19th Festival 2009



(»Eclipse of the sun«)

Theatre and dance from the old and new Europe

03. – 08. November 2009

The euro-scene Leipzig, festival of contemporary European theatre, will take place from 03 to 08 November 2009 for the 19th time. Under the motto »Sonnenfinsternis« (»Eclipse of the sun«), 13 guest plays of experimental theatre and innovative dance are scheduled from 10 countries in 25 performances and 10 venues. »Sonnenfinsternis« serves as an allegory for an unusual situation, for danger and fear, the secret of darkness, but likewise for the hope of a new light. The responsibility for the programme selection lies in the hands of festival director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff.

At the opening the Cullberg Ballet, Stockholm, will be shown with a choreography by Johan Inger. Other highlights will be the guest plays by the Muziektheater Transparant, Antwerp, by Oskaras Koršunovas, Vilnius, and by Jo Fabian, Berlin. Julien Cottereau, long standing soloist at the Cirque du soleil, will come from Paris with an extremely touching solo for young and old. Further German premieres will come from Belgrade, Luxemburg and Belarus.

Sigrid Gareis, artistic director of the Tanzquartier Wien, accepts the carte blanche and invites the Austrian choreographers Philipp Gehmacher and Milli Bitter. Every year one member of the artistic advisory council of the euro-scene Leipzig chooses a guest play. The competition »Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo« (»Best German dance solo«), based on a conception by Alain Platel, Ghent, will be held in line with the festival for the 9th time.

Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Festival Director

Festival programme

The printed festival programme can be posted at no charge.