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Press release — 11.11.2013 (Competition closure)
Press release — 10.11.2013 (Final night)
Press release — 05.11.2013 (Opening night)
Press release — 25.09.2013 (Conception and programme)
Press release — 25.09.2013 (Short version conception and programme)


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Press release – 11.11.2013 (Competition results)

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Justyna Kalbarczyk wins the competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) 2013


The competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) 2013 was decided during the final night of euro-scene Leipzig last evening. The jury consisting of 5 members awarded the first prize to Justyna Kalbarczyk from Berlin, born in Wrocław, who also won the audience award. With her solo »Bim bam bum«, based on music by Xavier Cugat, she found the right balance between art and entertainment.

The second prize went to Raphael Hillebrand from Berlin, born in Hongkong, and the third prize to the Polish Irina Demina from Hamburg.

The first three winners were awarded prize moneys between EUR 2,000.00 and EUR 500.00, with the support of the Fonds Darstellende Künste, Berlin, and Getränke Staude, Leipzig. The audience award includes a stay free at the next euro-scene Leipzig, sponsored by the InterCityHotel Leipzig.

The popular competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«), in the conception by the renowned Flemish choreographer Alan Platel, Ghent, was held at the wardrobe foyer of the Schauspielhaus. It was a big viewer magnet and all three evenings were sold out.

Anyone could apply independent of age, training, style and nationality. In total 82 applications were received from several countries. In an internal pre-selection the festival director of euro-scene Leipzig, Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, and the artistic director of the competition, René Reinhardt, chose 20 participants. They presented their solos of 5 minutes length on a round table of 7 m diameter.

The members of the jury were Esther Holland-Merten, dramatic adviser Schauspiel Leipzig, Montserrat León, head of Choreografisches Zentrum, Leipzig, Dr. Ina Lipp, medical consultant in general and nutritional medicine, Leipzig, Leipzig, Christian Syrotek, director InterCityHotel Leipzig, and Arnd Wesemann, editor tanz, Berlin.

The competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) is held biennially and is planned to take place next time within the euro-scene Leipzig 2015.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 11.11.2013


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


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Press release – 10.11.2013 (Final night)

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Theatre and dance festival euro-scene Leipzig successfully completed

with focus on »Le sacre du printemps» (»The rite of spring») and sold-out performances


Tonight the euro-scene Leipzig ends with the dance piece »La curva« (»The curve«) by Israel Galván from Seville. This dancer, who is celebrated throughout the world, liberates the flamenco from all accessories and creates, together with the Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, a masterpiece with its reduction.

This year’s euro-scene Leipzig took place from 05 – 10 November 2013 for the 23rd time. Under the motto »Schwarze Milch« (»Black milk«), the festival of contemporary European theatre presented 12 evenings of guest performances from 11 countries in 24 presentations and 8 venues. The spectrum includes dance and spoken theatre, performances, musical stage forms and a play for children. The popular competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) was held for the 11th time. The programme selection lied in the hands of festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff.

The festival opened with three very different choreographies of the ballet »Le sacre du printemps« (»The rite of spring«) by Igor Stravinsky, being the most important dance piece of the 20th century: Next to the choreographies by David Wampach, Montpellier, and Georges Momboye, Paris, it was especially Tero Saarinen from Helsinki who received ovations for his solo »Hunt«. The main focus »Le sacre du printemps« also included the dance performance »DeSacre!« by Christine Gaigg, Vienna.

The festival highlights included the play »Melnais piens« (»Black milk«) by Alvis Hermanis with the New Riga Theatre. The topic of loss of rural identity and the dangers of globalisation were depicted with scenic alienation and outstanding actors. Andrea Miltnerová and the company Nanohach from Prague fascinated through their abstraction and the impressive light design by Jan Komárek.

The cross-divisional play »The Blue Boy« of the company Brokentalkers from Dublin and the dance play »The old king« by Miguel Moreira and Romeu Runa / les ballets C de la B from Ghent as well as the children's play »Il giardino di Gaia« (»Gaia's Garden«) with the Teatro Pan, Lugano, brought sold-out venues.

Both the venues of Schauspiel Leipzig, which the festival maintains close cooperation with, and the other venues were mostly sold-out. A well-attended fringe programme with films, discussion rounds and technical tour enriched the offer. With approximately 6,100 spectators the festival had an utilisation of 94.3%.

euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the city of Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony. Partners are the InterCityHotel Leipzig, Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig, as well as cultural institutions and foundations. Cultural and media partners are the MDR Figaro, ARTE, info tv Leipzig and
der Freitag.

The next euro-scene Leipzig will take place from 04 to 09 November 2014 for the 24th time.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 10.11.2013


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


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Press release – 05.11.2013 (Opening night)

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»Schwarze Milch« (»Black milk«) with 148 artists from all over Europe

as of today on Leipzig’s stages


euro-scene Leipzig will open tonight at the Schauspielhaus. The festival of contemporary European theatre will show three very different choreographies of the ballet »Le sacre du printemps« (»The rite of spring«) by Igor Stravinsky, being the most important dance piece of the 20th century. To be seen are the versions by David Wampach, Montpellier (as duet), Tero Saarinen, Helsinki (as solo) and Georges Momboye, Paris (with 12 dancers).

euro-scene Leipzig will take place from 05 – 10 November 2013 for the 23rd time and presents 12 evenings of guest performances from 11 countries in 24 presentations and 8 venues. The spectrum includes dance and spoken theatre, performances, musical stage forms and a play for children. This year, the festival’s motto is »Schwarze Milch« (»Black milk«). This metaphor is based on the theatre play of the same name by Latvian director Alvis Hermanis from Riga, which will be one of the festival guest performances this year. It deals with the loss of rural identity and the dangers of globalisation. But the motto also functions as a synonym for collapse and decay, beginning and ending, for the changing of perspective over the course of our lives.

Since its founding in 1991, euro-scene Leipzig has become firmly established in the European festival landscape. The festival enjoys the patronage of Burkhard Jung, lord mayor of the city of Leipzig. The programme selection lies in the hands of festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff. This year a total of 148 artists and technicians from various European countries will come to Leipzig during the festival week.

The diverse guest performances demonstrate the strong, individual scripting of major directors and choreographers from all over Europe. Next to the opening night, the dance piece »DeSacre!« by Christine Gaigg, Vienna, also focuses on »Le sacre du printemps«. It combines elements of the choreographic original by Vaslav Nijinsky (1913) with the action of Pussy Riot in Moscow 2012, thus bringing the work into the present. An unusual contribution comes from Switzerland: CapriConnection & Schola Cantorum Basiliensis will present the music theatre piece »Ars vivendi« by Anna-Sophie Mahler, who made a name for herself as the assistant of Christoph Marthaler and Christoph Schlingensief.

Furthermore, there will be the magical children’s play »Il giardino di Gaia« (»Gaia’s Garden«) with the Teatro Pan, Lugano. And finally, Israel Galván, Sevilla, one of the best flamenco dancers of our time, will close the festival with a guest performance of the dance piece »La curva« (»The curve«).

Together with the Schauspiel Leipzig, a dance piece by Constanza Macras, Berlin, will be premiered. And »Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)« (»Rechnitz (The exterminating angel)«) by Elfriede Jelinek, staged by Enrico Lübbe, will have its premiere within euro-scene Leipzig. The piece deals with the massacre in Rechnitz, Austria, in 1945 and is to be understood as a parallel to the festival motto »Schwarze Milch« (»Black milk«).

The popular competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«), in the conception by the renowned Flemish choreographer Alain Platel, Ghent, will be held for the 11th time.

euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the city of Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony. Partners are the InterCityHotel Leipzig, Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig, as well as cultural institutions and foundations. Cultural and media partners are the MDR Figaro, ARTE, info tv Leipzig and der Freitag.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 05.11.2013


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


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Press release – 25.09.2013 (Conception and programme)

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Milk becomes black

Festival euro-scene Leipzig shows theatre and dance from all over Europe


The euro-scene Leipzig will take place for the 23rd time from 05-10 November 2013. The festival of contemporary European theatre and dance will show 12 evenings of guest performances from 11 countries in 24 presentations and 8 venues. The spectrum includes dance and spoken theatre, performances, musical stage forms and a play for children. The festival enjoys the patronage of Burkhard Jung, lord mayor of the city of Leipzig. The programme selection lies in the hands of festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff.

This year, the festival's motto is »Schwarze Milch« (»Black milk«). This metaphor comes from the play of the same name by Latvian director Alvis Hermanis from Riga, which will be one of the festival guest performances this year. It deals with the loss of rural identity and the dangers of globalisation. »But the motto also functions as a synonym for collapse and decay, beginning and ending, for the changing of perspective over the course of our lives«, says festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff.

A focus of the festival is dedicated to the ballet »Le sacre du printemps« (»The rite of spring«) by Igor Strawinsky, the most important dance piece of the 20th century. Its world première in 1913 in Paris caused a scandal exactly 100 years ago. For this year's festival opening, euro-scene Leipzig will present work from three of the most innovative choreographers today: David Wampach, Montpellier, Tero Saarinen, Helsinki and Georges Momboye, Paris. In addition, a dance piece by Christine Gaigg, Vienna, will be presented. It combines choreographic elements from Vaslav Nijinsky, the choreographer of the première, with the artistic activities of Pussy Riot in Moscow 2012, thus bringing the work into the present.

Eastern Europe continues to be represented by two pieces of choreography from Prague by Andrea Miltnerová and Compagnie Nanohach as well as the performance »Forecasting« by Barbara Matijević & Giuseppe Chico from Zagreb / Bari. An unusual contribution comes from Switzerland: CapriConnection & Schola Cantorum Basiliensis will present the music theatre piece »Ars vivendi«, directed by Anna-Sophie Mahler, who made a name for herself as the assistant of Christoph Marthaler in Bayreuth. A magical children's play, »Il giardino di Gaia« (»Gaia's Garden«), will also be presented by Teatro Pan, Lugano. Finally, Israel Galván, Sevilla, one of the best flamenco dancers of our time, will close the festival with a guest performance of the dance piece »La curva« (»The curve«).

The euro-scene Leipzig has formed a close partnership with Schauspiel Leipzig under its new artistic director Enrico Lübbe. This will result in the presentation of a co-production with the choreographer Constanza Macras, Berlin. The piece »Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)« (»Rechnitz (The exterminating angel)«) by Elfriede Jelinek and directed by Enrico Lübbe will have its première during euro-scene Leipzig. The piece deals with the massacre in Rechnitz / Austria in 1945 and is to be understood as a parallel to the festival motto black milk. The poem »Todesfuge« (»Death fugue«, 1944/45) by the German-Romanian author Paul Celan and its verse »Black milk at dawn« that has always been controversially discussed as »poetry of the Holocaust« also provides associations with the motto.

The popular competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«), in the conception by the renowned Flemish choreographer Alain Platel, Ghent, will be held for the 11th time.

The euro-scene Leipzig is financed from funds of the city of Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony. Partners are InterCityHotel Leipzig, Verbundnetz Gas AG, Leipzig, and cultural institutions as well as foundations. Cultural and media partners are MDR Figaro, ARTE, info tv Leipzig and der Freitag.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 25.09.2013


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


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Press release – 25.09.2013 (Short version conception and programme)

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Milk becomes black

Festival euro-scene Leipzig shows theatre and dance from all over Europe


The euro-scene Leipzig will take place for the 23rd time from 05-10 November 2013. The festival of contemporary European theatre and dance will show 12 evenings of guest performances from 11 countries in 24 presentations and 8 venues. The festival enjoys the patronage of Burkhard Jung, lord mayor of the city of Leipzig.

This year, the festival's motto is »Schwarze Milch« (»Black milk«). This metaphor comes from the play of the same name by Latvian director Alvis Hermanis from Riga, which belongs to the festival guest performances this year. A focus of the festival is dedicated to the ballet »Le sacre du printemps« (»The rite of spring«) by Igor Stravinsky, the most important dance piece of the 20th century. It had its world première in 1913 in Paris exactly 100 years ago. For this year's festival opening, euro-scene Leipzig will present work from three of the most innovative choreographers today: David Wampach, Montpellier, Tero Saarinen, Helsinki and Georges Momboye, Paris, added by a dance piece by Christine Gaigg, Vienna, and several films.

Other festival highlights are the music theatre »Ars vivendi« by CapriConnection & Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, directed by Anna-Sophie Mahler, and the dance piece »La curva« (»The curve«) by Israel Galván, Sevilla, as final night. The popular competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«) will be held for the 11th time.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Leipzig, 25.09.2013


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


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