14th Festival 2004

Complete programme with summary

euro-scene Leipzig

14. Festival of contemporary European theatre

09 – 14 November 2004

»Das Eigene im Gefüge«

(»Framing Identity«)

Under the patronage of Dr. Christina Weiss,
Government Representative for Culture and Media

Festival Director and Artistic Direction: Ann-Elisabeth Wolff

Main programme

Tuesday 9. Nov. and Wednesday 10. Nov. // 07:30 – 08:45 p.m.
Festival Opening
New Theatre Riga (Jaunais Rīgas teātris) / Latvia

People behind glass. Both a kind of »reality show« for the audience and a look into different inside worlds. Alvis Hermanis belongs to the most interesting directors of modern European theatre. He created his play »Further« (»Talak«) with 15 actors based on Maxim Gorki's »Night Asylum«, carried by social criticism and a deep moving humanism.
(on 10. Nov. followed by audience discussion)

Wednesday 10. Nov. and Thursday 11. Nov. // 07:30 – 08:30 p.m.
Theaterhaus am Lindenauer Markt
Štúdio tanca, Banská Bystrika / Slovakia
»Silent Desert«
(»Tichá púšt«)

German premier

The desert as a place of refuge and searching, a place of solitude. The magical brightness of the sun fulfils the yearning for peace and self-communion. Zuzana Hájková created an enchanting individual dance piece playing with perception and sensitivity.

Wednesday 10. Nov. and Thursday 11. Nov. // 10:30 – 11:45 p.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
Andreja Rauch / Mala Kline, Ljubljana / Slovenia
\ »Chesnut Brown« (»Kostanjevo Rjava«)
\ »Campo de' Fiori«

German premiers

Two choreographies give insight into the rich, manifold Slovenian dance scene: With singing, trumpet play and movement, Andreja Rauch creates a bright autumn mood in »Brown Chestnuts« (»Kostanjevo Rjava«). Mala Kline dances her solo »Campo de' Fiori« – based on the character and ideas of Giordano Bruno – with very expressive presence.

Wednesday 10. Nov. and Thursday 11. Nov. // 10:30 p.m – 12:00 a.m.
Contact Dance Company, Valletta / Malta
»Tanz. Malta«
(»Dance. Malta«)

German premiers

There is only this one modern, professional dance company working together permanently on Malta, directed by Francesca Abela Tranter. The five beautiful, sultry dancers show her choreographies »Two Movements by Bach«, »Tempest« and »Corpus« (film and live) full of Mediterranean atmosphere.

Thursday 11. Nov. and Friday 12. Nov. // 07:30 – 09:45 p.m.
Messepark Markkleeberg / Halle 2
Teatr Współczesny, Wrocław / Poland

Love as key issue of our time – a laboratory of brutality and loneliness. Krzysztof Warlikowski, one of Poland's most prominent young directors, staged a play by Sarah Kane with an intensity that makes the heart both rush and nearly stay at the same time. A sidereal moment of European theatre.

Friday 12. Nov. // 05:00 – 06:30 p.m. and 07:30 – 09:00 p.m.
Neue Szene
Mart Kangro / Renate Keerd, Tallinn / Estonia
\ »Mart on Stage«
\ »Mobile home«
– German premier 

Two artists are particularly notable for their originality in Estonia's young dance scene: Mart Kangro shows his being as dancer in the solo performance »Mart on Stage«; Renate Keerd presents a journey for two through Estonian landscapes in »Mobile Home«.

Friday 12. Nov. and Saturday 13. Nov. // 10:30 p.m – 12:00 a.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
»Tanz. Prag«
(»Dance. Prague«)

German premiers 

A young generation of choreographers shows plays of strong individual handwriting: Vĕra Ondrašiková »Aigues Mortes – Místo mrtvých vod«  (»Aigues Mortes – Place of Dead Waters«), Kristýna Celbová & Zuzana Vitoušová »Nevesty Cháronovyl« (»The Brides of Charon«) and Petra Hauerová »Noční můra« (»Moth«).
(followed by Czech music with DJ and small Czech buffet on both days)

Friday 12. Nov. and Saturday 13. Nov. // 10:30 p.m – 12:00 a.m.
theater fact
Small Theatre Kaunas (Kauno Mažasis Teatras) / Lithuania
»Pussycat ›P‹«
(»Katytė ›P‹«)

German premier

The »Vagina Monologue« by Eve Ensler – performed in a gorgeously lusty and comical way by four men who belong to the best actors of the country. Vytautas Balsys staged the play in popart manner that, beyond all fun, doesn't lack subtleness.

Saturday 13. Nov. and Sunday 14. Nov. // 05:00 – 06:00 p.m.
Neue Szene
Glej Theatre (Gledališče Glej), Ljubljana / Slovenia

Abélard and Héloïse, the priest and the nun, belong to the most famous lovers of the middle ages. Director Diego de Brea created an unusual »choreography for words«. The Glej theatre is one of the leading independent Slovenian theatre companies.
(followed by audience discussion on both days)

Saturday 13. Nov. and Sunday 14. Nov. // 05:00 – 06:00 p.m.
Kellertheater der Oper Leipzig
Bladder Circus (Hólyagcirkusz Társulat), Budapest / Hungary
»Let`s throw the old woman on the tip!«
(»Szemétre a vénasszonnyal!«)

German premier

An »anarchical circus opera« freely adapted from a comedy by Dario Fo. Clown scenes mix with farcical theatre and concert. The thoroughbred musician Szabolcs Szöke, together with 5 actors, 3 musicians and a vocalist, crosses all genre limits with virtuosity.

Saturday 13. Nov. // 07:30 – 10:00 p.m.
»Tanz. Zypern«
(»Dance. Cyprus«)
German premier

Dance in Cyprus is a big surprise in quality and imaginativeness. An evening full of originality and critical zeitgeist: Alexandra Waierstall »Deeper than skin deep … «, Mariana Kyriakidou »Awakening«, Natasa Georgiou »Babble On« and Lia Haraki & Christodoulos Panayiotou »Evergreen«.

Sunday 14. Nov. // 07:30 – 09:00 p.m.
Final Night
Aura Dance Theatre Kaunas (Kauno Šokio Teatras Aura) / Lithuania
»Extremum Mobile« &
»Aseptic zone or Lithuanian songs«

(»Aseptinė zona arba Lietuviškos sutartines«)

German premiers

Lifeless primitive men change gradually shape under the influence of colours and sounds. Choreographer Birutė Letukaitė directs the only state-supported dance company in Lithuania and deals with questions of norm and deviation in stirring pictures.

Fringe programme

Tuesday 9 Nov – Sunday 14. Nov. // before and after the performances
Schauspielhaus / Zwischenfoyer
»Herzstücke Europas«
(»Cores of Europe«)
Photo exhibition by Andrea Waldecker, Bonn
(free entry)

Wednesday 10. Nov. // 08:40 – 09:30 p.m. and 09:35 – 10:25 p.m.
Thursday 11. Nov. // 08:40 – 09:30 p.m. and 09:35 – 10:25 p.m.
LOFFT / Foyer
Friday 12. Nov. // 04:00 – 04:50 p.m. and 06:35 – 07:25 p.m.
Saturday 11. Nov. // 04:00 – 04:50 p.m. and 06:30 – 07:20 p.m.
Sunday 14. Nov. // 04:00 – 04:50 p.m. and 06:30 – 07:20 p.m.
Neue Szene / Foyer
»Ticket nach Europa«
(»Ticket to Europe«)

Film – The ten accession nations introduce themselves
(free entry)

Wednesday 10 Nov – Friday 12. Nov. // 10:00 a.m – 02:00 p.m.
Friday 12. Nov. // 03:00 – 04:00 p.m.: open presentation (free entry)
Katarína Mojžišová, Bratislava / Slovakia
Workshop Dance
»Bild ohne Rahmen« (»Picture without frame«)

Friday 12. Nov. // 11:30 a.m – about 01:00 p.m.
Polnisches Institut
»Krzysztof Warlikowski and the Polish theatre«
Audience discussion with Krzysztof Warlikowski
Presentation: Martina Bako, Leipzig, and Tilmann Broszat, München
(free entry)

Saturday 13. Nov. // 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Hochschule für Musik und Theater
Ansis Rutentals Movement Theatre (Anša Rūtentāla kustību teātris), Riga / Latvia
»Hangman`s Daughter«
(»Bendes meitina«)
German premier
Dance-theatre piece by Santa Grinfelde
For children (from the age of 10) and adults

Sunday 13. Nov. // 02:00 – about 04:30 p.m.
Schauspielhaus / Horch und Guck
M. K. Čiurlionis
Two films about the Lithuanian composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis
»The world – one big symphony«
(»Pasauli Vaizduojuos Kaip Didele Simfonija«)
Documentary about life and work of M. K. Čiurlionis
»Signs of the Zodiak«
Film by Jonas Vaitkus with prima ballerina Maja Plissetzkaja
German premiers
Introduction and interview: Rasa Andriusyte-Zukiene, Kaunas / Lithuania
Presentation: Claas Danielsen, Leipzig
(free entry)

Sunday 14. Nov. // 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Hochschule für Musik und Theater
Theatre Passage (Divadlo z Pasaže), Banská Bystrica / Slovakia
German premier
Piece by Ján Strbák
For children (from the age of 10) and adults

Sunday 14. Nov. // 02:00 – about 04:30 p.m.
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig
Final Afternoon with discussion and film
»Framing Identity – Risk or Chance?«
Panel discussion
with Irini Hänig-Hadjikypri, Nicosia / Ina Pukelyte, Kaunas /
Dr. Elisabeth Schweeger, Frankfurt/Main / András Forgách, Budapest
Presentation: Bernd Hilder, Leipzig
Two films by EN-KNAP / Iztok Kovač, Ljubljana
\ »Vertigo Bird« (»Vrtoglavi Ptič«)
\ »House of Freedom« (»Dom Svobode«)

Introduction: André Thériault, Berlin
(free entry)

Sunday 14. Nov. // 10:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
Final Concert
Etnika, Valletta / Malta
German premier
(free entry)