Movimentos Festival 2019

Review of the dance festival from 19 July to 25 August

Five international dance companies performed nine different choreographies, including one world premiere, a European premiere, and six German premieres. Audiences also looked forward to seeing young dancers from the Movimentos Academy performing four different choreographies. In its 17th year, the Autostadt Movimentos Festival staged its dance performances for the first time in the new "Hafen 1" venue. This new building on the harbour basin was necessary due to the conversion of the Volkswagen KraftWerk power plant with efficient gas turbines. With the event location, the Autostadt is creating a new entrepreneurial mainstay for future conferences. 

Two of Brazil's leading dance ensembles, the São Paulo Dance Company and the Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker appeared in 2019 along with Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal in a tribute to musician and painter Leonard Cohen. On stage for the first time in Germany, the L.A. Dance Company performed three works by Benjamin Millepied. Other performances included "The Thread", a joint international production created by British choreographer Russell Maliphant with Greek musician and Oscar winner Vangelis. Young dancers from the Movimentos Academy performed own productions at the new "Hafen 1" event location.

Photo: Anja Weber