PACT Zollverein

Essen, Germany

Founded in 2002, PACT Zollverein has positioned itself from the beginning as an initiator, catalyst and a lab venue for development in the fields of dance, performance, theatre, media and fine arts.

There are three key areas of activity addressing regional, national and international social and cultural interests, which all contribute to the standing and appreciation of dance and performance as independent art forms.

PACT Zollverein offers a residency program for artists from around the world, operates as an artists’ centre offering space for working processes. To promote critical dialogue and reflection on artistic methodologies and findings PACT Zollverein initiates exchanges between artists, academics and students from diverse disciplines. The third main activity focuses on presenting an innovative and high calibre stage programme featuring premieres, co-productions and guest performances.

It is characteristic of PACT’s concept that all three of the areas of activity are closely linked and mutually enriching, creating a space for lively encounters and exchange between actions, experience and theoretical discourse.

Being an international venue for contemporary arts, PACT Zollverein also produces and co-produces dance and performance productions. In addition to this, PACT Zollverein presents outstanding regional and international guest performances on its two stages and frequently uses all kinds of alternative niches and spaces throughout the building for performances, exhibitions and installations. In this way, and by consistently showing works by younger as well as major established names, PACT Zollverein presents its audience with the widest possible range of artistic signatures.

PACT Zollverein’s research and development formats offer students, artists, researchers, practitioners and academics chance to involve themselves in temporary working and learning communities and situations.