Tanz im August | International Festival Berlin


Tanz im August, presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, is a festival for contemporary dance in Berlin, Germany. Founded in 1989 the festival offers an international range of contemporary dance performances, prestigious companies, innovative choreographers as well as a sense for emerging aesthetics and formats from all over the world. Berlin-based artists present their newest works and numerous German and international premieres are celebrated here. The events at Tanz im August are shown at various venues and locations across Berlin. 

Since 2014, Finnish curator Virve Sutinen has been in charge of the festival's program. Sutinen brings together different generations of artists and various aesthetic approaches. Her name stands for outreach, participation and delight in experimentation. In a series of encounter and discussion formats, Tanz im August invites its audience to become an active part of the festival and meet the participating artists. Every two years comprehensive retrospectives bring artists to the public’s attention, most recently Deborah Hay, La Ribot or Rosemary Butcher.

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Artistic Direction

  • Since 2014: Virve Sutinen
  • 2013: Bettina Masuch
  • 2009–2013: Ulrike Becker, Pirkko Husemann, Matthias Lilienthal, André Thériault, Marion Ziemann
  • 2007–2008: Ulrike Becker, Matthias Lilienthal, Marion Ziemann, Bettina Masuch, André Thériault
  • 2003–2007: Ulrike Becker, Matthias Lilienthal, Bettina Masuch, André Thériault
  • 1989–2003: Nele Hertling 

Festival Team 2021

Artistic Director Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival Stefan Nagel
Curator & Producer Andrea Niederbuchner
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director Alina Scheyrer-Lauer
Producer & Logistics René Dombrowski
Production Monica Ferrari, Florian Greß, Johanna Herrschmann, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Ben Mohai, Charlotte Werner
Bibliothek im August & Happy to Listen Ana Letunić (dramaturgical support)
Technical Director Festival Ingo Ruggenthaler
Technical Producers Annette Becker, Susanne Görres, Sven Nichterlein, Kevin Pahl, Dorothea Spörri, Patrick Tucholski
Technical Venue Management Annette Becker, Sven Nichterlein, Kevin Pahl, Max Wegener, Sabine Krien, Rupprecht Lademann
PR & Marketing Hendrik von Boxberg / Lilly Schofield (Büro von Boxberg)
Online Communication Lilly Schofield (Büro von Boxberg)
Assistance PR & Marketing, Online Communication Vera Fleischer, Vivien Hohnholz
Texts Beatrix Joyce
Project and Contract Management Natalia Polyzou, Bernardo Sousa de Macedo
Ticketing & Service Christian Haase
Management Professionals Alexander Graf
Graphic Design Sonja Deffner, Jürgen Fehrmann (Director), Gea Gosse
and the team of HAU Hebbel am Ufer