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Nov. 25, 2011
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Munich, Germany’s “9th Spielart Theater Festival” opens (Nov. 18 – Dec, 4)
Held every other year in Munich 1995, the Spielart Theater Festival presents programs of the latest experimental theater works from around Germany and the world. In its 9th holding this time, the 2011 program has a lineup of 25 works, including German and world premieres, from 16 countries, including Colombia, Japan and the USA as well as countries around Europe.
This has been a festival with numerous features on Japan in the past, and this time there is a performance of chelfitsch’s new work The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise on opening day. There was also a performance of potudo-ru’s Castle of Dreams, and for both of these works the playwrights and directors, Toshiki Okada and Daisuke Miura will be on hand for a talk titled “Cool Japan. Theatre between Zen and Manga.” Among the frequently featured artist returning to the festival are Romeo Castellucci presenting a work which is the first (vol. 1) of a trilogy titled J based on the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God.
Also, true to the statement that there is no Spielart without Forced Entertainment, the British group was in the program again with a work titled Tomorrow’s Parties that deals with the future, while the Gob Squad from Germany presents Before Your Very Eyes depicting the future and past lives of seven children in a glass room, and She She Pop presenting a work based on King Lear titled Testament that deals with the generation gap.
Works making their German premiere were six works including Russia’s Teatr.doc with Two in Your House, based on interviews with a Belarus politician currently under house arrest and a lecture type performance on family history by the Polish artist Wojtek Ziemilski titled Small Narration. The new type of documentary theater work titled Tagfish by the Belgian company Berlin that uses seven monitors set around a conference table is one of the many experimental works on the program.
Again this year there was a full Network program including the mentor project Connect Connect that is now in its third year. In this initiative each mentor chooses two artists from different backgrounds to develop a performance or production together with. The mentors this time are Alain Platel (Belgium), ReneL Pollesch (Germany), Ong Keng Sen (Singapore) and Philippe Quesne (France), and with their eight artists they present the world premieres of the four works created.
During the festival run “Do Tank” meetings are held around Munich for communication between artists from Germany and outside the country to think about the subjects including better life and a better world and coexistence and develop projects.

Festival Outline
SPIELART was launched in 1995 as a biennial theater festival by Spielmotor MuNnchen e.V., an initiative of the City of Munich and the BMW Group. Over two weeks in autumn, the festival invites cutting-edge stage works from around Germany and the world. From Japan there have been past appearances by artists such as Dumb Type and Tokidoki Jido. Its Network program includes projects like a mentor program, talks and workshops, and there are also programs to promote communication between the audience and the artists.
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