12th Festival 2002


»Wurzeln & Visionen«

(»Roots & visions«)

12 – 17 November 2002

(Preface to the printed programme – including conception of the festival)

Moments of being

The present arises through the future which, a moment later, is already the past. This moment to which we dedicate so much effort, to which we attach so much meaning and without which there would be no yesterday and today, lasts only a brief instant.

And the opposite view: We are all shaped by roots, our origins, language and home. Our past shapes everything in the present. And we have hopes and visions that, at least in our judgment, constitute the progress of the world. The tangible moment has just slipped from the future into the past. And, in his »Tagwerk« (daily work), every artist likely strives to capture the being between the »not yet« and the »no longer.«

The 12th euro-scene Leipzig recollects – »Tagwerk« between roots and visions. An exceptional situation is followed by the difficulty of normality. The »Tanzplattform Deutschland 2002« that we organized in February was a lavish event of international repute and followed on the heels of the Festival 2001 which Michael Freundt, the artistic director, successfully put together with the motto »Leibesvisitationen« (»Body search«).

The recent months demanded stamina: There was less time than usual for the euro-scene preparations, and the recognition from Europe and abroad garnered by the »Tanzplattform Deutschland« was followed by the cutting of all financing by the free state of Saxony to zero in June – a practically absurd situation. It was only through tenacious, lengthy struggle together with the municipality of Leipzig that the decision was cancelled at the literally last second. The future of the festival is purely unthinkable without the support by the Free State of Saxony.

On the programme: Belgium

Where are the roots of a country that basically wasn't a country until 1830 when the kingdom of Belgium came into being? From Julius Caesar to constant foreign rule, it now consists of the two regions Flanders (language: Flemish) and Wallonia (language: French), Brussels is officially bilingual. In a melting pot of different cultures, today Belgium is counted among the leaders in contemporary theater – reason enough to select it as the focal country of the euro-scene 2002 after numerous individual guest performances at our past festivals.

A reunion with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (after »Rosas danst Rosas« 1992) and the company Victoria (which we know through two productions by Alain Platel) with »Club Astrid« from Lies Pauwels. There are initial encounters – long overdue! – with Meg Stuart and »Alibi,« one of the most important pieces of the current European theater scene, and Frédéric Flamand, the best-known choreographer from Wallonia, in cooperation with the Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. The small company eaRis, quite unknown here, rounds out the cross-section with five pieces from the Belgian dance- and theater landscape. And, finally Alain Platel is returning to Leipzig – with a film and for a discussion.

On the remaining programme

We're catching up with the guest performance of the Matarile Teatro from Spain, as they had to cancel in 2000 due to an illness. Also coming is the group Stan's Cafe that turned out the hit of the Edinburgh-Festival 2001 – a four-minute-production for every individual spectator. There's also the wonderful Polish Theatr Cinema with its wordless, melancholy dream scenes and the traditional contribution of the Schauspiel Leipzig – together, these contain barrier crossings from theater, film, dance, music and modern media.

And finally, we're continuing the tradition of our own productions: After »Speicherung« (2000) and »FCP – training method for (anti)social behaviour« (2001), we have »Tagwerk«, this time a co-production with the Schaubühne Lindenfels. The »Tanzplattform Deutschland« prompted us to take a look at dance in our own town and to invite choreographies. Finished productions are not shown, but instead segments which are to be given a chance to be further developed.

And finally a thank you

I would like to thank everyone who made the festival possible: the city of Leipzig – first and foremost Mayor Wolfgang Tiefensee and Dr. Georg Girardet, town council official for culture, the Federal Government, the Allianz Kulturstiftung, the Sparkasse Leipzig, the Holiday Inn hotel, the Deutsche Lufthansa and the Stadtwerke Leipzig. Special thanks goes to the BMW Group in Munich which entered into a partnership with us with regard to Zaha Hadid – the architect of the administrative building of the BMW plant in Leipzig. Also, a sincere thank you goes to the additional sponsors, the festival team and the venues.

I wish all visitors a time of relaxation, stimulation, reflection and much enjoyment at our 12th festival.

Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Festival Director and Artistic Direction

Leipzig, 05.09.2002