12th Festival 2002

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Press release — 24.09.2002

euro-scene Leipzig

12. Festival zeitgenössischen europäischen Theaters

12 – 17 November 2002

»Wurzeln & Visionen«

(»Roots & visions«)


The euro-scene Leipzig is the outstanding theater- and dance festival in eastern Germany. It is one of the most important festivals for experimental theater in Europe and, with its pulsating atmosphere, it enjoys great popularity among the public and theater experts.

Under the motto »Roots & Visions«, this year the 12th euro-scene Leipzig is devoted to questions of existence which, in the brief instant of the present, is always equally connected with the past and the future. With 10 productions in about 20 performances and 8 venues, the festival undertakes a balancing act searching for man's origin and hope in a wide spectrum of aesthetic styles. Festival Director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff is in charge of the artistic direction.

Along with the thematic focus there is also a regional one: the country of Belgium. In an intercultural melting pot, its two regions, Flanders and Wallonia, currently serve as a backdrop for the most exciting theater- and dance scene in Europe, from which five productions have been invited.

The festival will begin in the Oper Leipzig with the Charleroi/Danses company's »Metapolis«, a choreography from Frédéric Flamand in the furnishings of the famous architect Zaha Hadid. There is a long awaited reunion with choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and her ROSAS group with the presentation of her production »Rain«. For the first time, Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods are coming to Leipzig with »Alibi«, one of last season's most important pieces.

Other guest performances convey guiding developments in the European theater scene: The Matarile Teatro from Santiago de Compostela and the eaRis company from Brussels will be making their first appearances in Germany. The Polish Teatr Cinema and the British group Stan's Cafe have also been invited.

Finally, the festival is continuing the tradition of its own productions: Following on the heels of the Tanzplattform Deutschland 2002 (Dance Platform Germany) that took place in February in Leipzig, the focus is on dance in Leipzig itself. In a co-production with the Schaubühne Lindenfels, Martina La Bonté, Heike Hennig, Takashi Iwaoka and Lara Kugelmann work out choreographies on the subject of »Tagwerk« (»Daily work«). The initial results can be seen during the festival. The mentors of the project include Chat, Berlin and Jan Pusch, Hamburg.

In the supporting programme there is a reunion with Alain Platel from Ghent, who is coming to Leipzig with his film »Because I sing – The Film« and for a discussion. Both the furnishings in »Metapolis« and the administrative building of the new BMW plant in Leipzig are creations of architect Zaha Hadid. She'll be taking part in a panel discussion on the subject »Stadt – Bühne – Bauwerk« (»City – stage – building«). As usual, »Die zertanzten Schuhe«, a play for children, and several audience discussions will take place.

The cutting of all planned financing by the Free State of Saxony in June a dangerously late point in time for a programme that had been planned long before, led to a dramatic financial collapse that – also as a result of the possible withdrawal of other outside funding – nearly led to the cancellation of the festival. Only after a tough, lengthy struggle together with the city of Leipzig could a change of heart of the Free State of Saxony be brought about and the decision reversed at literally the last minute. Without the support of the Free State of Saxony, the festival is practically inconceivable in the future, as well.

The festival is under the patronage of the French and Flemish community of Belgium and is financed by funds from the city of Leipzig, the German Federal Government (representative for culture and media), the Free State of Saxony, the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and additional patrons. The main sponsor is the Sparkasse Leipzig, and the main patron is the Allianz-Kulturstiftung. The partner for the opening performance is the BMW Group. Other sponsors include the Stadtwerke Leipzig, the Deutsche Lufthansa AG and the Holiday Inn Garden Court.

In order to make it possible for everyone to visit the performances, the festival is generally maintaining its reasonable ticket prices and is introducing a Festival Card for the first time which reduces the prices even more. Along with the actual program booklet, a new appearance in the Internet is a source for much background information on the central idea and history of the festival. A free program can be obtained at the festival office and in the venues. Ticket sales begin on September 28.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director

Leipzig, 24.09.2002


Information:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstr. 16, D-04109 Leipzig
Tel. +49 (0) 341 / 9 80 02 84, Fax +49 (0) 341 / 9 80 48 60
info@euro-scene.de / www.euro-scene.de



Pressemitteilung – 24.09.2002

12th euro-scene Leipzig ended successfully


This evening, the 12th euro-scene Leipzig will come to an end with a tremendous popular success.

10 productions from the European dance and theatre world had been guests in Leipzig for one week. The Leipzig audience followed the performances from companies of this year's regional focus country Belgium as well as from Spain, Poland, U.K., and Germany with much openness and deep empathy. Around 7,000 spectators saw the performances and the festival's supporting programme. Along with the small venues and the exhibition hall specially rented, even the Leipzig opera house with its 1,400 seats was virtually filled to capacity.

Frédéric Flamand's »Metapolis« belonged, next to Meg Stuart's »Alibi“ and »Rain' by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, to the festival highlights. Extremely different artistic concepts represent the cultural diversity and the tremendous potential of the French and Flemish cultural landscapes in Belgium and the currents trends of European theatre.

The euro-scene Leipzig undertook again the venture of a co-production. Together with the Schaubühne Lindenfels the play »Tagwerk – Werkstatt – Tanz« was created. Four choreographic projects found an attentive audience. Within the dialogue of the artists involved, new ideas and impulses developed for the Leipzig dance scene. Together with the choreographer and the co-production partner the upcoming weeks shall be used to discuss a sequel to it.

In view of the high significance attached to the festival by the city and the festival's vibrancy nationally and internationally, it remains the task of the festival direction to demand a continuous and reliable financial engagement of the Free State of Saxony.

The 13th euro-scene Leipzig is planned for November, 4-9, 2003.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Michael Freundt, Artistic Cooperation

Leipzig, 24.09.2002


Information:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstr. 16, D-04109 Leipzig
Tel. +49 (0) 341 / 9 80 02 84, Fax +49 (0) 341 / 9 80 48 60
info@euro-scene.de / www.euro-scene.de