20th Festival 2010 / Programme

Complete programme with summary

20 years

euro-scene Leipzig

Festival of contemporary European theatre

02 – 07 November 2010


(»Searching for traces«)

Theatre and dance from the old and new Europe

Under the patronage of Stanislaw Tillich,
    Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony

Festival Director and programme: Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Carte blanche: Klemens Wannenmacher, Kreativ Coaching Berlin
    and member of the artistic advisory council of the euro-scene Leipzig

Festival programme

Tuesday, 02. November // 19.30 – 21.00 Uhr (Opening night)
Wednesday, 03. November // 19.30 – 21.00 Uhr
les ballets C de la B / Alain Platel, Gent
»Out of context – for Pina«
   (Video clip )
Dance play
Conception and direction: Alain Platel

People at the edge of society seek protection, the subconscious comes to light. The celebrated Belgian choreographer Alain Platel shows a broad spectrum of humanity between passion, stillness and humour with nine fantastic dancers.

Wednesday, 03. November // 19.30 – 20.30 Uhr
Thursday, 04. November // 22.00 – 23.00 Uhr
Kellertheater der Oper Leipzig
Ivo Dimchev, Sofia
»Som faves«
(»Some favorites«)
   (Video clip )
Conception and play: Ivo Dimchev
(In English language with German subtitles)

This solo of radical performer Ivo Dimchev moves between intimacy and voyeurism. With his strong physical presence he creates an overwhelming mixture of genres between privacy and public, full of self-irony, wit and charm.

Wednesday, 03. November // 22.00 – ca. 23.30 Uhr (World première)
Thursday, 04. November // 19.30 – ca. 21.00 Uhr
Friday, 05. November // 17.00 – ca. 18.30 Uhr
Schaubühne Lindenfels
In-house production euro-scene Leipzig / Philipp J. Neumann
»Prophezeiung 20/11«
(»Prophecy 20/11«)
   (Video clip )
Instinct theatre
Conception and direction: Philipp J. Neumann
Choreography: Steffi Sembdner
Moving objects: Hagen Tilp
World première
Co-production with Hellerau – European centre for the arts Dresden, and Thalia Theater Halle

Are humans still able to show instinctive behaviour today? The Leipzig director Philipp J. Neumann devotes in an interdisciplinary approach to the equal treatment of other living creatures on the planet. Steffi Sembdner created the choreography, Hagen Tilp the moved objects. The piece won the project advertisement on the occasion of its anniversary.

Thursday, 04. November // 19.30 – 21.00 Uhr
Friday, 05. November // 19.30 – 21.00 Uhr
Theater der Jungen Welt
Jaunais Rīgas teātris (New theatre Riga), Riga
   (Video clip )
Theatre play
Text: Tatjana Tolstaja
Staging: Alvis Hermanis
(In Russian language with German simultaneous translation)

The limited and ugly maid Sonja is transformed by love. Alvis Hermanis, Latvia's best-known director of the younger generation, staged this theatre play by the Russian author Tatjana Tolstaja with much poetry.

Friday, 05. November // 16.00 Uhr / 17.00 Uhr / 18.00 Uhr (each ca. 17 minutes)
Saturday, 06. November // 16.00 Uhr / 17.00 Uhr / 18.00 Uhr (each ca. 17 minutes)
Sunday, 07. November // 16.00 Uhr / 17.00 Uhr / 18.00 Uhr (each ca. 17 minutes)
Alte Hauptpost / Augustusplatz
Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio / Romeo Castellucci, Cesena
»Storia contemporanea dell’Africa. Vol. III«
(»Contemporary history of Africa. Vol. III«)
   (Video clip )
Conception and light design: Romeo Castellucci
German première

A father and his children silently gather around a sarcophagus. A theatre of gestures, inner images and strong associations by Romeo Castellucci, one of the most fascinating directors in Europe – presented with his own six children.

Friday, 05. November // 19.30 – 21.15 Uhr
Saturday, 06. November // 19.30 – 21.15 Uhr
Compagnie Pippo Delbono, Modena
»La menzogna«
(»The lie«)
   (Video clip )
Theatre play
Conception, text and staging: Pippo Delbono
German première
(In Italian language with German subtitles)

A fire in the ThyssenKrupp plant in Turin in 2007 formed the starting point for this opulent play by Pippo Delbono. In a mixture of spoken and dance theatre, political cabaret and burlesque, he subjects his home country Italy relentless social criticism and is still full of human kindness.

Friday, 05. November // 22.00 – 23.00 Uhr
Saturday, 06. November // 22.00 – 23.00 Uhr
Teatri Kombëtar i Kosovës (National Theatre Kosovo), Prishtina
»Çifti Martin«
(»The Martins«)
   (Video clip )
Theatre play
Text: Eugène Ionesco (Adaption: Bekim Lumi)
Conception and staging: Bekim Lumi
German première
(In Albanian language with German subtitles)

A man and a woman meet in a train. An absurdist drama of a married couple develops from the shy conversation. Bekim Lumi staged the slapstick comedy between melodrama and musical, based on a text by Eugène Ionesco.

Friday, 05. November // 22.00 – 01.30 Uhr
Saturday, 06. November // 22.00 – 01.30 Uhr
Werk II / Halle A
Lange Nacht des Tanzes
(Long night of dance)
   (Video clip )
Choreographies of former laureates of the competition
»Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«):
Hermann Heisig, Leipzig-Berlin / Cynthia Gonzales, Bern / Maren Strack, Berlin / Claudio Stellato, Brüssel / Daniela Lehmann, Berlin / Catharina Gadelha, Köln / Martin Ihle, Berlin

The competition in the conception by Alain Platel, Ghent, has already found tremendous success on nine occasions from 1997-2009. Based on seven dancers/choreographers their development since their appearance at that time will be shown.

Saturday, 06. November // 14.30 – 15.30 Uhr and 17.00 – 18.00 Uhr
Kellertheater der Oper Leipzig
Divadlo Líšeň (Theatre Líšeň), Brno
   (Video clip )
Shadow theatre
Conception, text and staging: Pavla Dombrovská
(For children from 5 years and adults)
(In German language)

Princess Sávitrí wants to marry no one else but Prince Satiaván against all odds. Pavla Dombrovská created this enchanting shadow theatre based upon an Indian legend with one of the leading children's and puppet theatres in the Czech Republic.

Saturday, 06. November // 19.30 – 21.00 Uhr
Sunday, 07. November // 17.00 – 18.30 Uhr
Schaubühne Lindenfels
NTGent / Johan Simons with Jeroen Willems, Amsterdam
»Twee stemmen«
(»Two voices«)
Theatre play
Text: Pier Paolo Pasolini and Cor Herkströter
Conception and staging: Johan Simons
Actor: Jeroen Willems
(In German language)

Dinner seems to be over; a man portrays five powerbrokers from our life and times. The renowned Dutch director Johan Simons created this brilliant-dialectic study with the wonderful actor Jeroen Willems based on texts by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Cor Herkströter, the former CEO of Shell.

Sunday, 07. November // 11.00 – 12.00 Uhr and 14.30 – 15.30 Uhr
Kellertheater der Oper Leipzig
Divadlo Líšeň (Theatre Líšeň), Brno
»Žabáci – Sny starého dědka«
(»Frogs – The dreams of the old«)
   (Video clip )
Puppet theatre
Conception, text and staging: Pavla Dombrovská
German première
(For children from 5 years and adults)
(In German language)

A whimsical old man lives in a dark forest and dreams of frog, toad, fish and other animals as friends. The fabulous puppet theatre play is based upon motives of the American author Arnold Lobel.

Sunday, 07. November // 19.30 – 20.45 Uhr (Final night)
Ballet Preljocaj, Aix-en-Provence
»Empty moves (parts I & II)
   (Video clip )
Dance play
Choreography: Angelin Preljocaj
Voice: John Cage
Words: Henry David Thoreau
German première

Two women and two men dance abstractly in constantly changing new formations and structures of highest quality. Angelin Preljocaj choreographed this dance play following a reading by John Cage in 1977 which caused tumultuous reactions in Milan. An homage to the dance.

Fringe programme

Free admission for all events (except workshop)

Wednesday, 03. November // 16.30 – ca. 18.30 Uhr
Passage Kinos
Films and discussion
An afternoon with Alain Platel

/ Film »Bonjour Madame, comment allez-vous aujourd'hui,
   il fait beau, il va sans doute pleuvoir, etcetera«
/ Discussion with Alain Platel, choreographer and director, Ghent
  Presentation: Klemens Wannenmacher, Berlin
/ »Passion – Last stop Kinshasa«
  (»pitié – Endstation Kinshasa«)
  In french with German subtitles

Thursday, 04. November // 10.00 – 14.00 Uhr (part I)
Friday, 05. November // 10.00 – 14.00 Uhr (part II)
Die Villa – Soziokulturelles Zentrum
Catharina Gadelha
, Cologne
»Mein Bild ist Dein Bild«
(»My picture is your picture«)

A Dance-theatre-laboratory

Thursday, 04. November // 14.30 – ca. 18.30 Uhr
Passage Kinos
Films of Romeo Castellucci
»Purgatorio« and »Paradiso«

Recording of the stage performances
Conception and staging: Romeo Castellucci
German cinema premières
Discussion with Romeo Castellucci
Introduction and presentation: Dr. Martina Bako, Leipzig

Thursday, 04. November // 17.00 – ca. 18.00 Uhr
Technical guidance
»Die Räder im Getriebe«

(»The wheels in motion«)

Look into the processes of technical stage
Bernd E. Gengelbach, co-director and technical direction euro-scene Leipzig

Friday, 05. November // 14.00 – 16.00 Uhr / Opening and podium discussion (public)
Friday, 05. November // 16.30 – 18.15 Uhr / Work groups (for professional visitors, with registration*)
Saturday, 06. November // 10.00 – 13.00 Uhr / Work groups (for professional visitors, with registration*)
Saturday, 06. November // 14.00 – 16.00 Uhr / Film, discussion, closing (public)
Alte Börse


Dance and theatre from Europe. New impetus from the East.
Leadership and presentation: Michael Freundt, co-director of the ITI
In co-operation with the International Theatre Institute (ITI), Berlin

* symposium@iti-germany.de / Tel. +49-30-791 17 77 / www.iti-germany.de/symposium

Friday, 05. November and Saturday, 06. November // 16.30 – ca. 18.00 Uhr
Passage Kinos
Die euro-scene Leipzig im 20. Jahr
(The euro-scene Leipzig in the 20th year)
/ The musical Festival signal of the euro-scene Leipzig
/ Discussion with Friederike Bernhardt, composer, and Ipke Starke, Professor for composition, Hochschule für Musik und Theater »Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy«, Leipzig
/ Discussion with Bernd E. Gengelbach, co-director and technical director euro-scene Leipzig and Tilman König, film maker
/ Film: »Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen« (»A look behind the scenes«)
by Bernd E. Gengelbach and Tilman König, Leipzig

Sunday, 07. November // 11.30 – 13.30 Uhr
Passage Kinos
»Blanche neige«
(»Snow White«)

A dance-fairytale
Choreography: Angelin Preljocaj, Aix-en-Provence
Music: Gustav Mahler
German cinema premiere
Introduction: Thomas Hahn, Paris
(For children from 8 years and adults)
In co-operation with the Passage Kinos and the Institut français d'Allemagne, Leipzig

Sunday, 07. November // 14.30 – ca. 16.00 Uhr
Passage Kinos
»La Paura«
(»The fear«)

by Pippo Delbono, Modena
German cinema première
Introduction and discussion with Pippo Delbono: Dr. Martina Bako, Leipzig

Sunday, 07. November // 22.00 Uhr – ca. 03.00 Uhr
Schaubühne Lindenfels
(Closing ball)

with the music band Black Coffee, Leipzig
and as guest of honour: Wolfgang Tiefensee, Berlin/Leipzig


The Festival café is based from 02 – 07 November 2010 at the Café-Restaurant Telegraph.

The printed festival programme can be posted at no charge.

Ticket sale


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Festival of contemporary European theatre
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Tel. +49–(0)341–980 02 84 / Fax +49–(0)341–980 48 60
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