From 2012 to 2014, Tanzhaus NRW led a project aiming to initiate long-term cooperative relationships between several dance centres in Africa (Mozambique, Mali, Tunisia, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa) and a number of key dance venues in Germany.
Dance Dialogues Africa was designed to provide several points of access for artists at various levels of development and to promote a shared sense of responsibility across the network of partners. By engaging a variety of formats (guest performances, workshops and residencies, staff exchanges, seminars and contextualising activities), it sought to link production structures between the partners in a sustainable way and to build lasting connections amongst artists and producers.
Running from February 2012 to June 2014, the project was composed of:
Finally, a touring festival including the co-produced works travelled to the 5 partner dance houses in Germany, accompanied by activities and documentation giving insight into the process and context of creation.
Supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Dance Dialogues Africa was led by Tanzhaus NRW and involved 2 other German EDN partners: HELLERAU-European Centre for the Arts (Dresden) and K3 Zentrum für Choreographie - Kampnagel Hamburg. Other German partners were DansArt Tanznetworks (Bielefeld , DE) and Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster, DE).
African partners included CulturArte (Maputo, MZ), Donko Seko (Bamako, ML), Ness El Fen (Tunis, TN), Studios Kabako (Kisangani, CD), and Vuyani Dance (Johannesburg, ZA).