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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That was TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL 2018

From 30 August to 8 September 2018, the 33rd edition of the TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL festival filled the stages of the city: The venues Orangerie Herrenhausen, Schauspielhaus, Ballhof Eins and Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover once again presented examples of the latest developments in contemporary dance. Offering a total of eleven productions to experience, including four world premieres and three German premieres, this year, too, the festival enticed many dance enthusiasts to the various venues across the city, playing to an average 90% capacity audience. The works on show, covering a wide range of dance expression, provoked debate and met with enthusiastic applause from the audiences.

The festival programme for 2018 featured the following companies: Kyle Abraham/A.I.M from the Unites States; Siamese Cie/Koen Augustijnen & Rosalba Torres Guerrero from Belgium; Hofesh Shechter/Shechter II from the United Kingdom; Black Sheep from France; Daniel Léveillé Danse from Canada; Hungry Sharks from Austria; ALDES/Roberto Castello from Italy. In addition, the Hanoverian theatre COMMEDIA FUTURA made a guest appearance on home ground to mark its 30th anniversary.

This year, again, one evening was dedicated to upcoming dance artists: In the sixth round of the artists’ residency programme Think Big, jointly organized with the ballet of the Hanover State Opera, the young Germany-based choreographers Marioenrico D’Angelo from Italy, Lucyna Zwolinksa from Poland and Yotam Peled from Israel contributed works created during their residency in Hanover to the festival.

For press reviews, texts and casts & credits on each of the performances featured in 2018, please visit our archive.

Watch this space for information on the coming 34th edition of the festival – TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL 2019, scheduled to take place from 29 August to 7 September 2019 – due to go online in mid-July 2019.

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