01. – 11.05.2024 Dance Together
At a time when communities and their values are coming under increasing pressure in local and (inter)national contexts, HELLERAU is celebrating contemporary dance in its various manifestations and facets as a community-building practice with the “Dance Together” festival – both in the Festspielhaus and in the Kulturgarten, on the forecourt and in the garden city of Hellerau. “Dance Together” creates special encounters and forms of togetherness between artists and visitors.
Today the field of dance includes contemporary ballet, dance theater, urban dance and site-specific forms as well as mixed dance formats, contemporary circus, digital dance formats and even adaptations of folk dance, rituals and customs. But dance also plays an important role in everyday life for many people. In clubs and associations, people dance in pairs or in groups for the fun of doing it together, out of enthusiasm for the energy inherent in dance or for physical and mental well-being.
With the 10-day festival “Dance Together”, HELLERAU explores the space that dance occupies in everyday life and togetherness. HELLERAU brings together a broad spectrum of dance forms that deliberately focuses on the juxtaposition of stage arts, participatory dance and performance formats. In addition to international productions, almost forgotten folk dances and local popular social dances can also be experienced. What all the productions have in common is that they each tell of the search for and discovery of communities in their own way.
go plastic company & Kolleg:innen
Tanz in den Mai
The festival starts with the “Tanz in den Mai” (Dance into May) celebration in the streets and squares of the garden city of Hellerau and is primarily dedicated to popular dance styles that take place away from the big stages, such as K-pop, salsa, urban dance, pole dance and roller skating. “Tanz in den Mai” is conceived and curated by the go plastic company in cooperation with HELLERAU and various Dresden artists, dance communities, associations and clubs.
TRIO. For the beauty of it
03. & 04.05.2024
Don’t explain anything with words for a change, but experience self-empowerment in physical movement: That is at the core of this trio’s approach. Three dancers share the stage and develop a rousing dance piece that captivates their audience through the convergence of their respective dance styles, from voguing to sonidero to coupé décalé.
Save the last dance for me
03. & 04.05.2024
In “Save the last dance for me”, the Italian choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni works with two dancers to revive the moves of the Bolognese dance Polka Chinata, a folk tradition that has almost been forgotten, and passes the tradition on to the audience, who can then learn the dance in a workshop.
“BABEL” is a 12-metre-high tower made of wood, ropes and winches, which is built by 25 people in full view of the audience. From its construction to its dismantling, the tower manifests the solidarity of a group of people who work together on this sculpture and embody a utopian vision of community.
Eun-Me Ahn Company
10. & 11.05.2024
In 2010, she traveled to her native Korea to talk to older women in the cities and countryside about dance and capture their movements on film. The result was a very special kind of road movie. In the piece itself, young dancers dance with the grandmothers on a stage and folk songs awaken the fire of the 1960s.
In “Living-Room Dancers”, the audience embarks on a choreographic walk through the garden city of Hellerau and meets dancers who pursue their passion for dance dreamily and seemingly unseen – because they dance alone or in pairs in living rooms that are transformed into dance floors for tap, salsa, Argentine tango, expressive dance, samba or even folk dances for one evening. The production is created together with local amateur dancers who are given a very special stage for one evening.
Dance Bar in the Kulturgarten HELLERAU
The Kulturgarten will become a communal meeting place during the festival. At the “TanzBar”, dance enthusiasts and interested parties can take part in numerous workshops. Let’s Dance Together!