Club Oval – Crossover Dance Battle
von TanzZeit e.V.
Club Oval is an event format that brings different dance styles together. Launched in 2013 by TanzZeit as an anti-commercial and anti-elite event, Club Oval has since become a fixture on the Berlin dance scene. It is both a forum for international dance artists of different genres and a gathering place for a predominantly young, dance-loving audience.
Dancers compete against once another over several rounds on an oval dance floor. The fusion of styles is unique in its sheer breadth: swing, krump, contemporary dance, twerking, ballet, African dance, hip hop, vogueing, tango and more all have their moment.
The idea of a battle comes from urban dance, but here’s it’s seen as more of a playful incentive. As the teams performing the different dance styles and the solo artists have to improvise to the music played by the DJ – funk, classical, hip hop and more – they come up with surprising new ideas and inspiration for moves.
The evening’s winners in the categories of Team, Solo and Duet are chosen by a jury of experts. The audience decides the winners of the solo performances. During the breaks, they can get down on the dance floor themselves.
Artistic Director: An Boekman
Presenter: Jessica Jorgas
Organisation & Social Media: Lydia Thiele
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Club Oval takes place as part of Wildes Palais in Podewil, in conjunction with Kulturprojekte Berlin.