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Dance as a universal language – Heidelberg, the city of dance
The first Tanzbiennale 2014 presents contemporary dance of the highest standard
Heidelberg, December 16, 2013 – Enthusiasm for contemporary dance has been kindled in Heidelberg – the city is now aiming to become the city of dance. „We want ‘Heidelberg’ to be synonymous with ‘dance’”, is how Nanine Linning, Artistic Director of the Dance Company at the Heidelberg Theater, formulates this ambition. The first Tanzbiennale Heidelberg, which is to be held from February 21st to March 2nd 2014, marks the initial step towards achieving this objective. Over the ten days of the event, a collaboration between the independent „UnterwegsTheater” and the “Theater und Orchester Heidelberg” will reveal just how varied contemporary dance can be. The public will be treated to the whole spectrum of modern dance as interpreted by internationally renowned choreographers, as well as young, as yet unknown regional artists.
„Dance is an art form that goes beyond the constraints of language and brings people together. It is a universal language. It’s fantastic for Heidelberg to be able to host this absolute pinnacle of modern dance with performers from Germany and abroad – yet another aspect of its culture that makes Heidelberg rather special”, enthused Dr. Eckart Würzner, mayor of the city of Heidelberg.
Dance is moving the people of Heidelberg – the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg has had a permanent dance section for the last year or so. Practically every production of Nanine Linning’s Dance Company during the 2012/13 season was sold out. For 25 years, the independent UnterwegsTheater has dedicated itself to bringing dance to a wider cross-section of the public. Both institutions are therefore working together to create an infrastructure for dance that will still be with us in 20 years’ time. In October this year, the Choreografische Centrum Heidelberg (CC) opened a working and meeting place for young dancers and choreographers who are just starting out on their careers. The next step is the Tanzbiennale Heidelberg, which will take place every two years.
This very first dance festival is to open with a major project entitled “HD moves” – a portrait of the city in dance by and with the citizens of Heidelberg.
A highpoint of the festival will be dance from Baden-Württemberg: a huge gala (March 1st 2014) will demonstrate the intense power of the dance energy existing within the state. For example, the extraordinary “HeadFeedHands” dance company from Freiburg is scheduled to make an appearance. Guest performances by well-known companies and choreographers from the Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and France underline the broad international appeal of the event. The evening of February 26th 2014 is given over to Heidelberg’s twin town of Montpellier – in “Gustavia”, Mathilde Monnier and La Ribot combine contemporary dance with classical burlesque. Children’s dance day (February 23rd 2014) gives even the youngest amongst us a chance to join in: interactive shows invite children and those who are still young at heart to experience the joy of movement and music. The first Tanzbiennale Heidelberg will ignite the passion for dance and taking part through a range of workshops and training sessions arranged by the guest companies. A fringe program of exhibitions, films and discussions will also encourage everyone to explore the world of dance with all their senses.
The Tanzbiennale is made possible with the support of the City of Heidelberg, the Manfred-Lautenschläger-
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