That was TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL 2021

In 2021, the TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL festival defied the difficulties and took on the challenges posed by the pandemic: From 1st to 11th September, it presented a total of ten current works by members of the international contemporary dance scene – four of which were German premieres – live on stage at four venues in Hanover (Herrenhäuser Gärten, Orangerie Herrenhausen, Schauspielhaus and Ballhof Eins). Demand for tickets was as ever high, exceeding the unfortunately reduced seating capacity – due to hygiene regulations – of some of the performances. The participating choreographers, some of whom had been scheduled to take part in 2020, showed their timeless current works or recently created productions to sustained applause from thrilled audiences.

The 2021 festival featured the following companies:

Robyn Orlin of South Africa with students of HfMDK Frankfurt; Doris Uhlich of Austria; GN | MC Guy Nader | Maria Campos of Spain; Moritz Ostruschnjak of Germany; Compagnie par Terre / Anne Nguyen of France; Sofia Nappi and Ginevra Panzetti / Enrico Ticconi of Italy; and the young choreographers participating in the Think Big 2021 residency programme – Anibal dos Santos of Portugal, Gizem Aksu of Turkey, and Eduardo Vallejo Pinto of Spain.

See our archive for press reviews, synopses, and casts & credits on each of the performances in 2021.

Watch this space for information on the coming 37th edition of the festival – TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL 2022 from 1 to 10th September – due to go online in July 2022.

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Call for Applications: Think Big 2022

„Think Big 2022“ Residence Program for young choreographers in Hanover: For the eighth time, the festival TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL and the Staatsballett Hannover (directed by Marco Goecke) will be offering into 2022 three residencies for young choreographers, in order to promote upcoming talent and to support new creations in the field of dance. With this project, the two partners once again share the responsibility of supporting and investing in the future of the art form. Because of the trend in Germany towards free scene productions involving very few dancers, choreographers are to be encouraged to meet the challenge of creating works incorporating larger groups. The residency program consists of various stages from April/May to beginning of September 2020 (audition in April/May, then from end of July onwards rehearsal period and performance in the beginning of September).

The program is aimed at contemporary dance choreographers at the beginning of their professional careers who have presented their first projects (or are able to provide evidence of works in development).

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The Lower Saxony Declaration of the Many

The development of our society is a positive one. Our country is now more diverse and liberal-minded. As a result, new questions concerning the social coexistence need to be answered. The process of asking questions and finding the answers is more and more taken over by populists who cause anxiety and insecurity. The cultural institutions of Lower Saxony want to fight against these powers and work together with a progressive and mediative approach.

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