TANZweb NRW (Dance Web NRW)
Since 2014 the NRW KULTURsekretariat has been supporting "TANZweb NRW" (Dance Web NRW), the innovative online platform for the critical accompaniment of dance in word, film and photography by independent dance journalists and filmmakers in NRW.
The project has long since developed from the "Kooperierte Projekte" (Cooperated Projects) into an independent support programme.
The platform provides people interested in dance in the regions of Cologne/Bonn, Krefeld, Wuppertal and the Metropole Ruhr with a wide range of information such as event notes, reviews and video material on upcoming and shown productions.
In addition, research and work processes as well as discussions in and with dance and its artistic personalities are comprehensively illustrated and made tangible. A 14-day newsletter also provides information about special highlights and presents news, dance policy developments and event announcements.
The portal with the web address tanzweb.org facilitates access to dance performances and generates more audiences for the diverse dance scene.
At the same time, a medium is created for demanding criticism, which is becoming less and less popular in print and radio. In this way, the special significance of dance is taken into account: as an art form which, in a globalised and virtualised world, offers the individual the opportunity like no other to determine his or her identity through his or her own body and its unmistakable demarcation, dynamics and movement in space and time and for reflection beyond mathematical and linguistic logic.
With the help of "Transfer International", the trilingual "TANZweb Euregio" has been established since the end of 2017, starting from Aachen and Heerlen and the annual international "schrit_tmacher" festival, thus taking a further step towards the international expansion of the platform.
With further support, the platform is also to be extended to the dance state of NRW and integrated into a European network in the near future.
In 2019, TANZweb.org has started to promote new forms of digital accompaniment and examination of this art form in transnational cooperation - this process will be intensified in 2020.
The aim is also to train a new, internationally active generation of dance journalists, who come from the art of dance and, together with presenters, screenwriters, crime writers and filmmakers, explore new paths between word, film and image and implement them together with media experts.