From the 7- 13 July 1997 the Transeuropa e.V. in collaboration with the Institute of Theatre and Media Arts of the University of Hildesheim and the Association for the Support of the Fringe Theatre BUFFO is organizing the second festival of contemporay European theatre in Hildesheim : transeuropa '97.
THE FASTING ARTIST
Franz Kafka. Internationale Coproduktion with students of the Hogeschol voor de Kunsten Utrecht, Dartington College of Arts, University College of Ripon & York St. John, the Sztuki Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Prag and the University of Hildesheim.
Premiere: Mo 7/7 20 h, 8/7 22 h, 9/7 24 h, 14/15/16/ / 20 h Eishalle Domäne Marienburg
Negotiations with the second British company are still in process.
10. Juni: Funny
Bones, Regie: Peter Chelson (GB)
17. Juni: Accumulator 1, Regie: Jan Sverak (CR)
24. Juni: Nordländer, Regie: Alex van Warmedam (NL)
2. Juli: BEST OFF deutsche Filmhochschulen (HFF München, HFF Potsdam, DFF Berlin, FA Ludwigsburg)
Netherlands Czech Republic Transeuropa e.V. together with the
University of Hildesheim and in cooperation with BUFFO e.V. provides the
necessairy infrastructure, manpower and knowledge to organize Transeuropa
'97. The University can offer well equipped rehearsing and playing facilities
: three stages in the University will be at disposal for the festival. In order
to increase the presence of the festival in the town of Hildesheim it is planned
to use public places for the performances ( street, churches, parks, station). 1200 visitors
at seven different venues in Hildesheim more than 40 press reports
(regional and national: HAZ; Hannoversche Allgemeine, Neue Presse Hannover,
Wochenpost, Theater heute, Theater der Zeit, PRINZ; SCHÄDELSPALTER; forte,
EU-Journal etc.), TV- (SAT 1) and radioreports (ffn, NDR 1, 3 und 4, Bayerischer
Rundfunk, Süddeutscher Rundfunk, Deutschlandfunk) Supported by the
Ministry for Science and Culture Lower Saxony, Lotto Foundation, City of
Hildesheim, British Council. Sponsored by Gerstenberg GbmH, Einbecker Brauhaus
WEST transeuropa '97 wants to bring about exchange. It supports
critical discussions and opens the view on the cultural landscapes of Europe. The
idea is to draw an imaginary line on the map of Europe, which links the West with
the East. In 1997 it goes from Dartington via Utrecht and Hildesheim to Prag.
This line turns from festival to festival like the finger of a clock and
determines the participating countries. The partnercountries for 1997 are in the
East the Czech Republic and in the West the Netherlands and Great Britain.
COOPERATION AND PRESENTATION As opposed to
festivals which concentrate exclusively on the presentation of productions, a
central point of transeuropa'97 is to bring about artistic cooperation and
supply a platform form crossborder artistic research. Therefore
transeuropa97 initiates two international coproductions, which will be
produced exclusively for the festival. Both international shows will be produced
in a four-week rehearsing period in Hildesheim and will be presented on the
Furthermore transeuropa '97 shows 6 productions of four countries. Thus the festival offers a broad audience in Hildesheim and the region an insight into different approaches to performance work. Simultaneously it is a forum for discussion on contemporary theatre concepts, aesthetics, aspects of the working process, training methods and the relation between theory and practice in performance arts.
CONTINUITY In the 1994 festival the dutch contribution sparked off a new
approach to perfoming arts and theatre. The extraordinary performance became
subject of numerous academic seminars and dissertations. transeuropa '97
will follow up the development of the Dutch theater scene, continue the dialogue
and deepen the exchange with a our western neighbour. We consider this continuity
concept as one of the main feature and quality of the transeuropa festival. The
principle of a repeated invitation shall be kept for the future festivals. One of
the partners for transeuropa97 will be invited again in
Although seperated by the channel, the island belongs to the core of European culture. Often the view is focused on London, the big city. But Great Britain is more than Greater London. Especially in the performing arts the island is something of an unknown country, which is still to be discovered. The British theatre szene is promising. A lot of universities offer high quality cources in theatre and performing arts. The professional Off-Theatre Scene is diverse with an equally innovative as critical and experimenting approach to theatrical forms. For the international coproduction of students, the University of Hildesheim will cooperate with the College of Arts Dartington. First exploratory talks have been very successful, there is a great interest in a long-term academic and artistic cooperation. Already in summer of 1996 there will be a first exchange, which will be continued and extended at transeuropa'97. At a research trip to Great Britain the head of the festival team had the opportunity to see several Companies, from which two have been short-listed. Under discussion is Forced Entertainment (Sheffield) and desperate optimists (London).
With regard to the line on the European map, the Netherlands are the geographical bridge between Great Britain, Germany and the Czech Republic. Having already been a partner for transeuropa '94, the dutch company SUVER NUVER will participate in transeuropa in 1997 with one of their new show. Students from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht will participate in the International Student Coproduction..
The Czech-German relationship is still burdend by emotions, which often obstruct and disturb the prospect of a common future. The crucial problem of the German relation to Prag is still the property claims of the Germans, who have been driven out of their lands after the Second World War. Yet the encounters and meetings between young people from both nations, which take place everyday not only in Prag but elsewhere in Germany and the Czech Republic will finally overcome the resentment and smooth the way for a normal relationship. Providing a forward-looking forum for meetings, discussion and artistic cooperation the European Theatre Festival transeuropa '97 wants to support this process of mutual understanding and fruitful co-existence between the Czech Republic and Germany. An exchange programme between the Akademia Sztuki in Prag, the future Partner University of Hildesheim, will be organized for the International Student Coproduction in summer of 1997.
transeuropa '97 IN HILDESHEIM Hildesheim, with its
academic course Angewandte Kulturwissenschaften at the University and a number of
professional Off-Theater Companies is an ideal venue for the festival. The
Institute of Theatre Arts has more than once proved its innovative potential: in
the last years it has presented valid and new ideas in theatre theory and has
developed its own methods of composition, performance and devising
(non-illustrative narrative theatre). The remarkable features of the fringe
theatre scene in Hildesheim are the great diversity of the companies, the high
quality of the productions, the experimental approach to the practical work and
the interest in new dramatic forms.
The first time: transeuropa 1994
transeuropa94 gave insight into the different dramatic languages and
performance concepts of Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands. Two international
coproductions Common Sense and Station Europe, which were produced
for the Festival, were subject of controversial discussion. Along with the
performances, lectures and talks supplied a contextualizing framework on cultural
production, history and present political situation of the participating
countries. transeuropa '94 has proved that artistic cooperation and
dialogue is possible and above all necessairy to unmask national stereotypes and
to develop an understanding for artistic languages. The acknowledgements, we
received from foreign guests and the audience, as well as the great interest the
regional and national media took in the event, has confirmed the concept of the
Facts and Figures transeuropa94
81 artists, lectures, panelists and mulitplicators from four European countries
10 performances in six days
two premieres of the international coproductions
Aufführungsreihe der internationalen Festivalkoproduktion auf Festivals in Polen und Belgien
6 First Showings in Germany in Hildesheim
10 colloques, discussions and workshops
7 parties, nightcafes and gigs at the nightprogramme
5 lectures and 1 prominent panel discussion with Jan Hoet (Director of documenta IX), Ryscard Kapuczinski (European Bookprizewinner 1995), Prof. Dr.Hermann Glaser (Journalist, author) Peter Wien (arte), Clemens Wannenmacher (Kampnagel Hamburg), Anna Langhoff (Director/Author Deutsches Theater Berlin)
4 first film showings in Hildesheim
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Transeuropa e.V. together with the University of Hildesheim and in cooperation with BUFFO e.V. provides the necessairy infrastructure, manpower and knowledge to organize Transeuropa '97. The University can offer well equipped rehearsing and playing facilities : three stages in the University will be at disposal for the festival. In order to increase the presence of the festival in the town of Hildesheim it is planned to use public places for the performances ( street, churches, parks, station).
at seven different venues in Hildesheim
more than 40 press reports (regional and national: HAZ; Hannoversche Allgemeine, Neue Presse Hannover, Wochenpost, Theater heute, Theater der Zeit, PRINZ; SCHÄDELSPALTER; forte, EU-Journal etc.), TV- (SAT 1) and radioreports (ffn, NDR 1, 3 und 4, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Süddeutscher Rundfunk, Deutschlandfunk)
Supported by the Ministry for Science and Culture Lower Saxony, Lotto Foundation, City of Hildesheim, British Council. Sponsored by Gerstenberg GbmH, Einbecker Brauhaus AG.