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Aug. 11, 2012
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The Berlin Dance festival “Tanz im August” opens (Aug. 10 – 25, 2012)
This year’s 24th Dance in August (Tanz im August) festival opened on August 10th with a performance of the work Mirror and Dance by Japanese choreographer Saburo Teshigawara. The festival’s program this time features 30 works that together present an overview of today’s trends in contemporary dance with two world premieres and 11 German premieres to be performed at the HAU theaters and other main theaters around Berlin like the Schaubuhne and Volksbuhne.
Highlights of the program include Jan Fabre’s solo work Drugs kept me alive, depicting the life of a person teetering on the edge of death; Israeli artist Ehud Darash’s long-term project Constructing Resilience that started in Israel in 2011, moved through the Occupy Wall Street scene in New York and reaches its final stage in Berlin; and a work titled X-Choreografen organized in collaboration with the biennial Tanznacht Berlin project (Aug. 22-26) in which 17 choreographers create site-specific works in Berlin’s City West. In all, 75 Berlin-based artists take part in Tanznacht Berlin.
Much attention also comes to focus on the festival-long group of three projects under the title Tabula Rasa by, a group of 30 artists and researchers from a variety of genres. The three projects are Open School, an open school for spectators offering a new experience of teaching and learning in which not only the choreographers but the spectators can become teachers; Shared Factories, in which artists, spectators, technicians and others gather for discussions aimed at creating artistic group experiments; and Around the Table, the culmination of the project in which participants with particular physical habits gather to exchange of knowledge, resources and somatic experiences in a picnic setting.
Other programs on the schedule include the “In Progress” series that draws attention to four choreographers this time who will show and discuss the present state of projects they are currently working on. Also, the “Berlin Dance Film Nights” program of films related to dance that started in 2011 will continue this year. There is also a full schedule of workshops in connection with open participation-type works.

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 Hebbel am Ufer/HAU under the artistic direction of Matthias Lilienthal.
+Berlin International Dance Festival “Tanz im August”