Dance in public spaces

Studierende des MA Choreographie / HZT Berlin  

24 – 31 May 2024 | Potsdamer Tanztage 2024Dance / performance

What stories do places tell us outside the conventional stage space? What structures, architectures and landscapes do we find? How do these affect the bodies that enliven them? How do these bodies move their surroundings? Can spaces for interaction and joint creation open through dance and choreography? With imagination, scrutiny, and poetry five choreography students from Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT) invite visitors and passers-by to expand their perception of public space and experience choreography through their work - as diverse as the landscapes that surround us.


Bin Landschaft
Felipe Fizkal
Fri 24 May 2024 | 22:00
Sat 25 May 2024 | 22:00

A landscape of water, wind, earth, grass, fabric, natural and artificial light, paper, plastic and sound.
A body, embodied.
An alien.
The human acts by remodelling natural landscapes to his liking and taking over the habitat of other living beings. This landscape/body has the rhythm of dreams. You can believe it or not, mirror yourself in it or be a reflection of it.


Ich bezeuge das alles zum letzten Mal
Vera Shchelkina
Sat 25 May 2024 | 16:30
Wed 29 May 2024 | 17:00
Freundschaftsinsel (Ostspitze)

You can recognise a tango in the first few steps and sounds. But wherever tango appears, all its contexts shimmer through the dancing bodies: stories of migration, displacement, wars, and violence. The two men dancing here bring tango with them from different dictatorships: having fled from Russia and Syria, they find themselves in Potsdam as a tango couple. Can you see the two dancers' stories, can you feel them, when you see them both dancing on the tip of the island?


Zsombor Szabo
Sat 25 May 2024 | 17:30
Thu 30 May 2024 | 17:00
Freundschaftsinsel (Lange Brücke/Otto Braun Platz)

“I am twelve years old. No more classes for today. I start my walk home. I pass by the swimming pool, the housing estate, the cemetery, the roundabout. Finally it’s only six streets left until I get home. I know these places.” The project questions the connection between place and people: how do you build a home in a new place when you are displaced from your familiar habitat? How can you create a sense of connection with a place?


Diana Thielen
Wed 29 May 2024 | 17:45
Fri 31 May 2024 | 17:00
Freundschaftsinsel (Pavillon Brandenburgischer Kunstverein)

The pavilion on the Freundschaftsinsel becomes a greenhouse. Space, body, and soil pique curiosity about what is being cultivated here. The result is a performance that sows seeds and cultivates plants, turning the pavilion into a place where all those present can shape events together with hoes and shovels. What stories are unearthed when a potato is harvested?
Note: Relaxed performance & family friendly (see further info under Credits)


Aus dem Auge, in den Sinn
Johanna Jörns 
Thu 30 May 2024 | 18:00
Fri 31 May 2024 | 18:00

Brushing over, sprucing up, vamping up.
History gone, cracks smoothed out, surfaces plastered over.
What is real, what is fiction?
What place does the individual have in all this?
Two dancers assert themselves in the absurd setting of the Dortustr./Breitestr. intersection and become defiant architects of their reality. Aus dem Auge, in den Sinn tells of alienation and the power of assertion in a poetic and bizarre way and invites the audience to accompany the dancers.


Price info

Entrance free of charge.



In cooperation with Hochschulübergreifenden Zentrum Tanz Berlin.
Many thanks to Brandenburgischen Kunstverein Potsdam
Photos: Martin Müller

Information about GRABEN:
family friendly Parents and caretakers are welcome to attend the performance with their children. Although the performance is not specifically created for children, we want to create a family-friendly environment: it is not a problem at all if children cannot sit still throughout and families want to leave the performance in between or earlier. Relaxed Performances want to welcome all visitors for whom sitting still for long periods in the theater does come as a barrier (for example, autistic people, people with Tourette's, learning difficulties or chronic pain). Noises and movements from the audience are explicitly welcome. Visitors can leave and return to the auditorium at any time. Event space The pavilion is accessible at ground level and without steps. There is no seating. Chairs can be provided on request (at the entrance). Barrier-free WC There is no public toilet in the pavilion. A few meters from the pavilion is the Inselcafé Freundschaftsinsel. There is a barrier-free WC there. Access/approach via the Lange Brücke / Friedrich-Ebert-Straße footpath from Potsdam main station or streetcar 91, 92, 93, 96, 99 or from Burgstraße via the pedestrian bridge Parking facilities Coming from Berliner Straße: Am Kanal (only residents' parking in Burgstraße) or in the parking garage Bahnhofspassagen.