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Press release — 12.09.2019
Press release — 02.07.2019


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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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Press release – 02.07.2019

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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 competition »Das 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

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