15th Festival 2005

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Press release — 21.09.2005

Between Orchid and Grassroots

The festival euro-scene Leipzig will show for the 15th time theatre and dance from all of Europe

The euro-scene Leipzig will be held from 1st to 6th November for the 15th time. This time well-known and still unknown artists of European dance and theatre will come together under the motto »Elective Affinities«. The term „Elective Affinities«, as Festival Director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff phrases it, stands particularly for the „relation in spirit«. This term, originally borrowed from chemistry and taken on by Goethe, stands for the freedom of choice as well as for a certain irrationality of human action. In its transformation on theatre stage it gains a fascinating natural and abstracting force at the same time and shall be challenged philosophically, socially and in a concrete sense by selected guest performances.

The festival of contemporary European theatre invites to meet again with several companies that have given the festival a distinctive profile in recent years. The festival will be opened by Angelin Preljocaj from Aix-en-Provence, one of France's most important choreographers. With »Annonciation« (»Announcement«) and »N« his Ballet Preljocaj will show two extremely oppositional modern dance plays in the Oper Leipzig. There will also be a reunion with the artists Nigel Charnock / London, Jo Fabian / Berlin, the Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio from Italy, the Teatr Dada von Bzdülöw/ Gdansk, and the Company Victoria/Ghent.

Another ‘orchid' of the festival programme is certainly Emio Greco and Peter C. Scholten from Amsterdam, who belong to the top class of contemporary modern dance and will come to Leipzig for the first time. With »Conjunto di NERO« they will show a production that deals with the exploration of the body and the perception of light and darkness in a very own language of movements.

Next to prominent artists the euro-scene Leipzig has always integrated in its programmes its curiosity in discovering ‘grassroots' – still unknown, but highly gifted, innovative talents and their promotion – since its formation in 1991. Special attention is always paid to Eastern Europe with guest performances that form a trade mark of the euro-scene Leipzig. The theatre company
La Strada from Sofia and the Dance Theatre Incluse from Kaliningrad belong to the outstanding participants of the festival programme this year.

The popular competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (Best German dance solo) will be held for the 7th time. The well-known choreographer Alain Platel, Ghent/Flanders conceived the competition and will be one of the five jury members himself this year. For the first time the three winners will be awarded prize moneys a promotion of young talents and partial financing of a next project. The solo performances of the laureates will be recorded and broadcasted by the ZDFtheaterkanal.

The euro-scene Leipzig will again be flanked by a fringe programme comprising outstanding dance films and discussions. In the panel discussion »Between Orchid and Grassroots«, presented by Michael Freundt, co-director of the Internationale Theaterinstitut (ITI), Berlin, known Festival Directors will speak about festival visions in Europe. Besides, the Festival café will show clips of guest performances presented in the past years.

The 15th festival of contemporary European theatre will show 14 guest performances from 12 countries in 25 performances; among them numerous premiers to Germany. The euro-scene Leipzig is under the patronage of Wolfgang Tiefensee, Lord Mayor of the city of Leipzig.

The euro-scene Leipzig brings annually in November experimental theatre and modern dance from Western, Central, and Eastern Europe to Leipzig. It belongs to the most important contemporary festivals of this kind in Europe.

The euro-scene Leipzig 2005 is financed by the city of Leipzig, the cultural donations from the German government and the Free State of Saxony. Additional funding is given by: Deutscher Bühnenverein (German Dramatics Society) / national association of the state of Saxony, Fonds Darstellende Künste (Endowment Fund of Performing Arts), National Performance Network and the Goethe Institut, Munich. The principal sponsor is BMW plant Leipzig. Further sponsors include: Sparkasse Leipzig, Holiday Inn Garden Court, Deutsche Lufthansa, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and the ‘circle of friends ‘Gohliser Schlösschen (castle)'. Media partners are the ZDFtheaterkanal and the Leipziger Volkszeitung.

Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Ulrike Lykke Langer, Press

Leipzig, 21.09.2005

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Pressemitteilung – 06.11.2005

15th euro-scene Leipzig ended successfully

This evening, the 15th euro-scene Leipzig will come to an end with the play »fever« by Nigel Charnock, London & Michael Riessler, Cologne. The fulminant composition of dance, music, and theatre, based on sonnets by William Shakespeare, forms the close of this year's festival.

»Among the highlights were«, as Festival Director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff put it, »performances shown by artists well-known throughout Europe, such as the opening performances »Annonciation« (»Announcement«) and »N« by Angelin Preljocaj from Aix-en-Provence and the guest performance of the company Emio Greco I PC from Amsterdam with the dance play »Conjunto di NERO«. On the other hand many new discoveries could be seen, such as the fascinating solo »Rankefod« of the Danish exceptional dancer Kitt Johnson.«

Under the motto »Wahlverwandtschaften« (Elective Affinities) we welcomed companies as our guests that have given the euro-scene Leipzig its distinctive profile in the recent years. But also exciting new discoveries could be presented. From 1st to 6th November all in all 14 guest performances from 12 countries were shown in 25 performances, among them many German premiers. More than 8,500 spectators saw the performances of main and fringe programme in altogether 9 Leipzig venues. The festival attained an utilisation ratio of 93.8%.

A strong spectator draw was the contest »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (Best German dance solo) that was held for the 7th time based on a conception by Alain Platel, Ghent. For the first time both the three winners and the recipient of the audience prize were awarded prize moneys. All four laureates will be recorded and broadcasted by the channel ZDFtheaterkanal.

The euro-scene Leipzig thanks all financiers and supporters who provided for the festival this year. The main share in the financing was borne by the city of Leipzig, the Federal Cultural Foundation, and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. Further support is given by the: Deutscher Bühnenverein / Landesverband Sachsen (German Dramatics Society, national association), the Goethe Institute, Munich, the Fonds Darstellende Künste (Funds of Performing Arts), and the National Performance Network, Munich. Principal sponsor is the BMW plant Leipzig. Further sponsors included the Sparkasse Leipzig, Holiday Inn Garden Court, Deutsche Lufthansa, Price Waterhouse Coopers, and Freundeskreis des Gohliser Schlösschen (Friends of the Gohlis Castle). The media partnerships were assumed by the Leipziger Volkszeitung and the ZDFtheaterkanal this year.

The 16th euro-scene Leipzig is planned for November 7-12, 2006.

Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director
Nadine Brockmann, Press

Leipzig, 06.11.2005