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Eko Supriyanto, Sommerszene | © Widhi_Cahya


05 - 16 June, 2018

For 11 days Salzburg becomes a mecca of contemporary performance art, as Sommerszene Salzburg brings international guest performers and Austrian first-performances from the worlds of theater, dance, performance and installation to the City of Mozart.

A Triumph of Modernism

Sommerszene is often portrayed as the antithesis of the Salzburg Festival. Actually, this event has developed over the decades into an internationally acclaimed festival, quite unlike anything else in all of Austria. The focus of the festival is very much on the world of contemporary dance, though the Sommerszene program is augmented through theater, music, film and the visual arts. Every year, the program distinguishes itself by crossing conventional boundaries, taking artistic risks, finding new presentation platforms and offering the highest quality. The performance program is accompanied by numerous free events designed to promote dialogue between artists and the public.

The idea behind SZENE Salzburg

Since the late 1960s, Szene Salzburg has been a champion of contemporary stage performance and music. Originally a platform for local performers, during the 70s and 80s it evolved into an international avant-garde festival. Szene is active as an international producer, also offering residencies for artists from within Austria and abroad. The European network apap (advancing performing arts project) was founded as a means to support young artists.

The Program of Sommerszene 2018

To come (extended)

The festival will be opened by Danish choreographer Mette Ingvartsen. She is one of the most important representatives of her generation. In her current cycle, Ingavartsen examines the relationship between sexuality, power and body politics. In her clever and sensual choreography "to come (extended)", the intermeshing of the public and private realms is a dominant theme.

The rest of the program

In the sacred setting of Collegiate Church, visitors are greeted by a performative installation consisting of 5 tons of rice. This depicts our world both on a large and small scale. In their hymnally celebrated production "Of All The People In All The World", British theater group Stan's Cafe transforms statistics into poetic and humorous narratives. In the participative experiential play "Stranger Home" presented by Salzburg performance collective “gold extra”, local knowledge is put to the test.

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