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FESTIVAL
OFF EUROPA 2018: ENGLISH PROGRAM SUMMARY
OFF EUROPA 2018: OPEN HUNGARY FESTIVAL FOR CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE ART

Theatre
KRISTÓF KELEMEN / BENCE GYÖRGY PÁLINKÁS
MAGYAR AKÁC - HUNGARIAN ACACIA - GERMAN PREMIERE
The locust tree (or false acacia) is regarded as the most Hungarian of all Hungarian trees, although it originated in North America. The foreign, immigrated plant could thus be seen as a symbol for an open society. From thoughts like this the authors developed their "post-fact documentary performance", a mixture between a poetry slam and an installation, made from sampled documentary and post-dramatic historic play. Performed in Hungarian with English (and German) subtitles.
LOFFT - DAS THEATER
Tuesday, 22nd of May 8 p.m.
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Panel discussion
HABITUATION AND RESISTANCE - Discussion on theatre work in Hungary

The theatre critic and curator Tamás Jászay will be discussing with the directors of MAYGAR AKÁC, Kristóf Kelemen and Bence György Pálinká. The panel discussion will be moderated by Thomas Irmer, publicist and theater critic. The conversation will be held in English.
LOFFT - DAS THEATER
Tuesday, 22nd of May 9.30 p.m.
Following the show MAGYAR AKÁC
Free entrance

Dance Physical Theatre
CIE.OOOPS KATA JUHÁSZ
WARM UP
Supple, athletic and acrobatic: WARM UP offers an introduction to the fascination and opportunities of contemporary dance, with a huge variety up to the point of physical theatre and elements of New Circus. A lecture, almost like a gateway drug. The performance has been shown in many countries, always leaving the audience impressed and well entertained. No language barrier.
LOFFT - DAS THEATER
Wednesday, 23rd of May 11 a.m. + 6 p.m.
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DOUBLE BILL:
Dance Performance Lecture
ZSUZSA RÓZSAVÖLGYI
1.7 - GERMAN PREMIERE
Should women dedicate their biological abilities at the service of society in order to increase the European birth rate? The playful and humorous solo performance examines the perception of the female body in contemporary society. It deals with tradition and taboos, role models and self-optimization, the impact of advertising and the media, expectations and disappointments. The performance is a result from an artist′s residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. Performed in English.
LOFFT - DAS THEATER
Thursday, 24th of May 8 p.m. [DOUBLE BILL]
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Dance
VALENCIA JAMES
BETWEEN THE WORLD AN ME
Valencia James was born on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean. She studied in Cuba and subsequently lived and worked for nine years in Hungary. With BETWEEN THE WORLD AN ME she attempted to address her foreignness in this country. As a dancer, as a woman, but especially as a person of color - in a European capital with a predominantly white population. Performed in English.
LOFFT - DAS THEATER
Thursday, 24th of May 9.30 p.m. [DOUBLE BILL]
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Dance
TIMOTHY AND THE THINGS + LÁSZLÓ FÜLÖP
SCHRÖDINGERRE VÁRVA - WAITING FOR SCHRÖDINGER
The starting point of this performance was the thought experiment "Schrödinger′s cat" devised by Noble Prize winner Erwin Schrödinger. The Austrian physicist thereby proved his theory that particles exist simultaneously in different places and in different states. The choreography focuses on anticipation, avoidance and reaction as well as on the resultant emotions. It′s wonderful to watch the unorthodox and anarchistic performance, starring six unleashed dancers constantly transforming and merging. No language barrier.
LOFFT - DAS THEATER
Friday, 25th of May 8 p.m.
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Dance
HÓDWORKS
GRACE
Four charismatic dancers explore their physical limits. They enter a magic world of joy and pain, take a ritual bath in limelight, tell rich and loud stories of passion, and march towards ecstasy, electro and classical burlesque. The highly dynamic and impressively intensive performance won the well-known Hungarian Lábán Prize for the "Choreography of the Year" in 2017. Performed in Hungarian with English (and German) subtitles.
LOFFT - DAS THEATER | Großer Saal TdjW
Saturday, 26th of May 8 p.m.
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After the performance: Festival closing concert by the band MESZECSINKA. Reduced entry (5 Euros) for visitors holding a ticket for GRACE.

Concert Psychedelic Folk
MESZECSINKA
The in the Balkans very successful band has songs in seven languages in their repertoire. Meszecsinka create dazzling soundscapes filled with Hungarian as well as Bulgarian music, mixed with Arabic and Spanish influences. Sensual vocals merge with a psychedelic and abundant guitar sound. Critics call it first-class world music.
LOFFT - DAS THEATER
Saturday, 26th of May 9.30 p.m.
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Festival Pass including access to all events in Leipzig: 49 Euros, 35 Euros (reduced), 25 Euros (Leipzig-Pass, pupils, disabled persons)

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