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The theatre and dance season of the Berliner Festspiele
October to December 2009

Twenty years since the wall came down and a Fairy Tale for Berlin

spielzeit’europa, the Berliner Festspiele’s theatre season, realises a theatrical event lasting several days for the 20th anniversary of the fall of the wall to commemorate the peaceful revolution of 1989: a Fairy Tale for Berlin whose protagonists – the 15m tall »Big Giant« and the 7m tall »Little Giant« – find each other again at the Brandenburg Gate after a long separation. A theatrical party which will counter the pain of the past with the smiles of thousands of viewers.

This year’s season in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele opens with the dance theatre piece Eonnagata, a collaborative work between Robert Lepage, Sylvie Guillem and Russell Maliphant and a splendid example of the collective individuality of theatre as an art form. A remarkable season of dance awaits you which is connected with Berlin in many ways. The long awaited revival of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jagden und Formen and the wonderfully delicate Impromptus mark the beginning of a long-running collaboration with Sasha Waltz & Guests. State Ballet soloist Nadja Saidakova choreographs her first full-length piece to Luke Slater’s techno sounds, while the British dance icon Michael Clark pays homage to the rock trinity of David Bowie, Lou Reed und Iggy Pop. Pina Bausch’s legendary dance piece The Seven Deadly Sins, never previously seen in Berlin, returns with Bert Brecht’s lyrics and Kurt Weill’s music to the Thirties of this “brief century” which came to an end with the fall of the wall.

Our thanks to the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media Bernd Neumann, the Governing Mayor and President of the German Lottery Foundation Berlin Klaus Wowereit and to our principal sponsors Mercedes Benz and Total Deutschland, without whose generous support this special edition of spielzeit’europa would not be possible.
We look forward to seeing you, our cherished audience, this year in the squares and streets of Berlin as well as at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

Brigitte Fürle, artistic director spielzeit’europa | Berliner Festspiele
Joachim Sartorius, director Berliner Festspiele

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