TANZAHOi International Festival presented dance films and live dance performances under the curatorial theme “DIGI play DANCE” in multpile locations in Hamburg, 9 – 18 September 2022. Many artists in the program traveled to Hamburg to join the festival events and to participate in artist talks held after the film screenings and performances.

Curatorial Concept

The name “DIGI play DANCE” is inspired by the song lyrics, “Ziggy Stardust,“ the eponymous character of David Bowie whose 50th anniversary we celebrate this year. In the song, five years before the destruction of Earth, “Ziggy Stardust” appears as a messiah, an androgynous alien rocker with a message of redemption, but one that is eroded by his own out-of-control lifestyle and crazy fan base. The current generation of creators have been most recently confronted with issues such as the pandemic, global climate change, and wars and political conflicts. These artists are also spreading important messages that handle, for example, de-colonization, anti-discrimination, and other topics that have long existed but are still being fought for and revolutionized. They question, destroy, rebuild, and question again in an endless cycle.

For performing artists, in our time of the pandemic, the “digitization of the concept” seemed to be the messiah, saving their existentially dangerous situation and continuing their dialogue with an audience. Will we end up being dominated by this new technology, or will we be able to control it and utilize it? That is the open question to be experienced, explored and explained through practice and presence in the digital spaces offered by artists. Inspired by the digital promise of redemption, TANZAHOi 2022 quotes Bowie (“Ziggy played guitar”) and opens an additional part of their curated program under the title of the festival, “DIGI play DANCE,“ which offers impressions of the current results of digital integration in dance.

Meeting Spaces

TANZAHOi had multiple locations in the city of Hamburg for different sections of the DIGI play DANCE program. The festival began at Metropolis Kino with three days of dance films and dance stream performances. The program continued into a second week where, over four days, LICHTHOF Theater became the performance space for digital dance installations. Audiences, artists and everyone in between came into contact at the following events over the course of the festival:

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Dance Film & Live Dance Stream
9 – 11 September 2022 // 17:00 – 22:30
@Metropolis Kino

Digital Dance Work
15 – 18 September 2022 // 19:00 – 22:30 (15.09), 18:00 – 22:00 (16. – 17.09), 13:00 – 16:00 (18.09)

Festival Meet & After Hours
Festival Center
9 – 11 September 2022 // 12:00 – 16:30
@Bewegungsraum, Gängeviertel

Fringe Market Performances
9 – 11 September 2022 // 14:00 – 17:00
@Bewegungsraum, Gängeviertel

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Festival After Hours
9 – 11 September 2022 // 23:00 – open end
@Jupi Bar

Festival After Hours
15 – 17 September 2022 // 22:00 – 1:00

How was the program selected?

During the open call in 2022, over 380 projects from all over the world have submitted dance films, as well as new concepts for live performances, digital dance installations and public performances. The received works have provided the program curators with an opportunity to bring unexpected experimentation and new discoveries to the dance scene in Hamburg, as TANZAHOi exists to open up such spaces for discussion and imagination. Since 2020, the festival has taken a new curatorial approach, extending the reach of the program to different spaces and dimensions according to the development of the field of dance. At the same time, the festival’s interest lies in finding new possibilities to maintain a platform that allows the artists to reach more ideas, not limiting presentations to current topics in the world, but opening new horizons for future ideas and sustainability.


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TANZAHOi is an internationally-broadcasted dance and dance film festival. In 2018, the festival began with dance workshops at Hochschulsport Hamburg, and, in 2020, was expanded to include a dance film program curated from an international open call. Thanks to the support of the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung and the #TakePart program from Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V., TANZAHOi gained more visibility in the international scene with their festival last year. In 2022, the festival began a new exchange program, TANZAHOi – Bottle Post, focussing on educational seminars and the screening of digital dance work. The first edition took place in Taipei (Taiwan). The same program will be brought to Tanzrauschen Festival in Wuppertal (Germany) in August 2022, and a new Bottle Post, with the main festival program from this year, is foreseen in 2023 in Paris (France).

Thus, the focus of the festival, as a whole, is on the global, multinational connection of dance, film, and digital arts. In this respect, TANZAHOi is developing the potential to create sustainable paths in the interactive connection of arts, culture and politics. Striving to build different international bridges, the festival opens their platform to artistic – as well as professional and cultural – exchange through dance and dance film.

By presenting and discussing new works every year, TANZAHOi continually renews our understanding of dance, dance films and dance images. Topics arise from the body in a frame and outside the frame of an image, the relationship between the dancers and a detached audience, the lens, the point of view of photography and the method of video editing. Furthermore, different artists use individual subject areas to show, from a personal perspective, how the so-called dance elements exist in different forms of transformation. The newest solutions to the transformation of dance from the third dimension to new dimensions (VR, CGI, Animation, MotionCapture, 360° Camera, holographic projection, live-stream, etc.) are represented in this year’s program. TANZAHOi, with roots in Hamburg, presents itself as an international platform to the world, and promotes cultural exchange processes for post-pandemic (digital) dance projects.

DIGI play DANCE is a program of the TANZAHOi International Festival, supported by the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V. with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the framework of the #TakeHeart process funding NEUSTART KULTUR, the Claussen-Simon Foundation, Pflanzmich, the Hamburg Kulture Foundation and with the kind support of the Institut français and the French Ministry of Culture.