Tanztage Berlin 2021

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JANUARY 07 to ∞

Due to the current pandemic situation, the 30th edition of the Tanztage Berlin will start as an online program from January 7 to 16. All planned live performances will then be made up for in spring 2021.
The film showdown AV by choreographer Judith Förster and filmmaker Stella Horta will kick off the festival on January 7. Clay AD will present the first digital premiere of the festival on January 15 with the performance Indication of Spring at the End of Time. We also invite you to an online Zukunftswerkstatt – a series of discussions about work culture and mental health, organized in cooperation with the ZTB (Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin) association. Pedro Marum will also curate an online format focusing on new artistic practices of care in club culture. In addition to this, the festival presents the first three episodes of its podcast, which was prepared in collaboration with the queer-feminist rave collective LECKEN.


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Melanie Jame Wolf

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FEBRUARY 10 – 24
FEBRUARY 10 | 19.00 PM

This revival of TONIGHT takes place online. Because time has a very different quality on screen than on stage, and because the logic of video is different to the logic of theater, Melanie Jame Wolf has reimagined this version of TONIGHT as a film. In this sense, it is a second edition of the work. Offering a fresh take to both those who are familiar with TONIGHT, and those new to the work and the artist.

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          Risk and Resilience

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            © Jan Grygoriew

          OCTOBER 08 – NOVEMBER 01

          With our performance festival Risk and Resilience we invite you to exercise and reflect on artistic, psychological and political resistance!

          Concepts of resilience - i.e. the ability to grow stronger in times of crises - were already in high demand before the corona pandemic. What is often ignored, however, is that the conditions for this resilience vary greatly depending on one's social position. In times of increasing attacks on the equality and integrity of women and minorities, the concept of resilience has become a fighting term in queerfeminist, anti-racist and other activist encounters. It is not least in this way that resistant strategies are increasingly finding their way into the arts.

          However, in the current time of crisis, there is also growing scepticism towards demands for personal stability/resilience, as they are often geared towards increased performance and flexibility and thus follow neoliberal market logics. This ignores the capacities and needs of all those who are structurally disadvantaged in our society. So, the question arises as to whether exhaustion and transparent handling of one's own vulnerability are more appropriate ways of dealing with the current societal demands and threats - and above all of initiating change.

          In performances, installations, walks, online workshops and lectures, the festival's artists negotiate the risky connections between resilience and vulnerability. The times of the pandemic have undoubtedly made them the topics of the hour and have changed the festival since its conception last autumn. Unfortunately, some of the international guest performances that were originally planned cannot take place due to the occasion - new, local and digital formats have been created in their place.


          WITH Navild Acosta + Fannie Sosa, Olympia Bukkakis, Simone Dede Ayivi, Jule Flierl/Luise Meier/Vera Pulido, Flinn Works, Peter Frost, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Daniel Hellmann, Henrike Iglesias, Olivia Hyunsin Kim, María do Mar Castro Varela, Liz Rosenfeld, Claire Vivianne Sobottke/Michael Turinsky/Teresa Vittucci, Jess Thom, and many more CURATOR Joy Kristin Kalu

          The festival is supported by the Capital Cultural Fund. Media partners: taz. die tageszeitung, tipBerlin.