Next Level focuses on process-oriented, intermedial musical performances that are not performed as "representative works" but practise the idea of artistic production, artistic research and open community. In doing so, the audience is deliberately invited to interact and is involved in the production processes in such a way that they become inscribed in the work being created. Curated by the composer Brigitta Muntendorf.

Birk Schmithüsen, Nina Maria Stemberger


Birk Schmithüsen, Nina Maria Stemberger

»SystemFailed_ exploration« - a participatory performance by KollektivArtesMobiles

"SystemFailed_exploration" is a participatory performance that deals with structures of power in the "smart" age and invites a critical examination of digitalisation.

Nadar Ensemble


Nadar Ensemble

NADAR ENSEMBLE - Michael Beil: Hide to show

Music and visuals in a high-tech trip: After former collaborations such as Exit to Enter and Key Jack, Nadar Ensemble and the German composer and video virtuoso Michael Beil join their forces again.

Nicolas Berge, Lucia Kilger


Nicolas Berge, Lucia Kilger

»deviation» – Video Walk with Lucia Kilger & Nicolas Berge

Hall 6
From the screen to the festival area and somewhere in between - "deviation" equips each visitor with a tablet and headphones and invites him/her to explore the grounds of Zeche Zollverein alone.

paranormal φeer group


paranormal φeer group

»Loss of Signal« – a performative music theatre installation by the paranormal φeer group

Halle 12
"Loss of Signal (of course I still love you)" is a performative music theatre installation in which the audience is taken on a spaceship trip without a mission - and meets the only inhabitant A01, after radio contact with Ground Control has long since been broken off.

Installation Wrong Time Right Place

Installation Wrong Time Right Place

Hfs Ernst Busch - Wrong Time Right Place

The Hochschule Ernst Busch from Berlin has already been a guest at Next Level several times. In 2021, it will present itself with two new immersive works that playfully open up new dimensions of experience in time and space. With the installation "Wrong Time Right Place", Leonie Bramberger and Maria Huber explore the possibilities of an interactive augmented reality setting that allows both interventions of the real world into the virtual and vice versa.