quinta-feira, agosto 17, 2006

A dança que invade Berlim

Começa hoje em Berlim o importante festival Tanz im August, que celebra assim o seu 18º aniversário. Até 02 de Setembro um conjunto de espectáculos feitos por mais de 25 criadores vão procurar responder a duas questões: "How do you celebrate a festival’s 'coming of age'?" e "Is there an interest within the contemporary dance scene in reflecting on the history and tradition of the field?".

Precisamente para pensar a capital alemã enquanto potência mundial da dança, o jornal The Economist publicou no passado dia 10 um texto intitulado ON TOP OF THE WORLD - Germany is now the dance centre of the world. Alguns excertos, uma vez que o texto não se encontra online:

«IN MANY European countries, dance, specifically ballet, the classical form recognisable the world over, is a known quantity. Renowned companies, star performers and a public that is hugely enthusiastic for and oftenwell-informed about this most demanding of art forms, constitute a clear, national dance culture.

[…] today Germany is one of the most dance-obsessed nations on earth. Dance festivals, congresses and symposia take place there on a regular basis. A monthly magazine, BALLET-TANZ, sells thousands of copies and carries detailed coverage of international dance events. The pace is being stepped up. In June, the Federal Cultural Foundation instituted a scheme [Tanzplan]whereby nine cities will share a total of EURO 12.5m [...] over five years to develop dance.

Most cities, including Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart as well as smaller places such as Freiburg and Leipzig, have a full-time dance company resident in the main opera house or state theatre. For years, outsiders have been coming in to run and create companies. […]

The sheer variety of dance, from the most modern, and sometimes frankly audience-unfriendly, work, to the standard works such as "Giselle", "SwanLake", "La Bayadere" and "Romeo and Juliet", make Germany, perhaps unexpectedly, as rich in dance as France is in cheeses.

[…] 'Tanz im August' [is] one of the longest international dance festivals anywhere, using numerous venues across the city and with parties spilling out on to the pavements until the early hours. The capital's state-subsidised theatres and opera houses are closed for the summer, so the festival hires three major houses--the Hebbel Theatre, the Berlin Festspielhaus and the Schaubuhne - and takes advantage of a public that is in holiday mood and keen to sample something different: big names - such as Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, a dancer-choreographer from Brussels - feature alongside more experimental work taking place in zanier venues such as Dock 11 and the Podewil, near Alexanderplatz.

The festival, which began in 1988, has been run since 2004 by AndreTheriault. "There is a need to dance here," he says. "Germany is very strong on the spoken word. In the performing fields, it has a vigorous intellectual culture but traditionally not one that is good with the body. The opposite of speaking is not to speak: that is, to move. That, broadly, is what Germany has discovered in the last ten years."

Mr Theriault sees Berlin as being central to Germany's dance boom. Young dancers and choreographers began settling there in the late 1990s, drawn by the attractive international working environment, low living costs and a sense of excitement that gave Berlin a reputation as a "happening place". Three-quarters of Germany's independent dance companies are now located in Berlin.

[…] That said, while Germany and Germans might long have suffered from a reputation for heaviness and gravity, in theatres across the country, dancers are dancing: Germans are revelling, maybe for the first time in their history, in the sensation of being light - on their feet, at least.»


Ver ainda artigo sobre o Tanzkongress (Congresso da dança), que se realizou em Berlim no passado mês de Abril, que tratou precisamente da questão da identidade da dança e, em particular, da dança alemã.

1 comentário:

Sílvia Pinto Coelho disse...

Agosto em Lisboa

Não haja dúvida que este pacote de dança na Alemanha está muito bem vendido, e eu de certa forma apoio, porque ainda me considero um bocadinho berlinense (vivi lá 3 anos até início de 2005), mas as coisas nos meios de comunicação social têm contornos de deslumbramento que me fazem um pouco de confusão porque não correspondem à realidade por mim vivida lá. De facto, ao longo do tempo em berlim, vi muitos espectáculos dignos de registo, mas também nunca vi tantas coisas más na vida como lá. Acho que é tudo uma questão de escala e de quantidade. Há muita coisa para ver e fazer, mas o que acaba por acontecer é perdermo-nos em indecisões e em coisas que acabam por se relevar desapontantes, até encontrar um grupo com quem tenhamos afinidades e isso é uma tarefa muito difícil. Depende também do que se procura, mas de repente, dei comigo a desejar regressar a Portugal. Agora desejaria ir até ao Tanz im August, ver mais isto e aquilo, mas estou consciente de que o Alkantara já foi "overwhelming" e que é preciso trabalhar, trabalhar, trabalhar... Porque o nível cá em Portugal não é mais baixo, só é menos internacional e tem menos gente e menos dinheiro.