Ruhrtriennale presents 2015 programme – first season under Dutch theatremaker Johan Simons

Intendant Johan Simons, image by Stephan Glagla

In its first year under the artistic directorship of theatremaker Johan Simons, the Ruhrtriennale brings numerous international and Belgian artists and productions to the Ruhr metropolitan area from 14 August until 26 September 2015.

Johan Simons, Artistic Director of the Ruhrtriennale 2015–2017: “Be Embraced” is my leitmotif for the Ruhrtriennale from 2015 to 2017 and serves as a gesture of inclusion, artistically as well as socially and geographically. These two words are taken from a line of Schiller's “Ode to Joy', because the Ruhrtriennale should inspire and excite people. It should create connections between the inhabitants of the Ruhr region, those in work and those without work. Between Germans, Europeans and inhabitants of the world.”

Creations concept revived
The Ruhrtriennale under Johan Simons extends the principles of its founder Gerard Mortier, who essentially shaped the festival. Mortier developed the concept of “creations”, interdisciplinary symbioses between theatre, music, dance, installation and the industrial spaces in which they were presented. Projects such as Accattone (premiere 14 August), Das Rheingold (premiere 12 September), The Creation (performance 27 August), Orfeo (premiere 20 August) or Prometeo (premiere 08 September) each demonstrate the creation concept with their locations turning them into events which can only be experienced at the Ruhrtriennale.

First trilogy — the return of theatre with three world premieres
While the Ruhrtriennale’s leitmotif encapsulates Johan Simons’ three year artistic directorship thematically, the first trilogy in the history of the festival links all three seasons together. Director Luk Perceval tackles Émile Zola's cycle of novels “Les Rougon-Macquart'. The first part of the trilogy, Love, has its world premiere in the Giesshalle, Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord (09 September). The following two parts will have their world premieres at the Ruhrtriennale in subsequent years.

Theatre returns to the Ruhrtriennale with two productions: Ivo van Hove's dramatic adaptation of The Hidden Force after Louis Couperus (premiere 18.09.), one of the Netherlands' leading writers, and Krzysztof Warlikowski's theatre project The French' (premiere 21.08.), after Marcel Proust's novel ‘In Search of Lost Time'.

This year there will once again be a play shown for family audiences. The Belgian theatre company Studio ORKA present Nosedive by the Rhine in Duisburg: unforgettable open air theatre for everyone over the age of eight (premiere 15 August). At the same time the festival will continue and extend its integrative work with young people in the Young Collaborations programme.

Dance productions of the 2015 season
With Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods, Jan Decorte/bloet vzw and Richard Siegal, four leading international choreographers will be coming to the festival.  Two dance world premieres can be seen: The Song of Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke (premiere 24 September) by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas at the Geblåsehalle in Duisburg and Model (premiere 15 August) by Richard Siegal with The Bakery and including dancers from the Bayerische Staatsballett in the Salzlager of Kokerei Zollverein.

PACT Zollverein in Essen and its Artistic Director Stefan Hilterhaus once again programmes two dance productions for the Ruhrtriennale; Much Dance (premiere 28.08.) by Jan Decorte and New Work 2015 (premiere 17.09.) by Meg Stuart.

Ruhrtriennale encourages young and emerging artists
The new Campustriennale seeks to develop a future generation of artists and theatremakers through three different initiatives. The Masterclass, in co-operation with Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Schauspiel Essen and Theater Oberhausen, will enable three groups of young artists to realise projects of their own culminating in a presentation entitled Under Worlds (12. and 13.09.). The series Exhibition Piece (from 15.08.) displays installations by young artists in various cities of the Ruhr region for the duration of the festival. In the College the festival becomes a meeting point for students from throughout Germany and Europe with seminars and workshops.

More information
The Ruhrtriennale receives support from the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and by the European Union – European Regional Development Fund. Proprietors: State of North Rhine-Westphalia and Regional Association Ruhr.