SoloDuo Festival nrw + friends Applications 2023

15th SoloDuo Festival nrw + friends International Dance Festival Cologne: 19th-21st May 2023

For the 15th time Barnes Crossing - Freiraum für Tanz | Performance | Kunst in Cologne organises the annual SoloDuo Festival nrw + friends. The festival supports internationally networked work and at the same time promotes professional exchange among the participating dance artists. In 2023, the Kunstsalon Stiftung / Cologne will again kindly donate the prizes. Thus, an international jury can again award five prizes in the categories Solo, Duo, Solo Newcomer, Duo Newcomer and Performer.

The winners of each prize will be invited to the 25th International SzólóDuó Tánc Festivál in Budapest in January 2024. In addition, two selected productions will be invited to the 31st Almada International Dance Festival in Portugal in October 2023.


  • Solo chorepgraphies sought with a maximum length of 6 minutes and duo choreographies with a maximum length of 9 minutes. There is no minimum length for the pieces.
  • No age limit.
  • Both renowned choreographers and newcomers to the independent dance scene are invited to participate in this international competition.
  • The artistic directors will invite a maximum of 22 productions to take part in the festival program, according to their preliminary intentions.


Monday 13th December 2022


  • The festival covers accommodation in the festival hostel plus half board and travel expenses (see application form for details).
  • The festival will offer each performance a 30-minute light rehearsal, supervised by our festival lighting technician (basic lightatmospheres + 1 special per production). 
  • The festival offers free photo and video documentation of the fulllength performances to all participants.
  • The festival invites to participate free of charge in all workshops of the supporting programme.
  • The festival especially invites to the dialogue session with the members of the international jury to discuss together the seen works.


Registration is online only at

More information about the SoloDuo Festival can be found HERE.

Download application form HERE.