16th Festival 2006


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Press release — September 28th 2006

euro-scene Leipzig

16. Festival of contemporary European theatre

07 – 12 November 2006

»Konsonanzen – Dissonanzen«

(»Consonances – Dissonances«)

Music in theatre and dance from the old and new Europe


The euro-scene Leipzig will take place from 07 to 12 November 2006 for the 16th time. With the motto »Consonances – Dissonances«, the festival of contemporary European theatre will highlight the role of music in theatre and dance. The extremely diverse spectrum of the guest plays reaches from experimental musical performances via scenic concerts to the opulently intoxicating dance music theatre. In this regard, above all plays with live music of quite varied styles can be experienced which also wish to enrich the classical music concept of the city of Leipzig à la Bach.

Consonances and dissonances form, regarded from a business perspective, the direct basis for each artistic work in Europe with its cultural diversity. »For the selection of guest plays«, says Festival Director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, »in addition to the forms which are unusual musically, above all the scenic-explosive treatment of harmonies and discrepancies within business processes were decisive«.

The electro-pop band Velma, Lausanne, will open the festival in the Leipzig arena with the musical performance of »Velma Superstar«. It deals with an intriguing satire about the event culture in cooperation with a choir made up of Leipzig citizens. There will be a reunion with the Belgian choreographer Alain Platel, Ghent, who will show his emotionally enthralling dance play »vsprs«, based on the »Vespers of the blessed virgin« by Claudio Monteverdi and gypsy music. Other highpoints are the productions by Charlotte Engelkes, Stockholm and Hotel Pro Forma, Copenhagen.

From Eastern Europe with guest plays that are a trademark of the festival, the euro-scene Leipzig will show the critical and entertaining play »Dok.Tor« by the Teatr.doc, Moscow. It tells about the disastrous health system in the Russian province and combines high acting with rap contributions under the direction of young Wladimir Pankow. From Budapest comes Béla Pínter & Company with »Roncsolt Kópia« (»Scratched Celluloid«). The musical drama touches a delicate topic of Hungarian history – Hungary's collaboration with Nazi-Germany.

For the first time the euro-scene Leipzig awarded a »Carte Blanche« – to Maria Magdalena Schwaegermann, artistic director of the Zürcher Theater Spektakel. She chose »Ashura« by the company 5. Sokak Tiyatrosu, Istanbul – a scenic concert about expulsion and strangeness in close conjunction with culture and politics. This »carte blanche« for a guest play will continue to go to an alternating member of the artistic advisory council over the next years and is thought to enrich the programme with a different aesthetic view and to contribute to a broader European linking.

The festival will be flanked by a fringe programme comprising films and interviews. The Festival café is situated at the theater fact and will be opened by the vocal ensemble amarcord, Leipzig. Furthermore, the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), Berlin, will hold its annual assembly and some public events within the euro-scene Leipzig. This includes a panel discussion about music at stage with well-known experts, such as Nike Wagner, artistic director of the Kunstfest Weimar.

The festival will show 12 guest plays from 11 countries in 22 performances and 9 theatre venues. It is under the patronage of Dr. Eva-Maria Stange, State Minister of Science and Art of the Free State of Saxony.

The euro-scene Leipzig was founded in 1991 and brings experimental theatre and modern dance from throughout Europe to Leipzig each November. It is among the most important contemporary festivals of its kind in Europe.

The euro-scene Leipzig 2006 will be financed from funds of: Stadt Leipzig, Freistaat Sachsen and the Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Main partner is the BMW Werk Leipzig. Further support is being provided by: Deutscher Bühnenverein – Landesverband Sachsen, Nationales Performance Netz, München, Goethe-Institut, München, Hotel Holiday Inn Garden Court, Leipzig, and Jütte Messedruck, Leipzig. Media partners are Leipziger Volkszeitung and ZDFtheaterkanal.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director // Nadine Brockmann, Press
Leipzig, 28 September 2006


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euro-scene Leipzig // Gottschedstraße 16 // D-04109 Leipzig
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Press release — November 12th 2006

16th euro-scene Leipzig ended successfully


Tonight the 16th euro-scene Leipzig ends with the play »vsprs« by Alain Platel / Les Ballets C. de la B., Ghent. This opulent composition of dance, music and theatre, based on Claudio Monteverdi's »Vespers of the blessed virgin«, in a brilliant musical adaptation by Fabrizio Cassol, forms the close of this year's festival.

Under the motto »Consonances – Dissonances« it dwelled on the role of music in theatre and dance this year. From 07 to 12 November 2006 the euro-scene Leipzig presented all in all 12 guest plays from 11 countries in 22 performances.

Among the highlights were, next to »vsprs« by the Flemish choreographer Alain Platel, also smaller productions, such as the solo performance »Miss Very Wagner« by the Swedish performance star Charlotte Engelkes and »Dok.Tor« by the company Teatr.doc from Moscow. The audience was particularly impressed by »Ashura« of the Turkish company 5. Sokak Tiyatrosu that moved deeply with its poetic-melancholic connection of politics and music in a scenic concert about expulsion and alienation.

These and all other performances shown in nine Leipzig venues were received with much interest by the more than 7,500 spectators. All in all the festival had an utilisation of approximately 90%. Within the festival the annual meeting of the German Institute of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), Berlin, was held and included public events. The euro-scene Leipzig succeeded in asserting its forefront position among the contemporary European dance and theatre festivals.

The euro-scene Leipzig thanks all its sponsors and partners that make the festival possible. The main share in the financing this year was borne by Stadt Leipzig, Freistaat Sachsen and Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Main partner is the BMW Werk Leipzig. Further support was received by: Deutscher Bühnenverein – Landesverband Sachsen, Nationales Performance Netz, München, Goethe-Institut, München, Hotel Holiday Inn Garden Court, Leipzig, and Jütte Messedruck, Leipzig. Media partners are Leipziger Volkszeitung and ZDFtheaterkanal.

The 17th euro-scene Leipzig is planned for 6 to 11 November 2007.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director // Nadine Brockmann, Press
Leipzig, 12 November 2006


Contact:
euro-scene Leipzig // Gottschedstraße 16 // D-04109 Leipzig
Tel. +49-(0)341-212 67 66 // info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de