euro-scene Leipzig – Festival of Contemporary European Theatre and Dance
euro-scene Leipzig 2019 – Festival of Contemporary European Theatre and Dance
"Parallelwelten" (Parallel worlds) – Theatre and dance from the old and new Europe
Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of the City of Leipzig, is the patron of the event.
euro-scene Leipzig takes place from 5 - 10 November 2019 for the 29th time. The festival of contemporary European theatre and dance presents roughly 12 guest performances from 10 countries in around 20 performances and 7 venues, several of which are German premieres. Burkhard Jung, Lord Mayor of the City of Leipzig is the festival's patron.
The motto this year is "Parallel worlds." The Festival is dedicated to various parallel or interwoven levels, such as the real and imaginary, the social and individual, and the conscious and unconscious levels. The range of performances includes spoken and dance theatre, performances and a play for children. The guest performances are supplemented by supporting programmes.
The piece "On the royal road" by Elfriede Jelinek will open the euro-scene Leipzig in the Schauspielhaus theatre. Nikolaus Habjan, a well-know puppeteer, puppet builder and director form Vienna has appeared at the euro-scene in Leipzig multiple times. He staged Elfriede Jelinek's highly explosive text at the Landestheater Niederösterreich, St. Pölten, in Austria at its first performance, and is now premiering it in Germany. Marvellous puppets add an extra dimension to the events surrounding the current reign of an absolutist king.
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, Oskar Schlemmer's "Das Lackballett" (1941) will be performed. The Theater der Klänge from Düsseldorf has reinterpreted the dance piece, which is being staged for the first time again after almost 77 years of silence. Oskar Schlemmer's "Das Triadische Ballett" (1922) which was performed by the Bayerisches Junior Ballett München was met with great enthusiasm in 2017.
The competition "Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo"(The best German dance solo), which was developed by Alain Platel from Gent, will be held within the festival for the 14th time.
The festival is financed by the City of Leipzig and the Free State of Saxony's cultural foundation, as well as by sponsors and country representatives of the guest performances. MDR Kultur and ARTE are the cultural partners. It is organised by the Saxon Association for the Promotion of Cultural Exchange and of National and International Theatre Groups e. V. (registered association).