Spotlight on Flanders and the Netherlands at DramatikerInnenfestival 2021
For the second time, DramatikerInnenfestival in Graz, Austria puts the spotlight on contemporary Dutch and Flemish theatre texts. The festival takes place from 8-13 June 2021.
Just like in 2019, the festival works together with Dutch Performing Arts, Flanders Arts Institute and Flanders Literature to present theatre texts from the Netherlands and Flanders. This year a number of Dutch and Flemish theatre professionals also take part in the festival's professionals' programme.
- In a so-called 'Textgarten' the audience can discover texts through (audio) installations. The works presented are ‘Woestijnjasmijntjes’ (nominated for the Theatre Text Award 2018) by George Elias Tobal (NL), ‘Met mijn vader in bed’ by Magne van den Berg (NL), Deerskin ('Hertenleer', nominated for the Theatre Text Award 2020) by Anna Carlier (BE) and The Wetsuitman (nominated for the Theatre Text Award 2019) by Freek Mariën (BE).
- The text ‘Niemand wacht op je’ by Lot Vekemans (NL) will be performed by Schauspielhaus Graz and will have its premiere on 10 June.
- Nico Boon (BE) will perform his work Enters / Exits ('Komt op / gaat af') on 11 and 12 June. In 2019 he received a Theatre Text Award nomination for this work.
- From 7-9 June DramatikerInnenfestival also welcomes the Young Europe Festival of the European Theatre Convention (ETC). De Toneelmakerij will perform the text ‘Age of Rage’ by Jibbe Willems (NL). 'Sweet Sixteen’ by Casper Vandeputte (NL) will also have a staged reading. Stijn Devillé (BE), author and artistic director of the nieuwstedelijk in Leuven, Belgium, is one of the jury members for the prestigious Retzhofer Dramapreis, one of the most important awards voor German-language theatre texts. This is year will be the second time an award will be extended to a theatre text for young audiences.
- Together with German colleagues, Ruth Mariën (BE) and Mieke Versyp (BE) will discuss dramaturgy for theatre for young audiences. The discussion is part of a collaboration with ASSITEJ Belgium, and will be available via live stream.
The presentation of Dutch and Flemish theatre texts in Graz is part of a collaboration between Dutch Performing Arts, Flanders Arts Institute and Flanders Literature, aimed at promoting Dutch-language theatre texts for German-speaking audiences. In 2018 and 2019 a delegation of Dutch and Flemish theatremakers and dramaturgs visited Graz to explore opportunities for collaboration.