Art, Dance, Performance

and Protest

13 AUG – 14 NOV 2021

Dance is communication. From contemporary collaborations or the first happenings of the Japanese Butoh dancers and the pioneers of Modern dance, Global Groove explores the cultural history of contact between the West and the Far East – going back even to the early performances by Asian dancers in Europe around 1900. Photographs, paintings, sculptures, films and live actions reveal the role played by the language of dance in the political and cultural transformation of societies.

Partner: Ruhrtriennale

Funded by


Media partner

Nam June Paik and John Godfrey
Global Groove, 1973 (Film Still)
© Estate of Nam June Paik, courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York