DANCING TILL THE WORLD ENDS — DISCOVER UPCOMING ARTISTS AT TANZTAGE 2022

DANCING TILL THE WORLD ENDS — DISCOVER UPCOMING ARTISTS AT TANZTAGE 2022

“Keep on dancing till the world ends” – that’s the principle that guides the organizers of Tanztage Berlin, the annual dance festival at the Sophiensaele theater. The quote is actually a lyric from a Britney Spears song, the video for which shows a choreographed crowd dancing as the world around them implodes. It’s a topical image: the festival, finally back on a real stage after last year’s digital edition, sees dancers defy the turbulent times to (safely) perform in front of an audience again. Running until 22.01.2022, the two-week program continues tonight and tomorrow (13 & 14.01) with Ana Lessing Menjibar’s cathartic solo show Perpetual Archive. Accompanied by bleak digital samples and abrupt lighting, the German-Spanish dancer’s flamenco flourishes take on an empowering, even healing, quality.

Next week sees a double-bill of A Strategy for the Fragile, which features dancer Shiori Tada hidden inside a head-to-toe costume, and Rita Mazza’s Dandelion II, a performance blending sign language with dance (double performances on 17 & 18.01). Dance artist Robert Ssempijja’s You Judge, meanwhile, combines traditional movement, breakdance and gender nonconformity as he reflects on his youth in Kampala, Uganda. During the festival the Sophiensaele will also host a number of installations and one-offs, including Infinity Rug (22.01) a “sonic séance” that runs until 4am. Taking a seat on your own rug or blanket, you are accompanied through the night by soothing sounds and soft performances. Tickets for the performances are selling out fast, so get yours quick!

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Joe Goergen, Juan Pablo Cámara, Zander Porter & Mayra Wallraff

Sophiensaele, Sophienstr.18, 10178 Berlin–Mitte; map

Tanztage Berlin runs until 22.01.2021. Tickets are available online.

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