TANEC PRAHA is an international festival of contemporary dance and movement theatre which takes place every year in June in Prague and other regions of the Czech Republic. Since 1989 it represents the pinnacle of the dance scene on the Czech cultural map.
The festival's primary mission is to react to changing conditions and new social and artistic impulses to allow the broadest possible public to see progressive trends and the best works of dance and theatre. Quality, diversity, topicality, outreach to other genres and space for experiment – these are the crucial elements that the festival's Arts Committee assess when selecting works for the program.
In addition to companies and individual artists representing the very best that the dance world has to offer (in particular the Dance Event of the Season, which guarantees the participation of figures like Maguy Marin, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Alain Platel, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Marie Chouinard, Lin Hwai Min, Nacho Duato, Sasha Waltz and others) the dramaturgy also reserves space for medium-sized companies and beginning artists in the European Dance Laboratory and Dance NEWs programs. These evenings draw mainly from the offer of the Aerowaves network, which aims to discover and support young European talent, but also from platforms and competitions in other continents. The program also sets aside a special place for domestic production. Since 2014 the festival has also taken on a co-production role. It guarantees and supports the creation of new works by Czech artists and their presentation at the festival. The dramaturgy of the regional part of the festival – TANEC PRAHA IN REGIONS – focuses on presenting high-quality local productions from recent seasons.
The main part of the festival program is enriched by productions and events intended for children – TANEC PRAHA FOR CHILDREN (since 2008) – and students, especially from arts schools with a focus on dance – TANEC PRAHA FOR STUDENTS (since 2012). The accompanying program features workshops for dancers, performers and choreographers, but also for the general public. Then there are dance parties, film screenings, lectures and site-specific projects. Since 2015 projects have also been implemented in the public space under the name VEN.ku TANCI.
The TANEC PRAHA Festival is involved in international networks.
The festival is regularly supported by important political and social figures and has enjoyed the long-term patronage of the Prague City Hall and Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and individual productions are supported by foreign embassies in the Czech Republic.
The TANEC PRAHA Festival received its highest honour on its 25th anniversary in 2013, when it placed first overall among 235 European festivals of all genres in the EU Culture program with a 100% evaluation. After starting the Creative Europe program it obtained EFFE – Europe for Festivals – Festivals for Europe notification.