With "TANZweb.org" (DANCEweb.org), the NRW KULTURsekretariat has supported the innovative online platform for the critical accompaniment of dance in word, film and photography by independent dance journalists and filmmakers in NRW since 2014. Just like "Soundtrips NRW" and the "Literarische Sommer" only recently, the project meanwhile evolved from the "Cooperated Projects" into an independent sponsorship programme.
The platform provides people interested in dance with a variety of information such as announcements of as well as reviews and video materials on upcoming and past productions.
Moreover, it comprehensively depicts research and work processes as well as controversies in and with dance and its artistic personalities and makes them tangible.
»tanzweb.org« facilitates access to dance performances and generates a larger audience for this diverse dance scene.
At the same time a medium for demanding criticism is created which is hardly given space in print and broadcasting.
It is based on the idea of the special importance of increasingly marginalised writing about dance: as an art form that like no other gives the individual an opportunity to explore and reflect on the identity of the own body and its distinctive demarcation, dynamism and movement in space and time in a globalised and virtualised world.
In 2014 the offering, which was initially developed for the dance scene of Cologne/Bonn, was extended to the dance scenes in Krefeld and Dortmund. In the meantime, the "TANZweb" includes the cities of Bochum, Dortmund, Essen, Herne and Mülheim an der Ruhr on the website "TANZwebMetropoleRuhr.de". The portal went live for Wuppertal at the beginning of 2017. With additional support, the platform will also be extended to the dance state of NRW and integrated in a European network in the near future.
With the aid of "Transfer International", the trilingual "TANZweb Euregio" with Aachen and Heerlen as the base is being established since the end of 2017, and thus another step towards the dissemination of the platform on an international level has been taken. The websites with their local focus and cross-regional networking are already now a role model for considerations on a national level that are being discussed in a working group named "TANZ | MEDIA deutschland", initiated by "TANZweb.org" together with the umbrella organisation Dance.