Tanz im August is back – Reconnecting Nature, the City, and our Bodies

How can we still dance in a world where forests burn, oceans boil and societies become hateful instead of peaceful? The recent incident in the US where a young man was fatally stabbed by a teenager at a gas station because he was voguing was a big shock to the queer community worldwide. But it’s not a coincidence that bodies that nonconform to patriarchal power structures get attacked and killed. And especially, bodies that dare to show their power with dance are a threat to the old ideas of how the world should be run. 

When thinking of dancing bodies in today’s world I think of pleasure, but I also think about the power of changing things that were taken for granted for way too long. So maybe we can help the world by dancing? 

This year’s Tanz im August, the festival of contemporary dance in Berlin, brings together once again innovative choreographers and dance collectives from around the world. One of their powerful topics is how dance and ecology are interconnected. Several shows will happen in different parks in Berlin and I am really looking forward to seeing how different choreographers translate this topic in their work. Presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer and curated by art director Ricardo Carmona and his team, the festival aims to highlight more sustainable ways of production and presentation and to reflect on them artistically. We peeped into the festival program to give you a selection of shows you shouldn’t miss:

Marco da Silva Ferreira – C A R C A Ç A

Nadia Beugre LIBR’ARTS – Prophétique (on est déjà né.es)

Radouan Mriziga – Libya

Faso Danse Théâtre / Serge Aimé Coulibaly – C la vie

Kat Valastur – STRONG-BORN

Taoufiq Izeddiou – Hmadcha حمادشة

Ballet national de Marseille / (LA)HORDE – AGE OF CONTENT

Interconnecting Dance & Ecology

Cherish Menzo/GRIP – D̶A̶R̶K̶MATTER


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