Founded in 1988 as a regional festival, TANZ Bremen is now a prominent, international, cultural event of the Hanseatic city and one of the most important contemporary dance festivals in Germany. It features outstanding international guest performances by renowned choreographers, while simultaneously offering a stage for the regional dance scene, for young talents, experiments, and new approaches. The biennial thus grants insights into the current range of possible expressions and themes in dance.

Thanks to the co-operation with various cultural institutions in Bremen, TANZ Bremen is accompanied by an extensive supporting programme including workshops, discussions, films and exhibitions. 


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TANZ BREMEN 2017 –  


Standing ovations, sold-out performances, long waiting lists and a capacity rate of 99% – that is the success record of the anniversary edition of TANZ Bremen 2017.

TANZ Bremen 2017 once again demonstrated the diversity of styles that contemporary dance has to offer. In seven days, 13 productions by choreographers from Canada, France, Senegal, South Africa, Germany and Switzerland were presented, including three German premieres and two world premieres. 

The Canadian Compagnie Marie Chouinard offered a brilliant start of the 20th anniversary edition with their masterpiece and classic LE SACRE DU PRINTEMPS as well as the visually stunning production HENRI MICHAUX : MOUVEMENTS at the Theater am Goetheplatz. Further renowned choreographers of the international dance scene invited to Bremen included Louise Lecavalier, Germaine Acogny, Kader Attou and Helena Waldmann. But the programme of TANZ Bremen also presented newcomers such as Adrienn Hód from Hungary and Kenji Ouellet from Canada, as well as recent productions from the regional dance scene.  

What all festival productions had in common, despite their artistic diversity, was their freedom of expression, openness to new ways of thinking and curiosity about the unknown – a sign that can indeed be understood in regard to society as well.  

An extensive supporting programme featuring dance films, workshops, discussions and exhibitions framed the biennial festival. This was made possible by the intensive networking with other cultural institutions of the city, including i.a. the Weserburg, the Kunsthalle Bremen, the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus and the Kino City 46. 

The enormous audience and media response again proved that Bremen is traditionally a dance city and that the biennial festival TANZ Bremen is one of the city’s special, nationally and internationally acclaimed highlights.