One of the annual highlights of Berlin’s cultural calendar is the internationally renowned event Tanz im August (Dance in August). Launching almost 3 decades ago, this year the event will celebrate its 29th run and the programme proves to be no less exciting than previous years, with the usual eclectic mix of local and international performers descending upon Berlin for the almost month long event.
This glorious festival of all things dance kicked off last Friday and will run right through to the month, with the closing event held on Saturday 2nd of September. A number of works will premiere at the festival, including 3 that will have their world premiere at Tanz im August and 14 enjoying their German premier during the festival. All together, Tanz im August will present 28 productions featuring over 150 artists from 21 different countries.
This year’s festival will feature performance art pieces from acclaimed Spanish choreographer La Ribot, who attends this year also as an honouree. Tanz im August will honour her this year with the retrospective ‘Occuuppatiooon!‘, of more than 2 decades of her work, from 1993 to 2016.
It would not be a Berlin festival without David Bowie’s presence in some shape or form and fans can enjoy his and Patti Smith’s music as Michael Clark Company returns to Tanz im August. Rocío Molinas Caida del Cielo debuts in Germany with performance art blending Flamenco with rock music and spectacular costuming.
Tanz im August is known for its innovative approach to public engagement and will once again encourage its audiences to take part through dance workshops, book presentations and once again the Bibliothek im August, with a collection of books chosen by the participants artists (open from Wednesday to Sunday from 4-9 pm).
There are 11 venues participating this year including host HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1, HAU2 und HAU3 + Houseclub HAU3), along with the St.Elisabeth Kirche, the Galerie Barbara Weiss, the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, RADIALSYSTEM V, Sophiensæle and Vierfelderhof.