International dance theater

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The Tanztheater International (own spelling Dance Theater INTERNATIONAL ) is an international festival for international contemporary dance , which annually in Hannover takes place. Since 1985 the festival has presented various current dance productions at various venues in Hanover over a period of ten days at the beginning of September. The stage program is partly supplemented by audience discussions and other themed events.


The program concept includes the presentation of current positions by international choreographers who are invited to Hanover with their companies. Well-known groups as well as lesser-known ensembles present their works side by side, which can have different artistic formats, from solo to group piece .

Selected groups are continuously invited over a period of several years in order to give the local audience an insight into artistic developments, different topics and choreographic styles. These groups included a .:

This accompaniment of the work of choreographers is part of the festival concept, which since 2001 has dispensed with overriding thematic focuses. Instead, Tanztheater International pursues various aspects of social and dance history relevant to the festival as a whole.

Festival management

The artistic direction as well as the festival direction has been in the hands of Christiane Winter since the late 1980s, who was also a member of the jury at the Dance Platform Germany 2004 and 2008, the International Choreography Competition of the Ballet Society Hanover (until 2013) and the International Movimentos Dance Prize 2009. She is the winner of the City Culture Prize 2008 of the Friends of Hanover . In 2010 Christiane Winter received the second highest award in the state capital of Hanover, the city badge. From 2015 to 2020, Winter was a member of the advisory board for theater and dance at the Goethe-Institut . In 2015 Christiane Winter was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her commitment to contemporary dance.


In 1985 today's festival Tanztheater International took place for the first time. This makes it one of the oldest festivals of the genre nationwide and has taken a permanent place in the nationwide cultural landscape. The festival name was initially “Theater Fünfundachtzig”. From the second year of the festival, however, the focus shifted more and more to the field of international contemporary dance, so that the title was finally changed to the current name after sub-titles (Tanz und Theater International).

In 1997, with a view to the year 2000, the festival was selected as a cooperation partner for the World Exhibition Expo 2000 in Hanover, and with a 25-day special edition with up to two performances a day, it was one of the main projects in the cultural and event program. During this period, an audience of 12,000 was reached. In 1999, for the 15th anniversary edition, a photo book with impressions by the festival photographer Thomas Ammerpohl was published (title: “TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL in focus by Thomas Ammerpohl”). In 2000 Braunschweig was included as the second festival location, which was retained until 2006. In 2007 the event took place again exclusively in Hanover.

The festival was suspended once in 2008 because the organizer Tanz und Theater eV hosted the 2008 German Dance Platform in Hanover in February 2008 .

Together with the ballet of the Hanover State Opera, Tanztheater International realized an artist residency program for young choreographers for the first time in 2012 under the name “Think Big”. This was made possible by the support of the Lower Saxony Foundation , the Hanover Cultural Region Foundation and the City of Hanover's Cultural Office and was carried out every year up to and including 2016. After a break in 2017, the project was implemented again in 2018. The Hanover region has also been involved in the project since 2014 .

During the summer break, the choreographers develop three short ensemble choreographies with a specially selected nine to ten-person project ensemble in the rehearsal rooms of the Ballet of the State Opera, which will be premiered as part of Tanztheater International.

In 2015, the 30th edition of the festival was presented in Hanover from September 3rd to 13th, closing with an occupancy rate of 92%. The venues for the 2015 festival were the Herrenhausen Orangery , the Schauspielhaus and Ballhof Zwei of the Lower Saxony State Theater in Hanover and the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media .

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 35th edition of the Tanztheater International festival in 2020 will not take place in the usual form, but on September 12 and 13, 2020 as a smaller Hannover Edition with local choreographers in front of and in the Herrenhausen Orangery .


Tanztheater International does not have its own venue. Regular main guest venues of the festival are the Herrenhausen Orangery in the Great Garden in Herrenhausen , the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media and various stages of the Lower Saxony State Theater in Hanover .

In the past, festival performances took place in the Künstlerhaus Hannover , the Sprengel Museum Hannover , the Theater am Aegi , the Hannover Congress Centrum , the Theaterwerkstatt Hannover, the Studio Theater EXPO-Plaza , the Kulturzentrum Pavillon and various venues in Braunschweig.


The first few years took place in independent sponsorship. The festival is sponsored by the Tanz und Theater eV association, founded in 1988. Its goals include promoting cultural exchange between national and international independent dance and theater groups.

The association is mainly involved in the presentation of various current dance productions for the field of contemporary dance, initially also theater. The festival has been shown for a long time in cooperation with the state capital Hanover and has recently had an average occupancy rate of more than 90%.

In 2006, the organizing association of the dance platform Germany, which takes place biennally in different cities (consisting of organizers and institutions that are committed to dance nationwide), decided to put the organization of the 8th edition of the dance platform Germany in the hands of Tanz und Theater eV. It was presented in 2008 with ten productions in 22 performances, which were attended by over 450 international trade visitors.

After the organization, the Tanz und Theater eV joined the community of nationwide co-organizers of the Dance Platform Germany in order to be able to continue to accompany this important dance event in the future.


The festival is financed from grants from various public institutions as well as from entrance fees. As a non-profit association, the sponsor of the festival has no intention of making a profit. All funds flow into the realization of the festival. The main sponsors of the past few years are the state capital Hanover / Culture Office, the Lower Saxony Foundation , the Sparkasse Hanover and the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture .

Guest performances by German groups are also supported in part by the National Performance Network on request; international guest performances are funded individually by the cultural institutions of the respective countries on a case-by-case basis.

The festival does not receive any fixed institutional funding, but applies for new funding for each festival edition.

Significance in the international dance scene

Tanztheater International is one of the internationally established festivals at which the international scene in Germany presents itself. A far-reaching presence of the festival in the national media and in the specialist press (announcements of the festival and discussions of individual performances) contributes to the popularity of the dance genre as a contemporary art form.


  • Arnd Wesemann (texts), Thomas Ammerpohl (photos): Tanztheater International. In the focus of Thomas Ammerpohl , publisher: Association for the promotion of cultural exchange between national and international independent dance and theater groups eV, Seelze: Kallmeyersche Verlagbuchhandlung, 1999, ISBN 978-3-7800-0116-0
  • Franz Anton Cramer: How do you think about the classical festival Tanztheater International. in: Theater der Zeit (Ed. Theater der Zeit eV, Berlin), October 2006
  • Katja Schneider: Perfection and Hymn - News from Itzik Galili and Emanuel Gat at the Festival Tanztheater International. in: Tanzjournal (Ed. Friedrich Berlin Verlagsgesellschaft), October 2006
  • Andreas Berger: And everything is good - the new piece by Guy Weizman and Roni Haver. in: Tanzjournal (Ed. Friedrich Berlin Verlagsgesellschaft), October 2006

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Laudation for the 2008 City Culture Prize on the website of the Freundeskreis Hannover eV ( Memento of the original from July 8, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Nina Reinecke: City badges awarded. ( Memento from July 5, 2013 in the web archive ) In: . June 17, 2010, archived July 5, 2013, retrieved January 30, 2014.
  3. ^ Goethe-Institut, committees . 2015. Accessed January 21, 2016.
  4. State capital Hanover, current reports . 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  5. Kulturportal Deutschland: Bühnenfestivals (website commissioned by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media) ( Memento of the original from February 28, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. ^ Presentation of the dance and theater festivals in Lower Saxony at the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture
  7. Press release from EXPO 2000 ( Memento from August 16, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) (PDF file; 22 kB)
  8. ^ "Think Big" . September 6, 2015. Accessed January 21, 2016.
  9. ^ Festival Tanztheater International with increased visitor numbers . September 13, 2015. Accessed January 21, 2016.
  10. Funding commitment of the Sparkasse Hannover . Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  11. Guest performance funding . Archived from the original on February 6, 2013. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  12. ↑ Body staging between image and gaze . August 2005. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  13. When hip-hop becomes theater . Braunschweiger Zeitung. September 9, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  14. Tanztheater International . Monthly magazine nobilis. Retrieved January 30, 2014.