Ruhrtriennale – International Festival of the Arts 2013

. May 30, 2013

Ruhrtriennale: the international festival of the arts with numerous highlights in opera, dance, music, film, and contemporary art in venues of industrial culture in the Ruhr Metropolis, Germany.

In its second year under the artistic direction of Heiner Goebbels, the Ruhrtriennale (August 23–October 6, 2013) once again features major artists from around the world in world premieres and new productions and continues to expand its dialog with the visual arts.

In particular, at this year’s Ruhrtriennale several installations will place the spectators at the center of attention and allow them the autonomy to make their own decisions: the Scottish artist Douglas Gordon is filming and staging a new work especially created for the Mischanlage, Kokerei Zollverein. In Museum Folkwang’s central hall, William Forsythe will present the large-scale installation Nowhere and Everywhere, along with other works where the visitors themselves become performers and contribute to the success of the performance. Ryoji Ikeda’s test pattern [100m version] is a pulsating environment created especially for the Kraftzentrale, and London’s Studio rAndom International will build an impressive accessible water tower as a contribution to Urbane Künste Ruhr. Mischa Kuball and Dan Perjovschi have been invited to set visible signs in public space in Westpark and in the lobby of Jahrhunderthalle.

Several of the world’s most sought-after will be creating large format installations that remain in place for the entire festival. At the huge Kraftzentrale in Duisburg’s Landschaftspark, Heiner Goebbels will present the work Stifters Dinge, which has been celebrated around the world, in a new version as an “unguided tour,” an invitiation to the visitors to engage in an individual experience with no limits.

Among the highpoints of the festival are the opening production of Harry Partch’s Delusion of the Fury staged by Heiner Goebbels in collaboration with Ensemble musikFabrik, and Massive Attack will present their only German performance in 2013, featuring the work of BBC documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis. Unusual constellations and combinations run throughout the program. American director Robert Wilson is staging a production of Helmut Lachenmann’s rarely performed opera Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern (The Little Match Girl) in a uniquely sculptural sound and space design. Internationally renowned choreographers Boris Charmatz and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker are collaborating for their new production Partita No. 2. The theater collective Rimini Protokoll will present their most elaborate production to date, Situation Rooms, and Forced Entertainment’s The Last Adventures will explore various facets of a new theatrical language.

Over 150 events with many newly participating artists, 43 productions, including 20 premieres, new productions, European premieres and German premieres, as well as concerts and artist discussions transform the outstanding industrial monuments of the region into unique venues for music, visual art, theater, film, dance, and performance.

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