A Voy­age Of Dis­cov­ery In Dance

Ber­lin’s famed fes­ti­val Tanz im Au­gust mir­rors the city’s own di­verse and un­con­ven­tional per­son­al­ity, as re­veals.

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One of Europe’s most im­por­tant and cel­e­brated dance fes­ti­vals, Tanz im Au­gust, re­turns for its 27th con­sec­u­tive year with a lineup of worl­drenowned and ground­break­ing dance com­pa­nies, as well as new projects by break­out Ber­lin artists.

Mak­ing its fes­ti­val pre­miere is the Korean Na­tional Dance Com­pany, with a per­for­mance of by Ahn Ae­soon, one of South Korea’s lead­ing fig­ures in dance. The pro­duc­tion is highly con­tem­po­rary, com­bin­ing such vary­ing forms of move­ment as clas­si­cal In­dian Karthak, mar­tial arts, and K-pop dance as it con­trasts past and present, East and West. Vi­brant sets and an on-stage ap­pear­ance by DJ Soulscape make this one of the most bound­ary-push­ing shows on the ros­ter.

Af­ter its crit­i­cally ac­claimed ap­pear­ance at last year’s Tanz, La Veronal re­turns for the Ger­man de­but of its latest work, The Barcelona-based troupe, known for cre­at­ing works that marry dance and ge­og­ra­phy, this time takes us on an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the con­cept of evil – with nods to Dante – in the world’s deep­est cav­ern, lo­cated in the Ge­or­gian Au­ton­o­mous Re­pub­lic of Abk­hazia. Com­pany leader and founder Mar­cos Mo­rau is an ac­claimed dancer and chore­og­ra­pher in his own right, and this is a prime op­por­tu­nity to view his work live.

Other no­table per­for­mances in­clude

a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Stephanie Thier­sch and the Asasello Quar­tet that em­braces the con­cept of ex­tremes by over­load­ing the senses, and Eisa Joc­son’s

which ex­am­ines dance in the adult ser­vice in­dus­try, most no­tably the male per­form­ers in her home­land of the Philip­pines. All of which lives up to the 2015 fes­ti­val’s motto, a quote from literary heavy­weight Mar­cel Proust: “The only real voy­age of dis­cov­ery con­sists not in see­ing new land­scapes, but in hav­ing new eyes, in see­ing the uni­verse with the eyes of another.”

Tanz im Au­gust takes place in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the city. Visit www.tanz­i­mau­gust.de for a com­plete

list­ing of dates and venues.

13 Aug to 4 Sep.

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