Due to the current pandemic situation, the 30th edition of the Tanztage Berlin will start as an online program from January 7 to 16. All planned live performances will then be made up for in spring 2021.
The film showdown AV by choreographer Judith Förster and filmmaker Stella Horta will kick off the festival on January 7. Clay AD will present the first digital premiere of the festival on January 15 with the performance Indication of Spring at the End of Time. We also invite you to an online Zukunftswerkstatt – a series of discussions about work culture and mental health, organized in cooperation with the ZTB (Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin) association. Pedro Marum will also curate an online format focusing on new artistic practices of care in club culture. In addition to this, the festival presents the first three episodes of its podcast, which was prepared in collaboration with the queer-feminist rave collective LECKEN.
Under the new curator Mateusz Szymanówka, the 30th edition of Tanztage Berlin speculates on the future of our dance floors and how we can fight isolation from each other. In dance we enter into unexpected alliances: Through dance we heal, mourn, resist.
When the theaters closed in 2020 and the clubs turned into museums, dance sloshed across screens, through bedrooms, basements, parks and streets. Undisciplined bodies occupied digital and public space to rave, but also to rave against, resist violence, unjust politics and systemic oppression. Since hard times require furious dancing, this year’s festival explores the anti-authoritarian tradition of dance. It explores the revolting body in its fragility, mortality and ability to transform itself and others. With the hope that moving ̶t̶o̶g̶e̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ on stage can be as urgent as live gatherings outside.
Confronted with the constant resurgence of fascism, a global pandemic and other doomsday scenarios, dance tries to tell stories about other futures. In the dystopian “now” after the afterparty, science fiction becomes a somatic practice, a tool that not only serves to create better worlds, but also to cultivate critical bodies and rehearse scores for times when the boundaries between us are blurred: Scores of tenderness and solidarity that call us to stick together and leave no one behind.
WITH Clay AD, Juan Pablo Cámara, James Batchelor & Collaborators, Judith Förster, Layton Lachman/Samuel Hertz, Lecken, Ana Lessing Menjibar, Michelle Moura, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Tiran Willemse Normanson/Nkisi, Lulu Obermayer, Robert Ssempijja, Shiori Tada u. a. CURATOR Mateusz Szymanówka DRAMATURGICAL SUPPORT Maciej Sado, Maxi Wallenhorst
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SOPHIENSÆLE Franziska Werner MANAGING DIRECTOR Kerstin Müller PRODUCTION OF FESTIVAL Johanna Withelm PRODUCTION Aurore Werniers PRESS Miriam Seise COMMUNICATION Sarah Böhmer, Manuel Chittka, Gina Jeske, Siri Lindell (FSJK), Sofia Popp GRAPHIC DESIGN Jan Grygoriew HOMEPAGE Manuel Wisniewski ARTISTIC ADMINISTRATION Henriette Fock, Andrea Spirkl TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Fabian Stemmer TECHNICHIANS Florian Brückner, Ignacio Buquete, Gordon Dyballa, Mohammad El-Awad (Azubi), Walter Freitag, Ernesto Hernandez, Sebastian König, Falk Windmüller
The 30th edition of Tanztage Berlin is a production of SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V., Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte and Förderband e.V./Berliner Spielplan Audiodeskription. Media partner: taz. die tageszeitung