When the festival Neue Stücke aus Europa (New Plays from Europe) was started in 1992 in Germany in the former capital Bonn, Europe was going through a time of upheaval. The biennale soon grew into one of the most important events for dialogue between European authors. It was a place of discussion, where mutual understanding and the reality of life in Europe could be experienced first-hand. With Martin Hammer and Maria M. Ludewig, a young generation to over the helm in 2016. They redesigned the festival as the WIESBADEN BIENNALE and at the same time went back to its roots. Under the heading “This is not Europe”, the critical question at the centre of the first edition was the possibility of a shared European narrative. In 2018, the WIESBADEN BIENNALE will continue what they started then. Alongside international guest shows and as part of the larger project HINTERLAND, the festival will focus on the sometimes tense relationship between metropolises and regions away from the big centres. Internationally renowned artists will develop large-format pieces in public space, which will probe the historical urban landscape at its most sensitive spots.
From 23.8. to 2.9.2018, the second WIESBADEN BIENNALE will take place in cooperation with the Schlachthof Wiesbaden, the Museum Wiesbaden, the Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden e.V. and the Caligari Filmbühne in the empty City Passage, the Staatstheater Wiesbaden and several temporary venues in the city area.
“Hinterland”, the German word meaning “the land behind”, describes the area where goods are delivered in a port or the commuter belt around cities. In colonial times it meant the area beyond a political boundary: already conquered, but not yet under control – a wasteland. In it, there are fewer rules, less protection and more freedom. Anyone who lives in these areas is statistically proven to be less educated, earn less and die earlier. But “hinterland” isn’t just a geographic term, it’s also a mental attitude that has captured the minds of large parts of our society: the pent-up anger, the revolt against the leaden feeling that nothing can be done to stop the effects of the globalised economy. It’s a loud protest that expresses itself in vulgar and drastic behaviour.
The WIESBADEN BIENNALE will symbolically bring the hinterland to the state capital and will bring an inner-city ‘wasteland’ back to life by creating performances for the empty City Passage. Just like in 2016, the festival will present both international guest shows and large-scale new productions in public space. Artists such as Roger Ballen, Santiago Sierra and Vincent Glowinski, among others, will develop new work for the Wiesbaden Biennale 2018.
Ticket Sale starts on 18th April 2018 at 10:00 AM.
Theatre or festival colleagues may reserve professional tickets (advance booking) for selected performances. Further information will be published on this page.
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