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Oct. 21, 2013
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Steirscher Herbst Autumn Festival held (Sept. 20 – Oct. 3, 2013)
Steirscher Herbst is a comprehensive arts festival held every autumn in Graz, Austria. The 2013 festival featured a “multiple opening” schedule that saw a number of performances held around the city over more than ten hours beginning from the early afternoon.
On the opening program was the music theater work H, an incident based on the worldview of the Russian poet Daniil Charms (Harms) who opposed Stalin’s terror government and brought to the stage by Belgian theater maker and visual artist Kris Verdonck; the dance work Happy End by choreographer Anne Juren (France) based on the last installation of the late Martin Kippenberger titled “The Happy End of Franz Kafka’s Amerika”; and Economic Theory fur Dummies, a performance by Amund Sjølie Sveen (Norway) simulating a crash course in economics.
The theme of the 2013 festival was “Liaisons dangereuses: Alliances, misalliances and false friends.” The program deals with all types of relationships involved in society, culture, personal life, politics through all genres, including dance, theater, music, contemporary art as well as conferences and lectures.
From Japan came the world premier of the collaborative work amness by Rosas member Fumiyo Ikeda and Un Yamada. The music program was assembled by the Brussels music group Bl!NDMAN [sax]. Also, theatre maker and playwright Kuro Tanino of the Niwa Gekidan Penino and the Japanese drawing artist Yuichi Yokoyama appear in a new work by the Italian artist collective Dewey Dell titled Marzo (March) set in the unreal world of a crater created by an meteorite that fell hundreds of years ago.

Festival Outline
Steirischer Herbst means the festival of autumn in Steiermark. It has been held every autumn since 1968 in Graz, the capital of the Austrian state of Steiermark. It has one of the longest traditions as a comprehensive arts festival covering theater, music, architecture, literature, the visual arts and all other genres. Veronica Kaup-Hasler is the artistic director from 2006 until 2014.
+Steirscher Herbst