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Mar. 13, 2014
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Germany’s circulating festival “Tanzplattform” opens in Hamburg (Feb. 27 – Mar. 2, 2014)
In its 11th holding, the biennial contemporary dance festival “German Dance Platform” (Tanzplattform) held on a rotating basis in cities of Germany was held this year in Hamburg. The venue was Kampnagel, a 19th century former factory that has been refurbished and is now functioning as an international culture and arts center focusing mainly on contemporary culture. The artistic director of the center’s theater is Amelie Deuflhard, together with a jury of four selected 12 works to be invited.
The festival’s opening performance was Sider by the William Forsythe Company. The work’s subject is stories of actors from films portraying 16th century Elizabethan era of England. From this material, examples of various forms on inconsistency of things are acted out in rhythmical dance.
From the second day the festival program was packed with notable works. The Frankfurt Ballet Company dancer and choreographer Richard Siegal from the William Forsythe Company era presented the solo work Black Swan. The Damaged Goods company led by Meg Stuart presented Built to Lost, a serious and also comical work about aspirations toward the eternal set to rich orchestra music in collaboration with Muenchner Kammerspiele. Sebastian Matthias’ work Danserye takes as its subject the musical score collection Musyck Boexken Danserye of the Renaissance composer Tielman Susato. Among the other works, Isabelle Schad & Laurent Goldring presented Der Bau, a work dealing with the work by Kafka of the same title; and Pina Bausch’s former dramaturge, Raimund Hoghe, presented his work Cantatas.
Also on the program was the “Pitching” program in which 10 artists gave 20-minute presentations on their work, and other lectures.

Tanzplattform was launched in 1994 to serve as the German counterpart jury (platform) for the French International Meeting of Dance of Bagnolet. The first festival was held in Berlin as a collaborative project by the three cities of Berlin Frankfurt and Munich presenting works by 25 companies active in the cities and attracting 130 promoters from around the world. Held biennially since then, the second holding was in Frankfurt and the third in Munich. For each festival producers and journalists are invited from Germany and abroad, and the festival itself has become established as the leading platform offering the latest in German contemporary dance. Since its third holding, the festival has been hosted by Hamburg (2000), Leipzig (2002), Dusseldorf (2004), Stuttgart (2006), Hannover (2008), Nuremberg (2010) and Dresden (2012).