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Sep. 2, 2011
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Germany’s Berlin International Dance Festival 2011 “Dance in August” held (Aug. 12 – 28)
In its 23rd holding this time, the festival presented 22 works by artists from 13 countries in a program that focused on crossover between classic and contemporary dance. There was an additional focus on the dance of Africa with invited artists including the Congo-born, Senegal-based choreographer Andréya Ouamba and South Africa’s Gregory Maqoma.
One of the highlights of the program this year was the new work by leading Canadian choreographer Edouard Lock for the La La La Human Steps company titled “New Work.” The classic program featured choreographic adaptations based on new interpretations of Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas and Christopher Gluck’s Oreo ed Euridice by the British contemporary composer Gavin Bryars. Also, Hiroaki Umeda presented the world premiere of his new work 3. Isolation choreographed for three classic ballet dancers of the Dresden National Opera Ballet Company. This work is the third of a trilogy that Umeda has been working on since 2009, and it was performed this time along with the second work of the trilogy 2. Repulsion choreographed for three hip hop dancers.
Along with numerous works by European-based artists such as Meg Stuart, Emanuel Gat Perrine Valli and the Brazilian-born leader of the Swiss company Alias, choreographer Guilherme Botelho, another focus of this year’s program was a review of the history of American dance. This was highlighted by THE LEGACY TOUR of the Merce Cunningham Company with a selection of famous works such as Nearly 902 spanning the decades of the 1950s to the 1980s. There was also a performance of the 1979 work DANCE choreographed by another major figure of American dance, Lucinda Childs in collaboration with composer Philip Glass and visual artist Sol LeWitt.
This year the festival added a new program called “in-progress” as a platform for introducing new works by young artists. The Berlin-based American choreographer Jeremy Wade and six other artist groups presented new works in progress up to 30 minutes in length at venues including the art space HAU and Podewil (admission free). During the festival run, dance film showings, lectures, workshops and other related programs were also held. And there was a nonstop schedule of free performances and concerts at the meeting place.

Festival Outline
This is a dance festival jointly planned and operated by TanzWerkstatt Berlin, an organization founded in 1988 with the aim of identifying and supporting new approaches for the international dance scene, and HAU under the artistic direction of Matthias Lilienthal.
+Tanz im August (Dance in August)