somebody@maschinenhaus 23

Artists, dancers and musicians from Essen spent time in the Maschinenhaus to get creative together and show and reflect on the artistic works created during the pandemic over the past few years. Dance performances, films and installation formats were presented. In addition, participatory opportunities such as workshops, lectures and concerts were offered to actively involve the community.

30.03.23. „somebody is working | somebody is watching“

The festival began on Thursday with a showing/workshop by Bianca Sere Pulungan and Cithia Nisiyama, who work with a group of youth.  In the evening, 6 films with different themes were streamed, followed by exchange and discussion.

31.03.23. „somebody is working & dancing | everybody is celebrating“

Friday began with a workshop by Kati Masami Menze, Toni Brell and Daria Nazarenko, in which they explored strategies for setting one's own boundaries together with young artists.

The first performance night featured 5 short pieces by local dancers and choreographers, followed by an experimental techno concert on stage.

01.04.23. „somebody is watching & listening“

The program of the last day began with a puppet theater show by Claudia Maurer and Mariela Rossi, also suitable for children. Afterwards, Marlene Helling and Nene Okada & Marco Girardin presented their work on the big stage. The festival closed with a rousing concert by Handsome Couple.

Ongoing installations

In addition to the stage program, installations were shown throughout the building.

festival, 30.03.2023 – 01.04.2023 , Maschinenhaus Essen


Toni Brell

Alice D. Bleistein

Alberto Churci

Christian Clarke

Handsome Couple

Marco Girardin

Marlene Helling

Ching-Mei Huang

Jakob Jentgens

Antonia Koltursieva

I-Chu Lin

Claudia Maurer

Kati Masami Menze

Daria Nazarenko

Cinthia Nisiyama

Nene Okada

Foteini Papadopoulou

Judith Ayuso Pereira

Djamila Polo

Nutnicha Piakkoh

Bianca Pulugan

Mariela Rossi

production team

Sabina Stücker

Marco Girardin

Ching-Mei Huang

Kati Masami Menze

Nene Okada

Nicole Born

Sophie Köller

Ahmad Holmes 


Maschinenhaus Essen

public relations

Judith Ayuso Pereira

flyer design

Annette Pfisterer

light design

Simon Krämer


Jörn Nettingsmeier

Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia/ NRW Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste as part of the Mittelzentren Tanz und Performance funding program and the Cultural Office of the City of Essen.