The world has changed so much recently! It is as if a shadow has fallen over everything since the outbreak of the pandemic. We have had to bear the burden of sickness and death. Darkness put a stop to most things. It drew over us like a dark cloak, bringing suffering and fear.
A year ago, the curtain fell on performances at Dampfzentrale Bern one day before the festival was due to start. The international dance festival was cancelled because of the pandemic. The second lockdown arrived, and the pandemic had us in its grip once again. Darkness continued to consume us.
We appear quite happy to associate darkness with all things negative: Darkness is expressed in the form of discrimination. Racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, ableism – discrimination or prejudice against people with disabilities – and populism divide society and hurt individuals.
But darkness deserves better than being reduced to nothing more than its negative aspects. Darkness can wrap its arms around us, increase our concentration, even provide us with comfort and shelter. Without the enveloping darkness of the theatre there would be no dazzling evenings of dance. Even during the gloomy and oppressive pandemic situation, darkness revealed its joyful side to some. It managed to help slow down their daily routines, allowed them to reflect on their lives and eliminated the permanent stress of choice. People demonstrated the power of goodwill and solidarity. Darkness is thus ambivalent and «Dear Darkness» allows us to encounter it in its various guises. It might even give us something back – something of what it snatched away from us?
The 12th edition of «Tanz in Bern» is now finally going ahead. And darkness, last year’s theme, is returning. The work of the artists and the festival team did not get the spotlight it deserved last year. Meaning it is now time to make up for lost time! Two and a half weeks will be spent illuminating many of the properties that darkness has to offer. Our plan is to address this ambiguous phenomenon through dance productions and a dense contextual programme.
We – Anneli Binder and the festival team – look forward to encountering «Dear Darkness» and welcoming you back: Along with the artists, we have missed you all so much.
We would like to thank our patrons, supporters and partners
Dampfzentrale Bern is funded by:
Tanz in Bern is supported by:
Tanz in Bern feat.
Blasphemic Reading Soirées
Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Geschlechterforschung IZFG
Buchhandlung zum Zytglogge
Price category can be freely selected.
Prices per performance: CHF 19.– / 26.– / 33.–
Peeping Tom: CHF 25.– / 35.– / 45.–
U18: CHF 10.–
Festival pass: CHF 120.–
The festival pass is only available in advance and is valid for all stage productions. For multiple performances only one can be visited. Limited space. Please book your seats as soon as possible:
Please exchange your online ticket at the box office for a personalized festival pass on your first visit.
Roller disco: CHF 10.– (incl. roller skates)
Hangover Breakfast: CHF 20.– (including one warm beverage.)
At School Matinees, admission is free for urban classes. The costs will be covered by Schulamt Stadt Bern. Other school classes pay CHF 5.– per pupil. Please register at:
Advance sales via seetickets.ch
The box office opens one hour before the performance starts.