Tanz im August 2008

20th International Festival Berlin

TANZ IM AUGUST, Berlin’s international dance and performance festival, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. That’s spectacular. Spectacular because the original festival idea – having the independent avant-garde perform alongside established, sophisticated and sometimes highly subsidized choreographers – has withstood the test of time. Since 1989 TANZ IM AUGUST has become a fine-tuned instrument, a large-scale resonating platform played by artists urgently wanting to confront the Berlin audience with their visions of the world – whether aesthetic, political, playful or with a note of warning – while seeking straightforward reactions to their pieces. One of our main objectives has always been to promote dialogue on the works shown, on methods of production, the role of the spectator and the artist’s position within his own creation and the world at large. This dialogue has continued to intensify every August over the last 20 years.

(Excerpt from the foreword to the 2008 programme by Ulrike Becker, Matthias Lilienthal, Bettina Masuch, André Thériault und Marion Ziemann)

Venues 2008: HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1, HAU2 und HAU3), Sophiensæle, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Podewil, Halle Tanzbühne Berlin, Radialsystem V, Volksbühne and Tanzfabrik Berlin.

  • Programme

    Akram Khan Company / National Ballet of China Bahok
    VA Wölfi / NEUER TANZ 12/ ...im linken Rückspiegel auf dem Parkplatz von Woolworth
    Boris Charmatz / Association Edna Aatt enen tionon
    Gilles Touyard / Association Edna Programme court avec essorage
    Jefta van Dinther / Mette Ingvartsen It‘s in the air
    Rachid Ouramdane Loin...
    Hiroaki Umeda Accumulated Layout
    Hiroaki Umeda Duo
    MEMBROS Cia. de Dança Febre
    Veronika Riz
    Nasser Martin-Gousset Comedy
    Olivier Dubois Faune(s)
    Olivier Dubois Pour tout l‘or du monde…
    Cecilia Bengolea / François Chaignaud Pâquerette
    Mirko Winkel / SODA Products Ökonomie der Aufmerksamkeit
    Anat Eisenberg / SODA Products The big jump
    Corsin Gaudenz / SODA Products Carnet de danse part one on beauty
    Felix Marchand / SODA Products Considered
    Susanne Martin / SODA Products Rosi tanzt Rosi, die August Version
    Kat Papageorgiou / SODA Products Lang
    Rita Roberto / SODA Products Right at presence
    Thérèse Nylén/ SODA Products Masqueresque
    Les SlovaKs dance collective Opening night
    Ballet de Lorraine Hymnen
    EISBÄR* FOR PRESIDENT Sporting with Eisbär
    BADco. Changes
    Ivo Dimchev Lili Handel – blood, poetry and music from the white whore‘s boudoir
    Faustin Linyekula / Studios Kabako Future?
    Marc Rees (R.I.P.E.) Gloria Days
    Trisha Brown Dance Company Accumulation (1971) / Geometry of Quiet (2002) / Spanish Dance (1973) / If you couldn‘t see me (1994) / Present Tense (2003)
    Zufit Simon Meine Mischpuche – Arbeitstitel: I
    Deborah Hay If I sing to you
    Dresden Semperoper Ballett Dreamlands
    Gustavo Ciríaco / Andrea Sonnberger Here whilst we walk
    Dave St-Pierre Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde!

    Janez Janša / Janez Janša / Janez Janša Janez Janša
    Les Ballets C. de la B. / Ted Stoffer Aphasiadisiac

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