13th Festival 2003

Complete programme with summary

euro-scene Leipzig

13. Festival of contemporary European theatre

04 – 09 November 2003
(Prologue: 01 – 03 November 2003)

»Die Liebe = Chance der Unmöglichkeit«

(»Love = Chance of Impossibility«)

Under the patronage of Wolfgang Tiefensee,
Major of the City of  Leipzig

Festival Director and Artistic Direction: Ann-Elisabeth Wolff


Saturday 1. Nov. and Sunday 2. Nov. // 07:30 – about 09:30 p.m.
Monday 3. Nov. // 10:00 p.m – about 12:00 a.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
Own production Schaubühne Lindenfels, Leipzig & euro-scene Leipzig
»Tagwerk – Werkstatt – Tanz« (Version II)
Daily work – Workshop – Dance« (Version II)

Debut performance

An evening of dance in Leipzig. Following a first version of 2002, the choreographers Martina La Bonté and Takashi Iwaoka show their completed pieces under the subject »Tagwerk« (»Daily work«).
(on 2. Nov. followed by audience discussion)

Saturday 1. Nov. // 03:00 – 04:00 p.m.
Sunday 2. Nov. // 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. and 03:00 – 04:00 p.m.
Monday 3. Nov. // 11:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m.
Musikschule Leipzig
Own production Werner Stiefel, Leipzig & euro-scene Leipzig
»Hinter der Dornenhecke«
(»Behind the thorn hedge«)

Debut performance

An adventure trip to »Dornröschen« (»Sleeping Beauty«), probably the nicest fairy tale in the world. The new children's programme by Werner Stiefel with text, music, dance and play.
For children (from the age of 6) and adults

Sunday 2. Nov. // 05:00 – 06:20 p.m.
Monday 3. Nov. // 10:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Theaterhaus am Lindenauer Markt
Theater der Jungen Welt, Leipzig
»Fett Frei und Fast Free«
(»Fat Free and Fast Free«)
Debut performance

A dance-theatre project by Vivienne Newport based on the short story »Gespräche mit einem Schrankmenschen« (»Conversations with a Cabinet Man«) by Ian McEwan about freedom.
For adolescents (from the age of 16) and adults

Monday 3. Nov. // 07:30 – about 09:00 p.m.
Sunday 9. Nov. // 05:00 – about 06:30 p.m.
Neue Szene
Schauspiel Leipzig
»ANNA BLUME von hinten & von vorne«
(»ANNA BLUME from behind & in front«)

mund + knie 5 (mouth + knee)
Debut performance

An erotic oratorio by Thomas Hertel based on texts by Kurt Schwitters – a new sequel of the sound experiment series »mund + knie« (»mouth + knee«) specifically to the festival theme.

Main programme

Tuesday 4. Nov. // 07:30 – 09:00 p.m.
Festival Opening
Helsinki Dance Company
»The Intelligence of the Heart«

German premier

Love calls for all or nothing. A stirring choreography by the English Nigel Charnock for ten marvellous dancers between musical, drama, dance piece and show.

Wednesday 5. Nov. // 07:30 – 09:30 p.m.
Compagnie Raimund Hoghe, Düsseldorf
(»Dance stories«)

4. Deutscher Produzentenpreis für Choreografie
(4. German Producer Award for Choreography)

Stories about dance, stories about dancers, created by Raimund Hoghe, one of the most exceptional persons of contemporary dance in Germany.

Wednesday 5. Nov. and Thursday 6. Nov. // 10:00 – 11:15 p.m.
Neue Szene
Compagnie Abbondanza & Bertoni, Nago-Trento

Alcestis and Admetus – a classical couple. The deadly sacrifice for love in an exceptional dance piece from Italy by Michele Abbondanza and Antonella Bertoni.

Thursday 6. Nov. // 07:30 – 09:30 p.m.
Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes
»Jardinería Humana«
(»Human gardening«)

German premier

Love in the midst of consumption, violence and pornography – the stage as a battlefield of human desires. A passionate theatre piece by the Argentine Rodrigo García.
(followed by audience discussion)

Friday 7. Nov. // 07:30 – 08:45 p.m.
Artus / Compagnie Gábor Goda, Budapest
»Osiris Coverage«
German premier

The Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris as lovers, and the principle of disintegration. A poetic picture theatre by Gábor Goda between epochs and cultures.
(followed by audience discussion)

Friday 7. Nov. and Saturday 8. Nov. // 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Neue Szene
Kate Pendry, Oslo
»Sex in the Warzone«

German premier

Tourism and sex in a region where the scars of war have left their mark – Sarajevo, Bosnia, Kosovo. Kate Pendry in a fascinating monologue from Norway.

Friday 7. Nov. and Saturday 8. Nov. // 10:00 – 11:45 p.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
Wayn Traub, Antwerp
»Maria Dolores« (Wayn Wash I)

German premier

Religious delusion as a consequence of sexual frustration. Explosive questions in an expressive theatre piece in a triad with film and music by the young director Wayn Traub.

Saturday 8. Nov. and Sunday 9. Nov. // 04:00 – 06:15 p.m.
Hochschule für Musik und Theater / Probensaal
Theater RambaZamba, Berlin
»Orpheus ohne Echo«
(»Orpheus without echo«)

Orpheus descends into the underworld to search for Eurydice. A myth as lively theatre by Gisela Höhne, full of humour and humanity. Most of the 17 performers have Down's syndrome, but one would never think of using the term handicapped theatre group.

Saturday 8. Nov. and Sunday 9. Nov. // 05:00 – 06:00 p.m.
Kellertheater der Oper Leipzig
vroom, Zurich
»Torrance & Grady«

German premier

Two men collect love scenes on tape – between everyday life and infiniteness. Philippe Nauer and Dominique Rust in a wonderful play by Lukas Bangerter.

Saturday 8. Nov. // 07:30 – 08:30 p.m.
pi:es / Alain Buffard, Paris
»Wall dancin' – wall fuckin'«

German premier

A man and a woman – separated and longing for each other forever. Alain Buffard and Régine Chopinot in one of the most radical French dance pieces of late.

Sunday 9. Nov. // 07:30 – 08:30 p.m.
Final Night
Provincial Dances Theatre, Yekaterinburg
»Wings at Tea«

German premier

An enchanting dance piece full of melancholy by Tatiana Baganova, who generates, together with ten dancers, a world between stereotype and yearning in the Russian vastness.

Friday 7. Nov. // 10:00 – about 11:30 p.m. (1st round – part I)
Saturday 8. Nov. // 10:00 – about 11:30 p.m. (1st round – part II, subs. party)
Sunday 9. Nov. // 10:00 – about 12:00 a.m. (2nd round and award ceremony)
Schauspielhaus / Foyer
For the 6th time: Competition
»Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo«
(»Best German dance solo«)

Conception: Alain Platel, Ghent
Artistic Direction: Wolfgang Krause Zwieback, Leipzig

(The laureates and all other participants of the 6th competition in the archive of the competition)

Fringe programme

(selected presentations)

Wednesday 5. Nov. // 11:00 a.m – 01:00 p.m. and 02:00 – 04:00 p.m.
Thursday 6. Nov. // 11:00 a.m – 01:00 p.m. and 02:00 – 04:00 p.m.
Die Villa
Kate Pendry, Oslo
»Workshop: Performance«

Friday 7. Nov. and Saturday 8. Nov. // 11:00 a.m – 02:00 p.m.
Die Villa
Tatiana Baganova, Yekaterinburg
»Workshop: Dance«

Friday 7. Nov. // 02:00 – 05:30 p.m.
Neue Szene
»International Theatre Work«
Annual conference and public events of the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), Berlin, in cooperation with the euro-scene Leipzig

Part I: Lecture
\ »UNESCO versus cultural globalisation?«
Christine M. Merkel, German UNESCO Commission, Bonn

Part II: Discussion and workgroups
\ »UNESCO Convention about cultural diversity«
Presentation: Dieter Welke, Oberursel/Taunus
\ »My unknown enemy«
Direction: Alexander Stillmark, Berlin
\ »Investigation in theatre – theatre as an investigation«
Direction: Christine Schmalor, Berlin
\ »International platform of contemporary theatre«
Leitung: Thomas Engel, Andrea Zagorski, Berlin

Part III: Concluding dialogue
Presentation: Thomas Engel, Berlin
(free entry)

Saturday 8. Nov. and Sunday 9. Nov. // 11:00 a.m – 02:00 p.m.
Hotel Holiday Inn
Kate Pendry, Oslo
»Marilyn Peepshow«

Live installation
German premier

Saturday 8. Nov. // 02:00 – 03:30 p.m.
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig
»Love is all you need? Das unheimlich Fremde.«
(»Love is all you need? Uncanny Foreignness«)

Panel discussion organised by BMW Group, Munich,
in cooperation with the euro-scene Leipzig
with Roberto Ciulli, Mülheim / Richard Gaul, München / Anetta Kahane, Berlin / SAID, München
Presentation: Thomas Bille, Leipzig
Introduction: Film »asylum« by Julian Rosefeldt, Berlin
(free entry)

Sunday 9. Nov. // 11:00 a.m – about 12:30 p.m.
Institut Français Leipzig
»Ein Mann und eine Frau«
(»A Man and a Woman«)

Audience discussion with Alain Buffard and Régine Chopinot, Paris
Presentation: Martina Bako, Leipzig
(free entry)

Sunday 9. Nov. // 02:00 – 03:30 p.m.
Schauspielhaus / Horch und Guck
Festival concluding dialogue
»Seismograf der Liebe« (»Seismograph of Love«)

with Petra Stuber, Leipzig und Detlev Schneider, Berlin/Dresden
Presentation: Klemens Wannenmacher, Rotterdam
(free entry)