14th Festival 2004

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Press release — 23.09.2004

Adventure Europe

In its 14th year, the euro-scene Leipzig is proud to present theatre and dance from all 10 new EU member states


Under the motto »Framing Identity«, the 14th euro-scene Leipzig will be held on 9th to 14th November 2004. This year, our festival of contemporary European theatre invites you on a true journey of discovery into the theatre and dance works of the 10 new EU member states. 22 companies will be introduced from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Cyprus. For the first time, this year's euro-scene Leipzig will be under the patronage of Dr. Christina Weiss, German government representative for culture and media.

Festival Director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff intends for this year to be an opportunity to understand the cultural richness of these areas of eastern and southern Europe, to escape from the ‘higher, faster, further' mechanisms of western theatre, and to pause to ask ourselves some completely new existential life questions. The festival – which has had Europe in its name since it was founded in 1991 – aims to open up opportunities for personal discovery of the adventure that is Europe. As the only European-wide festival, it presents guest performances from ALL the acceding countries, including 17 premiers to Germany.

This year too, the euro-scene Leipzig displays impressive originality in its programme. Alongside internationally celebrated producers such as Alvis Hermanis from Riga, Latvia – whose piece, »Further – By Gorki«, will open the festival after Maxim Gorki's »Night Asylum« – and an unusual production by Krzysztof Warlikowski from Wrocław, Poland after Sarah Kane's »Cleansed«, there are also some unknown groups making guest appearances in Leipzig – which will be their first time on the international festival stage. These include the Bladder Circus from Budapest, Hungary and Štúdio Tanca from Banská Bystrica, Slovakia.

As well as this, you can enjoy dance often in multi-part evenings, such as with the Kaunas Aura dance theatre from Lithuania, or Renate Keerd and Mart Kangro from Tallinn, Estonia. From the southern shores, there are choreographers who have never before been seen abroad, such as Francesca Abela Tranter from Malta and Lia Haraki from Cyprus.

This extensive fringe programme comprises complementary guest performances from Latvia, Slovakia and Malta, as well as films, presentations and a workshop. Among the highlights of the programme, there is a presentation on Lithuanian painter and composer M. K. Čiurlionis, and a concluding discussion on the theme of the festival, with participants from several of the new EU countries.

In 2004, the euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the city of Leipzig, the Free State of Saxony, and Cultural donations from the German government. Additional funding has been given by the Cultural donation from the Free State of Saxony, the Deutsche Bühnenverein (German Dramatics Society), and the Goethe Institut in Munich. The principal sponsor of the festival is BMW plant Leipzig, who this spring agreed to act as the principal sponsor for three years. Further sponsors include the Sparkasse Leipzig, the Holiday Inn Garden Court hotel in Leipzig, Deutsche Lufthansa, and the honorary consulate of the Slovakian Republic in conjunction with VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig. For the first time, this year the Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper is acting as our media partner.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Ulrike Lykke Langer, Press

Leipzig, 23.09.2004


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Pressemitteilung – 14.11.2004

14th euro-scene Leipzig ended successfully


The 14th euro-scene Leipzig drew to a close tonight with the performance of two dance pieces by Lithuania's Aura Dance Theatre Kaunas. The choreographies, »Extremum Mobile« & »Aseptic Zone or Lithuanian Songs« form the conclusion of this year's festival, where dance and theatre from all ten new EU countries have been presented under the motto »Framing Identity«. From 9th to 14th November, 22 companies present their guest appearances in Leipzig, including 17 premiers to Germany.

Clear limitation to the ten new EU member states was met with an extraordinary diversity of productions and choreographies in terms of both content and aesthetics. The festival offered the Leipzig public and international guests a balanced combination of both top European theatre and artists previously unknown outside their home states. The highlights ranged from performances in the largest theatres – such as the challenging production of Sarah Kane's »Cleansed« by Polish director Krzysztof Warlikowski and the most varied evening, »Dance Cyprus«, with four choreographies – to smaller productions, including the humorous chamber theatre »Pussy-Cat ‘P'« by Lithuanian director Vytautas Balsys and, by contrast, the Bladder Circus from Budapest.

Like these productions, the other events – on a total of twelve different stages in Leipzig – were also received with great interest. Around 7,000 spectators saw presentations from the main and fringe programmes and there were long queues to be seen outside some sold-out performances. Altogether, the festival achieved a capacity of 96-97 percent and this year has put Leipzig firmly on the map as one of the principle avant-garde festivals in Europe.

This year, the euro-scene Leipzig was financed by around 20 sponsors. Most of the finance was provided by the City of Leipzig, the Free State of Saxony, cultural donations from the German government and cultural donations from the Free State of Saxony. For the first time, the principle sponsor was the BMW plant Leipzig, who this spring agreed to act as the principal sponsor for three years. Further sponsors included the Sparkasse Leipzig, the Holiday Inn Garden Court Hotel in Leipzig, Deutsche Lufthansa, and the honorary consulate of the Slovakian Republic in conjunction with VNG – Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig, as well as the Friends of Gohlis Castle in association with WIBERA. For the first time, this year the Leipziger Volkszeitung has acted as our media partner.

The 15th Leipzig euro-scene is planned for 1st to 6th November 2005, with the motto »Kindred Spirit«.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Ulrike Lykke Langer, Press

Leipzig, 14.11.2004