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Oct. 25, 2012
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Ruhr Triennale opens (Aug. 17 – Sept. 30, 2012)
The Ruhr Triennale is held once every three years in the Ruhr region in western Germany. This year a schedule of 31 works spanning the genre of theater, dance, opera music and contemporary art were presented at 11 venues in the cities of Essen, Bochum, Duisburg, Bottrop and Gladbeck. From 2012 the festival’s artistic director is the composer and director Heiner Goebbels and he presents two new operas, John Cage: Europeras 1 & 2 and When the mountain changed its clothing.
In the performing arts, the 2012 program features the numerous works by renowned artists. Italian director Romeo Castellucci and his company Socìetas Raffaelo Sanzio presented a work titled Folk dealing with the subject of community; American director Robert Wilson presents an homage to John Cage titled Lecture on Nothing. In his first attempt at opera, Samoan choreographer Lemi Ponifasio the adaptation of Prometheus by German composer Carl Orff. Both of these works are world premieres.
In other works, Canadian director Robert Lepage presents what is to be the first of four plays on the theme of trump cards in Spades; Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and her company Rosas present the dance works Cesena and En Atendant to be performed at the sunrise and sunset hours; French choreographer Jerome Bel uses actors with mental disabilities in a “Disabled Theater” production; and French choreographer Mathilde Monnier presents the German premiere of Twin paradox and other works in collaboration with composer Luc Ferrari.
From Japan, the band Boredoms held a live performance with musicians from the Ruhr region at the circular stage at Halde Haniel of a local coal mine; the Japanese-American conductor Kent Nagano and the Mahler Chamber Players he leads performed adaptations of Charles Edward Ives compositions by Toshio Hosokawa.
A full schedule of related programs included a “No Education” project for children and young people, a “tumbletalks” series for talking with artists and the Festivalcampus program of workshops and seminars held in cooperation with 12 art schools in the region.

Festival Outline
Taking three years as one season, this festival is held annually since 2002 in the industrial city of Bochum and others in the Ruhr region of western Germany. The founder and first artistic director of the festival was Gerard Mortier, former artistic director of the Salzburg Music Festival and the National Opera of Paris. Based on the idea of connecting the industrial monuments of the Ruhr region with an international arts festival, former giant machining halls and coking plants were renovated to become innovative performance venues. Each year a new theme is chosen for a program of cutting-edge works of theater, dance, opera, jazz, pop music and fine arts. For the 2012-14 season the artistic director is the composer and director Heiner Goebbels.
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