Tanz im August

International Festival Berlin

Tanz im August, presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, is a festival of contemporary dance in Berlin. Founded in 1989, it showcases contemporary dance performances, recognised companies, innovative choreographers and new aesthetics and formats from around the world. Tanz im August events are shown at locations throughout Berlin in collaboration with various venues.

Along with international companies, the festival features recent work by Berlin artists, together with numerous German and world premieres. With a series of encounters and discursive formats, Tanz im August also invites its audience to take an active part in the festival and to meet its participating artists.

The strengthening of forward-looking tendencies receives as much attention as large-format productions. Tanz im August displays a wide range of current developments in contemporary dance and places them within social and ecological concerns of our globalised world.

Some of the strategies of the festival’s 2023–25 editions include a long-term programme-development partnership with a network of international advisors and institutions, and a systematic opening out into the city’s everyday urban landscape. Ricardo Carmona and his team combine these aims with the intention to highlight more sustainable ways of production and presentation, and to reflect on them artistically.

Artistic Direction

  • 2023–2025: Ricardo Carmona
  • 2014–2022: Virve Sutinen
  • 2013: Bettina Masuch
  • 2009–2013: Ulrike Becker, Pirkko Husemann, Matthias Lilienthal, André Thériault, Marion Ziemann
  • 2007–2008: Ulrike Becker, Matthias Lilienthal, Marion Ziemann, Bettina Masuch, André Thériault
  • 2003–2007: Ulrike Becker, Matthias Lilienthal, Bettina Masuch, André Thériault
  • 1989–2003: Nele Hertling

Festival Team 2023

Artistic Director Ricardo Carmona
Executive Producer Festival Stefan Nagel
Producer & Dramaturge Alina Lauer
Production und Team Assistance Luzie Barzen
Production Associates Sujmo Akcali, Arantxa Ciafrino, Vivien Hohnholz, Aki Kimura, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Ekaterina Voronova, Benze C. Werner
Technical Director Festival Ingo Ruggenthaler 
Dramaturgical Advisor Nedjma Hadj Benchelabi
Head of Communication Mutiara Berthold
Associate Online Communication Catalina Wortmann
Associate Press & Public Relations Constanze Nogueria Negwer 
Graphic Design Sonja Deffner, Gea Gosse, Jürgen Fehrmann
Texts Arno Raffeiner
Project- und Contract Management Natalia Polyzou, Timo Koch, Florian Pfefferkorn
Financial Accounting Dieter Walk
Ticketing & Service Simone Erlein, Christian Haase
Box office & Service Delphi Breger, Isabella Dahm, Nora Holinski, Melanie Klimmer
Professionals Managment Alexander Graf
Project Management Big Pulse Dance Alliance Eduardo Bonito
and the team of HAU Hebbel am Ufer

Fotocredit Header: Collage with motifs by Bernardo Cesare and Pascal Meier