28th Festival 2018

Complete programme with summary (Chronological overview )

euro-scene Leipzig

28th Festival of contemporary European theatre and dance

06. Nov. – 11. Nov. 2018

»Bühnen – Klang – Welten«

    (»Stage – Sound – Worlds«)

Music in theatre and dance

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

Festival director: Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Programme: Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
   in collaboration with the Artistic Advisory Council

Main programme


Tuesday, 06. November 2018 // 7.30 – 9.15 p.m. (opening night)
Schauspielhaus / Große Bühne

Alain Platel & Fabrizio Cassol / les ballets C de la B, Ghent
»Requiem pour L.«
(»Requiem for L.«)
Scenic concert

Choreography and staging: Alain Platel
Music: Fabrizio Cassol after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Requiem, d-Moll, KV 626

The famous Belgian director and choreographer Alain Platel created this theatrical concert based on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s requiem, which remained unfinished at his death in 1791 at the age of 35. The composer Fabrizio Cassol reworked the piece with a modern approach. With six singers and eight musicians from Congo, South Africa, Brazil and Europe, an intercontinental dialogue on death emerged.


Wednesday, 07. November 2018 // 7.30 – 9.15 p.m.
Thursday, 08. November 2018 // 7.30 – 9.15 p.m.
Schauspielhaus / Große Bühne

Schauspielhaus Graz / Nikolaus Habjan
Theatre piece with puppets

Staging, performance and music selection: Nikolaus Habjan
Text: Paulus Hochgatterer
German première

Following both performances: public discussion

Karl Böhm was one of the most important conductors of the 20th century. In his magnificent monologue, Nikolaus Habjan – puppet builder, puppeteer, director and performer – dedicated himself to this artist, who was a willing servant of National Socialism. In his solo effort, Nikolaus Habjan plays an indeterminate study with eleven characters and puppets – ludicrous in his acrobatic speech, humorous, extremely earnest and with virtuosity.


Wednesday, 07. November 2018 // 10.00 – 11.00 p.m.
Thursday, 08. November 2018 // 10.00 – 11.00 p.m.
Schauspielhaus / Diskothek

Nono Battesti / Compagnie Dessources, Brussels
Dance piece

Conception and choreography: Nono Battesti
Composition: Quentin Halloy

This dance piece represents a poetic crossover of different cultures. The dance couple Juliette Colmant und Nono Battesti, the jazz singer Dyna B and the musician Quentin Halloy show us sensual fireworks of dreams, desires and fears in a colourful landscape between hip hop, tap dance and African folklore.


Wednesday, 07. November 2018 // 10.00 – 11.15 p.m.
Thursday, 08. November 2018 // 7.30 – 8.45 p.m.
Theater der Jungen Welt / Großer Saal

Via Negativa / Bojan Jablanovec, Ljubljana
(»The ninth«)

Concept and staging: Bojan Jablanovec and company)
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony Nr. 9, d-minor, op. 125

Ludwig van Beethoven’s ninth symphony is one of the most popular works in classical music. The Slovenian director Bojan Jablanovec created a performative commentary on this epitome of humanism together with five performers. He poses questions about the power of music and its misuse. The musical lustre flows into naked individuals who take on the form of horses.


Friday, 09. November 2018 // 7.30 – 9.30 p.m.
Alte Handelsbörse

Nikolaus Habjan, Vienna
»Ich pfeife auf die Oper«
(Double meaning in German: »I whistle an opera« & »To hell with the opera«)
Scenic artist whistling concert

Conception, music selcetion, art whistler and moderator: Nikolaus Habjan
Piano: Daniel Nguyen

Nikolaus Habjan brings a buried treasure from our culture back to the surface. he has created a virtuously whistled evening with popular opera and operetta arias from the last three centuries by Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and Johann Strauß, among others.


Friday, 09. November 2018 // 10.00 – 11.30 p.m.
Saturday, 10. November 2018 // 7.30 – 9.00 p.m.
Schauspielhaus / Garderobenfoyer

Pygmalion Theater Wien
»Die Schachnovelle«
(»The royal game«)
Theatre piece based on the novel with the same name by Stefan Zweig

Dramaturgy and staging: Geirun Tino
German première

»Schachnovelle« (»The royal game«) is the most famous work by Stefan Zweig, one of the most important and popular 20th century authors. In a Vienna occupied by the German army, Dr. B. was arrested by the Gestapo and brought into solitary confinement in 1938. A stolen chess book develops into his only chance at survival. Geirun Tino dramatized the eponymous novella with seven actors.


Friday, 09. November 2018 // 10.00 – 11.00 p.m.
Saturday, 10. November 2018 // 5.00 – 6.00 p.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels

Compagnie ERRATICA, London
Music theatre

Text: Courtney Angela Brkic
Conception and staging: Patrick Eakin Young
Choreography: Jamila Johnson-Small
Music: Christian Mason & Shelley Parker
German première

(In English language with German subtitles)

Patrick Eakin Young staged a mesh of vocals, electronic music, dance and sound recordings. The piece with four singers and a dancer is based on the memoirs of the Croatian/American author Courtney Angela Brkic and the disturbing history of her family in the Bosnian war.


Saturday, 10. November 2018 // 3.00 – 4.15 p.m.
Sunday, 11. November 2018 // 11.30 a.m. – 12.45 p.m. and 3.00 – 4.15 p.m.
Schauspielhaus / Diskothek

Compagnie zOrozora, Grenoble
»Une histoire de la musique«
(»A history of music«)
Music theatre for children from 7 years up and adults

Staging: Richard Navarro
German première

(Few texts in different languages, no language skills required)

One day long ago, in the caves of the Stone Age, music emerged. Straight through the centuries, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the birth of the opera, Bach, chansons and electronic music followed. Three performers play over 50 roles and change among numerous instruments and costumes in an instant. This piece by Richard Navarro enchants both children and adults.


Saturday, 10. November 2018 // 7.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Sunday, 11. November 2018 // 5.00 – 6.00 p.m.

Gianfranco Celestino & Annalisa Derossi, Luxembourg
»Duo con piano – Tanzstück für zwei Pianisten«
(»Duo con piano – dance piece for two pianists«)
Dance concert

Conception, choreography, dance and piano: Gianfranco Celestino & Annalisa Derossi

Following both performances: public discussion

A man and a woman start an expressive dialogue and dance for each other, next to and on the grand piano. Rarely has one ever seen dancers who can play such good piano, and pianists who can dance so well. In an abstract way, they speak of intimate artistic and human togetherness.


Saturday, 10. November 2018 // 10.00 – 10.45 p.m.
Sunday, 11. November 2018 // 5.00 – 5.45 p.m.
Theater der Jungen Welt / Kleiner Saal

Ferenc Fehér, Budapest
(»The station«)
Dance piece

Conception, choreography and music: Ferenc Fehér

Following both performances: public discussion

Two mysterious characters appear at a mysterious venue. Brothers, friends or bound together by fate? Ferenc Fehér, the piece’s choreographer, dances this intense duet with Dávid Mikó about departing and arriving, life and death.


Sunday, 11. November 2018 // 7.30 – 8.30 p.m. (Final night)
Schauspielhaus / Große Bühne

Pierre Rigal / Compagnie dernière minute, Toulouse
(»Trip hazards«)
Dance piece

Conception and choreography: Pierre Rigal
Music: Gwenaël Drapeau & Julien Lepreux
German première

A shaman, but maybe also a magician or samurai, manipulates a group of six people. Mythology and abuse of power go hand in hand in his case – he is the musician, personified music. The French choreographer Pierre Rigal devotes himself to hip hop in an original connection to other dance styles such as break dance, popping, crumping and clubbing.

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Fringe programme

Free entrance for all presentations (except workshop)


Thursday, 08. November // 4.30 – ca. 6.30 p.m.
Passage Kinos
»Death and the maiden«

Film by Roman Polański (1994)

The enthralling film »Der Tod und das Mädchen« (»Death and the maiden«) by the famous French-Polish director Roman Polański (»Rosemary’s baby«, 1968, »The pianist«, 2002) is based on the theatre piece by the Chilean Ariel Dorfman (premiered in London in 1991).

Introduction: Dr. Martina Bako, theatre scientist, Leipzig
Reservation free tickets / only at the festival ticket office or at Passage Kinos


Friday, 09. November // 4.00 – ca. 6.45 p.m. (one break)
Passage Kinos

»Oberon, König der Elfen«
(»Oberon, or the elf king’s oath«)

Opera by Carl Maria von Weber (1826)

Staging: Nikolaus Habjan (Bayerische Staatsoper / Prinzregententheater, Munich 2017)

Introduction and discussion: Nikolaus Habjan, Vienna, and Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, euro-scene Leipzig

In cooperation with ARTE


Saturday, 10. November // 11.30 a.m. – ca. 12.30 p.m.
Schauspielhaus / start: entrance foyer

Technical tour
»Die Räder im Getriebe«
(»The wheels in motion«)

For the 9th time: Insight into stage technology

Conception and guide:
Bernd E. Gengelbach, co-director and technical director euro-scene Leipzig,
and Antje Gruber, stage manager Schauspiel Leipzig

Free reservation tickets only at the festival ticket office


Sunday, 11. November // 2.00 – 3.30 p.m.

»Tanz oder Musik zuerst?«
(»Dance or music at first?«)

with Gianfranco Celestino & Annalisa Derossi, Luxembourg
For amateurs and semi-professional dancers

Gianfranco Celestino and Annalisa Derossi offer insights into the process of creating their dance concert »Duo con piano – Tanzstück für zwei Pianisten« (»Duo con piano – dance piece for two pianists«).

Tickets only at the festival ticket office / limited number of places available

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\ Ticket sale

\ The Festival café is based from 06 – 11 November 2018 at the Restaurant Barcelona.

\ Program booklet and program flyer 2018 for download (PDF)

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