Im Mediapark 7
D-50670 Köln
Tel.: (49) (221) 88895 - 400
Fax: (49) (221) 888 95 – 401
The Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln (German Dance Archives Cologne) was founded in 1948 by the dancer and teacher Kurt Peters. After being purchased by the former Stadtsparkasse Köln (Cologne Commercial and Savings Bank) it was made accessible to a broad public in 1986 as a centre of documentation, -research and information about dance in joint sponsorship with the City of Cologne. Today, the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln is part of a global network of institutions and initiatives which aims to preserve our knowledge of the art of dance. As a centre of information, documentation and research, the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln is carrying out a task of national importance.
What we offer at a glance:
including more that 450 personal estates and collections from dancers, choreographers, dance pedagogues and ballet critics (e.g. the Sacharoffs, Harald Kreutzberg, Kurt Jooss, Mary Wigman and Dore Hoyer); a photographic collection that contains about 160.000 photographs and 117.000 original negatives (among them estates from photograhers such as Siegfried Enkelmann and Hans Rama); further an art collection relating to dance (e.g. the estates of Ernst Oppler and Arthur Grunenberg) and a costume collection.

including a reference stock of more than 13.000 titles relating to all aspects of dance, supplemented by 85 current specialist journals and a total stock of journals which contains 19.000 issues.

including a collection of about 500.000 newspaper clippings that document the German dance events from the beginning of the 1950s almost entirely and that also offers important material concerning, for instance, the history of expressive dance in the 1920s and 1930s in addition to about 25.000 programmes.

Filmcollection / Videotheque
including an extensive reference stock with more than 3.500 films from the different categories of dance film: camera choreography, cinematic reinterpretation of repertoire, experimental dance film, documentations, feature films on dance, musicals, and stage recordings. The Filmcollection of the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln regularly presents dance films on an international level in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and local organizers.

Museum / Exhibitions / Education Programme
Since 1997, the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln has had its own dance museum. After its rearrangement in 2008, the museum has become, more than ever, a place to encounter the art of dance. Exhibitions and events make it a meeting point for everyone interested in art and culture. The new designed foyer offers more opportunities for film screenings, discussions and lectures, thus facilitating encounters with contemporary dance.

Beginning with the theatre year in september/october the dance museum presents its annual exhibition, which is enriched by various programmes of events, for example guided tours for adults and children, lectures, readings and recitations with discussions etc. etc.

A museum education programme offers laypersons the chance to experience exhibitions on the past and present of the art of dance. A range of programmes for kindergarten and schools turns the Tanzmuseum into an attractive place of learning and experience for children and adolescents.

More on the museum and the current exhibition

The Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln is the only institution in Germany to regularly develop and realize dance exhibitions, including presentations abroad – exhibitions of the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln have been presented in Antwerp, Gdansk, Enschede, Jerusalem, Lyon, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tbilissi, Crakow, Prague, Brussels and other cities.

The publication of monographs based on our own material, CD-ROMs, exhibition catalogues, videos, scientific publication series on dance, internet journal, photo portfolios, posters, and postcards are an additional focus of the archive’s work.

Events such as expert talks, conferences, and symposia take place in the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln. In cooperation with the state of North Rhine-Westphalia the archives award the Tanzwissenschaftspreis NRW (dance science award NRW) for the support and promotion of scientific research on dance in Germany every five years.

Using the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln and viewing its material is free of charge. There are fees for special services the archives provide on request of its users (making reproductions, researching topics, providing data from the user-PC, mailing copies). To use certain material (for example bequests, special collections, and photographs) please make an appointment in advance.

Friends and Sponsors
In July 1997 the Freunde der Tanzkunst am Deutschen Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln e.V. (Friends of the Art of Dance Association) was established in Cologne. The association aims at actively supporting the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln, encouraging an intensive international exchange of experience among dance scientists and informing the general public about the work and the various activities of the archives. The Freunde der Tanzkunst organize dance trips and special events on a regular basis which present the diversity of artistic stage dancing and provide information about the the archive‘s work and activities.

Freunde der Tanzkunst am Deutschen Tanzarchiv Köln e.V.
Im Mediapark 7
D-50670 Köln
Tel.: (49) (221) 888 95 - 400

and on facebook!/FreundederTanzkunst

Opening hours
Archive and Library
Tuesdays: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Filmcollection / Videotheque
Information and Advice
Tel.: (49) (221) 888 95 - 404
Reservation of viewing facilities
Tel.: (49) (221) 888 95 – 400

Open daily (except for Wednesdays):
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free admission on Mondays
Tel. during opening hours:
(49) (221) 888 95 – 444

Tours and Activities
for kindergarten and schools
Tel.: (49) (221) 888 95 - 409

SK Culture Foundation of CologneBonn Commercial and Savings Bank
and the City of Cologne

by public transport
U-Bahn (underground) station: Christophstraße/Mediapark or Hansaring
S-Bahn (railway) station: Hansaring

by car
highway (Autobahn) A 57
towards Köln-Zentrum, then towards Mediapark,
the underground service road
will lead you to the Mediapark car park