29th Festival 2019


Press releases


Press release — 11.11.2019
Press release — 10.11.2019
Press release — 04.11.2019
Press release — 25.09.2019
Press release — 12.09.2019


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Press release – 11.11.2019

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Anne-Hélène Kotoujansky from Strasbourg wins the competition “Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo” (“Best German dance solo”) 2019


Last night the theatre and dance festival euro-scene Leipzig ended with a guest performance by the Ballet Preljocaj from Aix-en-Provence. They presented three dance pieces by Angelin Preljocaj, one of France’s leading choreographers, at the sold-out Schauspielhaus, which met with enthusiastic applause and standing ovations.

The festival’s final night was followed by the final round of the competition“Dasbeste deutsche Tanzsolo” (“Best German dance solo”), which took place for the 14th time on the by now legendary round table. AnneHélène Kotoujansky from Strasbourg won the first prize for her solo “siebenundzwanzig – was ich mit dem Tanzen bis jetzt gelernt habe” (“twenty-seven – what I have learned from dancing so far”). The Frenchwoman completed her dance training at the conservatory in her hometown and at the Folkwang Universität der Künste, Essen.

The second prize was awarded by the 5-person jury to Shao-Yang Hsieh for his solo “j(us”). Born in Taiwan, the dancer currently studies contemporary stage dance in Linz. The third prize went to Elisabeth Kindler-Abali from Berlin for her solo “Quotenfrau” (“Token woman”), who graduated from the Palucca Hochschule für Tanz Dresden.

The audience award received Alina Belyagina from Munich for her solo “Pure.Image”. The prize includes a free stay of several days during the next euroscene Leipzig. Further sponsors of the prizes are Konsum Leipzig eG, LONG HORN Lipsk Dry Gin, Leipzig, and the IntercityHotel Leipzig.

The Jury was comprised of Katja Erfurth, dancer, choreographer and board of Villa Wigman für TANZ e. V., Dresden / Prof. Dr. Claudia Jeschke, dance scholar, Munich and New York / Hermann Heisig, choreographer and dancer, Berlin / Martin Künanz, head of communication, Dresdner Musikfestspiele / Christian Watty, expert consultant at internationale tanzmesse nrw, Dusseldorf.

euro-scene Leipzig organises the competition “Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo” since 1997 according to a concept by the well-known Flemish choreographer Alain Platel from Ghent. Anyone was able to apply, regardless of age, training, style and nationality. In an internal pre-selection the festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff and René Reinhardt, artistic director of the competition, chose 20 dancers, who danced their 5-minute soli during the festival. The competition was once again a crowd-puller and sold out on all three nights.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Festival Director


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 – 10.11.2019

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The theatre and dance festival euro-scene Leipzig concludes successfully today


Tonight euro-scene Leipzig, under the motto “Parallelwelten” (“Parallel worlds”), is coming to a close with three dance pieces by Angelin Preljocaj, one of France’s best known choreographers. In a Soirée Preljocaj the Ballet Preljocaj from Aix-en-Provence brings to life the parallel worlds of the choreographer with echoes of the classical ballet all the way to a highly modern dance language.

euro-scene Leipzig took place for the 29th time from 05. – 10. November 2019. With 94.4 % the festival for contemporary European theatre and dance achieved a high percentage of seats sold, same as it did in the previous years. 5.400 spectators saw 9 guest performances from 8 countries in approximately 22 performances at 7 venues, including 5 German premières.

Among the highlights of the broad theatrical spectrum was “Das Lackballett” (“The laquer ballet”), based on Oskar Schlemmer, newly interpreted by J. U. Lensing with the Theater der Klänge, Dusseldorf, on the occasion of the Bauhaus centennial. The two soli “Jessica and me” by Cristiana Morganti from Rome, long-standing soloist at Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater, and “lostmovements” by Jan Martens from Antwerp showed parallel worlds between inner life and society. The mono-opera “Diary of a madman” based on Nikolai Gogol by Marjan Nečak from North Macedonia enthralled with its experimental style of performance.

The piece “Am Königsweg” (“On the royal road”) by Elfriede Jelinek opened the festival with the Landestheater Niederösterreich, St. Pölten. Nikolaus Habjan, well-known puppeteer and director from Vienna, staged the monumental text as a play with puppets as a topical and controversial political satire. And the Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin pursued parallel worlds of dance and virtual reality technology for the first time in his performance “VR_I”. Furthermore, the popular competition “Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo” (“Best German dance solo”) took place for the 14th time.

euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the City of Leipzig and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony as well as numerous foundations and cultural institutions.

Next year euro-scene Leipzig celebrates its 30th anniversary from 03. – 08. November 2020.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Festival Director


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 – 04.11.2019

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euro-scene Leipzig is starting into “Parallelwelten” (“Parallel worlds”) tomorrow

Theatre and dance from Europe with 10 guest performances on 7 stages in Leipzig


On this Tuesday, the theatre and dance festival euro-scene Leipzig will open at the Schauspielhaus with the piece “Am Königsweg” (“On the royal road”) by the Austrian Nobel prize winner Elfriede Jelinek. Nikolaus Habjan, well-known puppet builder and director from Vienna, staged the highly controversial text with 6 actors and numerous puppets at the Landestheater Niederösterreich, St. Pölten, as an Austrian première. The mix of elements from a Greek tragedy, Shakespeare’s history plays and the Muppet Show is breathtaking.

euro-scene Leipzig is taking place from 05. – 10. November 2019 for the 29th time. It will feature 10 guest performances in approximately 22 performances at 7 venues, among them 5 German premieres. Under the motto “Parallelwelten” the festival features dance and spoken theatre, performances and a piece for children. Leipzig’s Mayor, Burkhard Jung, is serving as the festival’s patron. The festival director, AnnElisabeth Wolff, is responsible for selecting the programme in cooperation with the Artistic Advisory Council.

The spectrum ranges from the dance piece “Das Lackballett” (“The Laquer ballet”) (1941), based on Oskar Schlemmer, by the Theater der Klänge, Dusseldorf, on the occasion of the Bauhaus centennial to the original mono-opera “Diary of a madman”, based on Nikolai Gogol, by Marjan Nečak from North Macedonia. The performance “VR_I” by the Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin blends dance with virtual reality à 20 minutes for 5 viewers each. Two magnificent dance solos are included with Cristiana Morganti, long-term soloist with Pina Bausch, from Rome and Jan Martens from Antwerp. As a highlight, the Ballet Preljocaj from Aix-en-Provence dances three pieces by Angelin Preljocaj, one of the most important choreographers in France, as a splendid final night of the festival. The popular competition“Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo” (“Best German dance solo”) in the spirit of Alain Platel from Ghent is held for the 14th time.

euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the City of Leipzig and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony as well as numerous representatives of the guest performance countries and other partners. Cultural partner of the festival is MDR Kultur.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Festival Director


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 – 25.09.2019

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Parallel worlds from Elfriede Jelinek to Oskar Schlemmer

euro-scene Leipzig will be showing theatre and dance from Europe for the 29th time


euro-scene Leipzig will take place for the 29th time from 05. – 10. November 2019. This year, 10 guest performances from 8 countries will be shown in approximately 22 performances at 7 venues. The spectrum extends from dance and spoken theatre, performances to a piece for children. 5 German premières are in the programme. Leipzig’s Mayor, Burkhard Jung, is the festival’s patron.

The motto for this year’s euro-scene Leipzig is “Parallelwelten” (“Parallel worlds”). The festival of contemporary European theatre and dance is devoting itself to different levels that lie parallel to one another or are interwoven: For example, the real and fictitious, the social and individual as well as the conscious and unconscious levels.

The piece Am Königsweg (“On the royal road”) by Elfriede Jelinek will open the

euro-scene Leipzig at the Schauspielhaus. Nikolaus Habjan, the famous puppeteer, puppet-builder and director from Vienna, has often been euro-scene Leipzig’s guest. He staged Elfriede Jelinek’s highly controversial text at the Landestheater Niederösterreich, St. Pölten, as an Austrian première; this will be its first showing in Germany. The events surrounding an absolutist contemporary king are given an additional dimension with the implementation of the wonderful puppets.

To match the Bauhaus centennial, Das Lackballett (“The lacquer ballet”) (1941), based on Oskar Schlemmer, will be shown. The Theater der Klänge from Dusseldorf re-interprets the dance piece, which will be presented on stage again after almost 77 years of silence. In 2017, “Das Triadische Ballett” (“The triadic ballet”) (1922) by Oskar Schlemmer with the Bayerischen Juniorballett München already met with great enthusiasm.

Cristiana Morganti from Rome, long-term soloist at Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater in Wuppertal, will show her dance solo Jessica and me. The Swiss choreographer

Gilles Jobin explores the connection between dance and virtual reality in his performance “VR_I”. Marjan Nečak from Bitola created the mono-opera “Diary of a madman” based on Nikolai Gogol. And the musical fairy tale Peter und der Wolf (“Peter and the wolf”) by Sergei Prokofiev is the template for the children’s piece Pierre et le loup by the French choreographer Émilie Lalande.

A reunion will take place with Angelin Preljocaj, one of the most famous French choreographers from Aix-en-Provence. His fantastic Ballet Preljocaj will dance three of his choreographies, which were assembled especially for Leipzig, to conclude the festival.

The competitionDas beste deutsche Tanzsolo” (“Best German Dance Solo”), conceived by Alain Platel from Ghent, will take place in the context of the festival for the 14th time.

euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the City of Leipzig and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony as well as numerous representatives of the guest performance countries and other partners.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Festival Director


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 – 12.09.2019

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A high level of expertise in dance and theatre, with networks and enthusiasm

Christian Watty will be the new festival director and artistic director of the European theatre and dance festival euro-scene Leipzig beginning in 2021


After 30 years under the directorship of festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, the theatre and dance festival euro-scene Leipzig will have a new director and artistic director beginning in 2021: Christian Watty. He was born in Dusseldorf in 1968, has been working as an advisor for the internationale tanzmesse nrw in Dusseldorf as well as for numerous theatres and festivals in France and Germany since 2004. Since 2006, he has been organizing tours in the field of dance and Nouveau Cirque (New Circus) with a production office in Paris and Lausanne. Since 2011, he has been directing the “Tanzrecherche NRW” grant programme for the NRW KULTURsekretariat in Wuppertal. And since 2013, he has been a member of the Artistic Advisory Council of euro-scene Leipzig.

Christian Watty studied German literature and Romance studies at the universities in Dusseldorf and Brussels (Magister Atium in 1996) as well as cultural management in Cologne. He worked at the city theatres in Nuremburg and Neuss as an assistant director, dramaturge, theatre teacher and press representative. He was a research associate at the Franz Kafka research centre of the Universität Wuppertal. He is a member of the European network for theatre and dance professionals IETM (International network for contemporary performing arts) and speaks five languages.

The selection process was completed with a 5member expert committee: Prof. Dr. Claudia Jeschke (dance scientist in Munich and New York, former director of the Tanzarchiv Leipzig), Nike Wagner (director and managing director of the Beethovenfest Bonn, former director of the Kunstfest Weimar), Michael Freundt (codirector of the Internationales Theaterinstitut (ITI) and managing director of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, Berlin), Knut Geißler (artistic director of the Off Europa festival, Leipzig/Dresden/Chemnitz) as well as Prof. Dr. Günther Heeg (theatre scientist, director of the Centre of Competence for Theatre Leipzig). Due to the permanently precarious financing of euro-scene Leipzig, the contract negotiations were quite difficult. 26 candidates reacted with applications to the call for tender from the organizing association. Christian Watty was unanimously recommended and confirmed by the board of trustees. The committee certified his great expert knowledge in the field of dance and theatre as well as in funding politics, while having strong networks and a contagious enthusiasm.

Ann-Elisabeth Wolff (born in 1953) decided to pass on the directorship after the 30th festival anniversary in 2020 in order to enable the festival to have an optimal transition into the future; she will direct her attention to new tasks after 2020. The last two festivals under her directorship will take place from 05. – 10.11.2019 and 03. – 08.11.2020. euro-scene Leipzig was founded in 1991 and belongs to the annual highlights in Leipzig’s cultural life as well as the most important theatre and dance festivals of its kind in Europe.

Link to photo Christian Watty:
https://www.euro-scene.de/v2/de/festivals/2019/presse/fotos-allgemein/downloads/2019-09-12_christian_watty.zip

Photograf: Joerg Letz, Dusseldorf


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Leipzig, 12.09.2019


Information and contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de

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