Yes, the rumours are true, we did go to Tanzmesse in Dusseldorf!
As successful applicants of “Wrapped and Ready”, Ausdance Queensland granted us (Lizzie and Zaimon) with a total stipend of $3000 to support our attendance to Tanzmesse 2018.
What is Tanzmesse?
The International Tanzmesse NRW takes place every two years, generally at the end of August, in Düsseldorf, Germany and is the largest professional gathering dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance. It’s an event that values international cooperation, informal networking, and open mindedness. At the event there are exhibition halls with booths that showcase companies, artists, venues, platforms, and regions. There are debates and information sessions to discuss practical and relevant topics concerning the contemporary dance industry and there is a performance programme that showcases both finished work as well as work in developmental phases.
What did we find good about it?
Tanzmesse was focused on contemporary dance so every conversation had relevance. We didn’t have to sift through other art forms but found we always had something in common. There was a culture of sincere interest in learning and sharing that was really refreshing. It was an event where we were able to engage in deep critical discourse about works, practice, approaches, and modalities. And, having different opinions about things was not seen as a negative but as the means to expand perspective.