27th Festival 2017


Press releases


Press release — 13.11.2017 (Final press release)
Press release — 07.11.2017 (Opening night)
Press release — 27.09.2017
Press release — 24.05.2017 (Ausschreibung Wettbewerb)



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Press release – 13.11.2017 (Closing night)

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euro-scene Leipzig concludes and reaches 99,2 % of capacity


Seung-Hwan Lee wins the competition’s 1st prize

Last night, »Five easy pieces« from Belgium marked the highly successful conclusion of the euro-scene Leipzig with its motto »Ausgrabungen« (»Excavations«). Milo Rau’s unusual piece linked historic events surrounding the child murderer Marc Dutroux to general questions regarding the theatre; it aroused waves of enthusiasm in Leipzig.

euro-scene Leipzig took place for the 27th time from 07. – 12. November 2017. The festival of contemporary European theatre and dance achieved a record 99.2% of seating capacity. 5,900 spectators saw 12 guest performances from 7 countries in approximately 25 performances at 9 venues. All performances were practically sold out.

Late Sunday night, the final round of the »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) competition took place for the 13th time on the already legendary round table. Seung-Hwan Lee, born in South Korea, received the 1st prize and also the audience prize for his solo, »Unpaved road«. Other prizewinners were Hannah Juliane Steenbeck from Zurich (2nd prize) and Celine Bellut from Cologne (3rd prize).

The emphasis on reconstructions of historic dance pieces met with great interest. The opening night, »Das Triadische Ballett« (»The triadic ballet«) by Oskar Schlemmer (1922) in the choreography by Gerhard Bohner (1977), danced by the Bayerisches Juniorballett München, had been sold out for weeks. The audience also came in droves to the evening of short choreographies by Gret Palucca, Marianne Vogelsang and Mary Wigman.

The German première of the theatre piece »Vangelo« (»Gospel«) by Pippo Delbono from Italy received standing ovations. Other prominent guest performances were the dance piece »Bombyx mori« (»Silkworm«) by Ola Maciejewska from Katowice / Paris, which was based on Loïe Fuller’s famous serpentine dances, as well as the dance piece »The wanderer‘s peace« by the Swiss choreographer Nicole Seiler.

Unusual venues were a truck that the audience climbed into for the magical children’s piece »Pakman« (»Postman«) by the company Post uit Hessdalen, Antwerp, and a cellar vault where

Xavier Bobés from Barcelona showed his performance »Cosas que se olvidan fácilmente« (»Things easily forgotten«) for five audience members respectively. A world première by Leipzig’s choreographer Irina Pauls, »It’s Schiller! – Die Maltheser. Tragödie.« is based on drama fragments by Friedrich Schiller and included the well known vocal ensemble amarcord in the events on stage.

euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the city of Leipzig and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony as well as many foundations and cultural institutions.

The next euro-scene Leipzig will take place from 06. – 11. November 2018 for the 28th time.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 13.11.2017


Information and contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de / www.euro-scene.de



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Press release – 07.11.2017 (Opening night)

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euro-scene Leipzig startet heute mit Ausgrabungen


Theater und Tanz aus Europa mit 12 Gastspielen auf 9 Leipziger Bühnen


Am heutigen Dienstag wird das Theater- und Tanzfestival euro-scene Leipzig durch das »Das Triadische Ballett« von Oskar Schlemmer (1922) im Schauspielhaus eröffnet. Das Bayerische Juniorballett München tanzt die Choreografie von Gerhard Bohner, der das Werk mit den originalen zauberhaften Kostümen 1977 rekonstruiert hat.

Die euro-scene Leipzig findet vom 07. – 12. November 2017 zum 27. Mal statt. Gezeigt werden 12 Gastspiele aus Europa in rund 25 Vorstellungen und 9 Spielstätten. Unter dem Motto »Ausgrabungen« präsentiert das Festival Tanz- und Sprechtheater, Performances und ein Stück für Kinder. Die Schirmherrschaft übernimmt Burkhard Jung, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Leipzig. Die Programmauswahl liegt in den Händen von Festivaldirektorin Ann-Elisabeth Wolff in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Künstlerischen Beirat.

Ein Schwerpunkt widmet sich in diesem Jahr historisch wichtigen Tanzstücken, die Generationen von Künstlern beeinflusst haben. Dazu gehören neben den Choreografien von Oskar Schlemmer und Gerhard Bohner auch jene von Gret Palucca, Marianne Vogelsang und Mary Wigman.

Darüber hinaus vertreten zwei wichtige europäische Regisseure das Sprechtheater: Pippo Delbono aus Italien zeigt sein hoch emotionales Stück »Vangelo« (»Evangelium«) und der Schweizer Milo Rau die viel diskutierte und mehrfach preisgekrönte Produktion »Five easy pieces« (»Fünf einfache Übungen«). Der Wettbewerb »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« wird zum 13. Mal veranstaltet.

Die euro-scene Leipzig wird finanziert durch die Stadt Leipzig und die Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen. Außerdem treten zahlreiche Vertretungen der Gastspielländer als Unterstützer auf. Kulturpartner sind MDR Kultur und ARTE.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 07.11.2017


Information and contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de / www.euro-scene.de



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Press release – 27.09.2017

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Legendary dance piece »Das Triadische Ballett« and breathtaking children

The 27th festival euro-scene Leipzig will focus on reconstructions


euro-scene Leipzig will take place for the 27th time from 07. – 12. November 2017. The festival of contemporary European theatre and dance will present 12 guest performances from 7 countries in approximately 25 representations at 9 venues. The spectrum ranges from dance and spoken theatre to performances and a children’s play. The festival’s patron is Burkhard Jung, Mayor of the City of Leipzig. The programme selection lies in the hands of the festival director, Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, in cooperation with the Artistic Advisory Council.

This year’s festival motto is »Ausgrabungen« (»Excavations«). In one focus, reconstructions of historically important dance pieces will be shown that significantly influenced later generations of artists. »Das Triadische Ballett« (»The Triadic Ballet«) by Oskar Schlemmer (1922) is first in line here; it is one of the most important works in 20th century German art history. In the reconstruction by Gerhard Bohner (1977), danced by the Bayerisches Juniorballett München, it will open this year’s festival at the Schauspielhaus. In addition, reconstructions of works by Gret Palucca, Marianne Vogelsang and Mary Wigman will also be shown.

The second programme focus will lie on pieces by artists who use historic elements as a foundation for their new creations. In the field of spoken theatre, two important directors are highlighted: Pippo Delbono from Italy and his piece »Vangelo« (»Gospel«), which shows us a current world of outsiders on the basis of the bible, and the Swiss Milo Rau, whose gripping documentary theatre »Five easy pieces», produced in Belgium by CAMPO & IIPM, with downright breathtaking children; it’s one of the pieces that has been most invited to tour in this season.

The dance piece »Bombyx mori« (»Silkworm«) by Ola Maciejewska from Katowice / Paris is based on the famous serpentine dances by Loïe Fuller. In »The wanderer’s peace», Swiss choreographer Nicole Seiler has the 76-year-old dancer Beatrice Cordua tell her touching life story.

Unusual venues were selected for small-format discoveries: The performance »Cosas que se olvidan fácilmente« (»Things easily forgotten«) by Xavier Bobés from Barcelona will be presented in a cellar vault, and for the children’s play »Pakman« by the Compagnie Post uit Hessdalen, Antwerp, the audience will climb into a truck.

And then there is a world première: Leipzig’s choreographer Irina Pauls devotes herself, along with the vocal ensemble amarcord, to questions of belief and power in Europe in »It’s Schiller! – Die Maltheser. Tragödie.», based on a drama fragment by Friedrich Schiller. The competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«), which was conceived by Alain Platel from Ghent, will take place in the context of the festival for the 13th time.

euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the Stadt Leipzig and the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen. Additionally numerous supporting representatives of the guest performance countries will be present. The cultural partners are MDR Kultur and ARTE.



Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 27.09.2017


Information and contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de / www.euro-scene.de



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Press release – 24.05.2017 (Invitation to tender for competition)

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Ausschreibung Wettbewerb

»Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo«

im Rahmen der euro-scene Leipzig 2017

Der Wettbewerb »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« wird durch das Festival euro-scene Leipzig 2017 erneut ausgeschrieben. Bewerben kann sich jeder, ob Profi oder Amateur, mit einem Solo von 5 Minuten Länge. Nach einer internen Vorauswahl stellen sich die Tänzer auf einem runden Tisch von 7 Meter Durchmesser dem Festivalpublikum und einer 5köpfigen Jury. An die Sieger werden drei Preisgelder sowie ein Publikumspreis vergeben.

Die euro-scene Leipzig, Festival zeitgenössischen europäischen Theaters und Tanzes, erwarb 1997 die Rechte der Konzeption des bekannten belgischen Choreografen Alain Platel für Deutschland und veranstaltet den Wettbewerb zum 13. Mal innerhalb des Festivals vom 07. – 12. November.

Bewerbungen bis 25.08.2017 an: euro-scene Leipzig, Maria Bornhorn, Gottschedstr. 16, 04109 Leipzig / Tel. 0341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de / www.euro-scene.de



Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festivaldirektorin
Leipzig, 24.05.2017


Information and contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de / www.euro-scene.de



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