29th Festival 2019

Complete programme with summary

Chronological overview see here

euro-scene Leipzig

29th Festival of contemporary European theatre and dance

05. Nov. – 10. Nov. 2019


    (»Parallel worlds«)

Music in theatre and dance from the old and new Europe

Under the patronage of Burkhard Jung,
    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, 05. November 2019 // 7.30 – 9.45 p.m. (Opening night)
Schauspielhaus / Big stage

Landestheater Niederösterreich, St. Pölten
»Am Königsweg«
(»On the royal road«)
Theatre piece by Elfriede Jelinek

Staging and puppets: Nikolaus Habjan
German première of the Austrian première

Introduction before the performance: Nikolaus Habjan, Vienna, and Marie Rötzer, Artistic Director Landestheater Niederösterreich, St. Pölten

The events occurring under the reign of an absolustist king are highly charged. The name Trump is never mentioned; nevertheless the references to the present are so arousing and grotesque. Elfriede Jelinek wanted Nikolaus Habjan, the famous puppeteer, puppet builder and director from Vienna, for the Austrian première of her text. With 6 actors, he created a breath-taking piece with puppets. Nikolaus Habjan was already a guest at euro-scene Leipzig in 2016 and 2018.


Wednesday, 06. November 2019 // 3.00 – 10.00 p.m.
Thursday, 07. November 2019 // 3.00 – 10.00 p.m.
Friday, 08. November 2019 // 3.00 – 10.00 p.m.
Saturday, 09. November 2019 // 3.00 – 10.00 p.m.
Sunday, 10. November 2019 // 12.00 – 7.00 p.m.
(à 20 minutes for 5 audience members each)
(à 20 minutes for 5 audience members each)
Schauspielhaus / Diskothek

Compagnie Gilles Jobin & Artanim, Geneva
Dance in virtual space

Concept and choreography: Gilles Jobin
Virtual-Reality-Technologie: Artanim
German première

A desert landscape in blinding sunlight reaches into infinity. What is real? What is unreal? 5 audience members at a time, equipped with VR-glasses, can submerge into the virtual dance piece for 20 minutes. The Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin created a mix of performance and 3D-film for the first time.


Wednesday, 06. November 2019 // 7.30 – 8.45 p.m.
Thursday, 07. November 2019 // 7.30 – 8.45 p.m.
Theater der Jungen Welt / Big stage

Theater der Klänge, Dusseldorf
»Das Lackballett«
(»The lacquer ballet«)
Dance piece based on Oskar Schlemmer

Conception and costumes: Oskar Schlemmer (1941)
Staging and music: J. U. Lensing
Choreography: Jaqueline Fischer

Introduction before both performances: J. U. Lensing, Artistic Director Theater der Klänge, Dusseldorf

Oskar Schlemmer, artist from the famous Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau, created »Das Lackballett« (»The lacquer ballet«) as one of his last works. On the occasion of the 100th Bauhaus anniversary, the Theater der Klänge, Dusseldorf, revived the piece for the first time since its only performance in 1941. J. U. Lensing staged Oskar Schlemmer’s colourful figures with 6 dancers, live video sequences and electronic music.


Wednesday, 06. November 2019 // 10.00 – 11.00 p.m.
Thursday, 07. November 2019 // 10.00 – 11.00 p.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels

Jan Martens & Marc Vanrunxt, Antwerp
Dance solo

Conception and choreography: Marc Vanrunxt, Jan Martens
German première
Few texts in English language (easy to understand)

The new dance solo with Jan Martens is based on two very different signatures: his own and that of the choreographer Marc Vanrunxt. The broad range of feelings and the references to other artists creates a touching piece of great humanity.


Friday, 08. November 2019 // 7.30 – 8.45 p.m.
Schauspielhaus / Big stage

Cristiana Morganti, Rome
»Jessica and me«
Dance theatre solo

Conception and choreography: Cristiana Morganti
In German language (few texts in English language / German translation in the evening leaflet)

Following the performance: audience discussion

A woman in a white dress and red stilettos brings a hint of glamour into the room … It is Cristiana Morganti, the long-term soloist at Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater in Wuppertal. The Italian woman’s self-portrait combines fast-paced and humorous moments in Pina Bausch’s aesthetics with her own gradual detachment from this Tanztheater-icon.


Friday, 08. November 2019 // 10.00 – 11.00 p.m.
Saturday, 09. November 2019 // 7.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Theater der Jungen Welt / Small stage

Moving Music Theatre, Bitola
»Diary of a madman«
Mono-opera based on Nikolai Gogol

Conception, staging and composition: Marjan Nečak
In English language with German subtitles

Following the both performances: audience discussion

A man works at a public authority. He does the same thing every day – routine, no contacts … He has to change something in his life to not go crazy, so he creates a new reality in his fantasy. Marjan Nečak staged this mono-opera based on the eponymous story by Nikolai Gogol (1835) and also composed the music himself. The remarkable performer Ozren Grabarić plays the role.


Saturday, 09. November 2019 // 4.00 – 4.30 p.m.
Sunday, 10. November 2019 // 11.30 a.m. – 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 – 4.30 p.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels

Compagnie (1)Promptu, Aix-en-Provence
»Pierre et le loup«
(»Peter and the wolf«)
Dance piece for children for children aged 6 years and older as well as adults

Choreography, staging, setting and costumes: Émilie Lalande
Music: Sergej Prokofjewe
German première
In German language

Once upon a time there was the little boy Peter, who lived with his grandfather, and a cat, a bird, a duck, a hunter and a wolf … When danger looms, friendship brings them together. The French choreographer Émilie Lalande created a magical dance piece for children with 6 dancers based on the famous musical fairy tale »Peter und der Wolf« (»Peter and the wolf«) by the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1936).


Saturday, 09. November 2019 // 7.30 – 9.00 p.m.
Sunday, 10. November 2019 // 5.00 – 6.30 p.m.
LOFFT – Das Theater

Dragana Bulut, Berlin / Belgrad
»Tears of joy«

Concept, staging and choreography: Dragana Bulut
In English language without translation

Bus shuttle:
Schauspielhaus to LOFFT
departure 6.45 p.m.
afterwards back

Can theatre make you happy? Together with the audience, three performers go on an expedition to self-optimize their own happiness. In a playful appropriation and deconstruction of various coaching-methods, Dragana Bulut questions an individual desire for happiness; its commercialization provides for sad but also humorous associations.


Sunday, 10. November 2019 // 7.30 – 9.15 p.m. (Final night)
Schauspielhaus / Große Bühne

Ballet Preljocaj / Centre chorégraphique national d’Aix-en-Provence
Soirée Preljocaj
/ »Ghost« (German première)
/ »Centaures« (»Centaurs«)
/ »Still life«
Three dance pieces by Angelin Preljocaj

This evening presents three choreographies by Angelin Preljocaj, one of the most important French choreographers. The excellent dancers from the Ballet Preljocaj interpret the pieces »Ghost«, »Centaures« (»Centaurs«) und »Still life«. After guest performances at the euro-scene Leipzig 2001 and 2005, once again Angelin Preljocaj’s great aesthetic diversity is expressed in a splendid, elegant and thrilling way.


Friday, 08. November 2019 // 10.00 – ca. 11.45 p.m. (1st round / part I)
Saturday, 09. November 2019 // 10.00 – ca. 11.45 p.m. (1st round / part II)
Sunday, 10. November 2019 // 10.00 – ca. 00.15 a.m. (2nd round and award ceremony)
Schauspielhaus / Garderobenfoyer

For the 14th time: Competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo«
(»Best German dance solo«)

Idea and conception: Alain Patel, Ghent
Artistic Director: René Reinhardt, Leipzig

Jury: Katja Erfurth, Dresden / Prof. Dr. Claudia Jeschke, Munic-New York / Hermann Heisig, Berlin / Martin Künanz, Dresden / Christian Watty, Dusseldorf

20 solos of 5 minutes each will be danced on the legendary round table for the 14th time. All borders between pros and amateurs, styles, nationalities and age are dissolved. Three jury prizes and an audience prize will be awarded.

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Fringe programme

Free entry for all presentations


Wednesday, 06. November 2019 // 6.30 – 9.30 p.m.
Thursday, 07. November 2019 // 6.30 – 9.30 p.m.
(Free entry: only with ticket for »Das Lackballett« (»The lacquer ballet«))
Theater der Jungen Welt / Entrance foyer

Lackbilder von Oskar Schlemmer
(Lacquer paintings by Oskar Schlemmer)

7 colour copies based on lacquer works by the famous Bauhaus artist


Thursday, 07. November 2019 // 4.00 – ca. 6.30 p.m.
(Free entry)
Passage Kinos

»The piano player«
(»La Pianiste«)

Directing and dramaturgy: Michael Haneke
Introduction: Dr. Martina Bako, Theatre scientist, Leipzig


Friday, 08. November 2019 // 4.00 – ca. 6.15 p.m.
(Free entry)
Passage Kinos

»Polina – danser sa vie«
(»Polina – dancing through life«)

Feature film by Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj
German première
Introduction: Dr. Martina Bako, Theatre scientist, Leipzig


Saturday, 09. November 2019 // 5.00 – ca. 6.00 p.m.
(Free entry)
Schauspielhaus / Upper foyer

Book presentation
»Quo vadis Europa?«
(»Europe where are you going?«)

Reading and discussion
with Axel Tangerding, Artistic director of Meta Theater, Munich, and Dr. Martina Bako, Theatre scientist, Leipzig


Sunday, 10. November 2019 // 3.00 – ca. 4.00 p.m.
(Free entry)
Schauspielhaus / Start: Entrance foyer

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

For the 10th time: Insight into the stage technologies
Conception and guide:
Bernd E. Gengelbach, Co-Director and Technical Director euro-scene Leipzig, and Antje Gruber, Stage manager Schauspiel Leipzig

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\ Ticket sale

\ The Festival café is based from 05 – 10 November 2019 at the Restaurant Barcelona.

\ Program booklet and program flyer 2019 for download (PDF)

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