
  • Capitol Theater
    Theatersaal
    Erkrather Straße 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 31, 2018
    20:00 – 20:55
  • Duration: 55min
  • Booth: 30
    Company VILCANOTA

Olga de Soto BE

INCORPORER

Choreography: Olga de Soto

A large and bare space in silence. The silence is broken and the space becomes malleable through sound work, specially developed to render visible and audible certain actions that the performer produces. ...

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INCORPORER
  • tanzhaus nrw
    Small Stage
    Erkrather Str. 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 31, 2018
    20:00 – 20:35
  • Duration: 35min

Companhia Urbana de Dança BR

5 passos pra nao cair no abismo

Choreography: Sonia Destri Lie

5 passos pra nao cair no abismo (5 steps not to fall into the abyss) talks about stories we have lived, starting from the middle of our society, a place of great unbelief, disillusionment, prejudice ...

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5 passos pra nao cair no abismo
  • tanzhaus nrw
    Big Stage
    Erkrather Str. 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 31, 2018
    20:30 – 21:30
  • Duration: 60min

Laboratory Dance Project KR

NO COMMENT

Choreography: Chang-ho Shin

No comment. Sometimes that is how the truth really is told. Like the calme pulse, the thumping of the blood that rocks the body, truth is the struggle for reality. NO COMMENT starts with this simple, ...

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NO COMMENT
  • CENTRAL
    Small Stage
    Worringer Straße 140
    40210 Düsseldorf
  • August 31, 2018
    20:30 – 21:45
  • Duration: 75min
  • Booth: 40
    Dance of Korea
Double bill

tanzmainz DE

Fall Seven Times

Choreography: Guy Nader und Maria Campos

The performance by Guy Nader and Maria Campos was inspired by an Asian proverb: Fall seven times and stand up eight. Both artists were taken by the stubbornness expressed by the proverb. “The saying ...

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Fall Seven Times

Panaibra Gabriel Canda MZ

And if we become child again

Choreography: Panaibra Gabriel Canda / Walter Verdin

Mozambican choreographer and dancer Panaibra Gabriel Canda collaborates in his latest work And if we become child again with the renowned Belgian video artist Walter Verdin. Inspired by the authors Janusz ...

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And if we become child again
  • FFT Juta
    Kasernenstraße 6
    40213 Düsseldorf
  • August 31, 2018
    20:30 – 21:30
  • Duration: 60min

MARCAT DANCE ES

Wooden Bones

Choreography: Mario Bermúdez Gil

The solo by and with Mario Bermúdez Gil tells the story of an old man who reflects on his past, celebrating memories and past emotions. Wooden Bones is inspired by the true story of former athlete Antonio ...

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Wooden Bones
  • FFT Kammerspiele
    Jahnstr. 3
    40215 Düsseldorf
  • August 31, 2018
    20:30 – 21:45
  • Duration: 75min
  • Booth: 58
    ICEX- Dance from Spain
Double bill

Tereza Hradilková and coll. CZ

Swish

Choreography: Tereza Hradilková

Swish proves that rope jumping is more than just a children’s game. It embodies aspiration and self-improvement, ambition and performance: always striving for perfection. Do you jump to overcome your ...

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Swish

Corpo Máquina NL

Even Worse

Choreography: Guilherme Miotto

In Even Worse, cutting edge breakdance, experimental hip-hop to contemporary theater dance merge into a new language of movement. 

Three young men in the virtuosity of their locomotion, whose togetherness ...

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Even Worse
  • tanzhaus nrw
    Studio 6
    Erkrather Str. 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • August 31, 2018
    21:30 – 22:30
  • Duration: 60min

Saturday September 1, 2018

Foco alAire producciones MX

LOStheULTRAMAR

Choreography: Marcela Sánchez Mota & Octavio Zeivy

LOStheULTRAMAR represent a kind of tribe: a product of the globalized world, of contemporary history and digital communication. Walking in procession through the streets, they seek to astonish the passer. ...

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LOStheULTRAMAR
  • NRW-Forum Düsseldorf
    NRW-Forum
    Ehrenhof 2
    40479 Düsseldorf
  • September 1, 2018
    11:00 – 11:30
  • Duration: 30min

Urban Dance Art Day

Tanzmesse-Saturday is all about urban dance art. Curated by Takao Baba, one of Germany’s leading hip-hip choreographers, the Weltkunstzimmer is animated by selected international urban artists. A vibrant ...

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Urban Dance Art Day
  • Weltkunstzimmer
    Düsseldorf City
    Ronsdorfer Str. 77a
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • September 1, 2018
    15:00 – 16:30
  • Duration: 90min

Simone Grøtte Company NO

FORGOTTEN

Choreography: Simone Grøtte

The performance FORGOTTEN digs into the collective and individual memory of the World War 2, in which Northern Norway and its inhabitants were hit particularly hard. Through authentic sound recordings, ...

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FORGOTTEN
  • Fabrik Heeder
    Big Stage & Small Stage
    Virchowstraße 130
    47805 Krefeld
  • September 1, 2018
    16:00 – 17:45
  • Duration: 105min
  • Booth: 70
    NORWAY NOW
Double bill

Lucy Guerin Inc AU

Split

Choreography: Lucy Guerin

Space is getting tight and time is getting shorter. We can all make sense of this dance. As our world contracts, the clock ticks faster and bodies press closer. Dancers Melanie Lane and Lilian Steiner ...

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Split

Urban Dance Art Day II

Tanzmesse-Saturday is all about urban dance art. Curated by Takao Baba, one of Germany’s leading hip-hip choreographers, the Weltkunstzimmer is animated by selected international urban artists. A vibrant ...

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Urban Dance Art Day II
  • Weltkunstzimmer
    Düsseldorf City
    Ronsdorfer Str. 77a
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • September 1, 2018
    17:30 – 19:00
  • Duration: 90min

Shobana Jeyasingh Dance UK

Material Men redux

Choreography: Shobana Jeyasingh

Material Men redux is a virtuoso piece for two dazzling performers of the Indian diaspora. Their chosen dance styles could not be more different – classical Indian and hip hop. However, they share a ...

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Material Men redux
  • FFT Juta
    Kasernenstraße 6
    40213 Düsseldorf
  • September 1, 2018
    18:00 – 19:00
  • Duration: 60min
  • Booth: 106
    Shobana Jeyasingh Dance

INTEGRO PE

Spirală

Choreography: Oscar Naters/Ana Zavala

Spirală symbolizes movement and a dynamic path, a return to memory. It is also a cosmic symbol that is repeated over and over again in nature. A staircase, a sacrificial table, sand, white cotton and ...

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Spirală
  • FFT Kammerspiele
    Jahnstr. 3
    40215 Düsseldorf
  • September 1, 2018
    18:00 – 19:00
  • Duration: 60min

Siamese Cie BE

(B)

Choreography: Koen Augustijnen & Rosalba Torres Guerrero

(B) is the powerful heavyweight clash between three boxers and seven dancers. From a variety of backgrounds, they all throw everything they have into the dance ring. In dazzling group choreographies ...

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(B)
  • Capitol Theater
    Theatersaal
    Erkrather Straße 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • September 1, 2018
    19:00 – 20:00
  • Duration: 60min
  • Booth: 25
    Belgium

Shifting Realities - Jacobs, Koné, Manjate, Till DE/BF/MZ

Fragiland

Choreography: Jason Jacobs/ Souleymane Ladji Koné/ Katia Manjate/ Anna Till

FRAGILAND focuses on an understanding of the fragility inherent in all living creatures. The performers assert their individual point of views in an effort to avoid the ever-present risk of collapse. ...

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Fragiland
  • tanzhaus nrw
    Studio 6
    Erkrather Str. 30
    40233 Düsseldorf
  • September 1, 2018
    19:00 – 20:30
  • Duration: 90min
Double bill

Shifting Realities - Rotteveel, Lo, Ayuso, Sunday KE/NL/NG/ES/TW

Specific people create specific problems

Choreography: Avatâra Ayuso, Fang Yun Lo, Israël Sunday Akpan, Judith Bwire Namacheke, Tian Rotteveel

specific people create specific problems is a wild ride into the unknown. Five choreographers from five different countries in Africa, Europe and Asia team up to explore their otherness and alikeness. ...

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Specific people create specific problems

    Guangdong Modern Dance Company CN

    Sumeru

    Choreography: LIU Qi

    In Buddhist imagery, a grain as tiny as a mustard seed can reveal all the wonders of the universe. Just like this, dance as a small spectrum of this vast universe contains fascinating stories and facets, ...

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    Sumeru
    • tanzhaus nrw
      Big Stage
      Erkrather Str. 30
      40233 Düsseldorf
    • September 1, 2018
      20:00 – 21:00
    • Duration: 60min

    zoe | juniper US

    BeginAgain

    Choreography: Zoe Scofield

    BeginAgain is a stirring, poignant distillation on siblings, adolescent girls, the painful space between being a child and adulthood through the memory of their childhood. Who we are is never one consistent ...

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    BeginAgain
    • CENTRAL
      Small Stage
      Worringer Straße 140
      40210 Düsseldorf
    • September 1, 2018
      20:00 – 21:00
    • Duration: 60min
    • Booth: 38
      American Dance Abroad

    Vilnius city dance theatre Low Air LT

    Game Over

    Choreography: Laurynas Zakevicius and Airida Gudaite

    Urban Dance Theatre Low Air presents an innovative live dance installation which connects both visual and urban dance art, inspired by the author Julio Cortázar. Cortázar has this magical realism which ...

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    Game Over