A theatre festival with artistic elective affinities
The Münchner Kammerspiele was celebrating its 100th anniversary in the 2012/13 season. And the international “Relations Festival” has been the climactic culmination of the anniversary season. Based on its motto “Relations”, the Münchner Kammerspiele has been cultivating numerous working ties with European and international artists in recent years. The Kammerspiele was frequently invited to guest perform abroad and developed co-productions in Munich and around the world. Although moving between different languages and cultures is quite normal nowadays, it is still not so prevalent in theatre. This festival addressed the issue of mobility and focused on the challenges of international theatre work and the future of municipal theatre. Artists from Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Latvia, Estonia, Argentina, China and Switzerland performed their current productions during the festival, many of which have been presented as world or German premieres in Munich. All of the artists have either worked with the Kammerspiele in the past or plan to collaborate on joint projects in the future.
The accompanying programme included an international symposium, workshops for young artists, audience discussions and concerts. A festival centre and blog provided opportunities for further encounters and exchange.
Artistic directors: Julia Lochte, Koen Tachelet (BE)
Artists: Lola Arias / Compania Postnuclear (AR), Alvis Hermanis / Jaunais Rigas Teatris (LV), Sebastian Nübling / Junges Theater Basel (CH), Kristian Smeds / Smeds-Ensemble (FI), Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods (BE/USA), Theater NO99 (EE), Lotte van den Berg / OMSK (NL), Ivo van Hove / Toneelgroep Amsterdam (NL), Dries Verhoeven (NL), Wunderbaum (NL)
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