23rd Festival 2013

Complete programme with summary

euro-scene Leipzig

23. Festival of contemporary European theatre

05. – 10. November 2013

»Schwarze Milch«

(»Black milk«)

Theatre and dance from the old and new Europe

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

Festival Director and programme: Ann–Elisabeth Wolff

Main programme


Tuesday, 05. November 2013 // 19.30-22.30 Uhr (opening night)

»Le sacre du printemps« (»The rite of spring«)
Three dance pieces based on Igor Strawinsky

1. David Wampach, Montpellier, choreography
    »Sacre« (»Rite«)
   (Videoausschnitt  )

2. Tero Saarinen, Helsinki, choreography
   (Videoausschnitt  )

3. Compagnie Georges Momboye, Paris, choreography
    »Le sacre du printemps«
   (Videoausschnitt  )

Following the performances: public reception

Three different interpretations of the most significant ballet of the 20th century on the occasion of its première 100 years ago in Paris: by David Wampach, Montpellier (as a duet), Tero Saarinen, Helsinki (as a solo) and Georges Momboye, Paris (with 12 dancers)


Wednesday, 06. November 2013 // 19.30-ca. 21.00 Uhr / World première
Thursday, 07. November 2013 // 22.00-ca. 23.30 Uhr
Residenz (in the Baumwollspinnerei)

Constanza Macras | Dorkypark, Berlin
»Die Wahrheit über Monte Verità«
(»The truth about Monte Verità«)
   (Videoausschnitt  )

Conception and choreography: Constanza Macras
Schauspiel Leipzig in cooperation with euro-scene Leipzig

Constanza Macras, one of the best-known female choreographers in Germany, analyses the tension between ecology and economy in her performance.


Wednesday, 06. November 2013 // 19.30-21.15 Uhr
Thursday, 07. November 2013 // 22.00-23.45 Uhr

Dance from Prague

1. Andrea Miltnerová
    »Tanec magnetické balerínky« (»Dance of the magic ballerina«)
   (Videoausschnitt  )
Dance solo
Conception and choreography: Andrea Miltnerová

A witty solo about the relation between dance and nature

2. Compagnie Nanohach
    »Orbis pictus«
   (Videoausschnitt  )
Dance duet
Conception and choreography: Lenka Bartůňková, Michal Záhora
German première

A duet by Lenka Bartůňková and Michal Záhora about the unconcious


Wednesday, 06. November 2013 // 22.00-23.30 Uhr
Thursday, 07. November 2013 // 19.30-21.00 Uhr
Schaubühne Lindenfels

CapriConnection & Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Basel
»Ars vivendi«
   (Videoausschnitt  )
Music theatre

Conception: Susanne Abelein, Anna-Sophie Mahler, Boris Brüderlin
Staging: Anna-Sophie Mahler (in cooperation with the actors)
Music: Claudio Monteverdi, Orazio Vecchi, Carlo Gesualdi et al.
German première

FolIowing the performance: audience discussion
Presentation: Dr. Martina Bako, theatre scholar, Universität Leipzig

Music theatre about the escape from everyday life with four actors, six vocalists and two musicians. Based on music of the early Italian baroque period.


Thursday, 07. November 2013 // 19.30-21.00 Uhr / Première
Friday, 08. November 2013 // 19.30-21.00 Uhr
Schauspielhaus / Hinterbühne

Schauspiel Leipzig
»Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)«
(»Rechnitz (The exterminating angel)«)
   (Videoausschnitt  )
Theatre play

Text: Elfriede Jelinek
Staging: Enrico Lübbe

In the last days of the war in 1945 the Austrian village of Rechnitz was the scene of a crime against Jewish forced labourers.


Friday, 08. November 2013 // 19.30-20.45 Uhr
Theater der Jungen Welt

Brokentalkers, Dublin
»The Blue Boy«
   (Videoausschnitt  )
Theatre play

Conception, text and staging: Feidlim Cannons & Gary Keegan
(In English with German simultaneous translation)

FolIowing the performance: audience discussion
Presentation: Dr. Martina Bako, theatre scholar, Universität Leipzig

Abuse scandals in the Catholic Church in an approved school. Feidlim Cannon and Gary Keegan staged with actors and film, music and dolls.


Friday, 08. November 2013 // 22.00-23.00 Uhr
Saturday, 09. November 2013 // 22.00-23.00 Uhr

Barbara Matijević & Giuseppe Chico, Zagreb / Bari
   (Videoausschnitt  )

Conception and staging: Barbara Matijević, Giuseppe Chico
(In English)

A woman in dialogue with her computer as a window to the world. Cheerful-serious performance about the future, the media world and the risk of losing history.


Saturday, 09. November 2013 // 14.30-15.15 Uhr
Sunday, 10. November 2013 // 11.00-11.45 Uhr und 14.30-15.15 Uhr
Theater fact

Teatro Pan, Lugano
»Il giardino di Gaia«
(»Gaia’s garden)
   (Videoausschnitt  )
Children's play

Staging: Pietro Chiarenza
German première
(In German)
For children from 1 to 5 years

Gaia and Aprile, guardians of an idyllic garden, lead the young guests on a poetic journey through the four seasons. With music, language and singing.


Saturday, 09. November 2013 // 17.00-18.00 Uhr
Sunday, 10. November 2013 // 17.00-18.00 Uhr
Schauspielhaus Leipzig / Diskothek

2nd nature, Wien
   (Videoausschnitt  )
Dance performance based on »Le sacre du printemps« (»The rite of spring«) by Igor Strawinsky

Conception and staging: Christine Gaigg

FolIowing the performance: audience discussion
Presentation: Dr. Martina Bako, theatre scholar, Universität Leipzig

The art action by the female punk band Pussy Riot in Moscow in 2012 disturbed just as the ballet »Le sacre du printemps« did in Paris in 1913. The unusual dance performance by Christine Gaigg links both events.


Saturday, 09. November 2013 // 17.00-18.00 Uhr
Sunday, 10. November 2013 // 17.00-18.00 Uhr
Schaubühne Lindenfels

les ballets C de la B, Gent
»The old king«
   (Videoausschnitt  )
Dance piece

Conception and choreography: Miguel Moreira & Romeu Runa
Coaching: Alain Platel
German première

A person fights against all obstacles that beset him. A mystical solo by Miguel Moreira with the Portuguese dancer Romeo Runa, who performed in multiple pieces by Alain Platel.


Saturday, 09. November 2013 // 19.30-21.15 Uhr

Jaunais Rīgas teātris (New Riga Theatre)
»Melnais piens«
(»Black milk«)
   (Videoausschnitt  )
Theatre play

Text, staging, scenery and costumes: Alvis Hermanis
(In Latvian with German simultaneous translation)

Idyll and closeness with nature determined once the country life in Latvia. Now the villages are empty. The renowned director Alvis Hermanis created with his six actors a highly symbolic play about the disappearance of identity.


Sunday, 10. November 2013 // 19.30-20.45 Uhr (final night)

Israel Galván, Sevilla
»La curva« (»The curve«)
   (Videoausschnitt  )
Dance piece

Conception, choreography and musical direction: Israel Galván
Composition: Sylvie Courvoisier

Flamenco far away from any stereotypes. The outstanding dancer Israel Galván reduces everything to the essential and created a masterpiece together with Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Inés Bacán (song) and Bobote (rhythmic accompaniment).


Friday, 08. November 2013 // 22.00-ca. 23.30 Uhr (1st round – part I)
Saturday, 09. November 2013 // (!) 22.30-ca. 24.00 Uhr (1st round – part II)
Sunday, 10. November 2013 // 22.00-ca. 24.00 Uhr (2nd round and award ceremony)
Schauspielhaus / Garderobenhalle

For the 11th time: Competition
»Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo«
(»Best German dance solo«)
   (Videoausschnitt  )

Conception: Alain Platel, Gent
Artistic direction: René Reinhardt, Leipzig
/ Esther Holland-Merten, dramatic advisor Schauspiel Leipzig
/ Montserrat León, director Choreografisches Zentrum, Leipzig
/ Dr. Ina Lipp, medical consultant in general and nutritional medicine, Leipzig
/ Christian Syrotek, director InterCityHotel Leipzig
/ Arnd Wesemann, editor tanz, Berlin

20 solos of five minutes length on the legendary round table. All barriers between artists and audience, professionals and amateurs have been lifted. There will be three jury awards and an audience award.

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Fringe programme

(Free entrance for all presentations)


Wednesday, 06. November // 16.30 Uhr – ca. 18.30 Uhr
Passage Kinos

»1913 – Tanz auf dem Vulkan«

(»1913 – Dance on the volcano«)

by Dag Freyer (ARTE / ZDF 2013)
Introduction: Prof. Dr. Patrick Primavesi, theatre scholar, Universität Leipzig and
director Tanzarchiv Leipzig
(free entrance)

In cooperation with ARTE


Thursday, 07. November // 16.00 – ca. 19.15 Uhr (two breaks)
Passage Kinos

Film recordings
»Le sacre du printemps«

(»The rite of spring«)

Four choreographies of the ballet by Igor Strawinsky by
/ Vaslav Nijinsky (Paris 1913)
/ Sasha Waltz (Paris 2013)
/ Dietmar Seyffert (Leipzig 1981)
/ Pina Bausch (Wuppertal 1975)

Introduction (16.00 Uhr) and discussion with Dietmar Seyffert (17.55 Uhr):
Prof. Dr. Patrick Primavesi, theatre scholar, Universität Leipzig, and
director Tanzarchiv Leipzig
(free entrance)

In cooperation with ARTE


Friday, 08. November // 16.30 – ca. 18.30 Uhr
Passage Kinos


(»A wall of silence«)

by Margareta Heinrich and Eduard Erne (1994)
Introduction: Enrico Lübbe, artistic director Schauspiel Leipzig,
and Torsten Buß, head dramatic advisor Schauspiel Leipzig
(free entrance)


Saturday, 09. November // 14.30 – ca. 16.30 Uhr
Passage Kinos

»El ángel exterminador«

(»The exterminating angel«)

by Luis Buñuel (1962)
Introduction: Dr. Martina Bako, theatre scholar, Universität Leipzig
(free entrance)


Saturday, 09. November // 17.00 – ca. 18.00 Uhr
Schauspielhaus / Start: Baustelle

Technical tour
»Die Räder im Getriebe«

(»The wheels in motion«)

For the 4th time: Insight into stage technology
Conception and guide: Bernd E. Gengelbach, co-director and technical director euro-scene Leipzig
and Thomas Kirsten, technical director Schauspiel Leipzig
(free entrance)


Sunday, 10. November // 14.30 – ca. 16.00 Uhr
Schauspielhaus / Baustelle

Panel discussion
»Prinzip Hoffnung«

(»The principle of hope«)

»Black milk« as a metaphor beyond cliché – Eastern Europe in focus
With video clippings and followed by a reception

/ Leman Yilmaz, artistic director Istanbul Theatre Festival, Istanbul / Turkey
/ Radivoje Ivanović, musician, Travnik / Bosnia-Herzegovina
/ Bekim Lumi, director, Prishtina / Kosovo
/ Gjergj Prevazi, choreographer, Albanian dance theatre, Tirana / Albania
/ Ernest Wichner, director Literaturhaus Berlin
Presentation: Dr. Martina Bako, theatre scholar, Universität Leipzig
(free entrance)

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\ Ticket sale

\ The Festival café is based from 05 – 10 November 2013 at the Restaurant Barcelona.

\ The printed festival booklet can be posted at no charge.


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Festival of contemporary European theatre
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