Send a proposal

internationale tanzmesse nrw 2014 ©Dmitrij Matvejev
internationale tanzmesse nrw 2014 ©Dmitrij Matvejev

As an individual dancer, choreographer, a company, or an agency, you are entitled to apply for yourself or an artistic group that you represent to perform on the artistic programme of Tanzmesse as of June 2017.

Please read the following guidelines and our new Artist's Guide thoroughly before applying.

  • Choose the right presentation format

    You should consider submitting a Performance if

    the work you want to present is a professional, ready-to-tour production: production must be ready when the application has been submitted (not a work-in-progress).

    The production can either be for a traditional stage/audience space or a site-specific performance.

    Productions for a younger audience are also explicitly encouraged.

    Only productions that are no longer than 60 minutes, or are a 60-minute adaptation of the proposed choreography can be approved.

    The company also needs to be able to tour with this production in the 2018/19 season or later.

    You should consider submitting a an Open Studio if

    Your production is still a work-in-progress at the time of the Tanzmesse 2018.

    Productions for a traditional stage/audience space or site-specific performances can be proposed for the Open Studio programme.

    Productions for a younger audience are also explicitly encouraged.

    The Open Studio can contain excerpts from the planned production, or these excerpts can be accompanied by a report about the company, working method and production conditions.

    Video productions can only be approved after prior consultation with internationale tanzmesse nrw.

    The studios cannot be made darker and are only equipped with chairs and cushions for the audience, a stereo system and a dance floor.

  • How to Apply?

    1. Is your organisation represented by a booth at the Tanzmesse?

    The Tanzmesse is primarily a networking event and only artists represented at a booth have the possibility to show full-length work, in the best stage conditions. You can be represented at a booth by renting a booth yourself, or you may be represented at another organisation’s booth.

    2. What is the application process?

    Step 1: Make sure you have rented a booth. If you are not the Booth Coordinator (= the person who has rented the booth), please get in touch with them in order to receive an invitation to submit an artistic proposal. If you are not connected to another booth and would like to rent one yourself, please visit the Booth Rental section.

    Step 2: Create a Tanzmesse account. Login to your account and choose "Submit an artistic proposal". Once you have filled in your artistic proposal form, you can save it and add your modifications until the final deadline: 30 september 2017. Don’t forget to hit the "Submit" button and to pay the application administration fees (25€ + VAT), or your application will not be valid!

    3. How many applications can you send and how much does it cost?

    For this Tanzmesse edition we have limited the number of proposals that can be send through one Booth, please choose carefully what work you would like to propose for the Tanzmesse Festival Programme 2018. Please note that there are two proposals included in each booth rental fee, for further proposals an administration fee of €25 + 7% VAT applies for each proposal.

    • Proposals can only be submitted online through the Tanzmesse website.
    • A full-length video of the work you are proposing. Please DO NOT send a DVD: we will only accept a URL link to a downloadable video. The format of your video must be compatible with VLC MediaPlayer. Check here for the compatible formats if you are unsure.
    • A lighting plot
  • Application Timeline

    June 2017 – 16 October 2017 (Performances & Open Studios)

    Application process is open

    • Make sure that you are represented at a booth and can provide your booking confirmation with the application
    • The number of proposals that can be sent through one Booth is limited (please check Sizes and prices in the Booth Rental section)

    January 2018 for Performances & Open Studios

    Results of the selection process

    • Artists who have submitted a proposal will receive a notification by email and can fall into two categories: Selected and Not Selected.

    January 2018

    Artists selected for Performances & Open Studios confirm their presence at Tanzmesse 2018

    • Artists who have been selected to present their work as part of the programme must confirm their acceptance and availability to perform at the Tanzmesse 2018.