Virve Sutinen

Tanz im August, Artistic Director Berlin, Germany


Virve Sutinen has been the artistic director of Tanz im August – International Festival Berlin since 2014. She has worked in the arts and cultural sector as a managing director, artistic director, organiser, producer, journalist, and editor-in-chief. Before Tanz im August, she was the artistic director and general manager of Dansens Hus Stockholm, and first performing arts curator and head of Kiasma Theatre, in Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki.

In Helsinki, Ms Sutinen has also served as a co-artistic director for the Moving in November Festival, and founded Rotation – Dance and Music Film and Video Festival together with Mika Taanila, co-directed and founded URB Festival with Mikael Aaltonen, and / Festival with Riitta Aarniokoski. In Stockholm, she founded Dans<3 Stockholm Festival, Urban Connection Festival, and curated the exhibition Dance Over Borders.

Sutinen has served as a member of numerous juries and held a number of honorary offices, most notably as the president of IETM, and as a chair for the Nordic Culture Point’s mobility and network programme. She is a founding member of European Dancehouse Network and ICE HOT – Nordic Dance Platform.

Sutinen studied at Helsinki University and holds a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of Arts.

Curatorial statement

Tanz Im August is an international dance festival presenting a three week program of contemporary dance and performance in Berlin. The program consists of world premiers, new co-productions, guest performances and local premiers of Berlin based artists. The festival hosts diversity of styles and aesthetics aiming to build a wider audience for contemporary dance.

We work with contemporary concerns and test new ideas to be able to support a wide range of choreographic thinking in our program. We have a long-term commitment to strong artistic visions, which are also highlighted with focus artists and retrospectives. Retrospectives offer a deeper look into the works of an artist with new and old works, exhibition and a publication.

Tanz im August is active in developing new ways of engaging audiences. We publish annually Magazine in August to promote our artists and open the contents to new spectators. Bibliotek im August is a library and meeting place, that hosts talks, debates and presentations.

Tanz im August is presented by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin.


Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts