From the Organizers:
During the 22nd edition of Tanz im August, we would like to draw your attention to a topic that has become increasingly important – not only in politics and the media, but also in contemporary dance: the ethics of human existence. More often, choreographies include appeals that we should deal with people and resources responsibly. Thus dance is given the function of social criticism. We are also focusing on dance history and young choreographers’ works. In all, we have invited 38 productions from 19 countries. There are also workshops, installations, films, lectures, discussions and the sommer.bar program.
ulrike becker, pirkko husemann, matthias lilienthal,
andré thériault, marion ziemann
LES BALLETS C DE LA B / ALAIN PLATEL & FRANK VAN LAECKE GARDENIA
Gardenia is a theatrical performance about hope and cherished or lost illusions. In the new piece by Alain Platel and Frank Van Laecke, the actress Vanessa Van Durme, born as a male, and six men who spend a part of their lives as women, as well as a young man and a ›real‹ woman, tell of their existence between the genders.
MEG STUART & PHILIPP GEHMACHER & VLADIMIR MILLER THE FAULT LINES
Two bodies that manipulate and repair each other. They overlap, if you look in the right direction, fascinated by each other‘s vulnerability. The fault lines are the place we return to, where we are distinct by the lines that separate our bodies on impact. The promise is that we just have to trace them. After all a picture does not hurt.
WILLIAM FORSYTHE & KENDALL THOMAS HUMAN WRITES
In 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the »Universal Declaration of Human Rights«. Over 50 years later, in a joint project with Professor Kendall Thomas, The Forsythe Company focuses on the act of inscribing basic rules for both the individual and society. »Human Writes« is a performative installation that reflects the history of human rights and the continuing obstacles to their full implementation. (Immanuel Schipper)