Internationale Maifestspiele (International May Festival) 2014 at Staatstheater Wiesbaden
57 events on 34 festival days with 31 productions from 12 countries – from Georgia all the way to Taiwan and Senegal: That is what the Internationale Maifestspiele (International May Festival)
under the artistic direction of Manfred Beilharz has to offer.
From 30 April to 2 June,
this festival will transform Wiesbaden into a stage showcasing the world’s greatest theatrical works. Throughout the month of May world-class conductors, singers, dancers and actors will be performing in an array of Staatstheater Wiesbaden venues.
“In my twelfth year as artistic director of the Internationale Maifestspiele I consider it of the utmost importance that we offer our audiences an innovative and diversified program which reflects the latest developments in all genres of the international theatre scene,” Dr. Manfred Beilharz explains.
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OPERA: A love potion, a tragic love story and an Elegy for Young Lovers
The festival’s opening production poses a particular highlight in honor of a composer whose singular career began in Wiesbaden: Hans Werner Henze. His opera Elegy for Young Lovers is directed by Dietrich W. Hilsdorf. The ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin is visiting with Dvořák’s highly acclaimed Rusalka staged by Barrie Kosky. And two shooting stars of the opera scene, Olga Peretyatko and Dmitry Korchak, are bringing a love potion – Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore – to Wiesbaden from the Teatro Regio Torino.
DANCE: Dance HERITAGE (Tanz ERBE)
Under the title Dance Heritage, the festival will feature four key works that represent the dance heritage of the 20th century: The Staatstheater’s own Stephan Thoss will kick things off with his sensational Laban dance project Loops and Lines. Then we will have the opportunity to welcome star choreographer Lin Hwai-min and the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan presenting his famed production Songs of the Wanderers. Someone who especially epitomizes dance heritage is Germaine Acogny from Senegal, an icon and pioneer of modern African dance. As its grand finale, the Maifestpiele will present Pina Bausch’s dance theatre work Full Moon.
THEATRE: Two Chekhovs, a Peer Gynt and some Poison
The theatre program features two high-contrast Chekhov productions: Vienna’s Burgtheater is visiting with a superbly cast Uncle Vanya, and the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin is set to perform its highly explosive, multicultural Cherry Orchard. A highly acclaimed production of Peer Gynt hails from the Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf and features Olaf Johannessen, who was nominated for the German theatre award DER FAUST in the category of best actor, in the leading role. And be prepared for a reunion with Ulrich Matthes and Dagmar Manzel in Deutsches Theater Berlin’s touching production of Poison.
ADDITIONAL EVENTS: Between Yemen Blues, Biermann and hits from the 50s, 60s & 70s
The program is rounded out with readings, solo performances, concerts and cabaret events. Little Big World is a synthesis of the arts consisting of perfected physical performances, visual tricks and live music. In their latest show Wie wär’s, wie wär’s (How about it, how about it), the Pfister siblings embark on an Italian journey (through time) full of unforgettable pop songs. The eccentric brass septet Mnozil Brass is sure to delight audiences with applied brass music, while Yemen Blues presents an explosive musical mix from the USA and Israel on the big stage. Dagmar Manzel will sing songs by Friedrich Hollaender, whereas Wolf Biermann and Pamela Biermann will perform songs about love.
YOUTH WEEK: A theatre container, performance art and a sensitive stage
The festival’s Youth Week will open with ManPowerMacbeth (13+), loosely based on William Shakespeare. And audiences are in for special treat in a large overseas container in Warmer Damm Park, where the touching and comical play Huis from the Netherlands will be staged. The renowned group Showcase Beat Le Mot is presenting Orwell’s Animal Farm as performance art. Belgium’s Chicks for Money and Nothing for Free depicts boyhood dreams with shaving foam and energizing music, while the dance play Monchichi from France whisks us away on a poetic quest for identity.
Tickets: 0611 132 325