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Fakultät Rehabilitationswissenschaften

Modern dance included in UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Black and white photo of two women jumping together by hand. One leg is stretched forward and the other leg is bent backward. © Haeckel Archiv​/​ullstein bild​/​picture alliance
Modern dance beginning, probably around 1910

On November 30, 2022, UNESCO included the practice of modern dance in Germany on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. With this inclusion, UNESCO is honoring a creative form of expression that has not only fundamentally changed the entire dance landscape - including dance education - but is also seen as having important community-building, inclusive and intergenerational significance. The focus is on the creative expression of one's own body and non-standardized forms of movement. Modern dance is primarily about the development of individual movement motifs as well as the search for a common movement aesthetic with other dancers together.

Location & approach

The campus of the technical university Dortmund is located near the Dortmund West motorway junction, where the A45 Sauerland line crosses the B1/A40 Ruhr expressway. The Dortmund-Eichlinghofen exit on the A45 leads to the South Campus, the Dortmund-Dorstfeld exit on the A40 leads to the North Campus. The university is signposted at both exits.

The "Dortmund Universität" S-Bahn station is located directly on the North Campus. From there, the S-Bahn line S1 runs every 20 or 30 minutes to Dortmund main station and in the opposite direction to Düsseldorf main station via Bochum, Essen and Duisburg. The university can also be reached by bus lines 445, 447 and 462. Timetable information can be found on the homepage of the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, and DSW21 also offer an interactive route network map.


The H-Bahn is one of the landmarks of the TU Dortmund. Line 1 runs every 10 minutes between Dortmund Eichlinghofen and the Technology Centre via Campus South and Dortmund University S, while Line 2 commutes every 5 minutes between Campus North and Campus South. It covers this distance in two minutes.

From Dortmund Airport, it takes just over 20 minutes to get to Dortmund Central Station with the AirportExpress and from there to the university with the S-Bahn. Düsseldorf Airport, about 60 kilometres away, offers a wider range of international flight connections and can be reached directly by S-Bahn from the university station.