A Voyage Of Discovery In Dance
Berlin’s famed festival Tanz im August mirrors the city’s own diverse and unconventional personality, as reveals.
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.