Steirischer Herbst autumn festival held (Sept. 23 – Oct. 16, 2016)
This is one of the oldest comprehensive arts festivals in Europe, having been held in Austria’s Steiermark state every year since 1968. Its programs present arts ranging from Theater, dance, fine arts, film literature and architecture to media art, performance and theory.
This year’s opening performance is The Night of the Moles (Welcome to the Caveland!) by French Director Philippe Quesne, who has visited Japan for an international exchange project with the Seinendan theater company. In an underground “cave” space that conjures up associations of the borrows of Quesne’s giant moles, nuclear bunkers and primeval grottos, the audience experiences a performance by the moles.
From Greece, the company Blitz Theatre Group made up of prominent actors from the movies of director Yorgos Lanthimos, a leader of the “Greek Weird Wave” of film that has emerged since the national economic crisis rocked Greece, presents the play Late Night, a poignantly sad story about one night spent by a group of men and woman set within the disillusionment of the people with their government told with humorous and surrealistic aspects.
Among the participants from Asia is the internationally acclaimed film director from Thailand, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, presenting his stage production “Fever Room,” which premiered at the Gwangju Asia Culture Center in South Korea.
For this year’s festival conference, the recent issue of British withdrawing from the European Union and the possibilities of the geo-political concept of Europe collapsing is discussed in a conference titled “Welcome to the European Protection Zone.”
Steirischer herbst means the festival of autumn in Steiermark. It has been held every autumn since 1968 in Graz, the capital of the Austrian state of Steiermark. It has one of the longest traditions as a comprehensive arts festival covering theater, music, architecture, literature, the visual arts and all other genres. The founder is the ethnologist and politician Hanns Koren. Along with the Brussels Kunsten Festival des Arts (KFDA), it is a festival devoted to the presentation of new works with special efforts in the areas of collaborative and commissioned works, an especially large number of them being world premieres and premieres in the German-speaking world. Veronica Kaup-Hasler has been the artistic director from 2006.
- Steirischer Herbst Festival