18th Festival 2008


»Taumelnd auf glatter See«
(»Floundering on a calm sea«)

Theatre and dance from the old and new Europe

04. – 09. November 2008

The euro-scene Leipzig will take place from 04 to 09 November 2008 for the 18th time. Under the motto »Taumelnd auf glatter See« (»Floundering on a calm sea«), the festival is dedicated to the opposite of a smooth surface and to the disasters concealed beneath – whether in the psychological or the social domain. Planned are 12 guest plays from 8 countries in 22 performances and 9 theatre venues. The festival is under the patronage of Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of the city of Leipzig.

»Calm water can be both idyllic and, at the same time, eerie and frightening. Our existence is determined by overplayed uncertainties, tensely safeguarding the pretence of beauty and the increasingly hectic search for purpose in life. The festival this year aims to sensitise the audience to its floundering and provide courage to admit weakness. The black ice of existence embodies both the glistening facade and the latent risk of breaking,« says festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff. The spectrum of productions includes dance and spoken theatre as well as intermediate areas of performance art and musical stage forms.

For the first time, the festival is presenting an artist with a work show: Josef Nadj, one of Europe’s leading choreographers, comes from the former Yugoslavia. He has been in charge of the Centre chorégraphique national in Orléans for a number of years and will be opening the euro-scene Leipzig with the German premiere of his latest piece, »Entracte« (»Interval«), in the Peterskirche (St Peter’s Church). In addition, his wonderfully bizarre productions of »Woyzeck« and »Journal d’un inconnu« (»Diary of an unknown«), films and an exhibition will be on show.

Another festival highlight will be the new dance play by Alain Platel, who has been repeated guest of the euro-scene Leipzig. With his company Les Ballets C. de la B., Ghent, he will show »pitié!« (»Have mercy!«) based on Bach's »Matthäuspassion« (»St Matthew Passion«). Next to German premieres from Budapest, Athens and the Bulgarian Haskovo, there will be a reunion with the Orphtheater, Berlin, and a sweeping HipHop-dance play by the company E-Motion, Düsseldorf.

Tilmann Broszat, artistic director of the festival SPIELART, Munich, accepts the carte blanche for 2008. Since 2006 an annually changing member of the advisory council of the euro-scene Leipzig chooses a guest play.

Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Festival Director

Leipzig, 24.06.2008