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. “When a spark of inspiration flows from the stage to the audience, we have achieved our goal”, explains Movimentos Artistic Director, Dr. Maria Schneider. The programme of events gradually evolved to include classical, jazz and pop concerts, theatre, staged readings and discussions.
What started out as a series of dance performances evolved to become one of Germany's leading cultural events in 2006 when lectures, discussions, matinees, concerts, and dramatic readings were added to the Movimentos program. Along with a diversity of dance performances, the festival line-up included some of Germany's top stage and screen stars.
Since 2006, each Movimentos Festival has been dedicated to a different overarching theme, which also serves as the annual Autostadt theme. This topic is expressed in dance performances, staged readings, theatre and music. The theme of the 14th Movimentos Festival at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, "Love" lies at the heart of the artistic discourse. Guests are invited to explore the different facets of "Love" in performances, workshops and concerts. Following the themes "Happiness" (2014) and "Peace" (2015), "Love" completes the cycle of annual themes at the Autostadt.
The Movimentos Festival has become an important venue for the performing arts. Working in close cooperation with artists, the Autostadt gives them the creative space they need to develop their skills. The continuing success of the Movimentos Festival over the past decade has a lot to do with the trusting relationships established between the Autostadt and performing artists – and a visionary approach to modern culture.
The Volkswagen KraftWerk, an unrestored power plant, proved to be an ideal place to stage Movimentos dance productions. In its first year, the festival hosted dance companies from Brazil, Taiwan, Spain and New York. What started out as a regional festival with a handful of contemporary dance performances, has since become one of Germany’s most popular cultural events. Movimentos attracts audiences from across Europe and enjoys a solid international reputation. In 2016, five international dance ensembles from France, Great Britain and Italy will present their choreographies.
The first series of jazz concerts presented in the Autostadt’s ZeitHaus museum combined modern music with a display of automotive milestones. This pioneering approach added a new feature to the Movimentos concept with jazz, classical and pop concerts. Highlights this year include jazz concerts by Al Di Meola and Ed Motta, along with classical music performances by Julia Fischer and Caroline Widmann.