Zürcher Theater Spektakel

Stadt Zürich Fachstelle Kultur Kanton Zürich Swiss RE ZKB - Zürcher Kantonalbank Tagesanzeiger

Final report 2011

An exciting, artistically varied programme, two highly topical focal points, an interested, alert and large audience, dreamlike weather and a balanced budget – the Theater Spektakel 2011 was a success in every respect. This was also reflected in the media and public response. For the forth time, the artistic directors Werner Hegglin, Cornelia Howald and Sandro Lunin are able to make up an artistically and financially positive balance.

The festival ended with two highlights: The Israeli director Ofira Henig presented her wonderfully sensual Arab-Hebrew narrative theatre to an almost full house. The latest work by the great Italian director Romeo Castellucci drew the series of productions revolving around inter-generational relationships to a grand close. Apparently, this topical focal point touched on a raw nerve. The audiences showed great interest in the formally very different shows, some of which united parents and children onstage – some of them related also in real life.

The Arts and Social Change
The audience equally responded with great openness and interest to productions and themes that were not so easily digestible such as presented in the focal point «The Arts and Social Change». Apart from the visionary production by the great Tunisian theatre maker Fadhel Jaïbi, it featured a series of young, yet unknown artists who creatively and audaciously approached current social and political turmoils.

ZKB Patronage Prize 2011
Several of those newcomer productions were nominated for the ZKB Patronage Prize 2011. The ZKB Patronage Prize of 30 0000 Swiss Francs went to the young Mexican trio Lagartijas tiradas al sol (in English: lizards lounging in the sun) for their production «El Rumor del Incendio». The ZKB Acknowledgement Prize of 5000 Swiss Francs honoured the Egyptian artists Aly Sobhy and Omar Mostafa for their contribution to the much acclaimed production «Lessons in Revolting» by Laila Soliman & Ruud Gielens (see picture above).

Facts & figures
A total of 26 000 spectators attended one of the 110 performances subject to charge. Over 60% of the performances reached the budgeted audience rate of 75%. The average audience rate is 77% and is equal to last year's rate. 40 performances were sold out. Around 120 000 people visited the festival site in the course of 18 days.
Due to the almost consistently good weather, some hot summer days and pleasantly mild evenings, the bars and restaurants on the festival site were well frequented. The sales figures so far show that the budgeted figure will be exceeded by 10%.

Zürcher Theater Spektakel 2012
The 33rd Zürcher Theater Spektakel takes place from THU 16 August to SUN 2 September 2012.

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