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Download press release from 24 June: Balance of the Biennale 2012.
Download press release from May, 30, 2012: Release of the programme of additional events.
Download press release from March, 23, 2012: Release of the complete programme of the Biennale.
Download press release from January, 19, 2012: Release of first ten guest performances.
Critical acclaim for the Theatre-Biennale
The tenth Biennale NEW PLAYS FROM EUROPE has an unlimited amount of peculiar suggestions as to how to turn painful routines into personal victories. Whether dealing with issues of political upheaval such as in the Balkans, the effects of patriarchal structures within the Catholic church as in Poland or the hopes of Swedes who live lives of excess yet yearn to discover their own personal identities and happiness – the possibility of reliving the past and doing things differently continues to haunt European authors in the same way that the buzzing promises of Socialism once did. [...] Thus, the plays selected for performance at the Theatre-Biennale ... represent a cross-section of a European cul-de-sac. This dead-end street to satisfaction is marked by anxiety and the desire to turn around and go back the way we came.
Till Briegleb, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 29 June 2010
This is the way it is supposed to be at a festival. This is what a festival should be.
Eva-Maria Magel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 26 June 2010
To kick off the Biennale NEW PLAYS FROM EUROPE in Wiesbaden and Mainz, performances ... were shown from countries whose theatres do not usually receive much attention.
Stefan Keim, FAZIT, Deutschlandradio Kultur, 19 June 2010
The new plays from Europe presented at the Theatre-Biennale in Wiesbaden and Mainz are not afraid to tackle major issues, for which they find new forms of expression and excellent performers. I would have no objections if this were to become the next trend.
Hubert Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 28 June 2010
Festival founder Manfred Beilharz takes a look back on 265 featured productions. All of which show, as they once again do this year, Europe in its diversity of themes and forms of aesthetic expression on stage.
Viola Bolduan, Wiesbadener Kurier, 28 June 2010
The 10th Theatre-Biennale NEW PLAYS FROM EUROPE in Wiesbaden and Mainz was successfully able to celebrate its anniversary after overcoming difficult conditions. Despite reductions in public funding, competition with the World Cup and the hot summer weather, around 7,000 visitors attended the international productions this year.
The theatre festival “New Plays from Europe” is a goodie bag full of surprises. The new plays from Europe are and will always be a goodie bag [...] And that is exactly the way it should be, because: What else could make people so curious about a theatre festival?
Ruth Fühner, Kultur heute, Deutschlandfunk, 21 June 2010
Surprise! The program of plays at the Biennale “New Plays from Europe” is always good for one of those.
Eva-Maria Magel, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 21 June 2010
A showcase of European dramatic work, a European art project par excellence.
Marcus Hladek, Frankfurter Neue Presse, 19 June 2010
A best-of like this is ... a rarity and a privilege. Theatre – deeply rooted in national language, ensemble work and cultural disposition – is arguably the least-globalized art form there is.
Jan Küveler, Welt Online, 18 June 2010
The Mecca of modern theatre.
Dieter Lintz, Trierischer Volksfreund, 17 June 2010
Plays at the Biennale often deal with identity. The Polish production grapples with the issue of distancing oneself from the father, Ersamy deals with the search for a new identity after rejecting the old, useless one and the Croatians explore the identity of the city of Zagreb. They all search in the same transnational forest.
Grete Götze, Frankfurter Rundschau, 28 June 2010