19th Festival 2009 / Programme


Complete programme with summary


euro-scene Leipzig

19th Festival of contemporary European theatre

03 – 08 November 2009

»Sonnenfinsternis«

(»Eclipse of the sun«)

Theatre and dance from old and new Europe

Under the patronage of Burkhard Jung,
Lord Mayor of the city of Leipzig

Festival Director and programme: Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Carte blanche: Sigrid Gareis, curator for dance and theatre, Vienna/Berlin, member of the artistic advisory council of the euro-scene Leipzig



Festival programme


Tuesday, 03 November 2009 // 7.30 – 8.30 p.m. (Opening night)
Oper Leipzig
Cullberg Ballet, Stockholm
»Point of eclipse«
 (Video clip  )
Dance play
Choreography: Johan Inger
Music: Jean-Luis Huhta

The Cullberg Ballet, one of the best known European dance ensembles, presents a brilliant play of the Swedish choreographer Johan Inger. In a modern ballet language and with the futuristic music of Jean-Louis Huhta 15 dancers give themselves over to the event of a solar eclipse.


Wednesday, 04 November 2009 // 7.30 – 8.45 p.m.
Thursday, 05 November 2009 // 10.00 – 11.15 p.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
Sanja Mitrović, Belgrad
»Will you ever be happy again?«
 (Video clip  )
Dance theatre
Conception and staging: Sanja Mitrović
German premiere
(Serbian text passages with German subtitles)

A small fascinating dance play of European dimension. Twenty years after reunification the Serbian Sanja Mitrović, together with the German performer Jochen Stechmann, draws multi-focus comparisons between both nations.

Both days followed by audience discussion
Presentation: Dr. Martina Bako, theatre sciences, University of Leipzig


Wednesday, 04 November 2009 // 10.00 – 11.30 p.m.
Thursday, 05 November 2009 // 7.30 – 9.00 p.m.
LOFFT
Dance from Austria
/ Philipp Gehmacher »walk + talk no. 6«
 (Video clip  )
/ Milli Bitterli »I did once a piece«
 (Video clip  )
Two lecture performances from the series »walk + talk«
German premieres

Carte blanche – chosen by Sigrid Gareis, curator for dance and theatre, Vienna/Berlin, member of the artistic advisory council of the euro-scene Leipzig

Two lecture performances from the »walk + talk« series of the Tanzquartier Wien. Philipp Gehmacher and Milli Bitterli, prominent representatives of a radical dance script in Austria, link movement and language.

Both days followed by audience discussion
Presentation: Sigrid Gareis, Vienna / Berlin


Thursday, 05 November 2009 // 3.25 – 9.20 p.m.
Friday, 06 November 2009 // 3.25 – 9.20 p.m.
Saturday, 07 November 2009 // 10.25 a.m. – 4.20 p.m.
Sunday, 08 November 2009 // 10.25 a.m. – 4.20 p.m.
Duration 55 minutes for one spectator each – Individual beginning time during the daily times
Leipziger Stadtbad
Trickster Teatro, Lugano
».h.g.«
 (Video clip  )
Installation based on »Hänsel und Gretel«
Concept and staging: Cristina Galbiati and Ilija Luginbühl
German premiere

(In German, also individually possible in English and in Italian)
For children (from 9 years) and adults

The Swiss artists Cristina Galbiati and Ilija Luginbühl created this enchanting installation based on the fairy tale of »Hansel and Gretel«. All alone, one goes through the »forest« and miraculously finds to one's own memories.


Thursday, 05 November 2009 // 7.30-8.45 p.m. and 10.00-11.15 p.m.
Gewandhaus zu Leipzig / Mendelssohn-Saal
Muziektheater Transparant, Antwerpen
in collaboration with Collegium Vocale Gent
»Ruhe« (»Repose«)
 (Video clip  )
Music theatre
Conception and staging: Josse De Pauw
Music: Franz Schubert, Annelies Van Parys
Text: Armando und Hans Sleutelaar
(Songs in German, text in English with German subtitles)

Based on songs by Franz Schubert and texts by former members of the SS, a staggering musical theatre play was created. Josse De Pauw, one of the most important directors in Belgium, created it with the famous a capella choir Collegium Vocale Gent and the two actors Carly Wijs and Dirk Roofthooft.


Friday, 06 November 2009 // 7.30 – 8.45 p.m.
Saturday, 07 November 2009 // 4.00 – 5.15 p.m.
Kellertheater of the Oper Leipzig
Respublikanski Teatr Belaruskaj Dramaturgii, Minsk
»Staliza around«
(»Capital around«)
 (Video clip  )
Play by Sergej Girgel
Staging: Sara Tokina
(In Belarusian with German simultaneous translation)

Two young men are stuck together on the underground. Their conversation develops to a play full of surprises. Sara Tokina staged the theatre play by Sergej Girgel as a humorous parable on Belarusian society.

Both days followed by audience discussion
Presentation: Dirk Pilz, co-founder and head of the web portal nachtkritik.de, Berlin


Friday, 06 November 2009 // 7.30 – 9.15 p.m.
Saturday, 07 November 2009 // 10.00 – 11.45 p.m.
LOFFT
Dance from Luxembourg
/ Bernard Baumgarten »On my skin«
 (Video clip  )
/ Sylvia Camarda »Conscienza di terrore«
(»Conscience of terror«)
 (Video clip  )
Two dance plays
German premieres

A humorous dance piece about the phenomenon of human skin and a theatre dance play about terrorism show the aesthetic and topical complexity of the dance scene in Luxembourg.


Friday, 06 November 2009 // 10.00 – 11.15 p.m.
Saturday, 07 November 2009 // 4.00 – 5.15 p.m.
Sunday, 08 November 2009 // 11.30 a.m. – 12.45 p.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
Julien Cottereau, Paris
»Imagine-toi«
(»Imagine«)
 (Video clip  )
Solo play by and with Julien Cottereau

For children (from 6 years) and adults

Following its big success at the euro-scene Leipzig 2007, this solo can be experienced once more: Julien Cottereau, captivating performer and long-time soloist at the world-famous Cirque du Soleil, enchants the young and the young at heart without words.


Saturday, 07 November 2009 // 6.00 – 9.15 p.m. (with intermission)
Theater der Jungen Welt
OKT / Vilnius City Theatre, Vilnius
»Hamletas«
(»Hamlet«)
 (Video clip  )
Play by William Shakespeare
Staging: Oskaras Koršunovas
German premiere
(In Lituanian with German subtitles)

In the intimacy of a theatre dressing room, ten actors pose questions about their own existence to their mirror image. The Europe-wide known Oskaras Koršunovas staged the probably most fascinating piece by William Shakespeare up-to-date and full of intoxicating energy while preserving the original.


Saturday, 07 November 2009 // 10.00 – 11.30 p.m.
Sunday, 08 November 2009 // 5.00 – 6.30 p.m.
Hochschule für Musik und Theater »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« / Dittrichring 21
Jo Fabian Department, Berlin
»Polka Dot. ein stilleben«
(»Polka Dot. a still life«)
 (Video clip  )
Dance theatre play
Conception and staging: Jo Fabian

This absurd dance-theatre play by Joe Fabian leads into the wishful thinking of a couple between real life and second life. Performed by Annegret Thiemann, Matthias Horn and the Luxembourg musician Cyberpiper.

Both days followed by audience discussion
Presentation: Michael Freundt, Co-Director of Internationales Theaterinstitut (International theatre institute – ITI), Berlin (07 November)
Arnd Wesemann, journalist and editor of ballet-tanz, Berlin (08 November)


Sunday, 08 November 2009, 7.30 – 8.45 p.m. (Final night)
Centraltheater
Compagnie Mossoux – Bonté, Brüssel
»Nuit sur le monde«
(»Night on the world«)
 (Video clip  )
Dance play
Staging and choreography: Nicole Mossoux, Patrick Bonté
Music: Victor Kissine
German premiere

Suggestive images full of nuances characterise the dance piece by Nicole Mossoux and Patrick Bonté with music by Victor Kissine. The three parts stand for past, present and future and ask for real community.


Friday, 06 November 2009 // 10.00 – ca. 11.30 p.m. (1st round – part I)
Saturday, 07 November 2009 // 10.00 – ca. 11.30 p.m. (1st round – part II)
Sunday, 08 November 2009 // 10.00 – ca. 0.00 a.m. (2nd round and award ceremony)
Museum der bildenden Künste
For the 9th time:
Competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«)
 (Video clip  )
Idea and conception: Alain Platel, Ghent
Artistic director and presentation: René Reinhardt, Leipzig
Jury:
/ Sigrid Gareis, member of the artistic council euro-scene Leipzig, curator for dance and theatre,Vienna/Berlin, until June 2009 artistic director Tanzquartier Wien
/ Lotte Kroll, member of the audience, stage designer, Leipzig
/ Johanna Lemke, editor of city magazine kreuzer, Leipzig
/ Ute Richter, artist, Leipzig
/ Felix Ruckert, choreographer, Berlin

Approximately 20 solo performances of 5 minutes length on the legendary round table. All boundaries between artists and audience, professionals and non-professionals are lifted.



Fringe programme

Free entry for all events (except workshop)


Wednesday, 04 November 2009 // 5.00 – about 6.30 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
Video show
»Auf Spitze und flacher Sohle«
(»On a point and a flat sole«)

Past and present of the Cullberg Ballet, Stockholm
Conception and presentation: Dr. Martina Bako, theatre sciences, University of Leipzig
Guest: Anneli Stromqvist, Cullberg Ballet, Stockholm


Thursday, 05 November + Friday, 06 November 2009 // 11.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Die Villa – Soziokulturelles Zentrum
Workshop Jo Fabian, Berlin
»Katagraphie«
(»Catagraphy«)

Space between language, dance and music
Admission fee (limited number of participants)


Thursday, 05 November 2009 // 4.00 – about 6.15 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
Film
»L’eclisse«
(»The eclipse of the sun«)

by Michelangelo Antonioni with Monica Vitti, Alain Delon and others
Italy/France 1962, 118 minutes (In German)
Introduction: Dr. Martina Bako, theatre sciences, University of Leipzig


Friday, 06 November 2009 // 5.00 – about 6.30 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
Video show
»Hamlet – ein modernes Drama«
(»Hamlet – a modern drama«)

The Shakespeare play in various interpretations
Conception and presentation: Dr. Martina Bako, theatre sciences, University of Leipzig


Saturday, 07 November 2009 // 2.30 – about 4.00 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
Video show
»Der Tanz in Luxemburg«
(»The dance in Luxembourg«)

An overview of the choreographic work of the country
Conception and presentation: Bernard Baumgarten, artistic director of the Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgois/TROIS C-L, Luxembourg
Guest: Sylvia Camarda, Luxembourg


Saturday, 07 November 2009 // from 10.00 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
Festival party
with DJ Filburt (Smooth Pilots), Leipzig


Sunday, 08 November 2009 // 2.30 – about 4.00 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
Panel discussion
»Festivals – Luxusartikel oder städtischer Motor«
(»Festivals – luxury item or engine of the city«)

Signification and absurdity of festivals within the city community
With the artistic committee of the euro-scene Leipzig:
/ Sigrid Gareis, curator for dance and theatre, Vienna/Berlin, until June 2009 artistic director Tanzquartier Wien
/ Maria Magdalena Schwaegermann, project management and cultural exchange, Berlin/Istanbul
/ Tilman Broszat, artistic director SPIELART festival, Munich
/ Rolf Dennemann, artistic director of OFF limits festival, Dortmund
/ Klemens Wannenmacher, Kreativ Coaching Berlin
and
/ Michael Faber, mayor for culture of the city of Leipzig
/ Presentation: Prof. Dr. Günther Heeg, theatre sciences, University of Leipzig




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