30th Festival 2020


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Press release — 30.10.2020
Press release — 23.09.2020
Press release — 02.07.2020


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Press release – 30.10.2020

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Theater- und Tanzfestival euro-scene Leipzig abgesagt

Einen Tag vor der geplanten Festivaleröffnung schließen die Theater


Das 30. Jubiläum des Theater- und Tanzfestivals euro-scene Leipzig, die vom 03. – 08. November geplant war, muss leider abgesagt werden. Grund dafür ist der Beschluss der Bundesregierung, wegen der rasant steigenden Infektionszahlen von Covid-19 ab 02. November sämtliche Veranstaltungen zu untersagen. Das Datum liegt einen Tag vor der geplanten Festivaleröffnung am 03. November, die ursprünglich mit Nikolaus Habjan und der Musicbanda Franui aus Wien und dem Stück „Alles nicht wahr“ im Gewandhaus zu Leipzig / Mendelssohn-Saal stattfinden sollte.

Bis jetzt hat die euro-scene Leipzig mit der Absage gewartet und alles daran gesetzt, das Festival – in ständiger Abstimmung mit dem Gesundheitsamt und den Spielstätten – stattfinden zu lassen. Es sollte das letzte Programm von Ann-Elisabeth Wolff sein, die nach 30 Jahren Festivalarbeit die Leitung in neue Hände legt. Insgesamt sollten 87 Künstlerinnen und Künstler aus 7 Ländern anreisen, um 12 Gastspiele in 22 Vorstellungen und 7 Spielstätten zu zeigen. Nach intensiven Vorbereitungen bestanden keinerlei Hindernisse für die Durchführung des Festivals.

„Dass genau einen Tag vor der geplanten Festivaleröffnung der Beschluss der Bundesregierung, alle Veranstaltungen zu untersagen, in Kraft tritt, ist sowohl für die Compagnien als auch für das Publikum sehr tragisch“, erklärt Ann-Elisabeth Wolff. Fast alle Vorstellungen sind ausverkauft. Alle Eintrittspreise für bereits bezahlte Karten werden zurückerstattet. Eine Verschiebung des Jubiläumsfestivals in seiner Gesamtheit ist aufgrund der neuen Festivalleitung ab 2021 nicht möglich. Inwieweit einige Programmpunkte in kommende Festivals übernommen werden können, soll geprüft werden.


euro-scene Leipzig / Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festivaldirektorin

Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de / www.euro-scene.de

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Press release – 23.09.2020

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“Alles nicht wahr” (“It simply ain’t so”)
Theatre and dance from Europe on Leipzig’s stages

The festival euro-scene Leipzig will celebrate its 30th anniversary in November.


euro-scene Leipzig will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 03. – 08. November 2020. The festival of contemporary European theatre and dance will show 12 guest performances from 7 countries in 22 presentations and 7 venues. The spectrum ranges from spoken theatre and dance, music and puppet theatre to a children’s piece. The festival enjoys the patronage of Burkhard Jung, the mayor of the City of Leipzig.

In close communication with the City of Leipzig’s health authorities and in a constant exchange about Covid-19 with the venues, the hygiene concepts will be adjusted to their regulations and renewed regularly. At present, there is no concern that the festival anniversary will not occur according to plan – as long as there is no general ban of events in the City of Leipzig. However, due to social distancing rules, there will be a significantly lower audience capacity.

Under the motto “Alles nicht wahr” (“It simply ain’t so”), euro-scene Leipzig will primarily show guest performances this year from artists who are close to the festival. Among them is the puppet magician Nikolaus Habjan from Vienna, a director, reciter and singer who will open the festival with the Musicbanda Franui and the music theatre “Alles nicht wahr” based on songs by Georg Kreisler as a German première at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig / Mendelssohn-Saal. For the first time, he is also sharing the stage with his former teacher, the world famous puppeteer Neville Tranter, in “The hills are alive”.

Festival Director Ann-Elisabeth Wolff explains a focus of the programme: “In the 30 years of the festival, we have shown pieces that belong to the best of an entire era in terms of their innovation and quality. We succeeded in bringing five of these unusual productions to Leipzig once again. Among them are the two thrilling dance pieces “Sideways rain” by Guilherme Botelho and his Compagnie Alias from Geneva as well as “May B” by Maguy Marin from Lyon.” And she continues: “The great solo “F. Zawrel – erbiologisch und sozial minderwertig” (“F. Zawrel – genetically and socially inferior”) by and with Nikolaus Habjan is, as a result of its brilliant approach to language, political commitment and emotions, a theatre experience that can hardly be matched. It will, after its guest performance in 2016, be shown once again.” A strong contrast: the magical comedy “Brevet” (“The letter”) with Paolo Nani from Denmark; it has been performed 1,650 times in 43 countries since 1992.

After 30 years of festival work, Ann-Elisabeth Wolff will be stepping down as Festival Director and place the directorship into the hands of her successor, Christian Watty. The festival is financed by the Cultural Administration of the City of Leipzig and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. The total budget in 2020 is € 570,000.00 including the support from guest performance countries and planned ticket revenues.


Information and contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de / www.euro-scene.de

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Press release – 02.07.2020

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For the 30th time: Vision Europe – an open door to the stranger

Reunions and new acquaintances at euro-scene Leipzig


euro-scene Leipzig will be celebrating its 30th anniversary from 03. – 08. November 2020. The festival of contemporary European theatre and dance will be showing 12 guest performances from 7 countries in 22 performances at 7 venues. This year, the spectrum is especially wide and offers a range of spoken theatre and dance, music and puppet theatre as well as a children’s piece. As in past years, the festival enjoys the patronage of Burkhard Jung, the mayor of the City of Leipzig.

This year’s motto, “Alles nicht wahr” (“It simply ain’t so”), makes reference to the contradictions between assertions, lies and truth that hardly seem resolvable in an age of “fake news” in the daily chaos of messages. However, a steadfast longing for trust and honesty remains.

We are assuming that our festival will be able to take place as planned, of course, while abiding by all necessary hygienic measures should such regulations still be in force at the beginning of November.

euro-scene Leipzig was founded in 1991 and belongs to Leipzig’s cultural highlights and is one of the most important festivals of its kind in Europe. With its motto from the very beginning “Vision Europa – dem Fremden eine Tür” (“Vision Europe – an open door to the stranger”) it has proved itself to be far ahead of its time and is steadily referring to current happenings until today. Several artists, who have especially shaped the festival, return to Leipzig this year once again. Among them is Nikolaus Habjan, puppet builder and puppeteer, director and performer from Vienna who will – together with Musicbanda Franui – open euro-scene Leipzig with the piece “Alles nicht wahr” (“It simply ain’t so”) based on songs by Georg Kreisler as a German première at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig / Mendelssohn-Saal.

Nikolaus Habjan will also share the stage for the first time with the famous puppeteer Neville Tranter, from whom he learned his puppet craft, in “The hills are alive”, a guest performance from the Schauspielhaus Graz. In addition, the audience will once again be able to experience his shocking piece “F. Zawrel – erbbiologisch und sozial minderwertig” (“F. Zawrel – genetically and socially inferior”) as an outstanding festival contribution in Leipzig.

Opulent dance is represented by two pieces of “classical modernity”: “Sideways rain” by Guilherme Botelho and his Compagnie Alias from Geneva as well as “May B” by Maguy Marin from Lyon belong to the best dance pieces in recent decades. After guest performances in 2011 and 1999 it succeeded inviting them once again.

Compagnie Berlin from Antwerp will be first-time guests with their piece “True copy” about the art forger Geert Jan Jansen as well as Rita Góbi – together with Ferenc Fehér – in an evening with Dance from Budapest. Other guest performances come from Toulouse, Lausanne, Vordingborg and Berlin.

This year the programme selection is in the hands of Ann-Elisabeth Wolff, Festival Director since 1994, for the last time, before a new artistic direction will start in 2021. euro-scene Leipzig is financed by the City of Leipzig and the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony as well as the consulates of the guest performance countries. The cultural partners are ARTE and MDR Kultur.


Ann-Elisabeth Wolff
Festival Director


Information and contact:
euro-scene Leipzig, Gottschedstraße 16, 04109 Leipzig, Germany
Tel. +49-(0)341-980 02 84 / info@euro-scene.de / www.euro-scene.de

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