This year’s edition of Tanz im August is finishing up its last week with a host of highlights: with two performances by Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods and the return of the Cullberg Ballet with a choreography by Deborah Hay, the programme promises big names alongside young and aspiring choreographers like Mia Habib, Mithkal Alzghair or Jaamil Olawale Kosoko.
Figure a Sea
celebrates its second performance at Haus der Berliner Festspiele this evening. Set to the music of Laurie Anderson
, choreographer Deborah Hay
has designed a technically demanding, minimalist choreography for the Cullberg Ballet
in which the stage becomes a ‘sea of endless possibilities’.
In these last few days we are dedicating a special emphasis to US choreographer Meg Stuart
: this evening BLESSED
will be shown at HAU2, a cooperation between Meg Stuart and Portuguese performance group EIRA from 2007. In this piece an idyllic cardboard world slowly vanishes into the rain and mud. Shortly before the performance, at 20.00, the new edition of mono.kultur, which is dedicated to Meg Stuart, will be presented in the Bibliothek. On 3. + 4.9. UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP
will be shown at Volksbühne. With six performers and three live musicians and through a staging that combines Yoga, magic and ritual, Stuart examines how close people can get to each other. On Thursday Tanz im August invites you to its last Meeting of Minds
– at 18.00 Meg Stuart and dramaturg Igor Dobricic will meet in the Bibliothek im August (2nd floor, HAU2).
Syrian choreographer Mithkal Alzghair
engages with his experiences of flight and exile on 2. + 3.9. in HAU1. In Displacement
he examines with two other dancers how a body reacts if its movements are forced. Pain and loss lie also at the heart of #negrophobia
, which can be seen daily at HAU3 from 31.8. until 3.9. In the wake of his brother’s death Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
questions the identity of Afro-American men.
On 3. + 4.9. Mia Habib
choreographs the naked bodies of 16 professional and 30 non-professional dancers in HAU2. A song to…
deals with mass protests, concepts of monumental art and the hive mind. From 1. until 4.9. Nick Power
will offer a very physical introduction to the lively subculture of Hip-Hop in his piece Cypher
This week Tanz im August will once again present a range of audience engagement formats
alongside the performances. Several On the Sofa talks will take place in Bibliothek im August
(2nd floor, HAU2): on 2.9. Jaamil Kosoko is our guest and on 3.9. Mia Habib and Mithkal Alzghair will discuss their productions. A further Book Circle will invite the audience on 3.9. to discuss their favourite (dance) books.
Finally, this year’s Closing Party
will take place on 3.9. from 23.00 at WAU. Together with the team, artists, partners and the audience we will celebrate an exceptionally exciting festival to the tracks of DJ Tony Lundström.