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Nov. 27, 2014
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“10th International tanzmesse” held (Aug. 27 – 30, 2014)
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of International tanzmesse and it was held this time for four days from August 27th at NRW Forum Düsseldorf. The 2014 program by the new artistic director Felix Wittek introduced German premieres of works by international dance companies in its role as an international platform for contemporary dance, while also introducing the work of artists and companies of North Rhine-Westphalia and other parts of Germany. With the aim of attracting younger audience, the program this time also featured works for children over the age of two. At the 125 messe booths there are displays by more than 400 dance companies from around the world, and more than 1,500 dance professionals visit the event. The number of performances at various venues on the nightly performance program grew to 35 and the 11 venues this time were in not only Düsseldorf but also in Leverkusen and Krefeld, where 60 companies in all performed.
The opening featured France’s Ballet Preljocaj performing Empty Moves. This German premiere work is inspired by the recording of a reading by John Cage made in 1977. Also, Düsseldorf’s Ben J. Riepe Kompanie, known for its cool aesthetic style, presented its new piece Der letzte Schrei – 2. Edition – artists are alive (North Rhine-Westphalia Arts Foundation committee selected work). Other highlights of the program included Aakash Odedra limited’s Murmur / Inked Compagnia Palermo in Danza’s Uscita di Sicurezza and Room 2 Manoeuvre’s Box Fresh (both works German premieres). The closing featured the Helsinki Dance Company’s production Jemina – act as youLd known her, a work bringing together stand-up comedy and soft porno, a cabaret interim comedy turning into a tragedy, and then a tragedy turning into a comedy.
During the event, there were also site-specific performances held at a former bread factory and its grounds, a Talks & Panels program with talks on the subjects of economic strategies and potential by experts with reference to specific best practices, an “Open Studio” program for dance companies to introduce 30-minute performances of recent works, and more.

Event Outline
Internationale tanzmesse nrw started as Tanzmesse NRW in Essen in 1994, aiming for establishment of a dance platform in North Rhine-Westphalia. Kajo Nelles was appointed director in 2000, and it changed into a biennial dance market with an international focus. It has been held in Düsseldorf since 2002. In addition to the dance-specific theater tanzhaus nrw, the market also uses several other venues. In this international market that specializes in contemporary dance, over 50 showcases are presented, nearly 100 booths are put up, and participants gather from Europe, Asia and North and South America. In this way, it stands in contrast to Tanzplattform that specializes in German dance. The showcases invite public participation, but it is said that high-quality performances are presented in them because the director chooses more than half of the participants by actually visiting and seeing performances. Presenters gather from around the world for this event and it continues to function as a place for them to exchange information.
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