TANZAHOi International Festival for Dance will once again host an international festival in Hamburg. The festival program takes place on November 3 – 4 and will present 40 carefully curated international and local dance films and 4 digital dance projects at Metropolis Kino. TANZAHOi presents digital dance creations driven by thoughtful concepts, aiming to create a deeper audience experience and explore the boundaries of what can be achieved through technology and art. The films are grouped and presented together based on similarities in underlying ideas and concepts in the work.

The program gives audiences the chance to experience a wide range of dance films and projects from around the world. The films in the main program will compete for the Claussen-Simon-Stiftung Film Prize and the Audience Choice Award. The prizes will be presented on the final day of the festival.

This year, TANZAHOi offers a unique opportunity to explore the potential of decentralization and collaboration in the field of digital dance. The festival spans two days at Metropolis Kino, kicking off the opening night, on November 3, with an innovative panel discussion based on the concept of Web 3.0 following the Panorama Special Program. TANZAHOi will bring together artists from the fields of dance film, AR, VR and AI to illuminate and inspire the concept of decentralized curation.

Web 3.0 represents the next generation of the internet, where power is no longer in the hands of a few centralized platforms, but distributed across a decentralized network. Here, artists and audiences alike can participate. The basic idea of Web 3.0 is that all Internet users can take part equally in the creation and management of content. Technologies, such as NFTs, enable transparent transactions and offer protection between the exchanging parties.

TANZAHOi is interested in challenging the boundaries of what can be achieved through collaboration and decentralization, offering new perspectives on the potential of digital dance and festival organization.

Tickets are available at the box office at Metropolis Kino 1 hour before the start of the events on 3. & 4. Nov. and in the Metropolis Kino online ticket shop.

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.

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.


TANZAHOi International Festival for Dance 2023 is supported with funds from the Hamburg Culture Foundation and Claussen-Simon-Foundation. Thanks to our event partner, Metropolis Kino.