Tanz im August 1997

9th International Festival Berlin
1.8. – 24.8.1997

“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.

(Excerpt from the foreword to the 1997 programme by Nele Hertling, Marion Ziemann, Ulrike Becker and André Thériault)

Venues 1997: Hebbel-Theater, Sophiensæle, Podewil, Theater am Halleschen Ufer, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Komische Oper, FriedrichstadtPassagen, Klosterruine, DOCK 11 and Künstlerhof Buch.

  • Programme

    John Jasperse Excessories
    Twyla Tharp Dance Company THARP! Sweet Fields – 66 – Heroes
    Saburo Teshigawara & Karas I was Real – Documents
    Saburo Teshigawara & Karas Here to Here
    Jérôme Bel Nom donné par l'auteur
    Arts Etonnants Bal Moderne 97
    Kei Takei's Moving Earth 24 Hours of LIGHT
    Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company Shared Distance/After Black Room/Ursonate 1 Some Songs Soon
    Felix Ruckert Hautnah
    Charleroi / Danses – Plan K Moving Target
    Rosas Drei Solos für Vincent
    Jan Fabre / Troubleyn The very seat of honour
    Iztok Kovač & En-Knap Codes of Cobra
    Projekt Julyen Hamilton Performance Imporvisation
    Projekt Nigel Charnock Love, Sex and Death
    Projekt Joël Liennel / Klaus Abromeit Touch a Rhythm – Tanz im kinetischen Feld
    Le KWATT / Xavier Le Roy Das TOBEprojekt

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