Award ceremony DEUTSCHER TANZPREIS 2019


The programme of the two-day event is a highlight both for dance connoisseurs and for the German and European dance scene as a whole. As has been the hallmark of the award in recent decades, the German Dance Award gala, which will take place at the Aalto Theatre on Saturday, 19 October, at 6 p.m. will focus on artistic contributions, making reference to the work of the awardees, and will offer the audience a multifaceted programme featuring international guests.

World-famous companies and dancers, such as the Berlin State Ballet, the Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg, the Het Nationale Ballet, the Bavarian Junior Ballet Company from Munich, Lutz Förster, Marlúcia do Amaral, Iana Salenko and Daniil Simkin will perform at the event, with choreographies by Hans van ManenGeorge Balanchine, Martin Schläpfer, Isabelle Schad, Laurent Goldring, Sharon Eyal und Xin Peng Wang from the areas of neoclassicism, dance theatre, modernity and independent contemporary dance.
The dramaturgy of the evening is inspired by both the artistic partnerships that were and are formative for Gert Weigelt's biography and the aspiration to represent the broad spectrum of the local dance scene. The work of Jo Parkes will be presented in the form of multimedia-based social and participative projects on stage and via video installation in the foyer. The focal point of the evening will be the presentation of the highest distinction in the field of dance in Germany. The laudation for Gert Weigelt will be given by Thomas Thorausch from the Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln. Subsequently, Isabelle Schad and Jo Parkes will receive the certificates for their awards on stage.




Dance performance by Xin Peng Wang
Music: Camille Pépin
Choreography: Xin Peng Wang
Performance: Bavarian Junior Ballet Company, Munich
The composition draws on the energy sources of the Tibetan worldview, which range from musical dynamics to metaphysical sonority. Xin Peng Wang takes up Pépin's energetic principle and distils from it the movement language of his creation. For him, the undergrowth, synonym for the natural subconscious, becomes the biotope for a process of development of civilization, which is based on the inner tension between individual and society.


Ballet by George Balanchine (from "Jewels")
Music: Igor Strawinsky (Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, 1929)
Choreography: George Balanchine
Iana Salenko and Daniil Simkin, soloists and corps de ballet of the Berlin State Ballet
Essen Philharmonic Orchestra
Musical direction: Robert Reimer
Vital and athletic, full of energy and a tongue-in-cheek zest for life: a truly brilliant dance composition, that has found its way into the international repertoire. With his purist dance style, Balanchine has led the ballet into the modern age and his taste has made him a neoclassicist icon. He plays masterfully with the skills of the dancers, the flair of the ballerina, the structure and mood of the music. Understatement and elegance are the trademarks of his approach.


Dance performance by Martin Schläpfer
Music: György Ligeti
Choreography: Martin Schläpfer
Performance: Marlúcia do Amaral (Ballett am Rhein Düsseldorf Duisburg)
To complement Ligeti's eponymous orchestral work, the choreographer has the dancer create an architecture of lines and curves and fashions imaginary rooms. Her body grows far beyond its actual size, appears stretched, as if extended, and then very small again. The most demanding technical feats are transformed into a paradoxical lightness for the viewer. The familiar appears foreign and vice versa: the expression of a longing for other states.


Choreography: Hans van Manen 
Performance: Het Nationale Ballet with Igone de Jongh and Jozef Varga 
Music: Erik Satie (Trois Gnossiennes) 
Grand Piano: Olga Khoziainova
Costumes: Joop Stokvis / Hans van Manen 
Trois Gnossiennes is the third and central work in Hans van Manen’s Piano Variations cycle from 1980-84. Manen choreographed this sensual duet about resignation, trust and harmony to the magical and melancholy music of Erik Satie.


Project by Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring
Sound: Damir Simunovic
Choreography: Isabelle Schad and Laurent Goldring
Performance: Juan Corres Benito, Sonia Borkowicz, Frederike Doffin, Jasmin Ihrac, Roni Katz, Mathis Kleinschnittger, Inna Krasnoper, Manuel Lindner, Jan Lorys, Dorota Michalak, Julia Rodriguez, Iza Szostak, Claudia Tomasi, Nir Vidan, Sunniva Vikør Egenes, Natalia Wilk
In her work "Collective Jumps," Isabelle Schad deals with the utopia of community building in dance. In collaboration with artist Laurent Goldring, the choreographer and a group of 16 dancers examine the possibilities that arise in the relationship between form and freedom. Important question: Can the creation of an infinite, united, monstrous body be a place of cultural resistance?


Dance performance by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar
Music: Ori Lichtik
Choreography: Sharon Eyal/co-choreography: Gai Behar
Performance: dancers of the Berlin State Ballet
Sharon Eyal is an Israeli choreographer and one of the leading protagonists on the current contemporary dance scene. Clearly influenced by the legendary Batsheva Dance Company, her creations challenge the physicality of the dancers to achieve individual expression. The pull of this work also results from the music created and further developed during the choreographic process.


Artistic direction: Prof. Martin Puttke, Chairman of the Jury
Organizational management: Tobias Ehinger

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