About tanzpol


This year, tanzpol stages a festival of contemporary dance and performance by focusing on positions of Afghan and Iranian artists, who live in different contexts in Europe. tanzpol places a curatorial emphasis on the conditions and situations of being in exile and explores the question: “How do experiences of exile continue within an international artistic field?” The festival program confronts the multi-layered and complex nature of the term “exile” on an artistic level and in discussion formats. It questions mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion within European art scenes and does not shy away from a clash of diverse, even contradictory, perspectives. The performances give impulses to think about possible alliances and the shaping of a togetherness that does not have to be conflict-free and harmonious, but can be humorous, contradictory and arouse curiosity. Through dancing, laughing, singing, feeling, speaking, celebrating, discussing and mourning together in interactive formats, gatherings, interdisciplinary concert-dance performances, three workshops and two panel discussions, tanzpol invites you to enter into dialog, listen and get to know each other.

With Tara Fatehi, Pouya Ehsaei, Ali Moini, Roza Moshtaghi, Mostafa Shabkhan, Cédric Cherdel, Afrang Malekian, Ulduz Ahmadzadeh, Elnaz Sheshgelani, Sepideh Khodarahmi a.o.

Curated by Ashkan Afsharian, Johanna Kasperowitsch Production Anika Bendel, Béla Bisom Talks Moderation Ozi Ozar Technical director Joshua Lee McKain Design Afshin Chizari Press Nora Gores Translation Felix Pahl / Paraphrasis.


Funded by

Goethe Institut im Exil
Republique Francaise
Institut Francais

Unterstützt von

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Ufer Studios
Internationales Theaterinstitut

Founded by Senate Department for Culture and Community and with funds from The Capital Cultural Fund (Hauptstadtkulturfonds) and Goethe-Institut im Exil. With kind support of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture, International Theater Institute Germany (ITI), Sophiensaele and Uferstudios Berlin. 


Curated by Ashkan Afsharian & Johanna Kasperowitsch
Production Anika Bendel, Béla Bisom 
Talks & Panel Moderation Ozi Ozar
Technical lead Joshua Lee McKain
Design Afshin Chizari 
Press Work Nora Gores
Video Felix Rabach

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