International performing arts festival
Pazz is an international performing arts festival that aims to establish long-lasting ties between publicly funded theatre and the independent theatre scene. What makes this festival unique is that it continues to collaborate with a pool of artists and theatre groups long after the festival is over. This strategy allows various working and production structures to come together, which ideally can complement each other in a constructive manner.
For first time ever in 2012, numerous co-productions between the Staatstheater Oldenburg and German and international artists and theatre companies were jointly rehearsed and performed at the festival. Another highlight was the translation programme Getting Acrozz which included seminars, workshops and a publication. Together with the German Translator Fund and the International Theatre Institute ITI, the festival addressed such issues as re-staging, surtitling and simultaneous translation in theatre. The architect and member of Marthaler’s creative team Frieda Schneider oversaw the construction of a “container city” for the festival which housed an artists’ colony and rehearsal venue, and encouraged more audience participation than at other festivals.
Artistic festival director: Thomas Kraus; Curator: Jörg Vorhaben; Assistant: Katharina Wisotzki; Organizational director: Gülay Polat; Architect: Frieda Schneider; Translation programme Getting Acrozz: Karen Witthuhn; Musical programme: Till Rölle
Artists: Ilay den Boer, Theatre Replacement (CA), Analogue (UK), andcompany & Co., Maren Becker, Mammalian Diving Reflex (CA), Third Angel (UK), Kate McIntosh (NZ/BE), Circle of Eleven, Adrian Howells (UK), Fräulein Wunder AG, Mem Morrison (UK), Ant Hampton (UK), Juha Valkeaoää & Taito Hoffren (FI), Metro Boulot Dodo (UK), Reality Research Centre (FI), Dries Verhoeven (NL), Blast Theory (UK)
Oldenburg, Exerzierhalle of the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater, 20 - 29 Apr. 2012