WORD OF WELCOME
by the Artistic Direction THINK BIG! Festival
finally, we can think big again!
Our festival THINK BIG! will enter its 9th round from July 4 to 13, 2022. In 22 performances, we present brand-new pieces from seven countries at the Schauburg, the Theater schwere reiter, in schools and open air in the middle of downtown. The performances show dynamic dance, with powerful images, with loud as well as quiet sounds about life in these troubled times.
The artistic works of our guest ensembles playfully give insight into diverse worlds and give courage. They stand for empowerment, otherness and crossing borders. The performances surprise, focus on deplorable conditions, invite you to reflect and celebrate community. Each one sparkles with imagination.
Since there was such a great response to our REACH OUT- program of performances in schools during last year's pandemic state of emergency, we are continuing this module in 2022 and expanding it to include a Lab for exchange of students from Munich (Theater Studies, LMU) and Frankfurt (Contemporary Dance Education, HFMDK).
REACH OUT also offers audience talks with artists, workshops for young people, dance and theater professionals and much more.
Come in large numbers, bring the whole family, school classes and teachers and make THINK BIG! a roaring festival of encounters!
On behalf of the festival team, we wish you and yours an inspiring festival.
Simone Schulte-Aladağ and Andrea Gronemeyer
WORD OF WELCOME
by the Cultural Officer of the City of Munich
Dear dance fans,
it's great, isn't it, that five festivals have developed in Munich to show contemporary dance? The internationally oriented DANCE Festival and Tanzwerkstatt Europa have been around for around three decades. They were joined in 2009 by the Junger Tanz series and in 2010 by Rodeo, the Munich Dance and Theater Festival.
THINK BIG! has enriched the Munich dance world since 2011 with international guest performances, workshops and professional exchange days. Through diverse artistic works with a focus on contemporary dance and music, this 9th festival edition opens up access and experience of current art production to young people as early as possible and invites them to create for themselves in workshops and school projects.
THINK BIG! has thus developed a unique profile that gets children and young people excited about dance and performance. In this form, it was the first festival of its kind in Bavaria and has long since established itself as a brand in the European dance scene.
The name of the festival is also its motto: Think Big! A few years ago, FOKUS TANZ found a new partner and venue in the Schauburg. Andrea Gronemeyer and Simone Schulte-Aladağ are jointly responsible for the program. THINK BIG! is a good example of how the independent scene and municipal theaters can work together.
The curators are tirelessly developing their network. Together with many partners and participants, and with the support of the municipality and the federal government, they open up access to aesthetic education and participation in cultural events in the city. After the experiences of the past two years, which were dominated by the pandemic, we are looking forward to a diverse program of performances by international artists and choreographers from Munich.
I am looking forward to Anne Nguyen with "Underdogs", Regina Rossi with "Dance Machines", Bronks with "The Happy Few", Moritz Ostruschnjak with "Autoplay" or The 100Hands with "MATTA MATTA 2.0", to highlight just a few productions.
The war in Ukraine
The following is a declaration regarding the war in Ukraine from the network of international festivals of contemporary dance in Germany, which was recently founded:
We are deeply shocked by Russian troops invading Ukraine and starting a war, and by the adherent, blatant violation of international law. We condemn the infringement of human rights, the use of violence on the Ukrainian population, and the resulting threat to peace in Europe.
For many years now we have been working with international artists and colleagues who have to stand up for and fight for freedom and democracy in their countries. We declare ourselves to be solidly united with every artist and creative person involved in culture fields who are threatened, and we are for the protection of free democratic societies. As dance festivals that work on the international stage, we use our contacts and networks with the possibilities we have available to lend a voice to the threatened artists and colleagues and to stand by their side.
With the hope of being able to reach the people in Ukraine, but also the Russian populace, in indirect ways and in defiance of censure and control of the press.
Canan Erek (Tanz! Heilbronn), Heike Faude (Theater in Bewegung, Jena), Sabine Gehm (TANZ Bremen), Nina Hümpel (DANCE – Internationales Festival für zeitgenössischen Tanz der Landeshauptstadt München), Simone Schulte-Aladağ (THINK BIG! Festival München), Sven Till (Potsdamer Tanztage) und Christian Watty (euro-scene Leipzig).