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Press release — 12.11.2007
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Press release — 06.11.2007
Press release — 28.10.2007
Press release — 26.09.2007


Presss release — 12.11.2007

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Jianan Qu wins the competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) 2007


In the final evening of the euro-scene Leipzig last night the competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) 2007 was brought to a close. The first prize of the jury consisting of 5 members went to Jianan Qu from Linz. With his solo »White Chrysanthemum«, he showed how the constantly required flexibility restrains modern human beings in their diversity and individuality.

The second prize and the prize of the audience went to the Italian Claudio Stellato, and the third prize went to Kyung Hee Woo from Korea.

The first three winners were awarded prize moneys between 3,500 EUR and 1,500 EUR, sponsored by the BMW Werk Leipzig and the euro-scene Leipzig. The prize of the audience includes a free stay at the next euro-scene Leipzig, sponsored by Hotel Holiday Inn Garden Court, Leipzig.

The competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo«, based on a conception by Alain Platel, Ghent, took place for the 8th time within the festival euro-scene Leipzig. It was a big crowd puller; all three public rounds had already been sold out in advance.

Anyone could apply; irrespective of age, training, style and nationality. All in all 178 applications were received from 22 countries. In an internal preselection the festival director of the euro-scene Leipzig, Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, and the artistic director of the competition, René Reinhardt, chose 26 participants. They presented their solos of 5 minutes length on a round table of 7 m diameter.

The members of the jury were: Irina Pauls, choreographer, Leipzig / Rolf Dennemann, artistic director of the Festival off limits, Dortmund / Günther Jeschonnek, Fonds Darstellende Künste (Funds of Performing Arts), Berlin / Torben Kessler, actor, Schauspiel Leipzig / Klemens Wannenmacher, cultural advisor, Rotterdam.

The competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« is held biennially and is scheduled to take place next time within the euro-scene Leipzig 2009.


Note: Excerpts from the prize winning solos can be seen as video under www.euro-scene.de/competition


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff // Nadine Brockmann
Leipzig, 12.11.2007



Contact:
euro-scene Leipzig // Gottschedstraße 16 // D-04109 Leipzig
Tel. +49-(0)341-212 67 66 // info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de



Press release — 11.11.2007

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17th euro-scene Leipzig ended successfully –

with long queues at the box offices


Tonight the 17th euro-scene Leipzig ends with the play »Hell« by the company Emio Greco | PC, Amsterdam, at the Leipzig Schauspielhaus. This intoxicating dance piece, in which Emio Greco, inspired by Dante Alighieri's »divine comedy«, explores imaginary places of human dimensions between heaven and hell, forms the close of this year's festival.

Under the motto »Divisions«, the euro-scene Leipzig examined questions about areas of contact and divided consciousness this year. From 06 – 11 November the festival showed 12 guest plays from 9 countries in 27 performances.

Among the highlights were, next to »Hell« by Emio Greco and the German premier »Hey girl!« by Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Cesena, also smaller productions in particular, such as »Svadbe i suđenja« (»Weddings and trials«) by Branko Brezovec, Zagreb, and »Oedipus loves you« by Pan Pan, Dublin. An absolute darling of the public proved to be Julien Cottereau, Paris, with the German premier »Imagine-toi« (»Imagine«). In four highly acclaimed performances he entertained with his charm and his compelling delight in playing.

All other guest plays were also received with huge interest. Many of the 9 different venues showed long queues at the box offices. The popular competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«), which, based on a conception by Alain Platel, Ghent, was held for the 8th time, was also again a viewer magnet. »All in all we can look back on a most successful festival year. Nearly all performances were sold out«, says festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff. With approximately 7.500 spectators the festival had an utilisation of 96%.

The euro-scene Leipzig thanks all its sponsors and partners that make the festival possible. The main share in the financing this year was borne by the Stadt Leipzig and the Sächsische Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Dresden. Main partner for the 4th time already is the BMW Werk Leipzig and will continue it with the extension of the contract in September till 2012. Further support is being provided by: Deutscher Bühnenverein – Landesverband Sachsen, Goethe Institut, München, Nationales Performance Netz, München, Hotel Holiday Inn Garden Court, Leipzig, Allianz Immobilien GmbH and Messedruck, Leipzig. Cultural partner is the MDR FIGARO, the media partners are the newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung, the ZDFtheaterkanal and nachtkritik.de


The 18th euro-scene Leipzig will be held from 04 to 09 November 2008.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff // Nadine Brockmann
Leipzig, 11.11.2007



Contact:
euro-scene Leipzig // Gottschedstraße 16 // D-04109 Leipzig
Tel. +49-(0)341-212 67 66 // info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de



Press release — 06.11.2007

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Theatrical areas of contact

Festival euro-scene Leipzig is going to open today


The 17th euro-scene Leipzig begins tonight. The festival of contemporary European theatre is going to open with the play »Kindertotenlieder« (»Songs on the death of children«) by Gisèle Vienne, shooting star of the present French theatre scene, at the Leipzig Schauspielhaus. In a melancholy and frightening but also abstract and playful form, she brings to the stage the issue of death and forlornness of children in a fascinatingly up-to-date form. Rolf Dennemann, member of the artistic advisory council of euro-scene Leipzig and director of the festival off limits, Dortmund, chose this play as contribution of this year’s carte blanche.

Under the motto »Divisions«, the festival will examine questions about areas of contact and divided consciousness until 11th November. The scope of productions includes dance and spoken theatre as well as intermediate ranges of performative art and musical stage forms. The programme selection of festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff comprises 12 guest plays from 9 countries in 27 performances and 9 theatre venues.

German premiers will be shown by Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Cesena, with »Hey girl!«, Teatr Okazjonalny, Sopot, with the two dance plays »Alchemik Halucynacji« (»Alchemist of Hallucinations«) and »D-KOD-R«, and Julien Cottereau, Paris, with »Imagine-toi« (»Imagine«). Further highlights include »Čekárna« (»Waiting room«) by Farma v jeskyni, Prague, and »Hell« by the company Emio Greco | PC.

And finally the popular competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) in the conception by the noted Flemish choreographer Alain Platel, Ghent, will be held for the 8th time. In an internal pre-selection 26 participants were chosen out of 178 applicants from 22 countries. The artistic direction will be in the hands of René Reinhardt, Leipzig, for the first time.

The guest performances of the euro-scene Leipzig will be flanked by a fringe programme including films, discussions, a workshop and a panel discussion. The festival café is located at the theater fact.

The euro-scene Leipzig 2007 will be financed from funds of: Stadt Leipzig and Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Dresden. Main partner for the 4th time already will be the BMW Werk Leipzig. Further support is being provided by: Deutscher Bühnenverein – Landesverband Sachsen, Goethe Institut, München, Nationales Performance Netz, München, Hotel Holiday Inn Garden Court, Leipzig, Allianz Immobilien GmbH and Messedruck, Leipzig. Cultural partner is the MDR FIGARO, the media partners are the newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung, the ZDFtheaterkanal and nachtkritik.de.

The euro-scene Leipzig was founded in 1991 and brings experimental theatre and innovative dance from throughout Europe to Leipzig each November. It is among the most important contemporary festivals of its kind in Europe.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff // Nadine Brockmann
Leipzig, 06.11.2007



Contact:
euro-scene Leipzig // Gottschedstraße 16 // D-04109 Leipzig

Tel. +49-(0)341-212 67 66 // info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de



Press release — 28.10.2007

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26 out of 178

Preselection for the competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) is completed

Since this afternoon the participants for this year's competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) have been fixed. 178 applicants from 22 countries faced up to the internal preselection at the Villa during the past two weekends. The festival director of the euro-scene Leipzig, Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, and the artistic director of the competition, René Reinhardt, have finally chosen 26 participants for the public rounds in November.

»It was a marathon. We saw about 40 hours of soli, talked to the dancers and discussed what we had seen«, said Ann-Elisabeth Wolff at the end of the preliminary rounds. »A wonderful band width of dance approaches, inspirations and energy, but also unexpected and very intimate things« as René Reinhardt said.

The competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo«, based on a conception by Alain Platel, Ghent, will be held for the 8th time within the festival euro-scene Leipzig (6–11 November). Anyone could apply, irrespective of age, training, style and nationality. With their soli of 5 minutes length the participants will face up to the audience and the jury consisting of 5 members on a round table of 7 m diameter from 9–11 November. They will finally decide which 11 dancers will come into the final round on 11 November. The first three winners will be awarded prize moneys between EUR 3,500.00 and EUR 1,500.00 by BMW plant Leipzig and euro-scene Leipzig.

The members of the jury are: Irina Pauls, choreographer, Leipzig / Rolf Dennemann, artistic director of the Festival off limits, Dortmund / Günther Jeschonnek, Fonds Darstellende Künste (Funds of Performing Arts), Berlin / Torben Kessler, actor, Schauspiel Leipzig / Klemens Wannenmacher, Kulturberater (cultural advisor), Rotterdam.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff // Nadine Brockmann
Leipzig, 28.10.2007



Contact:
euro-scene Leipzig // Gottschedstraße 16 // D-04109 Leipzig

Tel. +49-(0)341-212 67 66 // info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de



Press release — 26.09.2007

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Divisions

Theatre festival euro-scene Leipzig penetrates in-between worlds


The euro-scene Leipzig, according to the weekly DIE ZEIT "one of the best German stage festivals“, will take place from 06 to 11 November 2007 for the 17th time. Under the motto “Divisions”, the festival of contemporary European theatre will examine questions about areas of contact and divided consciousness. Here, it penetrates different kinds of in-between worlds. To be seen are 12 guest plays from 9 countries in 27 performances and 9 theatre venues. The scope of productions includes dance and spoken theatre as well as intermediate ranges of performative art and musical stage forms. The festival is under the patronage of Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of the city of Leipzig.

The term "Divisions" stands particularly for new possibilities and the setting out in both sociopolitical and individual areas. “Here, the insecurities and losses of identity caused by outside influences play equally as much a part as the energies and new strengths being released,” says festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff. The guest plays show a broad spectrum of divisions, be it between politics and power, history and present, life and death. They are, however, always situations or processes, which in their contradictory nature and irrationality normally avoid looking at a world that is focused on cosmetic effect.

Gisèle Vienne, shooting star of the French theatre scene, opens this year’s festival with the piece “Kindertotenlieder" ("Songs on the death of children"). In a melancholy and frightening but also abstract and playful form, she brings to the stage the issue of death and child abuse, in a fascinatingly up-to-date form. Rolf Dennemann, member of the artistic advisory council of euro-scene Leipzig and director of the festival off limits, Dortmund, chose this play as contribution of his carte blanche. The "white card" was assigned in 2006 for the first time and is given to an annually changing member of the advisory council to enrich the programme from a different aesthetic view.

At the end of the festival there will be a reunion with the company Emio Greco I PC from the Netherlands. After the overwhelming success at the euro-scene Leipzig in 2005, it will now show the intoxicating dance piece “Hell”, in which Emio Greco, inspired by Dante Alighieri's “divine comedy”, explores imaginary places of human dimensions between heaven and hell.

Further highlights of the festival will be „Hey girl!“, physical theatre in fascinating sound and installation rooms by Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Italy, „Svadbe i sudenja“ ("Weddings and trials“), a theatre play by Croatian top level director Branko Brezovec, "Both sitting duet“, a worldwide highly successful performance by Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion, England, "Cekárna“ ("Waiting room“), a dance theatre play by Farma v jeskyni, Czech Republic, which, with the former freight depot Engelsdorf, has found an historically authentic venue in Leipzig.

Further guest plays come from Ireland, Poland, Berlin and Dortmund. And finally the popular competition "Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo" ("Best German dance solo") in the conception by the noted Flemish choreographer Alain Platel, Ghent, will be held for the 8th time. 63 applications have already been received. The artistic direction will be in the hands of René Reinhardt, Leipzig, for the first time (deadline for applications is 30.09.2007).

The festival will be flanked by a fringe programme including films, discussions and a workshop. Especially to be pointed out is the presentation of the enormous film cycle "Tragedia Endogonidia" by Romeo Castellucci, stage director of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio. This eleven-part work will be completely shown on one day during the festival.

Additionally, there will be a panel discussion about the festival theme "Divisions" with four reputable personalities, among them Gordana Vnuk, artistic director of the Eurokaz festival, Zagreb, professor Fritz Siemsen, well-known physician at the University of Frankfurt/Main, and Wolfgang Schilling, theatre critic at MDR FIGARO, presented by theatre scholar professor Günther Heeg, University of Leipzig. The festival café is situated at the theater fact.

The euro-scene Leipzig 2007 will be financed from funds of: Stadt Leipzig and Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, Dresden. Main partner for the 4th time already will be the BMW Werk Leipzig. Further support is being provided by: Deutscher Bühnenverein – Landesverband Sachsen, Goethe Institut, München, Nationales Performance Netz, München, Hotel Holiday Inn Garden Court, Leipzig, Allianz Immobilien GmbH and Messedruck, Leipzig. Cultural partner is the MDR FIGARO, the media partners are the newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung and the ZDFtheaterkanal.

The euro-scene Leipzig was founded in 1991 and brings experimental theatre and innovative dance from throughout Europe to Leipzig each November. It is among the most important contemporary festivals of its kind in Europe.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff // Nadine Brockmann
Leipzig, 26.09.2007



Contact:
euro-scene Leipzig // Gottschedstraße 16 // D-04109 Leipzig

Tel. +49-(0)341-212 67 66 // info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de



NOTE:
This text as well as graphical material to some guest plays and the festival logo is available under

www.euro-scene.de/presse