Tanz im August 2018

30th International Festival Berlin
10.8. – 2.9.2018

For the festival’s jubilee edition, artistic director Virve Sutinen has invited artists as diverse as Elizabeth Streb, with her company STREB Extreme Action in the Sony Center on Potsdamer Platz, the long-awaited new production by the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with Alan Lucien Øyen at the Volksbühne, Big Dance Theater at the Deutsches Theater, Noé Soulier with a premiere in HAU2 or fABULEUS / Michiel Vandevelde with a German premiere in the Sophiensaele. The Haus der Berliner Festspiele, the festival’s largest stage, hosts the opening production, Trois Grandes Fugues, by the choreographers Lucinda Childs, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Maguy Marin for the Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon, followed by the Company Wayne McGregor, appearing in Berlin for the first time with Autobiography, Compagnie Käfig with Pixel, and the Brazilian company Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua with INOAH.

The Berlin dance scene is represented among other performances by three premieres: Constanza Macras and her company Dorkypark are showing Chatsworth in HAU1. Isabelle Schad occupies the KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art with choreographic sculptures, and Thiago Granato presents Trrr, the last part of his trilogy CHOREOVERSATIONS. Tanz im August furthermore focuses on the varied Catalan dance scene with La Veronal, Mal Pelo and the Cia Vero Cendoya. German premieres are given by Robyn Orlin, THE AGENCY, Björn Säfsten, Maija Hirvanen, Aydin Teker, Nick Power, Euripides Laskaridis, Adam Linder, Paul Lazar, Silvia Gribaudi and others. And there are guest performances by Ola Maciejewska, Nora Chipaumire, Voetvolk / Lisbeth Gruwez, Alexandra Bachzetsis and Felix Mathias Ott & Bahar Temiz.

To mark the 30th anniversary of Tanz im August, freelance journalist Claudia Henne was commissioned to lay the foundation stone of a hitherto non-existent festival archive. The online publication resulting from this research, FÜR IMMER TANZ – 30 Jahre Tanz, guides the audience through the festival’s history. Multimedia contributions regularly posted on the Tanz im August website will include a portrait of the festival’s founder, Nele Hertling, and insights into the history of the Berlin dance scene and the TanzWerkstatt, with which everything began in June 1988. And in her project Scribe, Leisa Shelton invites visitors to share their personal experiences and memories of Tanz im August with authors, so as to create a special kind of archive. The collected memories will be made public at the end of the festival.

Venues in 2018: Capitain Petzel, Deutsches Theater Berlin, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Lilli-Henoch-Sportplatz, Sony Center am Potsdamer Platz, Sophiensæle, Volksbühne Berlin.

  • Programme

    Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon
    Trois Grandes Fugues
    Medusa Bionic Rise
    STREB Extreme Action 
    SEA (Singular Extreme Actions)
    Ola Maciejewska 
    Björn Säfsten 
    Landscapes of I
    Thiago Granato 
    La Veronal 
    Nora Chipaumire 
    portrait of myself as my father
    Isabelle Schad 
    Maija Hirvanen 
    Art and Love
    Company Wayne McGregor 
    Voetvolk / Lisbeth Gruwez 
    The Sea Within
    Robyn Orlin 
    Oh Louis...
    Aydin Teker 
    Nick Power 
    Between Tiny Cities
    Euripides Laskaridis / OSMOSIS 
    Adam Linder 
    Service No. 5: Dare to Keep Kids Off Naturalism
    Alexandra Bachzetsis 
    Private Song
    Compagnie Käfig 
    Big Dance Theater 
    Paul Lazar 
    Cage Shuffle
    Constanza Macras / Dorkypark 
    Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua 
    Silvia Gribaudi 
    Noé Soulier 
    The Waves
    Felix Mathias Ott & Bahar Temiz 
    Mal Pelo 
    The Fifth Winter
    fABULEUS / M. Vandevelde 
    Paradise Now (1968–2018)
    Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch / Alan Lucien Øyen 
    Neues Stück II
    Cia Vero Cendoya 
    La Partida