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June 9, 2010
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Theater der Welt opens (June 30 – 17, 2010)
 For its 12th holding, the festival comes to Essen, which has been chosen as the 2010 European Capital of Culture, and Mülheim an der Ruhr. The program director is the founder of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts and De Singel festivals, Frie Leysen. She becomes the first director of the festival to be chosen from outside the German-language sphere.
 The festival has not limited its program to theater and this includes more than 30 contemporary works from around the world (10 of which are world premieres). Five of the world premieres come from artists outside of Germany (Willi Dorner and Cie., Berlin, Anna Rispoli, Hans Peter Litscher, Kris Verdonck) presenting creations in the hosting Ruhr region or site-specific works. The other world premieres include the festival opening performance by Claudio Valdés Kuri (Mexico), music director Gabriel Garrido’s (Argentina) production of the baroque opera Montezuma by Carl Heinrich Graun; Romeo Castellucci presenting On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God, vol.1, the first work of his new trilogy J dealing with an ‘encounter with Jesus in his absolute absence’; shaman and choreographer Lemi Ponifasio (Samoa) presenting Birds with Sky Mirrors about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in which Samoa lies made up of waste plastic from all over the world gathered by the North Pacific Gyre; former Velvet Underground member John Cale’s live performance with film titled Dyddiau Du - Dark Days, telling the history of the coal mining town in Wales where he grew up; and the puppet play Cabaret Crusades by Wael Shawky (Egypt) recreating the story of the Crusades against abstractly drawn backdrops based on film footage taken at the sites of the original battles.

The remainder of the program is composed of high-quality contemporary works including numerous European premieres, German premieres and re-productions. There is also an ambitious lineup of non-European works, including Sarikaik performed by Eri Mefri/Nan Jombang Dance Company of Indonesia; Thai choreographer and Thai traditional dance master Pichet Klunchun’s Nijinsky Siam, in which he explores similarities between traditional Thai dance and the poses and costumes of Nijinsky; The South African State Theatre resident director Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom’s (Thailand) Welcome to Rocksburg; and the work Insomnio - Sleeplessness of director Beatriz Catani, in which the actors watch over the slow death of a cockroach. From Japan, Daisuke Miura/potudo-ru perform Yume no Shiro/Castle of Dreams for the first time overseas (European premiere) and the company faifai presents their play my name is I LOVE YOU.

[Festival Outline]
In English the festival’s name means theater of the world. It is organized jointly with the German centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI). Since its first holding in Cologne in 1981, it has been held in a different city and with a different director each time. From 1985 to 1993 it was held in alternate years and, since 1993, once every three years. As an exception, however, in 2010 it has been held again on a biennial basis. Participating companies from Japan until now have included Shinjuku Ryozanpaku, Daisan Erotica and Ishinha.
+Theater der Welt
Dates: June 30 – 17, 2010
Venues: Stadthalle, etc.