That was TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL: The Hanover Edition & preview 2021

The Hanover Edition of the TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL 2020 festival set a strong example for dance in times determined by the Covid-19 pandemic. From September 12 to 14, 2020, the 35th edition of the TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL festival presented six short choreographies by Hanoverian dance professionals at the Orangerie Herrenhausen. The three varied dance evenings, in which representatives of the independent scene and the state ballet shared a stage, were carried out according to a strict hygiene concept. The Hannover Edition met with a great response from the public: The tickets for the available seats were sold out within a very short time, so that due to the high demand, the third evening was set up as an additional date to the two originally planned dates.

TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL 2021 is - subject to the conditions permitting it - planned in the usual form from September 2nd to 11th in Hanover. In order to make the dance program which was originally planned for 2020 still accessible, it will be presented as comprehensively as possible at TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL 2021. At the Orangerie Herrenhausen and on the stages of the Niedersächsisches Staatstheater, productions from the international contemporary dance scene are to be shown again. A place in the festival program has also been reserved for young dance: the three young choreographers of the "Think Big" residency program selected by the jury in 2020 will rehearse in Hanover in summer 2021; the results will be premiered at TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL 2021.

The new website for the planned 36th festival edition will go online in mid of July 2021.

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"Think Big 2020" residency program for young choreographers in Hanover

A joint project for young talents by the Staatsballett Hannover (directed by Marco Goecke) and the festival TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL

Following an application process at the beginning of the year, with 130 applications, the jury has selected three young artists for the "Think Big" project. Despite Corona. Due to the at this point valid restrictions in the course of the corona pandemic, which made a large open audition impossible, the project could not be realized this year. For this reason, rehearsals with the three selected choreographers and a large ensemble will take place in Hanover next summer and the results will be presented at TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL 2021.

We would like to introduce (from left to right):

Gizem Aksu (TR) Eduardo Vallejo Pinto (ES) Anibal Dos Santos (PT/DE)

(Video editing: Henri Nidzwetzki)

The „Think Big 2020/2021“ residencies are funded by the Stiftung Niedersachsen, Landeshauptstadt Hannover/ Kulturbüro and Region Hannover with funds from the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur.

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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