Under the new curator Mateusz Szymanówka, the 30th edition of Tanztage Berlin speculates about the future of our dance floors and the ways we can act against being isolated from each other. In dancing, we form unexpected alliances. Through dancing, we heal, mourn and resist.
As 2020 saw theatres closing and clubs turning into museums, dance spilled across screens, bedrooms, basements, parks and streets. Undisciplined bodies occupied digital and public space to rave, but also to rave against, opposing violence, unjust policies and systemic oppression. Since hard times require furious dancing, this year’s festival investigates dance’s anti-authoritarian tradition. It examines the body in revolt in its fragility, mortality and ability to transform itself and the others. With the hope that moving together on stage can be as urgent as live gatherings outside.
Confronted with the continuous reoccurrence of fascism, a global pandemic and other doomsday scenarios, dance tries to tell stories of different futures. In the dystopian “now” after the afterparty, science fiction becomes a somatic practice, a tool used not only to create better worlds but to cultivate a critical body and to rehearse scores for times when borders between us will be abolished: The scores of tenderness and solidarity that tell us to hold on together and leave no one behind.
Beside twelve performances by emerging choreographers, the program of Tanztage Berlin 2021 will consist of a “Future Workshop” – a series of conversations around work culture and mental health hosted together with the association ZTB (Zeitgenössischer Tanz Berlin e.V.) and Simo Vassinen, a platform focused on new artistic practices of care in club culture curated with Pedro Marum and a musical contribution from the queer-feminist rave collective Lecken. The festival will start on January 7th and is planned to last until January 23 or to extend further into 2021 if the situation will require it.
WITH Clay AD, James Batchelor & Collaborators, Juan Pablo Camara, Judith Förster, Layton Lachman/Samuel Hertz, Lecken, Ana Lessing Menjibar, Michelle Moura, Cassie Augusta Jørgensen, Tiran Willemse Normanson/ Nkisi, Lulu Obermayer, Robert Ssempijja, Shiori Tada, and others CURATOR Mateusz Szymanówka
The 30th edition of Tanztage Berlin is a production of SOPHIENSÆLE. Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. With the friendly support of Tanzfabrik Berlin e.V., Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte and Förderband e.V./Berliner Spielplan Audiodeskription.