You’re the scene of many a horror show, your kingdom is full of horrifying tales of death and misery. And when talk turns to dark shadows, the robe in which you’re wrapped, negative things are never far from the surface. Darkness is, therefore, expressed in the form of discrimination: Racism, sexism, populism and ableism – discrimination or prejudice against disabled people – divide society into us and them, belonging and not-belonging. Many people are still weighed down by the coronavirus pandemic. The SARS-CoV-2 virus, a dark energy that has brought suffering and torment to the world. Do these frightening attributions they assign to you actually do you justice? Are there sides to your character that are admirable? I mean, your shade provides us with pleasant coolness on hot days, you accompany us every night, enable us to focus our concentration and bring us peace and calmness. You’re also an essential component of every dance and theatre experience. And even in the darker and increasingly oppressive period of the pandemic, you revealed your joyful side to those who remained healthy. For some, you managed to help slow down their daily routines, allowed them to reflect on their lives and eliminated the permanent stress of choice.

Dear darkness, you are an ambivalent phenomenon. It’s about time that we took a closer at you.

Dampfzentrale is, therefore, dedicating the 12th edition of Tanz in Bern to you. This is your moment; the curtain rises and it’s time for you to give us something back – something of what you snatched away from us in the months before. People will return to Dampfzentrale Bern. Meet them and greet them. You now have the opportunity to eliminate prejudices. Some visitors will write you a letter like this one, accuse you of things you may or may not have done or simply thank you.

Will you answer them?

THU
22.10.2020
Swiss premiere

CANCELLED// Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada (BRA)

The Invention of Evilness

THU
22.10.2020
20:00
FRI
23.10.2020

CANCELLED// Marcelo Evelin / Demolition Incorporada (BRA)

The Invention of Evilness

FRI
23.10.2020
20:00
SAT
24.10.2020

CANCELLED // Dunkelheit ist ein spärliches Licht

Sat 24 Oct - Sun 8 Nov

SAT
24.10.2020
7:00

CANCELLED // INK ABOUT IT!

The only feminist-anti-racist tattoo meeting in Switzerland

SAT
24.10.2020
12:00

CANCELLED // Tanz in Bern feat. Blindspot

Sa 24 Oct - So 8 Nov

SAT
24.10.2020
18:00

CANCELLED // Tanz in Bern feat. Heitere Fahne

Hemmigs Metzgete

SAT
24.10.2020
19:00

CANCELLED // Tanz in Bern feat. Buchhandlung zum Zytglogge

Büchertisch

SAT
24.10.2020
19:00
Swiss premiere / DZ Co-production

CANCELLED // Peeping Tom (BEL)

Diptych: The missing door and The lost room

SAT
24.10.2020
20:00

CANCELLED // Nina Edwards

Dear Darkness

SAT
24.10.2020
20:00
SUN
25.10.2020

CANCELLED // INK ABOUT IT!

The only feminist-anti-racist tattoo meeting in Switzerland

SUN
25.10.2020
12:00

CANCELLED // Prof. Dr. Alexandra Portmann

In-between

SUN
25.10.2020
17:30

CANCELLED // Peeping Tom (BEL)

Diptych: The missing door and The lost room

SUN
25.10.2020
18:00

CANCELLED // Audience discussion

Diptych: The missing door and The lost room

SUN
25.10.2020
20:30
MON
26.10.2020

CANCELLED // Tanz in Bern feat. Blasphemic Reading Soirée

Schöne Leichen

MON
26.10.2020
19:00
TUE
27.10.2020

CANCELLED // BLUET

with Milena Patagonia (musician and journalist)

TUE
27.10.2020
19:30

CANCELLED // Jefta van Dinther (SE/DE)

Dark Field Analysis

TUE
27.10.2020
20:00

CANCELLED // You are not alone - open talks

TUE
27.10.2020
21:00
WED
28.10.2020

CANCELLED // Jefta van Dinther (SE/DE)

Dark Field Analysis

WED
28.10.2020
20:00
THU
29.10.2020

Claire Cunningham - Out There in the Dark

Letters to the Darkness

THU
29.10.2020
18:00

CANCELLED // Claire Cunningham (UK) - Thank you very much

Despite the cancellation, Claire and her team write «Letters to the Darkness».

THU
29.10.2020
20:00
FRI
30.10.2020

CANCELLED // Ronja Fankhauser

FRI
30.10.2020
19:30
Swiss premiere

CANCELLED // Alleyne Dance (UK)

A Night’s Game

FRI
30.10.2020
20:00

CANCELLED // Tanz in Bern feat. Ballroom Bern

Dear Darkness.

FRI
30.10.2020
21:00
SAT
31.10.2020

CANCELLED // Night of the Owls

Guided night-time tour in Tierpark Dählhölzli / Perfomance Alleyne Dance / Sport in the Dark / Night-time stories feat. Aprillen

SAT
31.10.2020
17:00

CANCELLED // Night of the Owls - Guided night-time tour in Tierpark Dählhölzli

SAT
31.10.2020
18:00

CANCELLED // Tanz in Bern feat. Heitere Fahne

Hemmigs Metzgete

SAT
31.10.2020
19:00

CANCELLED // Alleyne Dance (UK)

A Night’s Game

SAT
31.10.2020
20:00

CANCELLED // Night of the Owls - Sport in the Dark

SAT
31.10.2020
21:30

CANCELLED // Night of the Owls - Night-time stories feat. Aprillen

SAT
31.10.2020
21:30
SUN
1.11.2020
Suitable for a young audience

CANCELLED // Joachim Schloemer (AT)

In der Dunkelwelt

SUN
1.11.2020
14:00
MON
2.11.2020
Suitable for a young audience

CANCELLED // Joachim Schloemer (AT)

In der Dunkelwelt

School performance

MON
2.11.2020
10:00
TUE
3.11.2020

CANCELLED // Tanz in Bern feat. English Department University of Bern

Performing the Dark Ages

TUE
3.11.2020
19:00

CANCELLED // Miet Warlop (BEL)

Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break

TUE
3.11.2020
20:00
WED
4.11.2020

CANCELLED // Jolanda Spiess-Hegglin

Getting up is worth it!

WED
4.11.2020
19:30
Swiss premiere

CANCELLED // Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (DE)

Sitzen ist eine gute Idee

WED
4.11.2020
20:00
THU
5.11.2020

CANCELLED // Tanz in Bern feat. NCBI

Gegen die dunklen Mächte

THU
5.11.2020
18:00

CANCELLED // Antje Pfundtner in Gesellschaft (DE)

Sitzen ist eine gute Idee

THU
5.11.2020
20:00
FRI
6.11.2020
Swiss premiere

CANCELLED // Doris Uhlich (AT)

HABITAT

FRI
6.11.2020
18:00

CANCELLED // Doris Uhlich

Dance introduction

FRI
6.11.2020
20:00

CANCELLED // Doris Uhlich (AT)

HABITAT

FRI
6.11.2020
21:00

CANCELLED // Audience discussion

HABITAT

FRI
6.11.2020
22:30
SAT
7.11.2020

CANCELLED // Doris Uhlich (AT)

HABITAT

SAT
7.11.2020
18:00

CANCELLED // Geneva Moser

Living with your body

SAT
7.11.2020
20:30

CANCELLED // Doris Uhlich (AT)

HABITAT

SAT
7.11.2020
21:00

CANCELLED // Rollschuhdisco

with Neon Demon and Glitterfist

SAT
7.11.2020
23:00
SUN
8.11.2020

CANCELLED // Hangover Breakfast

SUN
8.11.2020
11:00