In a few days something I have been looking forward to for a while will take place. I will visit the Tanzplattform Deutschland, that‘s the biggest dance festival here in Germany. I am lucky enough that the University Leipzig will sponsor the trip (Thank you!) and most of the tickets as I am a student of Theater Science there.
This festival takes place every two years in a different city in Germany, for this time it will happen in Essen in the North-West of the country. This region is very close to the Dance Field as one of the most important educational Institutes is located there, the Folkwang University of the Arts. This school is focused on all performative arts and has a huge faculty for contemporary dance. The organisation of the festival is hold by the local theatres, this time the PACT Zollverein, furthermore six different locations around Essen will be enlightened by dance performances.
13 productions which premiered within the last two years and either took place in Germany or were produced with German co-operation were invited to be shown between the 14th and 18th of March. The companies come from all around the world like Berlin, Brazil, France or the Philippines just to name a few. They want to show a retro-perspective of the current contemporary dance scene in Germany and offer a space for exchange, discussion and growth.
A lot of big names are represented, well-known choreographers like Sasha Waltz, William Forsythe (but with an uncommon cast) or Boris Charmatz / Musée de la Danse but also productions that proved their right to be known within the current season. During my preparation for the trip a topic that seemed to cross my path every so often was the question of how dance represents people, how we communicate with it and who has “the right” to speak this language. I am eager to see the answers these choreographers gave to these questions.
I will visit eleven of these productions within four days what will be quite a big task, sometimes it will be even three performances in a row without breaks between them. And I will write about them, take a lot of photos and blog here to share the things I experienced and saw. So I hope you stay tuned for our series about the Tanzplattform Deutschland, I am so much looking forward to this!
Text by Verena
Picture by Richard Siegal (c) Ray Demski_2