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Sep. 3, 2013
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Ruhrtriennale 2013 opens (Aug. 23 – Oct. 6, 2013)
Germany’s international performing arts festival, the Ruhrtriennale is being held this year at 14 venues in six cities of the Ruhr industrial region (Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen and Gladbeck) from Aug. 23 to Oct. 6. Approximately 800 artists from 25 countries have been invited to perform on this year’s diverse program featuring 43 works of music, fine art, theater, film, dance and performance (of which some 20 are world or European premieres or new works).
As in 2012, the composer and director Heiner Goebbels has served as the festival’s artistic director. For the festival’s opening, Goebbels directs a production of American 20th century contemporary music composer Harry Partch’s music theater work Delusion of the Fury. Goebbels also presents his own work Stifters Dinge that was performed in a Japan last month for the 10th anniversary of the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM).
According to Goebbels, “A recurrent topic of our 2013 program is the relationship between sound and the moving image.” In the genre of Ciné-Concert where these two media come together, ACTUAL REMIX provides director Fritz Lang’s classic silent movie Metropolis with a live soundtrack by the duo Iannis Xenakis and Ritchie Hawtin. The American animators the Quay Brothers present two short films also accompanied by music performed live. Also on the program is the collaborative work Massive Attack V Adam Curtis bringing together the British music unit Massive Attack known for their experimental concert formats and the documentary film director Adam Curtis. From Japan, the electronic sound and video artist Ryoji Ikeda presents the audio visual installation test pattern [100m version], and there is also a new site-specific film piece by Douglas Gordon titled Silence, Exile, Deceit.
The program also contains what is said to be Rimini Protokoll’s largest scale work to date, a multi-player video work titled Situation Rooms and the world premiere of a new collaborative work The Last Adventures by Tim Etchells and Forced Entertainment with the Lebanese sonic artist Tarek Atoui. A piece about memory, mixing fairy tales, science fiction, children’s picture books and epic myths.
Other highlights of the program include the ROSAS/Ictus production choreographed to the grand-scale work Vortex Temporum by the late French contemporary musician Gérard Grisey; director Robert Wilson’s production of the only opera work by contemporary music composer Helmut Lachenmann, Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (The Little Match Girl), which has seldom been performed since its 1997 premiere; the installation Nowhere and Everywhere by choreographer William Forsythe in the Folkwang Museum; and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s collaboration with Boris Charmatz Partita 2 exploring Bach’s Partita No. 2. These works are joined by a full program of projects like the No Education project for children and young people, the artist talk programs “tumbletalks,” the Festivalcampus project of workshops and seminars bringing together participants from 18 arts and theater schools in 10 countries to fill out the six-weeks of the festival program with some 150 events.

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.
+Ruhrtriennale International Festival of the Arts