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July 24-31
August 01
Tune-In and Wrap-Up

The Tanzscout team invites you to this AUDIO Tune-in & COLLAGE Wrap-up, with which we continue to connect dance pieces and audience members online.

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Jess Thom
Biscuits Without Borders + Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic
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July 24-31

Jess Thom's Lecture Disability Culture in a Time of Pandemic and her talk Biscuits Without Borders with Noa Winter are now available as videos on demand. Both events took place during the performance festival Risk and Resilience in October 2020. >> WATCH VIDEOS HERE

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Rita Mazza
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July 24-30
Eintritt frei

After experiences in the European deaf performance community, Rita Mazza now presents her first choreographic work at Sophiensæle. Entering the stage as a playground, she explores the combination of dance and sign language movements and creates a whole new form of visual poetry. >>CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

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Ania Nowak
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July 29 30 31
August 01
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Vulnerability becomes a catalyst for a new body, language and care economy: Starting from the question of what expectations we have of hyperfunctional bodies on stage and in everyday life, the video work demands a place for unstable bodies - with all their risks and potentials, in the artistic field as well as in society.

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Rachel Bagshaw
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July 29 | 19.00

During the pandemic, Rachel Bagshaw and her artistic team adapted the stage performance The Shape of the Pain for the screen. This process resulted in the 18-minute BBC feature Where I Go

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July 30 31 | 16.00
July 30 31 | 19.00
Website | 15/10 €

A special and intimate audio journey of fragile beauty: for her documentary work, Raquel Meseguer Zafe has collected over 300 stories of people who, like herself, depend on lying down and resting in public spaces.

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July 31 | 11.00 - 15.00
Eintritt frei

Accessibility is not only a human right, but an even more exciting creative tool: Rachel Bagshaw and Sophie Woolley share their experiences in the creative use of captioning and present some exercises to help other arts professionals in their own use and style development of captioning.

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August 01 | 18.00
Eintritt frei

A digital conversation on Zoom with the artists of the productions Inflammations, A Crash Course in Cloudspotting, and The Shape of the Pain: They will address navigating an often ableist art sector and share what working methods and aesthetics they have developed.

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Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz
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August 05 | 19.30

Together with Layton Lachman & Samuel Hertz and Open Air Neukölln at Freiluftkino Hasenheide we would like to invite you to the premiere of DOOM (THE MOVIE).

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James Batchelor + Collaborators
An Evening-length Performance
August 12 13 14 15 | 19.00
Festsaal |

With An Evening-­length Performance, Australian choreographer James Batchelor reimagines the baroque ballroom as a place for queer encounters and expression.

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Colette Sadler + Mikko Gaestel
August 13 | 16.00
August 13 | 17.30
August 13 | 19.00
August 13 | 20.30

In this im­mersive solo performance installation, choreographer Colette Sadler and visual artist Mikko Gaestel thematise the future of the human in relation to technology inside the virtual architecture of a 3D environment.

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Turbo Pascal
Irgendwie Mitte
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August 18 19 20 21 | 21.30
10/15/25/50 €

Many people classify themselves as belonging to society's "Mitte". But where exactly is that - somewhere between top and bottom, rich and poor? As part of a four-part live reality series, Turbo Pascal go in search of the diffuse categories and relationships that make up the so-called "Mitte". To do this, the collective looks around its own circle of family, friends and acquaintances.

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Thiago Granato
The Sound They Make When No One Listens
August 19 20 21 22 | 19.00
Festsaal |

In times of an ecological, political and personal crisis, Brazilian choreographer Thiago Granato explores the act of listening.

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Melanie Jame Wolf mit Teresa Vittucci
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August 30 31 | 20.00
September 01 02 | 20.00
Festsaal | 15/10 €

There’s no business like show business. In their first performance evening together, Melanie Jame Wolf and Teresa Vittucci explore the problems and pleasures of: What does it take to make a show great?

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Making A Difference
Owning spaces - Conversations and actions from bed
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September 01-05

ConferenCE ON Zoom
September 01-05

As disabled artist-curators Kate Marsh and Noa Winter invite to conversations, practice, safer spaces and public sharings.

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Cripping the Pain
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Pain is rarely a subject on stage. The focus CRIPPING THE PAIN, which could not take place in June 2020 due to the pandemic and is now being rescheduled in digital form, presents artistic works, workshops and conversations that give space to this complexity and defy dominant ableist perceptions of the body.

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Coming of Age
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Age is just a number - nevertheless, we can't get around aging. In the midst of debates about climate change, identity politics and body images, it is time to renegotiate long outdated generational contracts. Thus, not only the recent pandemic has demonstrated that questions about responsibilities and solidarity have to be asked again. The performance festival COMING OF AGE, which will take place from September 15 to November 7 at the Sophiensæle, is dedicated to various aspects of aging in society - and looks at the different challenges of a phenomenon that affects us all.

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Festival Tanz im August 2021

From August 6-22, the international festival Tanz im August, presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, will once again show numerous artistic productions by choreographers of different generations. At HAU Hebbel am Ufer and at 10 other venues throughout Berlin, including the Sophiensæle, a total of 6 world premieres and 7 German premieres will be shown. Four outdoor venues ensure larger audience events despite possible restrictions by Corona and the imposing MaHalla, historic industrial architecture in Berlin-Oberschöneweide, is a new venue of Tanz im August.

Curated by Finn Virve Sutinen since 2014, this year's festival focuses on new works by international choreographers living and working in Berlin, including Constanza Macras | DorkyPark, Choy Ka Fai, Milla Koistinen, Lea Moro, Thiago Granato and James Batchelor. The Sophiensæle will feature two world premieres by Australian choreographer JAMES BATCHELOR and Brazilian choreographer THIAGO GRANATO. James Batchelor reimagines the Sophiensæle Festsaal as a place of queer expression and encounter with An Evening-length Performance. Thiago Granato explores the act of listening in times of ecological, political, and personal crises with The Sound They Make When No One Listens. In the world premiere of the immersive solo performance installation ARK 1 at St. Elizabeth Church, choreographer COLETTE SADLER and visual artist MIKKO GAESTEL interrogate the future of humans in relation to technology within a virtual environment. Until August 22, a total of 14 productions and other artistic formats will be presented in around 70 performances with more than 100 artists from 20 countries.

In the 2020 online festival, the conversation format HAPPY TO LISTEN has proven to be a suitable format to enable a global audience to participate online. In 2021, the conversations will be initiated by Amanda Piña as well as Livia Patrizi with Grichka Caruge. Furthermore, the well-known MEET THE ARTIST events will take place after many performances, where the audience can get into direct conversation with the artists of Tanz im August. Upcoming dates for both series of events can be found from August onwards at and on the festival's social media channels. The MAGAZIN IM AUGUST will again contribute to the festival in printed form with interviews, background reports and artistic texts. Here you will also find program texts for all productions and a calendar for the festival. In 2021, the BIBLIOTHEK IM AUGUST will move exclusively to the Internet for the first time, where the interested public will again receive book tips from the participating artists. In 2022 the library is planned to be physically present again.

THE COMPLETE PROGRAM OF TANZ IM AUGUST 2021 CAN BE FOUND ONLINE AT WWW.TANZIMAUGUST.DE. Information on the applicable HYGIENE REGULATIONS is also available to visitors of Tanz im August on a daily basis on the website.

ARTISTIC DIRECTION Virve Sutinen PRODUCTION DIRECTION FESTIVAL Stefan Nagel CURATOR & PROJECT DIRECTION Andrea Niederbuchner PRODUCTION DIRECTION & ASSISTANT ARTISTIC DIRECTION Alina Scheyrer- Lauer PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT René Dombrowski PRODUCTION Johanna Herrschmann TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT Ingo Ruggenthaler PRESS & MARKETING Hendrik von Boxberg / Lilly Schofield (Büro von Boxberg) ONLINE COMMUNICATION & WEBREDAKTION Lilly Schofield (Büro von Boxberg) TEXTS Beatrix Joyce PROJECT AND CONTRACT MANAGEMENT Natalia Polyzou, Bernardo Sousa de Macedo TICKETING & SERVICE Christian Haase GRAPHICS Gea Gosse, Jürgen Fehrmann, Sonja Deffner (on parental leave) AND THE WHOLE TEAM OF HAU HEBBEL AM UFER