11th Festival 2001

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Press release — 06.09.2001

euro-scene Leipzig

11. Festival zeitgenössischen europäischen Theaters

06 – 11 November 2001
(Prolog: 03 – 05 November 2001)


(»Body search«)

As each year, this time from 06 to 11 November 2001, euro-scene Leipzig: Theatre and Dance from Throughout Europe. This time with the title »Leibesvisitationen« (»Body search«) under the artistic direction of the theatre researcher Michael Freundt. A prologue will precede the official opening (November 3-5, 2001).

For the 11th euro-scene, there was a search at the beginning for a content-related centre, a joint focal point of the productions. The body – even if it is the subject matter of a broad discourse – also appeared to be the essence of the theatre to which the current developments in the European theatre landscape refer, either directly or upon a mediated basis. And not only that: Cyber worlds, gene technology debates, beauty craze and wellness programmes – they all refer to the body, individually and socially. A theme is also supposed to be created for this euro-scene, even without moral impetus: Only whoever throws his body into the fight (in order to cite the words of the choreographer Raimund Hoghe) may defend it.

Thus, this year's festival will not show merely physical and dance theatre. There are productions in which the body is risked, put at stake.

Two new plays of the renowned French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj will open the festival as a premiere for Germany: »Helicopter« & »MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps)«. With »This is My Body«, we have not only a programmatic title. These works show Preljocaj radically upon the side of contemporary dance, virtuous and provocative.

The Lithuanian director Oskaras Korsunovas drew up his version of Shakespeare's »A Midsummer Night's Dream« as magnificent physical theatre. With »Scratching the Inner Fields«, we show the newest work of the Belgian choreographer Wim Vandekeybus.

Furthermore, premieres in Germany are to be expected from the Hungarian ARTUS group, the Croatian performer Damir Bartol Indoš and from De Daders of Amsterdam.

Increasingly, euro-scene considers itself to also be the producer of theatre. The newest play of the Berlin theatre playwright Jo Fabian was created as co-productions with the Festival Theatre of Dresden-Hellerau and the Hebbel Theatre of Berlin and will be seen in November in Leipzig (after Dresden and Berlin).

Again, we are taking on the risk of our own production. After »Speicherung« (own production in 2000) is created this year – in association with the theme – »FCP – training method for (anti)social behaviour«. The Japanese performer and choreographer Takashi Iwaoka, with five dancers and performers from Leipzig and Berlin, will create a very conceptualised dance performance, a co-production between euro-scene Leipzig, Podewil/TanzWerkstatt Berlin and LOFFT Leipzig.

To anchor the festival more strongly in the Leipzig art scene, to expand contact with the »art producers« in Leipzig – that was a motif for initiating the encounter between »24-hour exhibition« and euro-scene Leipzig. Artists from Leipzig and the region are invited, under the »body/check« title, to present their associations regarding the theme for 24 hours in the theatre. Further information is available upon the www.bodycheck-24.de homepage.

The main programme will be expanded by the euro-scene prologue from 03 to 05.11., in which its own production will premiere and the great guest performance project from Hungary will be presented.

The festival is again under the patronage of Wolfgang Tiefensee, Lord Mayor of the city of Leipzig. The euro-scene Leipzig is financed by funds of the city of Leipzig, the Free State of Saxony, the Federal Government (representative for culture and media), the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, and further sponsors. The main sponsor is the Sparkasse Leipzig, and the main patron will be the Allianz-Kulturstiftung for the first time. Other sponsors include the Stadtwerke Leipzig, the Deutsche Lufthansa AG as official carrier, and the Holiday Inn Garden Court as partner hotel.

Beginning in the middle of September, the programme will be published upon the Internet and will be available as of 20 September. Preliminary ticket sales will begin on 22 September 2001.

Michael Freundt,
Programme 2001

Leipzig, 06.09.2001

euro-scene Leipzig, Harkortstraße 10, D-04107 Leipzig
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Pressemitteilung – 11.11.2001

11th euro-scene Leipzig ended successfully

When the 11th euro-scene Leipzig ends today, approx. 9,000 people will have seen the guest performances from nine countries in ten days. This figure was reached for the first time due to higher capacity utilisation for performances, an expanded framework programme and the integration of the 24-hour »body/check« exhibition.

»Leibesvisitationen« (»Body search«) was the motto of this year's festival and the quite varied selection of productions impressively proved that extremely varied artistic concepts can be concealed behind them, indeed must be concealed behind them. The range of tension ranged from virtuoso and precisely utilised physicality to unfettered ecstasy which allows the body to move freely and from delicately moving vulnerability to apparently crude painlessness.

Among the high points of the 11th euro-scene were undoubtedly the opening of the festival with the Ballet Preljocaj from Aix-en-Provence and the »Helicopter« & »MC 14/22 (Ceci est mon corps)« evening, the performance of »A Midsummer Night's Dream« by the Oskaras Korsunovas Theater from Vilnius and, from Brussels, the play »Scratching the Inner Fields« by Ultima Vez. With two first-night performances and six German premieres, the euro-scene, even in its eleventh year of existence, was accepted by the public as a cultural highpoint, the expanse of which extends beyond the boundaries of the city of Leipzig and the free state of Saxony.

»FCP – training for (a)social behaviour« was the title of the second production of euro-scene Leipzig's very own. The choreographer Takashi Iwaoka earned great praise through a fresh work defying conventions handling the topic of fitness centre which will subsequently also be seen in Berlin and Jena. Its very own production was created in cooperation with the Leipzig Theatre LOFFT and Podewil/TanzWerkstatt Berlin and once again makes reference to the significance of fertile cultural ground and networks in a city like Leipzig.

The 24-hour »body/check« exhibition of the Galerie RieRiemann was one of the spectator draws of this year's festival. Upon approx. 3,000 square metres in the theatre and in the one-time data processing centre, 90 artists showed their skills. Included among them were performance and dance, readings with live accompaniment and installations.

Right at the beginning of the year 2002, the euro-scene will be offering a unique festival event. The Tanzplattform Deutschland (Dance Platform Germany) will take place from 6 to 10 February 2002 in Leipzig and will again provide the city with supra-regional and international attention. The 12th euro-scene Leipzig will take place from 12 to 17 November 2002.

The amount of the expected reductions in subsidies of the city of Leipzig is still undetermined. However, the support of the public financial backers cannot be questioned. There are already concrete commitments from some sponsors.

Michael Freundt, Programme 2001
Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director

Leipzig, 11.11.2001

euro-scene Leipzig, Harkortstraße 10, D-04107 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