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.