(Dance Research NRW)
Since 2009, "Tanzrecherche NRW" (Dance Research NRW) has been offering dancers, performers and choreographers the opportunity to research several weeks a year, independent of production.
Up to three artists or teams from abroad are invited to NRW for research with special regional references in cultural, political, social or scientific terms. Conversely, up to two NRW artists or teams can research abroad and thus enrich their work with international experience.
"Tanzrecherche NRW" is explicitly not production-oriented, i.e. it does not aim to implement largely finished concepts. Rather, the focus is on the intensive support of artistic work and the development of experimental working methods. This distinguishes the concept from many other funding models, not only in the field of dance.
In the future, too, the scholarship programme aims to bring international impulses to NRW and to promote the exchange between international scholarship holders and the NRW scene with every residency. In this context, the collaboration with the "tanz nrw" festival and the cooperatively run young talent platform "Sprungbrett <> Tanzrecherche NRW" will be continued.
The following invitations have been issued for 2020: The Polish choreographer Ola Maciejewska, who lives in Paris, will be working on stage designs by Rolf Borzik in Wuppertal this autumn. In August and September, Israeli choreographer Netta Weiser will conduct research in Cologne at the interface of new media, choreography and experimental radio play, while French dancer Freddy Houndekindo, who lives in Stockholm, will devote himself to modern nomadic society and its abstract movements in Essen and Herne in November.
Conversely, choreographer and dancer Julia Riera-Kresser from Cologne will be exploring the traces of the gaga technique in Tel Aviv and Barcelona in summer and autumn, while choreographer Katharina Roll, who also works in Cologne, will be investigating rituals of cleansing and hygiene as an intercultural body-related practice in Japan from January to March.
Scholarships of up to 6,000 euros are offered, depending on the type and scope of the research.
The NRW KULTURsekretariat will act as a central contact point and arrange meetings and discussions with artists and cultural institutions from a wide range of disciplines and research institutions.
The results are presented at an public event (in NRW) or digital documentation (abroad).