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Jul. 2, 2013
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Berliner Festspiele international season “Foreign Affairs” opens (June 27 – July 14, 2013)
Launched in 2012, “Foreign Affairs” is a 3-week early summer season of international performing arts of the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Following the first artistic director, Frie Leysen, Matthias von Hartz is artistic director of Foreign Affairs 2013. This year’s specially featured artist is one of the world’s foremost choreographers, William Forsythe, and there is also a feature of the works of America’s Nature Theater of Oklahoma. In addition to performance arts, the program also includes installations works and music performances.
The Forsythe works on the program include two dance pieces by The Forsythe Company in I don’t believe in outer space and Sider. More then twenty years ago, William Forsythe began exploring other forms of choreography alongside his work for the stage and developed the term “Choreographic Objects.” Two works that emerged from this concept, White Bouncy Castle and The Defenders Part 3 will be performed, along with the film work Suspense.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma presents episodes 1 to 6 of Life and Times, a grand-scale project that begins with the simple question, “Will you tell me about your life.” The episodes tell the story of a life from birth to the present in the form of a musical, also using thriller drama and animation to books and radio shows, and on top of this they attempt a 10-hour marathon performance.
Other works on the program include a collaboration by Rosas choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and France’s Boris Charmatz titled Partita 2; the strange art center of the imagination created by French director Philippe Quesne named “Swamp Club;” and a dance work Nothing’s for Something created by Heine Avdal & Yukiko Shinozaki, known in Japan for their unique site-specific works.

Festival Outline
The Berliner Festspiele was founded in 1951 with the aim of creating exchange between artists of Europe and the world through a year-long schedule of festivals and events. Foreign Affairs is an international performing arts festival newly established in 2012 as an addition to this annual schedule and an extension of the International Theater Season held each winter (October to January) since 2004. The artistic director for the first holding of Foreign Affairs in 2012 was Kunsten Festival Des Arts founder Frie Leysen, and for the 2013 festival Matthias von Hartz is artistic director.
+Berliner Festspiele “Foreign Affair”