Dear friends of Tanz im August,

After a year of life under restrictions and isolation, we are confident that the way back to public life should be paved by art and culture. Since last year’s festival we have been preparing this return with many exceptional artists, knowing that we need creative solutions to bring back the festival spirit in the summer of 2021. While most of our global community is unable to travel, the Tanz im August team has been fortunate in being able to plan an artistic programme with European companies and with global, Berlin-based artists, who are the lifeline of this year’s edition. Nonetheless, they come from all over the world!

We are also excited about our new line of outdoor performances that will take place in different locations across Berlin. We will move outdoors to venture into new spaces that allow more of us to meet in person. This togetherness is something we have all missed, so get ready for some unique dance experiences under the blue sky.

Over the last year we have learned that there is still much ground to be covered with digital media, and that online formats have the potential to draw in new audiences. The conversation format Happy to Listen, introduced in 2020, will continue to include lesser-heard voices and to reach out to those still in lockdown around the world. As an international festival, we will connect with artists beyond all borders in the digital sphere, and we look forward to welcoming our guests from afar back in 2022.

The pandemic has brought many difficulties that have affected our artists both professionally and personally. While continuing the dialogue with artists, we have also created informal networks with partner institutions and festivals to innovate our curation, production and touring practices. There are no quick solutions, only slow processes. We have been locally active with our three-year project “URBAN FEMINISM”, which supports female choreographers from Berlin and accompanies their artistic development. We have also been instrumental in connecting European dance festivals: Big Pulse Dance Alliance is a multi-annual Creative Europe project, which is led by Tanz im August together with 12 European dance festivals and institutions. This project is also a commitment to the development and support of artists who lack resources for their next steps. We are convinced that, in the coming years, these efforts will bring new diverse voices to European stages and engaging new choreographic works to outdoor and public spaces.

Looking forward to seeing you in August,

Virve Sutinen & Tanz im August Team