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Sep. 3, 2013
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Zürcher Theater Spektakel opens (Aug. 19 – Sept. 1, 2013)
Switzerland’s international theater festival Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zurich Theater Spectacle) was held this year from August 15 to September 1. This year, 2013, marked the 34th holding of the festival and its program included 46 works in the genres of theater, dance, music and more from 30 countries, of which 21were from outside of Europe.
Of the seven world premieres, nine European premieres and 10 festival co-products on the program, particular attention focused on the audio work Remote Zürich by Stefan Kaegi of Rimini Protokoll and the performance work In Case of Fire, Run for the Elevator by South Africa’s Boyzie Cekwana based on the issue of food.
The festival’s efforts to introduce promising young artists is reflected in two award programs, for nominated works performed during the festival. One of the works nominated this time for the ZKB Patronage Prize that provides support for creation of future works was Ms Berserker ATTTTTACKS!! Electro Shock Luv* Luv* Luv* Shout!!!!! by Tôco Nikaidô, the founder of the Japanese theatre company Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker. Other nominated works included:
- Marjolijn van Heemstra & Frascati Producties (Netherlands, India), Mahabharata – theater
- Agostina López (Argentina), La Laguna – theater
- Selma & Sofiane Ouissi (Tunisia), Laaroussa – dance
- Luis Biasotto (Argentina), Africa – dance performance
Another ZKB Acknowledgement Prize is awarded to winners selected from among the participant performers in the new platform “Short Pieces” begun last year. Nine solo or duo pieces are nominated from India, Iran, S. Korea, Myanmar, the Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka and South Africa.
This year’s Zürcher Kantonalbank Patronage Prize goes to Luis Biasotto for his “Dadaistic” production Africa, a revue defying all theatrical conventions and challenging the audience in an intelligent and comical way to ponder on alleged certainties. And, the Zürcher Kantonalbank Acknowledgment Prize goes to the Philippine performer and dancer Eisa Jocson for her solo Macho Dancer, a work with rigorous concept and excellent execution, in which she investigates the boundaries between legitimized live performance and seduction as popular and public entertainment.
All in all, the festival also offers a rich program of nouveau cirque, children and family programs, concerts, installations and more to enjoy.

Festival Outline
Launched in 1980, this is one of Europe’s most important festivals. With steady financing by Zuercher Kantonalbank (a public sector banking institution) this festival has consistently presented a program of works by artists and companies from within and outside of Europe. During the festival’s run, open cafes, restaurants and an outdoor theater are set up in a lakeside park in Zurich in a effort to create an environment that gives the citizens close access to the performing arts. The festival’s director is Sandro Lunin.
 The festival awards talented artists each time with its ZKB Patronage Prize and ZKB Acknowledgement Prize. The two awards include monetary prizes of 30,000 Swiss francs (approx. USD32,000) and 5,000 Swiss francs (approx. USD5,400) respectively to support future activities as a way of encouraging long-term cultural contribution. Past winners include Stefan Pucher, 400asa, Marco Berrettini, Sarah Michelson, Living Dance Studio, Young Jean Lee, Faifai and others.
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