Dance in August

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Tanz im August is a festival for contemporary dance in Berlin . The festival presented today by HAU Hebbel am Ufer was founded in 1988 by Nele Hertling in what was then West Berlin . Every August , Tanz im August brings famous companies, new choreographies , aesthetics and formats from all over the world to Berlin as part of a festival lasting several weeks. The focus is also on the realization of new projects by Berlin artists, cooperation with international guests and the coproduction of world premieres and German premieres. The festival uses the three stages of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and alternating other stages throughout Berlin, including a. the Haus der Berliner Festspiele , the Sophiensæle , the Radialsystem , the Volksbühne Berlin , the German Theater Berlin , the Kindl Center for Contemporary Art or the Schaubühne on Lehniner Platz .

Is sponsored dance in August by the Capital Cultural Fund.

Virve Sutinen from Finland has been the artistic director of Tanz im August since 2014 .


The 2020 edition will take place in a different form due to the COVID-19 pandemic . Instead of the stage program, the website refers to an extended online program.

In the 31st edition of 2019, 70 performances from 31 productions were shown at eleven different venues with 160 artists from 15 countries.

Numerous audience formats are an integral part of the festival program. Since 2016, on the recommendation of the festival artists, the “Library in August” in HAU2 has made books available that have shaped their work and their world of thought.

Tanz im August has published the magazine accompanying the festival in August since 2014 .

Artistic director since 1989

  • 1989-2003: Nele Hertling
  • 2003–2007: Ulrike Becker, Matthias Lilienthal , Bettina Masuch, André Thériault
  • 2007–2008: Ulrike Becker, Matthias Lilienthal, Marion Ziemann, Bettina Masuch, André Thériault
  • 2009–2013: Ulrike Becker, Pirkko Husemann, Matthias Lilienthal, André Thériault, Marion Ziemann
  • 2013: 00000Bettina Masuch
  • Since 2014: 0Virve Sutinen

Festival artist

The artists and companies that were shown at Tanz im August include a. Dominique Bagouet, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch , Jérôme Bel , Bruno Beltrão / Grupo de Rua, Rosemary Butcher, Roberto Castello, nora chipaumire, Michael Clark Company , Cloud Gate Dance Theater , Martha Graham Dance Company, Trajal Harrell, Deborah Hay, Anne Terese de Keersmaeker / Rosas, La Ribot, Faustin Lineykula, Constanza Macras / Dorky Park, Lemi Ponifasio , Eszter Salamon, Wayne McGregor , Meg Stuart and Sasha Waltz .


Retrospectives since 2015

Since 2015 Tanz im August has been showing a retrospective of important living artists every two years , from which a publication on their lives and works is created.

  • 2015 - Rosemary Butcher
  • 2017 - La Ribot
  • 2019 - Deborah Hay

30th anniversary

In August 2018, Tanz celebrated its 30th anniversary. In addition to the festival events, the journalist Claudia Henne was committed to processing the production history of the festival in an archive. This is now available in the Tanz im August online magazine   and on the website of the same name.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. HAU connection and history. Accessed August 1, 2019 (German).
  2. Current venues. Accessed August 1, 2019 (German).
  3. 2014: Virve Sutinen takes over the festival management. Accessed August 1, 2019 (German).
  4. Online access: Festival archive. Accessed August 1, 2019 (German).
  5. Magazine in August 2019. Retrieved on August 1, 2019 (German).