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 2019.

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

  • Choose the right presentation format

    What's new?

    • Proposing a "New Production", a work for a stage performance in the Festival Programme that will premiere after 30 September 2019 (including a premiere during Tanzmesse 2020).
    • The thematic focus of international tanzmesse nrw 2020 is "Tradition and the Present", but proposals without thematic reference are also welcome!
    • Aesthetic emphasis includes all styles of contemporary and urban dance.
    • Emerging as well as Experienced choreographers are encouraged to submit proposals.
    • In the Open Studio section, applications for productions that are ready for touring, can also be submitted for Tanzmesse 2020. These will be presented under the title "Pitchings".

    What you should consider when submitting a Performance:

    • The work you want to present needs to be a professional, ready-to-tour production: production must be ready when the application has been submitted (not a work-in-progress).
    • 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 2020/21 season or later.

    What you should consider submitting a Site-Specific Performance:

    • The work you want to present needs to be a professional, ready-to-tour production: production must be ready when the application has been submitted (not a work-in-progress).
    • Please inform us about the space/place the production requires. Please state these information in the proposal form under “Any comments?”

    What you should consider submitting a New Production:

    • The work you want to present needs to premiere after 30 September 2019, you can also apply to have your premiere in the frame of Tanzmesse 2020
    • 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 2020/21 season or later.
    • Please note that the presentation of a new production (premiere after 30 September 2019) or a premiere at the internationalen tanzmesse nrw requires extensive preparation both for you and for the Tanzmesse. We therefore recommend that you get in touch with the Tanzmesse Team before submitting your application: proposals@tanzmesse.com.
    • If your production is selected for the festival programme, effective and swift communication with our technical team is vital for the preparation and realization of your performance.

    What you should consider submitting an Open Studio:

    • Your production is still a work-in-progress at the time of Tanzmesse 2020.
    • Productions for a traditional stage/audience space or site-specific performances can be proposed for the Open Studio programme.
    • 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.

    What you should consider submitting a Pitching:

    • If you have a ready-to-tour production but you would prefer to present an excerpt of the piece as well as have the possibility to directly interact with your audience and give an insight in your work.
    • Productions for a traditional stage/audience space or site-specific performances can be proposed for the Open Studio programme.
    • 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 2019. 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?

    If there is more than one work that you would like to propose to the Tanzmesse 2020, you can submit additional applications. Please note that only one of your works can be featured in the Festival Programme. Please also note that an administration fee of €25 + VAT applies to 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.
    • A lighting plot
  • Application Timeline

    Mai 2019 – 30 September 2019 (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.
    • Multiple proposals can be submitted, but please note that there is a €25 + VAT admin fee for each application.

    January 2020 for Performances, Open Studios & Pitchings

    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.
    • 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 2020.