Photo: LIU Chen-hsiang
The Autostadt presented the first Movimentos Festival in spring 2003. Originally conceived as a contemporary dance festival, the series of performances represents a commitment to a universal art form. Dance is a fundamental expression of human movement. The programme of events gradually evolved. What started out as a series of dance performances evolved to become one of Germany's leading cultural events in 2006. Along with a diversity of dance performances, the festival line-up included some of Germany's top stage and screen stars.
17th Movimentos Festival in 2019
The Autostadt is hosting the 17th edition of the Movimentos Festival from 18 July to 25 August 2019. For the first time, the new "Hafen 1" venue, which is currently being built near the Volkswagen power station, will be the site for international dance productions and the Movimentos Academy performances. Due to the construction schedule for "Hafen 1", Movimentos 2019 will take place later than in previous years. The programme for the festival under the artistic direction of Bernd Kauffmann is currently being prepared and will be presented in the spring of 2019.
Bernd Kauffmann: "I am delighted and honoured that Movimentos 2019 will be staged at the new 'Hafen 1'. The fact that the Autostadt and its supporting corporate group are continuing to give this festival a chance to lend artistic expression to the very essence of movement: dance in all its different variations, deserves my deepest gratitude and respect. And the fact that, with this new 'home for dance', the Autostadt is underscoring and strengthening the reputation and importance of Movimentos that developed throughout Europe over the past 16 years, is more than worthy of note."
Autostadt CEO Roland Clement: "The Autostadt is keeping its word and will continue its cultural engagement by staging Movimentos again in 2019. It is not only important for us to delight our guests with the festival and popular summer and winter events. We also want to create new formats for exciting programmes throughout the year. For us, human interaction and dialogue are always in the foreground in the spirit of a modern and diverse cultural campus."
The Movimentos Academy offers children and teens from the local area an opportunity to take part as dancers in the creation of a unique choreography. Over a period of seven months, young dancers will have a chance to work on a programme together with choreographer Daniel Martins and dance instructor Sonja Böhme. A special Movimentos Academy dance project starting on 7 May 2019 with Gregor Zöllig, Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer for the Braunschweig State Theatre, will also focus on creating a dance piece with young people. The two Movimentos Academy performances will take place in the new "Hafen 1" venue.
Find out more about the Movimentos Festival: www.movimentos.de