32nd International Festival Berlin

21.–30.8.2020 | Online & Outdoor
Special Edition 2020

Tanz im August – Special Edition 2020

Tanz im August Special Edition 2020 will be presenting events online and in public spaces from 21–30 August 2020. The 10-day programme, developed by the invited artists and the festival team, brings together a wide range of voices from today’s international dance world.
Instead of the stage programme cancelled in May, there will be presentations of artistic productions under the title Meet the Artist, film or text, in public spaces and online, streamed live from HAU2. Happy to Listen is our newly developed digital discussion forum, and together with Zürcher Theater Spektakel we will host an international conference as a response to the situation of the international dance world caused by coronavirus. The Bibliothek im August library will be open every day in the former WAU restaurant and café, and will function as focal point and meeting place for our festival audience. It will be supplemented by a limited-access outdoor public-viewing area in front of HAU2.

We are very happy to announce that the yearly Magazin im August will appear as a special edition in both print and digital form with interviews, articles and portraits. Besides contributions about the Special Edition, it features in particular contributions by artists invited to Tanz im August before lockdown, whose subject matter and artistic works would have been central to the stage programme.

Admission and online access is free for all events. Live events with offline audience will have limited access. More information on registration for these events will be available on our website from the second week of August.

The detailed programme with all dates and protagonists will be published in the second week of August. A first preview here:

Meet the Artist

The Meet the Artist productions in public spaces showcase work by the American choreographer William Forsythe and the German company LIGNA, and focus on audience activity and participation. In his “Untitled Instructional Series” developed for the special edition, William Forsythe offers short choreographic instructions that inspire passers-by to explore and become aware of physical movements.

LIGNA has responded to the restrictions on international travel by inviting 12 choreographers from around the world to their polyphonic radio ballet “Dissemination everywhere!” On four festival days the participating audience follows this choreographic radio programme about the experience of vulnerability and solidarity in public spaces in Berlin via headphones. On August 30 the radio ballet will be shown simultaneously at Tanz im August, Zürcher Theater Spektakel and Theater Festival Basel. With contributions by Alejandro Ahmed (Brazil), Edna Jaime (Mozambique), Geumhyung Jeong (South Korea), Eisa Jocson (Philippines), Raquel Meseguer (United Kingdom), Bebe Miller (United States), Maryam Bagheri Nesami & Mitra Ziaee Kia (Iran), Mamela Nyamza (South Africa), Bhenji Ra (Australia), Melati Suryodarmo (Indonesia), Yuya Tsukahara + Contact Gonzo (Japan), Dana Yahalomi / Public Movement (Israel).

The online programme for Meet the Artist gives an insight into the work of artists whose stage works for 2020 were cancelled. It features work by the Nigerian-American artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, the Argentinian choreographer Ayelen Parolin, the visual artist and choreographer Arkadi Zaides, the American performer Faye Driscoll, the German choreographer Stephanie Thiersch and a conversation with the Canadian artist Jacob Wren (PME-ART) and the writer and performer Claudia La Rocco. As a part of the new three-year Tanz im August project URBAN FEMINISM to support asipiring Berlin female hip-hop artists, the specific challenges of this non-academic dance practice will be discussed and gender-political questions raised about its male-dominated scene. With “1000 scores. Pieces for Here, Now & Later”, a project by Helgard Haug, David Helbich and Cornelius Puschke, produced by Rimini Apparat, which offers an online platform for scores by various commissioned artists, will also be shown.

Happy to Listen

The new format Happy to Listen is a possibility to actively listen to those whose concerns and views have been formed by different realities and experiences. The actual topics will be defined together with the moderators and panelists to ensure new perspectives, critiques and oppositions to appear.

International Conference

In collaboration with Zürcher Theater Spektakel, a public digital conference titled “How to be together? – Conversations about international exchange and collaboration in the Performing Arts” will take place from 27–29 August as a response to the situation caused by coronavirus. The three-day programme will enable a trans-continental dialogue between touring artists, event organisers and cultural policy workers active in (geographically, culturally, politically and professionally) diverse areas.

We are still proud to present the “programme book before Covid-19” with a list of artists who would have joined us in Berlin this August:

Boris Charmatz, Faye Driscoll, William Forsythe, Clara Furey, Israel Galván & Niño de Elche, Thiago Granato, Geumhyung Jeong, Milla Koistinen, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Louise Lecavalier / Fou Glorieux, Dana Michel, La Veronal, Lea Moro, MOUVOIR / Stephanie Thiersch, Naïf Production / Sylvain Bouillet & Lucien Reynès, Robyn Orlin / Moving Into Dance Mophatong, Ayelen Parolin / RUDA asbl, PME-ART / Jacob Wren, and Arkadi Zaides.

We are looking forward to meeting again and to an exciting Special Edition 2020.

Your team from Tanz im August

Our digital programme book for the 32nd edition of Tanz im August – before COVID-19

Read and download it here:

PDF Download