Tanz im August 1996

8th International Festival Berlin
2.8. – 27.8.1996

“Tanz im August” achieved new heights in 1996 when the Komische Oper was made available for the presentation of the Martha Graham Dance Company with the financial support of “Partners for Berlin”. That same year we introduced the festival title headline “Internationales Tanzfest Berlin”. Tanz im August’s growing popularity with the Berlin audience has clearly proven that dance, in all its diversity, has the potential for creating an event of international format for the city.

Internationally renowned choreographers as well as younger choreographers and dancers have been invited to confront our festival audience with their experimental, often radical works. Parallel to the performance series, an intensive training programme allows young dance professionals from across the world to come into a direct working dialogue with more experienced choreographers.

This year’s programme also contains a thematic focal point: the works of Jasperse, Bel, Ruckert and Fabre expose the body – through various forms of nakedness – as object/subject, image/function and material/identity. The representation of the body will also be one theme during the public discussions following these productions.

(Foreword of Tanz im August programme magazine 1996 by Nele Hertling)

Venues 1996: Hebbel-Theater, Podewil, Komische Oper, Künstlerhof Buch, Tanzfabrik und Theater am Halleschen Ufer.

  • Programme

    Pretty Ugly Dance Company The Previous Evening I, II, III
    Compagnie Yvette Bozsik Countess
    Compañia Vicente Saez Regina Mater
    Compagnie Benoît Lachambre The water fait mal
    S.O.A.P. Dance Theatre Glass … short stories of fools
    Martha Graham Dance Company Radical Graham
    Companyia de dansa / Gelabert Azzopardi ARMAND DUST II / THIRST
    Public Affairs / Erik Kouwenhoven The Solo Versions nr. III
    NEUER TANZ xyz – Bewegtes Opfer
    LaLaLa Human Steps 2
    Rubato Persona, Persona
    Dance Energy Hidden Dances
    Batsheva Dance Company Yag / Anaphase

    Samuel Wuersten Handel with care
    Amanda Miller Meidosems
    Le Kwatt Blut et Boredom
    Pilottanzt Things from above

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