26th Festival 2016


Press releases


Press release — 13.11.2016 (Festival final)
Press release — 08.11.2016 (Festival opening)
Press release — 28.09.2016 (Press conference)
Press release — 07.07.2016 (Conception and programme)


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Press release – 13.11.2016 (Festival final)

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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, 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 – 08.11.2016 (Festival opening)

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euro-scene Leipzig is starting today with clacking-mouth puppets from Vienna

Theatre and dance from 10 countries on 8 Leipzig stages


On this Tuesday, the theatre and dance festival euro-scene Leipzig will be opened by the puppeteer Nikolaus Habjan from Vienna. As the first piece of a showcase of this multi-talented artist, the Schubert Theater, Vienna, will show “F. Zawrel – erbbiologisch und sozial minderwertig“ (“F. Zawrel – genetically and socially inferior“). This puppet theatre piece is based on the true fate of Friedrich Zawrel and the euthanasia crimes committed during the German occupation of Austria during World War II. The production was awarded the Nestroy prize and belongs to the most disturbing theatre works shown in recent years.

euro-scene Leipzig is taking place from 08. – 13. November 2016 for the 26th time. It will feature 13 guest performances from 10 countries in 22 shows at 8 venues; among them are 6 German premières. The spectrum ranges from dance and spoken theatre, to performances and plays for children. Leipzig’s Mayor, Burkhard Jung, is serving as the festival’s patron. The festival director, Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, is responsible for selecting the programme in cooperation with the Artistic Advisory Council.

A showcase of works by Nikolaus Habjan is the focus of this year’s festival. This only 29-year-old artist is a puppet builder, puppeteer, director and actor. Nikolaus Habjan, a constant guest at the Burgtheater Wien, creates a unique scenic abstraction by connecting his clacking-mouth puppets with actors. A highlight is the guest performance “Das Missverständnis“ (“The misunderstanding”) by Albert Camus of the Volkstheater Wien, which Habjan set as a fascinating crime story. In an artist portrait, Nikolaus Habjan will also perform examples of his masterful artistic whistling.

Dance is represented by a total of five guest performances: the Italian choreographer Roberto Zappalà and his Compagnia Zappalà Danza from Catania created the opulent piece “I am beautiful“, which was inspired by Auguste Rodin’s sculptures. There are also dance pieces from Antwerp, Budapest, Brussels and Oslo on show.

A theatre piece by Jeton Neziraj from Pristina with the Swiss company forever productions deals with issues of home and migration. The Theater tanzSpeicher from Würzburg will invite two audience members at a time to the InterCityHotel Leipzig, which is also the festival’s partner hotel. Then there are also dance pieces for children by the company De Stilte from the Netherlands and the National Ballet School M. K. Čiurlionis from Vilnius. An associated programme will add films and discussions to the guest performances.

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

Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival director
Leipzig, 08.11.2016


Information and 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 – 28.09.2016 (Conception and programme)

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»Doch bin ich nirgend, ach! zu Haus« (»But nowhere am I – alas! – at home«)

euro-scene Leipzig is presenting a showcase of works by Nikolaus Habjan from Vienna

euro-scene Leipzig will take place for the 26th time from 08. – 13. November 2016. This festival for contemporary European theatre and dance will show 13 guest performances from ten countries in 22 performances at eight venues; among them are six German premières. The spectrum ranges from dance and spoken theatre, puppet theatre and performances to two plays for children. Leipzig’s Mayor, Burkhard Jung, is serving as the festival’s patron. The festival director, Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, is responsible for selecting the programme in cooperation with the Artistic Advisory Council.

This year’s festival will focus on a showcase of works by Nikolaus Habjan from Vienna. This only 29-year–old versatile artist is a puppet builder, puppeteer, director and actor. His piece »F. Zawrel – erbbiologisch und sozial minderwertig« (»F. Zawrel – genetically and socially inferior«) will open the festival. It is based on the true fate of Friedrich Zawrel and the euthanasia crimes committed at Vienna’s juvenile home »Am Spiegelgrund« during the German occupation of Austria during the Second World War. The piece belongs to the most disturbing theatre works shown in recent years.

By connecting his clacking-mouth puppets and actors, Nikolaus Habjan, Nestroy prizewinner and regular guest at the Burgtheater Wien, creates a unique scenic abstraction. A total of four productions by and with him can be seen. A highlight is the guest performance »Das Missverständnis« (»The misunderstanding«) by Albert Camus of the Volkstheater Wien, which Habjan set as a fascinating crime story. The bitterly evil puppet theatre for adults, »Schlag sie tot« (»Beat them to death«), addresses life as a senior citizen with Lieder by Georg Kreisler. Then Musicbanda Franui, which is very popular in Austria, and Nikolaus Habjan will perform the music theatre piece »Doch bin ich nirgend, ach! zu Haus« (»But nowhere am I – alas! – at home«) together; this is a line from a Lied by Franz Schubert and simultaneously this year’s festival motto. The subjects of wandering, roaming and searching for home appear throughout this melancholy piece – as they do throughout the entire festival programme. In an artist portrait titled »Ich pfeife auf die Oper« (double meaning in German: »I whistle an opera« & »To hell with the opera«) Habjan will also perform examples of his artistic whistling.

In addition – with the exception of the Flemish choreographer Jan Martens, who will show two dance solos and offer a workshop – only companies were invited that will perform in Leipzig for the first time. In the field of dance, you can see the opulent piece »I am beautiful« by the Sizilian Compagnia Zappalà Danza and the fairy tale ballet »Juodvarniai« (»Black birds«) by the State Ballet School M. K. Čiurlionis from Vilnius. Dance pieces by Ferenc Fehér from Budapest, Ayelen Parolin from Brussels and the three young artists Berstad / Helgebostad / Wigdel from Oslo will also be shown.

The theatre piece »Kosovo for Dummies« by Jeton Neziraj from Pristina and the Swiss company forever productions deals with issues of home and migration in a humorous (!) way. The tanzSpeicher from Würzburg will invite two audience members at a time to performances called »room service®« at the InterCityHotel Leipzig, which is also the festival’s partner hotel. Then there is also the dance piece for children, »De Kartonbewoners« (»The cardboard residents«) by Compagnie De Stilte from the Netherlands.

euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the City of Leipzig and the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen as well as numerous foundations, cultural institutions and partners. MDR Kultur, ARTE, Der Freitag, Leipziger Zeitung and Leipziger Internet Zeitung are the festival’s cultural and media partners.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival director
Leipzig, 28.09.2016


Information and 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 – 07.07.2016 (Conception and programme)

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Clacking mouth puppets and searching for home

euro-scene Leipzig will present a showcase of works by Nikolaus Habjan from Vienna

euro-scene Leipzig will take place for the 26th time from 08. – 13. November 2016. This festival for contemporary European theatre and dance will show 13 guest performances from 10 countries in 22 presentations at 8 venues; among them are 7 German premières. The spectrum ranges from dance and spoken theatre to figure theatre, performances and a children’s play. The festival once again enjoys the patronage of Burkhard Jung, Mayor of the City of Leipzig. The programme lies in the hands of festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff.

This year’s festival will focus on a showcase of works by Nikolaus Habjan from Vienna. This only 28-year-old versatile artist is a puppet builder, puppeteer, director and actor. Nikolaus Habjan will open the festival with his piece »F. Zawrel – erbbiologisch und sozial minderwertig« (»F. Zawrel – genetically and socially inferior«). It is based on the true fate of Friedrich Zawrel and the euthanasia crimes committed at Vienna’s childcare institution »Am Spiegelgrund« during the German occupation of Austria during the Second World War. It belongs to the most unsettling works that have been shown in theatre in the last few years.

Nikolaus Habjan, Nestroy-prize winner and constant guest at the Burgtheater Wien, creates a unique form of scenic abstraction by connecting his clacking-mouth puppets with actors. A total of four productions by and with him can be seen, among them is the guest performance »Das Missverständnis« (»The misunderstanding«) by Albert Camus from the Volkstheater Wien, which is set as a fascinating criminal story. Then Musicbanda Franui, which is very popular in Austria and made up of ten musicians, will perform the music theatre piece »Doch bin ich nirgend, ach! zu Haus« (»But nowhere am I – alas! – at home«) together with Nikolaus Habjan. The titel is a line from a lied by Franz Schubert and simultaneously this year’s festival motto. The subjects of wandering, searching for home, feeling lost and finding oneself again appear throughout this melancholy piece, as they do throughout the entire festival programme.

After last year’s 25th anniversary edition, which was a reunion with artists who have shaped euro-scene Leipzig, this year the majority of invited companies will be seen in Leipzig for the first time. The programme has a broad range of aesthetics. In the field of dance, the highlights include the opulent piece »I am beautiful« by the Compagnia Zappalà Danza from Sicily and the fairy-tale ballet »Juodvarniai« (»Black birds«) by the National Ballet School M. K. Čiurlionis from Vilnius. Another guest performance from Eastern Europe is the dance trio »Helló, Zombi!« by Ferenc Fehér from Hungary.

The theatre piece »Kosovo for dummies« by Jeton Neziraj from Prishtina together with the Swiss company forever productions deals with issues of home and migration in a humorous (!) way. The tanzSpeicher Würzburg will invite two audience members at a time to performances called »room service« at the InterCityHotel Leipzig, which is also the festival’s partner hotel. And finally, a piece for children is also on the programme: »De kartonbewoners« (»The cardboard residents«) by the Company De Stilte from the Netherlands. A Fringe programme featuring an artist portrait of Nikolaus Habjan, films, a workshop and discussions accompanies the performances.

euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the City of Leipzig and the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen as well as numerous foundations, cultural institutions and partners. MDR Kultur, ARTE and der Freitag are the festival’s cultural and media partners.

Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival director
Leipzig, 07.07.2016


Information and 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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