The TanzFaktur is a cultural centre in the up-and-coming residential and commercial area of Cologne-Deutz. With its extensive programme, it is a dynamic, international and vibrant space that focuses on the movement of the body in a variety of ways and builds networks between local and international dance makers.
Since its foundation in 2013, the TanzFaktur (TF) has become one of the most important independent production and performance venues for contemporary dance in Cologne. The BühnenSaal, the WerksHalle with a large stage, a rehearsal stage, three further studios and a spacious foyer ensure a vibrant and creative atmosphere with a programme that features premieres, international guest performances and Cologne premieres almost every weekend.
The TanzFaktur's premises are also used by members of other cultural genres (including Theater der Keller / interim; New Music). The cultural work on site is therefore primarily aimed at regional dance makers, people interested in movement formats and a broad dance and theatre audience.
With its ongoing movement formats, the TanzFaktur offers an extensive weekly programme ranging from ballet to contemporary dance and somatic practices. Various workshops and dance education formats enable cultural education for all ages. The TanzFaktur is a lively meeting place where amateurs and professional dancers meet.
Through cooperations, e.g. with Profitraining Köln e.V., the Centre for Contemporary Dance of the Cologne University of Music and Dance (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, HfMT), the M.A. "Dance - Mediation, Research, Artistic Practice" of the German Sport University Cologne (Deutsche Sporthochschule Köln, DSHS), and many others, there is a constant exchange with dance students, as well as the scene and its up-and-coming generation. Since the 2020/21 season, the institutes Centre for Contemporary Dance (HfMT) and the Institute for Dance and Movement Culture (DSHS) have been spatially anchored in the TanzFaktur by using the studio rehearsal rooms.
The TF presents two contemporary dance festivals each year:
The International Sommerakademie (SoAk)
A two-week festival with a workshop campus and stage programme. Since 2015, the TanzFaktur has organised a stage programme on three extended weekends in July. Outstanding productions by international artists and companies can be seen. The range of contemporary dance is represented by international artists and newcomers in various presentation formats. During Sommerakademie, a workshop campus is created alongside the performance programme, which offers formats by international choreographers over two weeks.
The festival focuses on the dance scene of NRW and in particular on productions from the northern Rhineland. Since 2014, the (Rh)einfach-Festival has traditionally taken place at the TanzFaktur at the beginning of October. The (Rh)einfach-Festival is the only festival for contemporary dance from the Rhineland in Cologne. Over four days, the audience has the opportunity to discover the local and diverse dance landscape. Since 2020, there has been a focus on the nominees of the Cologne Dance and Theatre Awards.