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Sep. 5, 2016
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28th Berlin international dance festival Tanz im August held (Aug. 16 – Sep. 5, 2016)
Tanz im August, a leading presence in Germany’s contemporary dance is held again this August. It has been the venue for performances of works by a total of 27 works by the likes of progressive dance artists Meg Stewart, Emanuel Gat, Deborah Hay.
Emanuel Gat participated with his well-received new work SUNNY that world-premiered this year’s Venice Dance Biennale. In it, Gat cooperates with producer, musician and performer Awir Leon, a shooting star of today’s Electronic Music scene and former member of Gat’s dance company. A French critic once described Emanuel Gat’s choreographies as “visual music, interpreted through the body.”
Meg Stuart has been dealing with this question now for over two decades. In this year’s program she presents two works created in collaboration with other artists. One is Until Our Hearts Stop, created together with actors of Münchner Kammerspiele, six performers depict the barriers that exist between people. The second work, Blessed, is a work jointly choreographed by Meg Stuart and Portuguese choreographer and performer Francisco Camacho. Following its premiere in 2007, this piece was awarded the 2008 French Theater, Dance and Music Critics Award for best foreign performance, and a Bessie Award in the category ‘outstanding visual design’ in 2012.Using only props made of cardboard it depicts a unique vision of cardboard apocalypse.
In his piece Displacement”, the young Syrian choreographer Mithkal Alzghair tackles the thematic field of rootedness versus the displacement that many Syrians are subjected to today. Other works include choreographer Kyle Abraham’s “Pavement,” which explores the subject of African-American identity; and Korean-German Honji Wang and Spanish-French Sébastian Ramirez (company Wang Ramirez) present the piece “EVERYNESS” employing wire rope technique to create dynamically expressive poetic imagery.

Festival Outline
Tanz im August is Germany’s largest contemporary dance festival jointly planned and run by TanzWerkstatt Berlin, an organization founded in 1988 with the aim of providing a new international approach to support of contemporary dance, and Hebbel am Ufer (HAU), the representative theater of Berlin’s free theater (small theater) scene. In 2011, Horiaki Umeda was among the participants.
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