18th Festival 2008 / Programme


Complete programme with summary


euro-scene Leipzig

18th Festival of contemporary European theatre

04 – 09 November 2008

»Taumelnd auf glatter See«

(»Floundering on a calm sea«)

Theatre and dance from old and new Europe

Under the patronage of Burkhard Jung,
Lord Mayor of the city of Leipzig

Festival Director and programme: Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Carte blanche: Tilmann Broszat, artistic director of the festival SPIELART, Munich



Festival programme


Tue. 04 Nov. // 07:30 – 08:45 p.m. (Festival opening)
Wed. 05 Nov. // 07:30 – 08:45 p.m.
Peterskirche
Centre chorégraphique national d’Orléans / Josef Nadj
»Entracte«
(»Interval«)
 (Video clip  )
Theatre play
German premiere

Four dancers, four musicians and one stage design in sheets of ice, glass and steps. Josef Nadj, one of the most important choreographers in Europe, created a dance play about the topic of permanent change and of giddiness.

Followed by: Audience discussion (05 Nov.)
Presentation: Nele Hertling, Vice president of Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and former director of Hebbel-Theater Berlin


Wed 05 Nov. // 07.30 – 09.45 p.m.
Thur. 06 Nov. // 10.00 p.m. – 00.15 a.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
Cuqui Jerez, Madrid
»The real fiction«
 (Video clip  )
Performance
Carte blanche: selected by Tilmann Broszat,
artistic director of the festival SPIELART, Munich

The performance of director Cuqui Jerez is one of the most surprising theatre plays of the past years. Between appearance and reality, it shows possibilities of an experimental comedy and pushes the envelope of theatre.

Followed by: Audience discussion (05 Nov.)
Presentation: Dr. Martina Bako, Theatre scholar, University of Leipzig


Wed 05 Nov. // 10.00 – 11.30 p.m.
Thu 06 Nov. // 07.30 – 09.00 p.m.
Kellertheater der Oper Leipzig
Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion, London
»The quiet dance« & »Speaking dance«
 (Video clip  )
Performances

Two men immerse themselves in a captivating dialogue between gesture, music and dance. The British choreographer Jonathan Burrows and the Italian composer Matteo Fargion have already inspired in 37 countries.


Thur. 06 Nov. + Fri 07 Nov. // 07.30 – 08.30 p.m.
Theater der Jungen Welt
Centre chorégraphique national d’Orléans / Josef Nadj
»Woyzeck – ou L’ébauche du vertige«
(»Woyzeck – or The hint of vertigo«)
 (Video clip  )
Theatre play based on the stage fragment by Georg Büchner

Soldier Woyzeck is driven to murder by the unfaithfulness of his wife. Based on Georg Büchner, Josef Nadj developed a firework of visual inventions without words - a cult piece of French theatre.

Followed by: Audience discussion (07 Nov.)
Presentation: Nele Hertling, Vice president of Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and former director of Hebbel-Theater Berlin


Fri 07 Nov. // 07.30 – 08.30 p.m.
Sat 08 Nov. // 10.00 – 11.00 p.m.
Hochschule für Musik und Theater »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy« / Dittrichring 21
The Collective of Natural Disasters, Budapest
»Ipsum – önmagadat«
(»Ipsum – yourself«)
 (Video clip  )
Theatre play
German premiere
(In Hungarian language with overtitled German translation)
Warning: Not suitable for asthmatics and epileptics!

This suggestive theatre monologue by György Àrvai shows an eerie creature as mother, witch, whore and saint, who at a supposed cooking show gradually changes the kitchen into a witch’s laboratory.

Followed by: Audience discussion (07 Nov.)
Presentation: Dr. Martina Bako, Theatre scholar, University of Leipzig


Fri. 07 Nov. + Sat. 08 Nov. // 10.00 – 11.15 p.m.
Spiegelpalast in der Kongresshalle
Orphtheater, Berlin
»Panoptikum der Träume«
(»Waxworks of dreams«)
 (Video clip  )

After »Obituary« and other texts by Heiner Müller, Uwe Schmieder staged a musical revue with great actors and the punk band "The No Fears" as an adventurous journey through time into the GDR.

Followed by: Audience discussion
Presentation: Michael Freundt, Assistant director of International theatre institute (ITI), Berlin


Fri. 07 Nov. // 10.00 – 11.00 p.m.
Sat. 08 Nov. // 07.30 – 08.30 p.m.
LOFFT
Quasi stellar dance company / Apostolia Papadamaki, Athen
»Electric girl«
 (Video clip  )
Theatre play
German premiere

The dance play by choreographer Apostolia Papadamaki traces back to the commercialisation of girls as light fixtures at the beginning of the age of electricity. Dancer Hara Kotsali and live musician Blaine Reininger show an unusual two-person relationship. First guest play from Greece!


Sat. 08 Nov. // 03.00 – 04.00 p.m.
Sun. 09 Nov. // 11.30 – 12.30 a.m.
Kellertheater der Oper Leipzig
Theatre Danny & Dessi, Haskovo
»Printzesa Kaptschitza«
(»Princess Droplet«)
 (Video clip  )
Theatre play for children
German premiere

Once upon a time, there was a water kingdom at the bottom of the sea. Here Princess Droplet, who loves only Prince Marble, is supposed to be married against her will. The Bulgarian puppet player Tania Evtimova conjures poetic pictures using rag dolls, few words and a lot of music.

For children (from the age of 3) and adults


Sat. 08 Nov. + Sun. 09 Nov. // 03.30 – 05.15 p.m.
BMW Werk Leipzig
E-Motion, Dusseldorf
»2nd ID«
 (Video clip  )
HipHop-theatre play

Hip-hop dance play with the best hip-hop dancers in Germany headed by the Japanese Takao Baba. Acrobatically and comical they whirl across the stage; however, video clips bring in thoughtfulness about their different cultural origin, love and tradition.

Followed by: Audience discussion
Presentation: Rolf Dennemann, Artistic director, festival off limits, Dortmund (08. Nov.) / Célestine Hennermann, Berlin (09. Nov.)

For children and young persons (from the age of 8) and adults


Sat. 08 Nov. + Sun. 09 Nov. // 05.00 – 06.00 p.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
Centre chorégraphique national d’Orléans / Josef Nadj
»Journal d’un inconnu«
(»Diary of an unknown«)
 (Video clip  )
Solo theatre play
German premiere

This dance solo by and with Josef Nadj shifts, full of enchanting imaginativeness, between humour and catastrophe, pain and lust for life. Nadj combs through his own diary about the Yugoslavian past and poets by Ottó Tolnai and enters the subconscious of human soul.


Sat. 08 Nov. // 07.30 – 09.30 p.m.
Sun. 09 Nov. // 07.30 – 09.30 p.m. (Final Night)
Centraltheater (former Schauspielhaus)
Les Ballets C. de la B. / Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol, Ghent
»pitié!«
(»Have mercy!«)
 (Video clip  )

What does it mean today to make a sacrifice? What about our ability to show sympathy and pity? The famous Belgian choreographer Alan Platel poses these questions, together with ten fantastic dancers, three singers and eight musicians, on the basis of the "St Matthew Passion" by Johann Sebastian Bach. Together with the composer Frabrizio Cassol, who revised the music in a strikingly modern way, an outstanding, touching dance play was created.

Followed by: Audience discussion
Presentation: Klemens Wannenmacher, Coach and cultural consultant, Berlin



Fringe programme

Free entry for all events (except workshop).


Tue. 04 Nov. – Fri. 07 Nov. // 11.00 a.m. – 08.00 p.m.
Sat. 08 Nov. – Sun. 09 Nov. // 10.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m.
Galerie Irrgang
Exhibition »Les corneilles« (»The crows«)
Drawings by Josef Nadj
Tue. 04 Nov. // 11.00 – about 12.30 a.m.
Press conference for Festival opening
and art opening (both open to the public)
the artist will be present
Introduction: Dr. Meinhard Michael, journalist and art historian, Leipzig


Tue. 05 Nov. // 05.00 – ca. 06.30 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
»Woyzeck«
Film by Werner Herzog
with Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes a. o.
Introduction: Dr. Martina Bako, Theatre scholar, University of Leipzig


Thur. 06 Nov. + Fri. 07 Nov.
Evangelisches Schulzentrum / Aula
02.30 – 04.00 p.m. (For beginners – part I + II)
05.00 – 06.30 p.m. (For advanced dancers – part I + II)
»HipHop – The second identity«
Workshop with Takao Baba, E-Motion, Dusseldorf


Thur. 06 Nov. // 05.00 – about 06.45 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
»Die Ruhe vor dem Sturm« (»The quiet before the storm«)
Films about the search of meaning and human depths in theatre
/ »Borrowed light« by Tero Saarinen, Helsinki,
/ »Bound« by Jan Schmidt-Garre with S. Teshigawara and C. Harfouch,
/ »Break« by Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie, London
Conception and Presentation: Dr. Janine Schulze, manager and academic collaborator, Tanzarchiv Leipzig


Fri. 07 Nov. // 05.00 – about 06.45 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
»Dernier paysage« (»Last landscape«)
& »Paso Doble«
Two films by Josef Nadj
German premiers
Introduction: Dr. Martina Bako, Theatre scholar, University of Leipzig


Sat. 08 Nov. // 02.30 – about 04.00 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
»Stille Wasser sind tief« (»Still waters run deep«)
Podium discussion
Participants:
Katja Werner, journalist and theatre critic, ballet-tanz, München-Berlin
Peter Michalzik, journalist and theatre critic, Frankfurter Rundschau (requested)
Dirk Pilz, theatre critic, co-founder and editor nachtkritik.de, Berlin
Klaus Witzeling, theatre critic, cultural journalist, Hamburger Abendblatt

Presentation: Prof. Dr. Günther Heeg, Theatre scholar, University of Leipzig


Sat. 08 Nov. // from 11.30 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
Festival party
with the musicians of the guest performances »pitié!« and »vsprs« (2006) by Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol, Gent:
Tcha Limberger, violin and vocals, Philippe Thuriot, accordion, and Vilmos Csikos, double bass


Sun. 09 Nov. // 02.30 – about 04.00 p.m.
Festival café at Telegraph
Talk and film / Talk with Alain Platel, choreographer and director, Ghent
Introduction and Presentation: Michael Freundt, Assistant director of International theatre institute (ITI), Berlin
/ Film »›vsprs‹ show and tell« by Sophie Fiennes