Germany’s circulating contemporary dance festival “Tanzplattform” opens (Mar. 2 – 6, 2016)
The biennial contemporary dance festival “Dance Platform” (Tanzplattform) held on a rotating basis in cities of Germany is in its 12th holding in 2016. Frequently cited as the dance version of Germany’s “Theatertreffen” theater festival that features the ten of the most outstanding productions performed in Germany, Tanzplattform similarly presents 12 of the most outstanding dance pieces performed in Germany on its biennial programs.
For the second time since 1996, the festival venue was Mousonturm in Frankfurt. This year’s program was compiled by Mousonturm artistic director Matthias Pees, dramaturge Ana Vujanovic and Marcus Droß, as well as the dance researcher Sandra Noeth, fabrik Potsdam artistic director Sven Till, dance researcher and co-curator of the Hamburg Summer Festival Eike Wittrock.
The opening performance was the piece Not Punk, Pololo by choreographer Monika Gintersdorfer and visual artist Knut Klaßen. A highly diverse cast of 15 choreographers, dancers and performers including Cécilia Bengolea, perform a dance piece dedicated to the legendary Ivory Coast gangster John Pololo and consisting of a fusion of street culture and German punk and queer culture.
Other performances include Violent Event, by the 2014 winners of the Artist category of the Nordrhein-Westfalen State Young Artists Awards after turning to dance coming off studies in community theater, Verena Billinger & Sebastian Schulz, and an audience-participation type performance On Trial Together by dance researcher and dramaturge Ana Vujanovic and performance creator Saša Asentic.
The Bavarian State Ballet revives the legendary Das Triadische Ballet that premiered in 1922 as a creation of the representative artists of the early 20th century avant-garde Bauhaus movement, Oskar Schlemmer, Gerhard Bohner, Ivan Liška and Bayerisches. From one of the choreographer that has led of the German dance world, Meg Stuart, with Damaged Goods and Münchner Kammerspiele present a work for six dancers and a jazz trio playing live that explores naturally occurring human action patterns and the group activities that deviate from the accepted rules of society.
Tanzplattform was launched in 1994 to serve as the German counterpart jury (platform) for the French Bagnolet International Choreography Festival. The first festival was held in Berlin as a collaborative project by the three cities of Berlin Frankfurt and Munich presenting works by 25 companies active in the cities and attracting 130 presenters from around the world. Held biennially since then, the second holding was in Frankfurt and the third in Munich. For each festival producers and journalists are invited from Germany and abroad, and the festival itself has become established as the leading platform offering the latest in German contemporary dance. Since its third holding, the festival has been hosted by Hamburg (2000), Leipzig (2002), Dusseldorf (2004), Stuttgart (2006), Hannover (2008), Nuremberg (2010), Dresden (2012) and Hamburg in 2014.