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Press release — 12.11.2012 (Audience Award 2012)
Press release — 11.11.2012 (final notice)
Press release — 06.11.2012
Press release — 26.09.2012
Press release (short version) — 10.07.2012



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Press release – 12.11.2012 (Audience Award 2012)

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Familie Flöz from Berlin won the audience award of the euro-scene Leipzig 2012


This year an audience award for the »Most favourite play 2012« was bestowed for the first time. This price was announced on Sunday night just after the end of the festival: The winner was the renowned mask theatre Familie Flöz from Berlin with its play »Infinita«. The award includes a fresh invitation for the company to the euro-scene Leipzig again with another production in one of the following years. Familie Flöz, headed by Hajo Schüler and Michael Vogel, is a theatre without words and combines elements of movement and body theatre – but its biggest secret lies in the phenomenal effect of the masks. It is planned to have another audience favourite award bestowed next year.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 12.11.2012


Contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de



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Press release – 11.11.2012 (final notice)

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Theatre and dance festival euro-scene Leipzig successfully completed


with strong contrasts and enthusiastic audience


Tonight the euro-scene Leipzig ends with the dance play »En Atendant« by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her company ROSAS from Brussels at the sold out Centraltheater. With 8 dancers and 4 musicians she shows an orderly chaos full of harmony, irritatingly erotic, between life and death, fear and hope.

The euro-scene Leipzig took place from 06. to 11. November 2012 for the 22nd time. Under the motto »Herbstzeitlose« (»Autumn crocus«), the festival of contemporary European theatre showed 12 guest plays from 9 countries in 23 presentations and 8 venues. The spectrum included dance and speech theatre, musical stage forms, performances and a play for children; among them 7 German premières. The direction was in the hands of festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff.

With his festival opening at the Peterskirche the renown Italian director Romeo Castellucci and his company Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio provided fodder for intensive discussions and much applause with the play »Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio« (»On the concept of the face, regarding the son of God«). With impressive images of human suffering under the eyes of a big portrait of Jesus Christ he showed the explosive effect theatre can give. It contrasted sharply with the second highlight: Familie Flöz from Berlin received standing ovations for its enchanting mask theatre »Infinita«. The festival programme consisted of big contrasts including the dance play »Herbstzeitlose« (»Late Bloomers«) by Rainer Behr, longstanding dancer with Pina Bausch in Wuppertal, and the inventive women's choir Chór kobiet by Marta Górnicka from Warsaw.

Within the priority on Eastern Europe it was the play »Miranda« by Oskaras Koršunovas, Vilnius, with his theatre OKT, based on motives of William Shakespeare's drama »The tempest«, that stood out. German premières were shown by Jeton Neziraj with his company Qendra Multimedia Pristine / Kosovo and the Compagnie Moment by Zoran Petrovič from the Slovenian Maribor. Among the discoveries were the choreographies by Sandrine Buring and Orin Camus from France and Silvia Costa from Italy.

Most performances were completely sold out. Long queues of disappointed visitors had to be send away repeatedly. A well-attended fringe programme with films, discussions rounds and workshop enriched the offer. With approximately 6,500 spectators the festival had an utilisation of 96.4%.

The euro-scene Leipzig is supported by the city of Leipzig and the Saxon Ministry of Science and the Fine Arts. Main partner for the last time was the Leipzig BMW plant, whose discontinuation after eleven years has led to an extremely difficult financial situation for the festival as from 2013.

The next euro-scene Leipzig will take place from 05. to 10. November 2013 for the 23rd time.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 11.11.2012


Contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de



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Press release – 06.11.2012 – (ONLY IN GERMAN)

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»Herbstzeitlose« mit 146 Künstlern aus ganz Europa


ab heute auf Leipziger Bühnen


Am heutigen Abend wird die euro-scene Leipzig in der Peterskirche eröffnet. Das Festival zeitgenössischen europäischen Theaters zeigt das viel diskutierte Stück »Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio« (»Über das Konzept des Angesichts von Gottes Sohn«) von Romeo Castellucci und seiner Compagnie Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio aus Cesena. Romeo Castellucci ist seit Jahren einer der bedeutendsten und radikalsten Regisseure des zeitgenössischen Theaters in Europa.

Die euro-scene Leipzig findet vom 06. bis 11. November 2012 zum 22. Mal statt und präsentiert 12 Gastspiele aus 9 Ländern in 23 Vorstellungen und 8 Spielstätten. Das Spektrum umfasst Tanz- und Sprechtheater, musikalische Bühnenformen, Performances und ein Stück für Kinder, darunter 7 Deutschlandpremieren. Das Festival steht diesmal unter dem Motto »Herbstzeitlose«. Mit diesem Begriff verbindet sich eine geheimnisvolle Pflanzenart, die dem Krokus ähnelt und spät im Herbst ans Licht kommt, wenn alle anderen Pflanzen bereits verblüht sind. »Herbstzeitlose« schafft als Metapher Bezüge zu Themen zwischen Leben und Tod, dem Unerwarteten und Grenzerfahrungen.

Die euro-scene Leipzig besitzt seit ihrer Gründung 1991 einen festen Platz in der europäischen Festivallandschaft. Die Schirmherrschaft für das Festival übernahm Burkhard Jung, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Leipzig. Insgesamt reisen in diesem Jahr 146 Künstler und Techniker aus verschiedenen europäischen Ländern während der Festivalwoche in Leipzig an.

Die vielfältigen Gastspiele zeigen eigenwillige, starke Handschriften wichtiger Regisseure und Choreografen aus ganz Europa. Ein Höhepunkt ist das Stück »Miranda« von Oskaras Koršunovas aus Vilnius mit seinem Theater OKT, basierend auf Motiven des Dramas »Der Sturm« von William Shakespeare. Innerhalb des Schwerpunkts Osteuropa sind als Deutschlandpremieren ein Stück von Jeton Neziraj mit der Compagnie Qendra Multimedia aus Prishtina / Kosovo sowie ein Kinderstück der Compagnie Moment von Zoran Petrovič aus dem slowenischen Maribor, Kulturstadt Europas 2012, zu sehen.

Zwei Gastspiele aus Deutschland bereichern das Programm: Rainer Behr, langjähriger Tänzer bei Pina Bausch in Wuppertal, stellt mit dem Tanztheater des Theaters Bielefeld – passend zum Festivalmotto – sein mitreißendes Tanzstück »Herbstzeitlose« vor. Und schließlich kommt das zauberhafte Maskentheater Familie Flöz aus Berlin mit ihrem Stück »Infinita« erstmals nach Leipzig.

Als Festivalabschluss gastiert Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, eine der wichtigsten Choreografinnen Europas, nach zehn Jahren wieder in Leipzig. Mit ihrer Compagnie ROSAS aus Brüssel zeigt sie das Tanzstück »En Atendant« nach Musik des 14. Jahrhunderts.

Die euro-scene Leipzig wird finanziert durch die Stadt Leipzig und den Freistaat Sachsen. Hauptpartner ist nach elf Jahren letztmals das BMW Werk Leipzig. Das Festival verliert mit diesem Sponsor ein knappes Drittel seines Gesamtetats von insgesamt 660.000,00 € und steht ab 2013 vor einem einschneidenden Finanzproblem. Obwohl die Stadt Leipzig durch Anhebung ihrer Zuwendung den Erhalt des Festivals zunächst einmal sichern konnte, lassen sich ohne neue Sponsorschaften gravierende Kürzungen nicht vermeiden.

Partner der euro-scene Leipzig sind das Best Western Hotel Leipzig City Center, Messedruck Leipzig und das Café-Restaurant Telegraph. Das Festival findet mit Unterstützung zahlreicher Botschaften und Kulturinstitutionen statt. Kultur- und Medienpartner sind MDR Figaro, ARTE und info tv leipzig.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 06.11.2012


Contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de



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Press release – 26.09.2012

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Exploding like a volcano


Theatre festival euro-scene Leipzig shows »Herbstzeitlose« (»Autumn crocus«) on the stages of the city



The euro-scene Leipzig will take place for the 22nd time from 6 to 11 November 2012. The festival of contemporary European theatre will show 12 guest plays from 9 countries in 23 presentations and 8 venues. The spectrum includes dance and spoken theatre, musical stage forms, performances and a play for children. Among them are 7 German premières. The euro-scene Leipzig holds a firm place in the European festival landscape. The festival enjoys the patronage of Burkhard Jung, lord mayor of the city of Leipzig.

The motto of the festival this year is »Herbstzeitlose« (»Autumn crocus«). This term coalesces with a secretive species of plant that is similar to the crocus and blossoms in late autumn, after every other plant has already lost its bloom. Their leaves sprout invisibly under the ground and shoot out unexpectedly months later. The autumn crocus is poisonous and yet also has a healing property that is used in medicine. »The developments in Europe have an almost eerie character due to their unpredictability and human behaviour sometimes explodes unexpectedly like a volcano«, to quote festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff. As a metaphor, the term »autumn crocus« creates references to themes between life and death, the unexpected and liminal experiences.

The guest plays demonstrate the strong, individual scripting of major directors and choreographers from all over Europe. Romeo Castellucci from the northern Italian Cesena has been one of the most important and radical directors in Europe for years. He will open the euro-scene Leipzig this year with his much-discussed piece »Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio« (»On the concept of the face, regarding the son of God«) and Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio. Oskaras Koršunovas from Vilnius and his Theatre OKT will show the play »Miranda« based on Shakespeare's »The tempest« in a fascinating modern version. And finally, after ten years, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, one of the most important European choreographers, and her company ROSAS from Brussels can be seen again in Leipzig with her dance piece »En Atendant« as festival closure.

The carte blanche – the selection of a guest performance – is provided to a renowned artist each year. This time, the »white card« is in the hands of Romeo Castellucci, who has decided upon two performances of the young Italian Silvia Costa, from Treviso. The German première of a theatre play by Jeton Neziraj with the company Qendra Multimedia from Pristina, Kosovo and a children's theatre piece from the company Moment by Zoran Petrovič from Maribor, Slovenia, European Capital of Culture 2012, can be seen within the Spotlight on Eastern Europe. Moreover, there will be the witty women's choir Chór kobiet by Marta Górnicka from Warsaw.

Two guest performances from Germany round out the festival programme: Rainer Behr, a long-time dancer for Pina Bausch in Wuppertal, presents his thrilling dance piece – fitting this year's festival motto – »Herbstzeitlose« (»Autumn crocus«) with Tanztheater des Theaters Bielefeld. And last, but certainly not least, Familie Flöz from Berlin finally comes to Leipzig for the first time with its magical mask theatre piece »Infinita«.

The euro-scene Leipzig is financed from funds of the city of Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony. Main partner is the BMW Plant Leipzig for the last time after eleven years. Partners are the Best Western Hotel Leipzig City Center, Messedruck Leipzig, Café-Restaurant Telegraph, the International Theatre Institute (ITI), Berlin, and the incorporated association Richard-Wagner-Verband Leipzig. The festival is also supported by numerous embassies and cultural institutions. Cultural and media partners are the MDR Figaro, ARTE and info tv Leipzig.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 10.07.2012


Contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de



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Press release (short version) – 10.07.2012

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Exploding like a volcano


Theatre festival euro-scene Leipzig shows »Herbstzeitlose« (»Autumn crocus«) on the stages of the city


The euro-scene Leipzig will take place for the 22nd time from 6 to 11 November 2012. The festival of contemporary European theatre will show 12 guest plays from 9 countries in 23 presentations and 8 venues, among them 6 German premières. The festival enjoys the patronage of Burkhard Jung, lord mayor of the city of Leipzig.

The motto of the festival this year is »Herbstzeitlose« (»Autumn crocus«). The guest plays demonstrate the strong, individual scripting of major directors and choreographers from all over Europe. Romeo Castellucci, Cesena, will open the euro-scene Leipzig this year with »Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio« (»On the concept of the face, regarding the son of God«) and Sociètas Raffaello Sanzio. Oskaras Koršunovas from Vilnius and his Theatre OKT will show the play »Miranda« based on Shakespeare's »The tempest«. And finally Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and her company ROSAS from Brussels can be seen in Leipzig with her dance piece »En atendant« as festival closure.

The German première of a theatre play by Jeton Neziraj with the company Qendra Multimedia from Pristina, Kosovo and a children's theatre piece from the company Theater Moment by Zoran Petrovič from Maribor, Slovenia, European Capital of Culture 2012, can be seen within the Spotlight on Eastern Europe. Moreover, there will be the witty women's choir Chór kobiet by Marta Górnicka from Warsaw and Familie Flöz from Berlin with its magical mask theatre piece »Infinita«.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 10.07.2012


Contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de // www.euro-scene.de



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