With its three stages, HAU1, HAU2 and HAU3, HAU Hebbel am Ufer stands for current artistic positions at the interface of theatre, dance and performance. Additionally, music, visual arts, and public discussions are also essential components of the programme. Both in national and international contexts, HAU - under the artistic direction of Annemie Vanackere since September 2012 - is one of the most significant stages for international co-productions and touring companies as well as projects buy the local and (inter)national theatre and dance scene. Long-term and regular collaboration is fostered with both Berliners and artists from all over the world.
HAU Hebbel am Ufer presents the annual Tanz im August festival, one of the central festivals for contemporary dance in Europe. Founded in 1989 by Nele Hertling, the festival offers an international range of contemporary dance performances, prestigious companies, innovative choreographers as well as a sense for emerging aesthetics and formats from all over the world. Berlin-based artists present their newest works and numerous German and international premieres are celebrated here.
Since 2014, Finnish curator Virve Sutinen has been in charge of the festival's program. Virve Sutinen brings together different generations of artists and various aesthetic approaches. Her name stands for humor and delight in experimentation. In a series of encounter and discussion formats, Tanz im August invites its audience to become an active part of the festival and meet the participating artists. It is for this reason that a library (Bibliothek im August) was installed in the festival centre at HAU2. It serves as a temporary reading room and an event location that introduces visitors to the world of the artists to be seen at Tanz im August.