That was TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL 2022

The 37th and final edition of the TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL festival, from 1st to 11th September 2022, once again filled Hanover with dance: A total of ten productions, most performed by large casts, were shown at four venues (Orangerie Herrenhausen, Schauspielhaus, Ballhof Eins and Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover) across the city. As all the previous editions since the festival began in 1985, the 2022 edition offered insights into current developments on the international contemporary dance scene; three of the featured works were shown in Germany for the first time.

In 2022 again, TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL attracted a high level of public interest, saying goodbye to a 95% capacity audience. The festival ended on September 11th with standing ovations for Shechter II, choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s junior company, who performed the final show. After 38 years of the festival, our standing ovations go to all the festival’s sponsors and supporters, all the participants, artists and the festival team, of the previous 37 festival editions and the Dance Platform Germany, which took place instead of the festival in 2008, and of course to our loyal audience.

The 2022 festival programme featured the following companies:

She She Pop from Germany, WArd/waRD - Ann Van den Broek from Belgium and the Netherlands, Hanover-based choreographers Robert Robinson from the UK and Mónica García Vicente from Spain, Silvia Gribaudi from Italy, Moritz Ostruschnjak from Germany, Christos Papadopoulos from Greece, Hofesh Shechter/ Shechter II from the UK, and the young choreographers of the "Think Big 2022" residency programme: Italy-born, Germany-based Maria Chiara de' Nobili, Spain-born, Sweden-based Anna Bórras and Roberto Tedesco from Italy.

To relive the TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL festival, see our archive for press reviews, synopses, and casts & credits on each of the performances in 2022 and many previous editions of the festival.

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