Festival programme 30.8. – 4.9.

Festival Finale with Meg Stuart, Mithkal Alzghair, Cullberg Ballet and more

Cullberg Ballet / Deborah Hay | Figure a Sea
Kyle Abraham
Pavement
Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods & EIRA | BLESSED
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
#negrophobia
Nick Power
Cypher
Mithkal Alzghair
Displacement
Mia Habib
A song to...
Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods & Münchner Kammerspiele | UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP
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 at Sophiensaele.
 
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.

Programme overview 30.8. – 4.9.

Tue 30.8.
19:00 | HdBF | Cullberg Ballet / Deborah Hay: Figure a Sea
19:00 | HAU1 | Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion: Pavement
21:00 | HAU2 | Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods & EIRA: BLESSED 

Wed 31.8.
19:00 | HdBF | Cullberg Ballet / Deborah Hay: Figure a Sea
19:00 | HAU1 | Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion: Pavement
20:00 | Bibliothek | mono.klub #49: Meg Stuart – Launch von mono.kultur #41
21:00 | HAU2 | Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods & EIRA: BLESSED
21:00 | HAU3 | Jaamil Olawale Kosoko: #negrophobia

Thu 1.9.
18:00 | Bibliothek | Meeting of Minds: Meg Stuart & Igor Dobricic
19:00 | Sophiensaele | Nick Power: Cypher
21:00 | HAU3 | Jaamil Olawale Kosoko: #negrophobia

Fri 2.9.
18:00 | Bibliothek | On the Sofa: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
19:00 | HAU1 | Mithkal Alzghair: Displacement
19:00 | Sophiensaele | Nick Power: Cypher
21:00 | HAU3 | Jaamil Olawale Kosoko: #negrophobia
23:00 | WAU | Closing Party: DJ Tony Lundström

Sat 3.9.
17:00 | HAU2 | Mia Habib: A song to...
17:00 | Sophiensaele | Nick Power: Cypher
19:00 | Volksbühne | Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods & Münchner Kammerspiele: UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP*
19:00 | HAU1 | Mithkal Alzghair: Displacement
21:00 | HAU3 | Jaamil Olawale Kosoko: #negrophobia

Sun 4.9.
15:00 | Sophiensaele | Nick Power: Cypher
17:00 | HAU2 | Mia Habib: A song to...
17:00 | Volksbühne | Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods & Münchner Kammerspiele: UNTIL OUR HEARTS STOP

After the performance
■ Meeting of Minds
● Dance Circle
▲ Meet the Artists
Bus Shuttle
* We help you to get from one location to the other. The following shuttle rides are scheduled:

Sat 3.9.
FROM: Volksbühne, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, 10178 Berlin
TO: HEBBEL AM UFER (HAU2), Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin
DEPARTURE: 21.15h