For the fifth time, nine partners and twelve venues have teamed up to present this festival dedicated to dance in and from North Rhine-Westphalia in eight cities. The biennial platform tanz nrw is a coalition of dance producers from NRW interested in increasing both regional and international awareness of the NRW dance scene. We are deeply committed to the realisation of this goal.

Artists from different generations – new faces and famous names alike – will present their latest choreographic projects here. This year's tanz nrw programme puts 17 artistic positions up for discussion that signify various experiences and ways of thinking. They examine reality in its relationship to physicality, devote themselves to pressing issues or reflect upon the underlying paradigms of society and art production. We look forward to sharing moments full of fascination, amusement and even bewilderment – and to joining you in conversation and celebration.

Our warmest thanks go out to all of the artists involved as well as our sponsors and partners.

The presenters of tanz nrw 15