August Dance Festival boasts one of the longest traditions in the field of performing arts festivals in the whole region.Despite, or maybe even because of that, we always try to remain fresh and in touch with the latest developments. Although the term "dance" does have its place in the name of the festival, we do not have any preferred form, style or genre - more importantly, whatever it is, it has to communicate and touch us. Thus you will once again see dance and theatre, installations, performances, films etc. It is a celebration of contemporary performing arts.
August DanceFestival does not limit itself with any one particular subject matter. It inspects the world around it with sincere interest and curiosity, and invites artists who are also fascinated by their surroundings. They talk about society, politics, democracy, art, work, identity, the choices for an individual and society; in essence, everything that can be encompassed by the notion "contemporary life".Still, while compiling the programme, we did focus on one idea - the importance of a decision by a single individual. How or if it has any influence on the society as a whole.
This festival has always been about crossing the limits. In the contemporary world there is a strong tendency to stick labels on anything, draw borders, make distinctions, shove the surroundings into little boxes. The aim of Augusti TantsuFestival and our performers is to jump, crawl, or, if necessary, sneak over and around these artificial constructs. This keeps us fresh.
This year we have roughly 20 events that take place at the Kanuti Gild SAAL, KUMU auditorium, theatre NO99, cinema Sõprus, Okasroosikese Loss, Draakoni gallery and Katusekino (Rooftop cinema). We have guests from Belgium, USA, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia and elsewhere. The first weekend of the 14th Augusti TantsuFestival belongs entirely to dance artists from Wallonia, who, for political reasons, quite often are deprived of the attention that their Flemish colleagues get.
We feel that as always, we can offer performances and surprises for every taste!