The Diverse World of Contemporary Dance at Tanz im August Festival

Company Wayne McGregor

The Tanz im August Festival is back showcasing the immensely diverse world of contemporary dance on the stages of Berlin! From the August 10 to September 2 you’ll be able to enjoy and experience a wide range of dances throughout the city. From international productions by established creators to newcomers and world premieres. On top of that, the program also includes talks and workshops so the public can engage by participating and learn through action. And now, without further ado, we present you our selection of the 10 most exciting pieces from this edition of Tanz im August. Enjoy!


Company Wayne McGregor

For “Autobiography” McGregor decoded his DNA as a starting point to create a dynamic piece with an electronic soundtrack by musician Jlin. In this piece, ten dancers will take you on a journey to the self, trough life experience, creating choreographic portraits.

Haus der Berliner Festspiele

17.08.:  19:00 to 20:20

18.08.: 19:00 to 20:20

19.08.: 17:00 to 18:20


The Sea Within

Voetvolk / Lisbeth Gruwez

In the new piece “The Sea Within“, choreographer and dancer Lisbeth Gruwez abandons precision and embraces chaos. With musician Maarten Van Cauwenberghe she founded the collective Voetvolk. And together they bring a magical contemporary ritual in which the “we” dissolves into the unity of the “I”.


17.08.: 21:00 to 22:10

18.08.: 19:00 to 20:10

19.08.: 21:00 to 22:10

Trois Grandes Fugues

Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon

The Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon invites you to see, hear and experience a new reinterpretation of Beethoven’s “Great Fugue” with every choreography. “Trois Grandes Fugues” represents the perfect and complex combination of classical music and contemporary dance.

Haus der Berliner Festspiele

10.08.: 19:00 to 20:30

11.08.: 19:00 to 20:30

12.08.: 19:00 to 20:30



Compagnie Käfig

In “Pixel“, eleven dancers will use their bodies to guide the projections that rule in a digital universe. Käfig combines hip-hop, contemporary dance, and circus. With the help of digital artists Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne, video art and dance become one creating a hypnotic landscape.

Haus der Berliner Festspiele

25.08.: 19:00 to 20:10

26.08.: 15:00 to 16:10


Neues Stück II

Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal  / Alan Lucien Øyen

Through the representation of the most intimate moments, the Norwegian choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen explores the fragility of the complexity and beauty of being human. Joining forces with Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater Wuppertal they created “Neues Stück II“, a piece between dance and theatre under the artistic direction of Adolphe Binder.

Volksbühne Berlin

31.08.: 21:00 to 00:00

01.09.: 21:00 to 00:00

02.09.: 16:00 to 19:00




Silvia Gribaudi

The work of Spanish painter Botero, the 80’s Jane Fonda and concepts like excellence and success inspired this one-woman show,“R. OSA”. Claudia Marsicano is that virtuous woman whose performance will challenge the view of how we perceive others. The Italian choreographer Silvia Gribaudi not only uses the body for expression but also as a reminder of its social implications.


29.08.: 21:00 to 21:45

30.08.: 19:00 to 19:45

31.08.: 17:00 to 17:45

01.09.: 17:00 to 17:45




Ola Maciejewska

Inspired by the French visionary Loïe Fuller, Ola Maciejewska takes this style to the sublime in “Bombyx Mori“. Three dancers rapped in infinite long black fabric that merges with their own bodies. This piece explores the power of primitive and contradictory forces and the thin limit between human and non-human.


11.08.: 17:00 to 18:00

12.08.: 19:00 to 20:00


Service No. 5: Dare To Keep Kids Off Naturalism

Adam Linder

Service No.5” is the fifth part of the ” Choreographic Services ” series. The Berlin choreographer, Adam Linder creates a divergent performance dominated by obscure and theatrical tendencies.

You can enter or leave the 5h performance at any time.

Capitain Petzel

24.08.: 16:00 to 21:00

25.08.: 14:00 to 19:00

26.08.: 14:00 to 19:00


Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua

Driven by the corruption scandals in his own country, Brazil, Bruno Beltrão directs ten dancers who will confront this issues. With “Inoah” Beltrão wants to raise questions regarding the impact of the events and ideologies that shape us. All of this through a compelling choreography that mixes breakdance and hip-hop with contemporary dance.

Haus der Berliner Festspiele

28.08.: 19:00 to 19:50

29.08.: 19:00 to 19:50




Constanza Macras / Dorkypark

Chatsworth” is one of the Durban townships where Indian immigrants were isolated during apartheid. Famous Berlin-based choreographer Constanza Macras has created a piece that talks about the impact of traditions, multiculturalism, transformation, and resilience. All of that through the merge between traditional Indian dance and theater, with a contemporary approach.

Unfortunately, there is no trailer for this piece because is not ready yet. But we wanted to show you another example of the work of this talented choreographer.


25.08.: 21:00 to 22:40

26.08.: 17:00 to 18:40


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