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NEWSLETTER   #03-2012

Leipzig, 05.12.2012

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Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Dear Sir or Madam,

At the end of the year we would like to look back on the euro-scene Leipzig 2012 and give you a little preview to the festival 2013. We hope to arouse your curiosity and to welcome you again next year.

The team of euro-scene Leipzig wishes you a merry Christmas season and a continued good health, energy and luck for the year 2013.

Ann-Elisabeth Wolff

Festival Director


1. Review festival 2012
2. Fringe programme
3. Audience Award
4. Press quotes
5. Preview festival 2013
6. Unsubscription of

7. Imprint
8. Financing 2012

1. Review festival 2012

The euro-scene Leipzig took place from 6 to 11 November 2012 for the 22nd time. Under the motto »Herbstzeitlose« (»Autumn crocus«), the festival of contemporary European theatre showed a total of 12 guest performances from 9 countries in 23 presentations and 8 venues. The spectrum included dance and speech theatre, musical stage forms, performances and a play for children; among them 7 German premières. The festival had an utilisation of 96.4%.

With his festival opening the renown Italian director Romeo Castellucci provided fodder for intensive discussions and much applause. With his company Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio and the play »Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio« (»On the concept of the face, regarding the son of God«) he showed the explosive effect theatre can have. The impressive images of human suffering under the eyes of a big portrait of Jesus Christ were shown in the Leipzig Peterskirche within the 99th and 100th performance of the play and with it in a sacred space for the very first time.

The second highlight offered a sharp contrast to it: Familie Flöz from Berlin received standing ovations for its enchanting mask theatre »Infinita«. Within the priority on Eastern Europe it was the play »Miranda« by Oskaras Koršunovas / OKT – Vilniaus miesto teatras, Vilnius, that stood out. It is based on motives of William Shakespeare’s drama »The tempest«. The festival ended with the dance play »En Atendant« by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker / ROSAS, Brussels, at the sold out Centraltheater. German premières were shown by Sandrine Buring, Paris, and Orin Camus, Bordeaux, Plumes dans la tête / Silvia Costa, Treviso, Qendra Multimedia / Jeton Neziraj, Pristina, Compagnie Moment / Zoran Petrovič, Maribor, and Armin Kopp, Philippe Nauer & Dirk Vittinghoff, Bern.

Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio / Romeo Castellucci, Cesena
»Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio«
Opening night / rehearsal with children from Leipzig

Qendra Multimedia / Jeton Neziraj, Pristina
»Yue Medlin Yue«
German première

2. Fringe programme

This year an extensive fringe programme was offered again. This included several films matchin the theme »Herbstzeitlose« (»Autumn crocus«). The presentation of the cinematic recording of Richard Wagner’s opera »Parsifal« from the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels, under the direction of Romeo Castellucci, Cesena was met with great interest. In addition, there was the première of the ARTE documentary »Hinter der Maske – Das Theater der Familie Flöz« (»Behind the mask – The theatre of Familie Flöz«) by Martin Uhrmeister, Cologne.

The International Theatre Institute (ITI), Berlin, together with the Universität Leipzig organised the symposium »Kunst und Leben« (»Art and Life – Metamorphoses in the independent theatre of (Eastern)Europe«), which was attended by many colleagues in the field from Germany and abroad. In addition, there were the panel discussion »Tanz- und Theaterkritik« (»Dance and theatre critics«) led by Prof. Dr. Günther Heeg, theatre scientist at the Universität Leipzig, and the multi-day workshop »Herbst Zeit Lose« (»Autumn time loose«) by Dr. Martina Bako, theatre scientist at the Universität Leipzig, including a public presentation.

During the break of the film »Parsifal«:
Romeo Castellucci, stage director (middle), Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival director, and Peter Korfmacher, presentation, Leipziger Volkszeitung

3. Audience Award

This year an audience award for the »Most favourite play 2012« was bestowed for the first time. The winner was Familie Flöz from Berlin with its play »Infinita«. The award includes a fresh invitation for the company to the euro-scene Leipzig again with another production in one of the following years. Familie Flöz, headed by Hajo Schüler and Michael Vogel, is a mask theatre without words and combines elements of movement and body theatre. It is planned to have another audience favourite award bestowed next year.

Familie Flöz, Berlin


4. Press quotes

»›Visually stunning‹ is an adjective that comes up often in theatre critics. However, Romeo Castelluccis’ »On the concept of the face, regarding the son of God« can’t be given a more succinct description. On Tuesday the staging of the Italian director formed the prelude to the 22nd euro-scene Leipzig, which is going to offer eleven more guest plays until Sunday. If they get only half as close to Castelluccis’ work, the festival of European theatre arts will be spectacular« (Tobias Prüwer, Sächsische Zeitung, Dresden, 08.11.2012).

»›euro-scene‹, this time still with € 650,000 on hand and over 96% capacity despite increased prices, is faced with dark times. The end of the sponsorship from BMW after 11 years means severe financial problems, even if the city of Leipzig kicks in € 75,000 more. If the Free State of Saxony does not make up for this, the 23rd festival will not be able to avoid both artistic and schedule cuts.« (Volkmar Draeger, Neues Deutschland, Berlin, 14.11.2012).

Kopp / Nauer / Vittinghoff, Bern »Jenseits von Gut und Böse« (»Beyond Good and Evil«)
German première

5. Preview festival 2013

The next euro-scene Leipzig will take place from 5 to 10 November 2013 for the 23rd time. About 12 guest performances from 10 countries in approx. 25 presentations and 8 venues are planned. Whether or not the popular competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) will be organised depends on the festival’s financial situation. Being a biennial competition, it would normally take place in 2013 for the 11th time. Patron of the festival will be Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of the city of Leipzig, again.

The euro-scene Leipzig will be partner for one première within an »Artists in residence« programme for performative artists and collective groups, that will be issued by the Schauspiel Leipzig under the direction of the designated director Enrico Lübbe. From autumn 2013 onwards it will facilitate performative theatre forms at the interface between visual arts and performing arts, installations, sound and visuals in a room of the Baumwollspinnerei (former cotton spinning mill) in the west of Leipzig.

Information to the competition will be available in early May and to the festival programme in early July 2013 under www.euro-scene.de

Information and application: esther.holland-merten@schauspiel-leipzig.de and Schauspiel Leipzig, Karola Tille, Bosestraße 1, 04109 Leipzig

Tel. 0341-980 02 84
euro-scene Leipzig, Maria Bornhorn

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7. Imprint

Content and editing: Ann-Elisabeth Wolff / Susann Mannel
English translation: Susanne Saalfeld / Daniel Brunet
Photographers: Rolf Arnold, Leipzig (1, 3) / Armin Bardel, Wien / Evy Schubert, Bremen / Alexander Jaquemet, Erlach
Graphic design: Dirk Baierlipp, Würzburg – fertigungsbureau.de
Editorial deadline: 04.12.2012

The team of the
euro-scene Leipzig:

Presenter: Sächsischer Verein zur Förderung des kulturellen Austauschs nationaler und internationaler Tanz- und Theatergruppen e. V.

euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 // Fax +49-(0)341-980 48 60
info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de

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8. Financing and support 2012

Newsletter #01-2013 will be published at the end of June 2013.

© euro-scene Leipzig 2012

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