TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL: Hannover Edition 2020

Special times required a special TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL.

From September 12th until September 14th, 2020, we presented the Hannover Edition in a much smaller format, but with the clear will to promote contemporary dance for at least three days at the Orangerie Herrenhausen. With this unusual festival edition, the 35th, the friends of dance have been confronted with the variety of dance forms in the state capital. The Hannover Edition as a commitment to dance - an articulation of art that stands for liveliness.

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Program | September 12th - September 14th 2020, from 8 p.m.

The evening program in the Orangerie Herrenausen began at 8 p.m. with a one-hour tour d’Horizon of dance vocabulary. It presented works by Michèle Seydoux and Giovanni Visone (both at the Staatsballett Hannover), as well as Francisco Baños Diaz (winner of the 2020 digitally held International Choreography Competition), Marco Goecke, choreographer and ballet director of the Staatsballett Hannover with the solo TUÉ, also passages from ZERO, with Minako Seki and Yumiko Yoshioka, a Commedia Futura production and excerpts from the work CHEER (on September 12th and 13th), which Felix Landerer was previously only able to show via stream.

ZERO (excerpt, approx. 8 min.)
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The Japanese dancers and choreographers Minako Seki and Yumiko Yoshioka have been working together in Germany for many years. Their cooperation paused for many years until it came to a new life: With “ZERO”, the second production being created after the successful duet “TWO”, which was also shown at the 2018 festival. In it, Seki and Yoshioka embark on a dance journey to the zero point, which at the same time stands for a new beginning.

Cast & Credits

Choreography and dance: Minako Seki, Yumiko Yoshioka
Director: Wolfgang A. Piontek
Music: Benjamin Kövener

A Commedia Futura production

© Lilit Hakobyan

Born in Italy, Giovanni Visone has been a member of the ensemble of the State Ballet in Hanover since 2016. His choreography with the auspicious title "THE WATER AND THE BUBBLES" for four dancers of the ensemble was created during the Corona break.

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Giovanni Visone
Dance: Sandra Bourdais, Chiara Pareo, Maurus Gauthier, Louis Steinmetz
Music: Balkan Beat Box, Randomer

Created as part of "all you can dance" at the Hanover State Opera


TUÉ (approx. 7 min.)
© Regina Brocke

With “Tué”, the Hanoverian ballet director Marco Goecke has created an outstanding solo for a female dancer. With his haunting and unmistakable dance language, he has been able to set exclamation marks nationally and internationally for years, and this has also been the case in Hanover since the 2019/2020 season.

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Marco Goecke
Dance: Ana Paula Camargo
Music: Barbara

CHEER (excerpt, approx. 8 min.) - on September 12th and 13th 2020
© Arne Gutknecht

The Hanoverian choreographer Felix Landerer founded his company Landerer & Company in addition to his international work in the state capital; recently he also became artistic co-director of the new Ensemble “of curious nature”. He choreographed “CHEER” for six of these dancers, a work that deals with the body as a reflection of passing away and an examination of the present.

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Felix Landerer
Dance: Sara Enrich Bertran, Luigi Sardone, Anila Mazhari, (Zander Constant), (Aron Nowak), Aurélie Robichon
Music: Christof Littmann
Costumes: Min Li
Production: Letonja & Landerer gUG

Co-produced by Landerer & Company and steptext dance project


BETWEENNESS (approx. 12 min.)
© Lilit Hakobyan

The choreographer and dancer Michèle Seydoux was born in Switzerland and has been an ensemble member of the Hanover State Ballet since 2009. In her intense duet "Betweenness" to the mystical music title of the same name by Maewen Forest, she dares a look into the "in between" and sheds light on what connects and divides us.

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Michèle Seydoux
Dance: Michèle Seydoux, Davide Sioni
Music: Maewen Forest

Created as part of "all you can dance" at the Hanover State Opera


I’LL DO THE TALKING (approx. 10 min.)
© Lilit Hakobyan

The path of the Spanish choreographer dancer, musician and DJ Francisco Baños Diaz has already led to Hanover twice: After a two-year commitment from 2012, he became a member of the ensemble at the State Ballet again in 2019. As a choreographer he received the 3rd prize of this year's “International Choreography Competition” for his duet “TOOTHPICKS”.

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Francisco Baños Diaz
Dance: Sandra Bourdais, Lilit Hakobyan, Giovanni Visone, Chiara Pareo, Louis Steinmetz
Music: Kablam

Press excerpts

“In previous years, the festival lasted for ten days and presented just as many international productions. The pandemic made this impossible; therefore there are now six short choreographies and excerpts from pieces by local dance creators to be seen in form of a Hanover edition of the festival. To squeeze everything into one hour could easily have turned into a loveless number revue. But the joint project of the festival director Christiane Winter, the State Ballet under the direction of Marco Goecke, the Commedia Futura, the choreographer Felix Landerer and the Ballettgesellschaft Hannover is a home game with a lot of passion. It shows a surprisingly wide range of contemporary dance made in Hanover. [...] "
Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, 14 September 2020

„Christiane Winter has accomplished the art of the possible: The pandemic edition of TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL offers an exciting cross-section of contemporary dance, for the first time as a Hanover edition. […]“
NDR Kultur, 13 September 2020

 „A year without 'Tanztheater International'? The festival director did not want to grant the virus this triumph. So she organized a one-hour 'Hannover Edition' with productions that were tangible on site. […] Hanover or not, it was still international. […]“
Neue Presse, 14 September 2020