26th Festival 2016


euro-scene Leipzig

26th Festival of contemporary European theatre and dance

08. Nov. – 13. Nov. 2016

euro-scene Leipzig concludes successfully

The showcase by Nikolaus Habjan from Vienna was the highlight of the 26th festival

Tonight, euro-scene Leipzig is coming to a close with the music theatre piece “Doch bin ich nirgend, ach! zu Haus“ (“But nowhere am I – alas! – at home”) by the Musicbanda Franui & Nikolaus Habjan from Austria. The figure of the wanderer is the focus of the evening. The piece was created on the basis of texts by Robert Walser and Lieder by Brahms, Mahler, Schubert and Schumann; its title was also this year’s festival motto.

euro-scene Leipzig took place from 08. – 13. November 2016 for the 26th time. This year, the festival for contemporary European theatre and dance presented 13 guest performances from 10 countries in 22 performances at 8 venues; among them were 6 German premières. The spectrum ranged from dance and spoken theatre, puppet theatre and performances for children. The festival director, Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, was responsible for selecting the programme in cooperation with the Artistic Advisory Council.

The showcase of works by Nikolaus Habjan was the highlight of this year’s festival; he is a puppet builder, puppeteer, director and actor from Vienna. This only 29-year-old artist was presented with a total of four pieces and an artist portrait. His disturbing piece “F. Zawrel – erbbiologisch und sozial minderwertig“ (“F. Zawrel – genetically and socially inferior“), based on the true fate of Friedrich Zawrel during the German occupation of Austria during the Second World War, opened the festival. Nikolaus Habjan’s excellent performance and the unusual combination with clacking-mouth puppets received standing ovations. In addition to his first piece “Schlag sie tot“ (“Beat them to death“), which was based on texts by Georg Kreisler, he absolutely enraptured the audience with the drama “Das Missverständnis“ (“The misunderstanding”), a guest performance by the Volkstheater Wien.

In the field of dance, it was the opulent choreography “I am beautiful“ by Roberto Zappalà and his Compagnia Zappalà Danza from Catania that was greeted with the most enthusiastic applause. The dance piece “Helló, Zombi!“ (“Hello, zombie!”) by Ferenc Fehér from Budapest also caused furore with its unusual style. The company forever productions from Bern demonstrated with the theatre piece “Kosovo for Dummies“ by Jeton Neziraj from Pristina that one can also deal with issues of home and migration in a humorous way.

The Schauspielhaus as well as all other five venues were as good as sold out. With an audience of approximately 6.100, the festival reached 95 % of seating capacity.

euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the City of Leipzig and the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen as well as numerous foundations and cultural institutions.

The next euro-scene Leipzig will take place from 07. – 12. November 2017.

Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival director
Leipzig, 13.11.2016

Information and contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Harkortstraße 10, 04107 Leipzig, Germany
tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de / www.euro-scene.de

Artistic Advisory Council 2016:

In 1995 an artistic advisory council was founded consisting of internationally known experts for contemporary theatre. The members have advisory capacity and represent the festival internationally. Until 2020 inclusive the council consisted of the following members:

Dr. Brigitte Fürle, Artistic Director – Festspielhaus St. Pölten

Prof. Jason Beechey, Rector – Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden

Thomas Hahn, Journalist, Paris

Axel Tangerding, Artistic Director – Meta Theater, Munich

Christian Watty, Consultant – internationale tanzmesse nrw, Dusseldorf