Leipzig and Dresden, are you ready for a new edition of the theater and dance festivals OFF EUROPA? You know it’s always cutting edge and definitely not disappointing. The festival was originally founded under the name of MANöVER in 1992. Leipzig celebrates 24 years and Dresden 8 years of bringing you what you need to see. The Festival OFF EUROPE focuses on not so well known, sometimes ignored or just undiscovered independent theater and dance especially in South-Eastern Europe. No matter from Yugoslavia, Romania, Georgia, Albania and Turkey, the acts have always been visionary and charismatic. This year it’s Croatia’s turn.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with artists from Croatia over the last couple of years and am very interested in seeing what OFF EUROPA has gathered. In my experience Croatians are deeply into their craft on every level and always produce high quality work in both presentation and process. And……it’s at some of my favourite venues and some new ones that look intriguing. Double, triple, infinite score!
“Next Stop Hrvatska” gives us a broad variety. The handpicked program offers dance solos and ensemble pieces, charismatic performance as an angry (Theatre) concert and a selection of films that would probably not be seen were it not for OFF EUROPE in Leipzig and Dresden. The complete program can be found here.
Festival locations in Leipzig, in addition to the LOFFT the Kinobar Prague Spring, the Cinémathèque, the art power plant (NPP) and for the first time the “Theater der Jungen Welt“. In Dresden, the events take place in Societaetstheater.