15th Festival 2005

Complete programme with summary

euro-scene Leipzig

15. Festival zeitgenössischen europäischen Theaters

01 – 06 November 2005


(»Elective Affinities«)

Theatre and dance from the old and new Europe

Unter the patronage of Wolfgang Tiefensee,
Major of the City of Leipzig

Festival Director and Artistic Direction: Ann-Elisabeth Wolff

Main programme

Tuesday 1. Nov. // 07:30 – 09:30 p.m.
Oper Leipzig
Festival Opening
Ballet Preljocaj, Aix-en-Provence
\ »Annonciation« (»Annunciation«)
– German premier

Two dance pieces by Angelin Preljocaj, one of France's most important choreographers, show the beginning and end of all being. The affectionate annunciation scene with Maria and the angel is followed by »N«, a socially explosive piece for 12 dancers.

Wednesday 2. Nov. // 07:30 – 09:00 p.m.
Jo Fabian Department, Berlin
»DIE IDIOTEN. das stück«
(»THE IDIOTS. the piece«)

Jo Fabian embodies like no other the free theatre in the new German states. His piece about Heinz and Hertha, composed in a dramaturgically brilliant way, reflects funnily, tragically, bizarre and inscrutably the transfer into a new everyday life.
(followed by audience discussion)

Wednesday 2. Nov. // 10:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Thursday 3. Nov. // 07:30 – 09:00 p.m.
Victoria, Ghent
»White Star«

The fervid theatre play from Flanders is based on the peculiar life story of Lothar Berfelde, known under the name Charlotte von Mahlsdorf. Lies Pauwels staged associations to variations from standard, tolerance and adjustment.
(followed by audience discussion on both days)

Thursday 3. Nov. // 07:30 – 09:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m – 12:00 a.m.
Neue Szene
Tanzsoli international (International dance solos)
\ Gundula Peuthert, Berlin, »svhet'zes« with Elena Sommer
\ »Bonus« by and with Eduard Gabia, Bukarest
\ Pelma, Limassol, »Eye to I« by and with Lia Haraki

German premier

Three very exceptional dance solos from different culture areas – the journey goes from Germany via Rumania to Cyprus.

Thursday 3. Nov. and Friday 4. Nov. // 10:00 – about 11:15 p.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
rodolpho leoni dance, Wuppertal

5. Deutscher Produzentenpreis für Choreografie
(5. German Producer Award for Choreography)

Tone colours, speech melodies and rhythms develop in very delicate movements. The Brazilian Rodolpho Leoni belongs to the most distinguished choreographers in Germany and created a piece for 8 dancers based on the original music by Ludwig Stangl.

Friday 4. Nov. // 05:00 – 06:00 p.m. and 07:30 – 08:30 p.m.
Saturday 5. Nov. // 11:30 a.m – 12.30 p.m. and 03:00 – 04:00 p.m.
Sunday 6. Nov. // 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. and 03:00 – 04:00 p.m.
Hochschule für Musik und Theater / Probensaal (Dittrichring 21)
Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Cesena
(»Tom Thump«)

One gets enchanted by a goodnight story in the half-light of a large bedroom. The production by Chiara Guidi of the famous Italian theatre company Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio – based on the fairytale by Charles Perrault – belongs to the most original performances in European children's theatre of the past decade.
For children (from the age of 8) and adults

Friday 4. Nov. and Saturday 5. Nov. // 07:30 – 08:45 p.m.
Emio Greco | PC, Amsterdam
»Conjunto di NERO«

The Italian Emio Greco created a new language of movement and took the European theatre scene by storm in the 90s. Together with the Dutch director Pieter C. Scholten, he shows with 6 dancers a shimmering universe of light and darkness.
(followed by audience discussion on both days)

Friday 4. Nov. and Saturday 5. Nov. // 07:30 – 08:20 p.m.
Neue Szene
Dance Theatre Incluse, Kaliningrad

German premier

Following: 08:30 – 09:45 p.m.
»Königsberg is dead«
Film by Max Ferdinand Zeitler, Berlin, and Gilbert Barrilé, Paris

The piece was produced on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of Königsberg. The formerly Prussian city was bombed, blown up and the Soviet Union renamed it into Kaliningrad. Natalia Agulnik accomplished, together with Kaliningrad's only modern dance company, a moving choreography about homeland and hope.

Saturday 5. Nov. and Sunday 6. Nov. // 11:15 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
BMW Werk Leipzig
Teatr Dada von Bzdülöw, Gdańsk
»Kilka Błyskotliwych Spostrżezeń«
(»Several Witty Observations«)

German premier

In his abstract dance piece Leszek Bzdyl refers to the diaries of Polish author Witold Gombrowicz. In a white room a woman and two men reveal the ambivalent relationship between the sexes.
(followed by audience discussion on both days)

Saturday 5. Nov. and Sunday 6. Nov. // 05:00 – 06:00 p.m.
Kitt Johnson / X-act, Copenhagen

German premier

This dance solo by and with Kitt Johnson is about the development of life from reptile to human. The symbiosis of the nakedness of the skin, the organic-animal movements and the electro-acoustic music by Sture Ericson fascinate the spectator like a maelstrom.

Saturday 5. Nov. // 10:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday 6. Nov. // 05:00 – 06:30 p.m.
Schaubühne Lindenfels
La Strada, Sofia
»Commedia del servitore«
(»Comedy of Servants«)

German premier

The comedy by Stefan Moskov includes clownery, theatre, jazz, seriousness and persiflage. The three episodes about the relationship of servant and master were developed based on Goldoni's »The Servant of Two Masters«, Molière's »Dom Juan« and Cervantes' »Don Quijote«.

Sunday 6. Nov. // 07:30 – 08:30 p.m.
Nigel Charnock, London / Michael Riessler, Köln
& Virus Streichquartett

Language becomes dance and dance becomes music – in an entrancing solo about love, sex and death. The famous Nigel Charnock speaks and dances sonnets by William Shakespeare to a complex tone composition by Michael Riessler, a top-class clarinettist and saxophonist.
(followed by audience discussion)

Friday 4. Nov. // 10:00 – about 12:00 a.m. (1st round – part I)
Saturday 5. Nov. // 10:00 – about 12:00 a.m. (1st round – part II)
Sunday 6. Nov. // 10:00 – about 12:30 a.m. (2nd round and award ceremony)
Schauspielhaus / Foyer
For the 7th time: Competition
»Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo«
(»Best German dance solo«)

Conception: Alain Platel, Ghent
Artistic Direction: Wolfgang Krause Zwieback, Leipzig

Daily subsequent to it: »Revival« / laureates of the past years

(The laureates and all other participants of the 7. competition in the archive of the competition)

Fringe programme

Free admission to all events within fringe programme (except for workshop).

Wednesday 2. Nov. // 10:00 a.m – 02:00 p.m. (part 1)
Thursday 3. Nov. // 10:00 a.m – 02:00 p.m. (part 2)
Die Villa
Workshop Leszek Bzdyl, Gdańsk
»Jeder Impuls inittiert einen Tanz«
(»Each impulse initiates a dance«)

Wednesday 2. Nov. // 05:00 – about 06:15 p.m.
Festivalcafé im theater fact
Film no. 1
Films by Angelin Preljocaj, Aix-en-Provence
\ »Les Raboteurs« (»The planing workers«)

Film based on a painting by Gustave Caillebotte (1848-94), 1988
\ »Un Trait d'union« (»Hyphen«)
Film based on the dance piece of the same title, 1989
\ »Annonciation« (»Annunciation«)
Film based on the dance piece of the same title, 2003
Introduction: Nicole Saïd, Aix-en-Provence
Presentation: Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Leipzig

Thursday 3. Nov. // 05:00 – about 06:45 p.m.
Festivalcafé im theater fact
Film no. 2
»Wahlverwandtschaften« (»Elective Affinities«)

Dance drama by Tom Schilling based on the novel of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
with the dance theatre of the Komische Oper Berlin (1985)
Introduction: Dr. Karin Schmidt-Feister, Berlin

Friday 4. Nov. // 05:00 – about 06:30 p.m.
Festivalcafé im theater fact
Film no. 3
»Somewhere in between«

A film about Meg Stuart by Pierre Coulibeuf, Paris (2004)
Introduction: Ulrike Becker, Berlin

Saturday 5. Nov. // 02:30 – about 05:15 p.m.
Festivalcafé im theater fact
Film no. 4

Film by Alain Platel
Introduction and subsequent interview with Alain Platel
Presentation: Renate Klett, Berlin

Sunday 6. Nov. // 03:00 – about 04.30 p.m.
Oper Leipzig / Probebühne (Eingang Schwanenteich)
»Zwischen Orchidee und Graswurzel«
(»Between orchid and grass root«)

Panel discussion to festival visions in Europe
with Maria Magdalena Schwaegermann, Zurich / Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Leipzig / Rolf Dennemann, Dortmund / Henri Maier, Leipzig / Alain Platel, Ghent
Presentation: Michael Freundt, Berlin


Festival café at the theater fact
Phone +49-(0)341-9 61 40 80

Wednesday 2 Nov – Sunday 6. Nov. // daily 04:00 p.m – about 02.00 a.m.

• Meeting point for all
• Snacks, drinks and information
• Venue for films (fringe programme)

Information booth at the Schauspielhaus / box office station
Phone +49-(0)341-1 26 81 91

Wednesday 2 Nov – Sunday 6. Nov. // daily from 10:00 a.m. till past the performance