After many years with the same format, the Freiburg festival “Dance and Theatre” underwent a major overhaul in 2014. As part of the new concept, the E-Werk became the coordinator for collaborations between the Theater im Marienbad and the Theater Freiburg in order to present a cross-genre programme in the future. The redesigned format expanded the festival further in a variety of ways.
In 2016 the festival hosted productions at new venues in public and private organisations so as to anchor it more firmly in the city environment. A programme of top-notch international artists such as Hofesh Shechter, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Needcompany, Ultima Vez and Peeping Tom provided points of emphasis and appeal to new segments of the public. An additional focus comprised a site-specific work by Rimini Protokoll which examined the issue of a contemporary, cross-genre presentation of movement in dance, theatre and performance art. In a symposium, dance artists had the chance to develop goals and initial steps for implementing a Freiburg “Dance Plan” to strengthen the marginal role of dance. With this new package of measures, the organisers hoped to make Freiburg, located in Germany’s south-westernmost corner, a vibrant place of encounter for the independent scene in the medium term and to participate in international artistic developments.
Programme: Wolfgang Graf, Sonja Karadza, Laila Koller, Josef Mackert
Artists: Fabuleus (BE), Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Het Laagland (NL), Hillel Kogan (IL), Hofesh Shechter (GB), Koen Augustijnen tanzmainz, Needcompany (BE), Ultima Vez (BE), Sasha Waltz & Guests