Call for Proposals

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

If you would like to be part of the Tanzmesse Performance Programme 2022 you can submit a proposal from 20 September 2021 to 15 November 2021. Please make sure to be linked to an Exhibition Space in the Agora to be able to apply for the programme.

You have the possibility to present a full-length performance on stage, outdoor or online. We also welcome proposals for performances addressing young and intergenerative audiences. Online performances should exceed a mere streaming of pre-recorded performances and allow for interaction for the audience. Open Studios and Pitchings offer the opportunity to present work-in-progress, new or existing works and projects in a more intimate setting in a shorter timeframe.

Further information on all proposal options is available in the following sections and in our Information Guide. Or join us for a Zoom Info Session:

  • 20 September 11.00 – 12.00 h CEST Register here.
  • 21 September 11.00 – 12.00 h CEST Register here.
  • 21 September 16.30 – 17.30 h CEST Register here.
  • 22 September 16.30 – 17.30 h CEST Register here.
  • Choose the right presentation format

    What are the proposal options?

    • Performance
      • on stage
      • outdoor / site-specific
      • online / digital interactive
    • Open Studio
    • Pitching

    What to prepare and consider for your proposal?

    Performances

    • On Stage
      You can submit a proposal for a work that has been premiered or will premiere after the proposal deadline. We are looking for full-length pieces, the duration may exceed 60 minutes. If you would like to submit a proposal for a stage performance, you will need the following information:
      • General information about the company, choreographer, and production
      • Technical information about your needs regarding stage stype and design, lighting, additional media
      • Technical Rider
      • Lighting Plot
      • Video link of the production

      If your work will premiere after the proposal deadline you might not know all details yet, but you will still have the possibility to apply. Some technical questions will nevertheless be mandatory, even if the production is still a work-in-progress, as we have to check the technical feasibility on the stages available to us.
    • Outdoor / Site-specific
      We are welcoming production created for the public space or works that can be adapted to sites in Düsseldorf. If you would like to submit a proposal for an outdoor or site-specific performance, you will need the following information:
      • General information about the company, choreographer, and production
      • Technical information about your needs regarding size of space, floor, lighting and sound
      • Technical Rider
      • Lighting Plot (if applicable)
      • Video link of the production

      If your work will premiere after the proposal deadline you might not know all details yet, but you will still have the possibility to apply. Some technical questions will nevertheless be mandatory, even if the production is still a work-in-progress, as we have to check the technical feasibility on the stages available to us.
    • Online / Digital Interactive
      The last years have encouraged the development of performances created for the digital space with new ideas of online interaction. If you would like to submit a proposal for an online performance, you will need the following information:
      • General information about the company, choreographer, and production
      • Presentation platform / needs for digital presentation
      • Video link of the production

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    Open Studio
    An Open Studio can either be a work-in-progress or a ready-to-tour production. The presentation should consist of the showing of an excerpt, further information of the company, the production and the working method and leave room for questions from the professional audience. If you would like to submit a proposal for an Open Studio please prepare the following information:

    • General information about the company, choreographer, and production
    • Video link of the production, or if it is a work-in-progress an excerpt from a rehearsal or a video of a previous work.

    Pitching
    A Pitching can either be a production or project you would like to present to a professional audience. The Pitching is a media-based spoke presentation to a professional audience leaving space for a Q&A session at the end. If you would like to submit a proposal for a Pitching please prepare the following information:

    • General information about the production or project and the artists/companies/institutions involved
    • A video link if you would like to pitch a production, or a short Power Point or video presentation of your project
  • How to Apply?

    1. Is your organisation / company represented in an Agora Exhibition Space at Tanzmesse?

    The Tanzmesse is primarily a networking event and only artists and companies represented in the Agora Exhibition Space have the possibility to submit proposals for Performances, Open Studios and Pitchings. You can be represented in the Agora by booking a Single Area, Shared Area or Networking Island yourself, or you may be represented at another organisation’s Agora Exhibition Space.

    2. What is the application process?

    Preparation: Make sure you are linked to an Agora Exhibition Space. If you did not book a Single Area, Shared Area or Networking Island yourself, please get in touch with the Coordinator of the Agora Exhibition Space you are represented at in order to receive an invitation to submit a proposal. If you are not connected to an Agora Exhibition Space and would like to book one yourself, please visit the section "Book Exhibition Space".

    Step 1: Create a Tanzmesse account or log into your existing account.

    Step 2: If you are the Coordinator of an Agora Exhibition Space click on "Submit a proposal". If you have received a proposal invitation email by a Coordinator click on the link in the invitation email.

    Step 3: Once you have filled in your proposal form, you can save it and add your modifications until the final deadline: 15 November 2021. Don’t forget to hit the "Submit" button and to pay the proposal administration fees (25€ + VAT) (if applicable).

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

    If you would like to propose more than one production or project, you can submit additional proposals. Please note that only one of your production or project can be featured in the Tanzmesse Programme 2022. Please also note that an administration fee of €25 + 7% VAT applies to each proposal, if not included in the booking fee of your Agora Exhibition Space.

  • Application Timeline

    15. September - 15 November 2021

    Application process is open

    • Make sure that you are represented in the Agora
    • Multiple proposals can be submitted, but please note that there is a €25 + VAT admin fee for each application.

    January 2022

    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 2022.