Ruhrtriennale 2020 concludes “In-Between Time”

From 14 August to 20 September 2020, the Ruhrtriennale will be staging an international program of music theatre, drama, dance, concerts and visual arts in the industrial halls of the Ruhr region. With this program, Stefanie Carp concludes her artistic directorship, which she has thematically called “In-Between Time”, as an opportunity to rethink and shape society.

Alongside new discoveries, a number of artists are invited who already inspired the public with their works in the past two years: Christoph Marthaler, Artiste associé of the Ruhrtriennale 2018–2020, will premiere a large-format music theatre creation Die Verschollenen (für großes Orchester) in the Jahrhunderthalle. With Waiting for the Sibyl. The Moment Has Gone, William Kentridge will be showing two new works in impressive visual language. Both the German premiere of Kornél Mundruczó’s Pieces of a Woman and the world premiere of Mariano Pensotti’s Los Años/Die Jahre explore life stories and social conflicts. The choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly will present the world premiere of Wakatt, a work about fear, and Marlene Montero Freitas will deliver her new choreography Mal – Embriaguez Divina. The program also includes the world premieres of Brigitta Muntendorf and Stephanie Thiersch’s Archipel and a new creation of Meg Stuart’s Cascade, which she is producing together with Philippe Quesne. Furthermore, productions by Lola Arias, Tina Satter and nora chipaumire are to be seen.

Chorwerk Ruhr will be showing the oratorio Elijah at five locations in the region to mark its 20th anniversary. Further musical acts are concerts of the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Malmö Operaorkester, the Helsinki Chamber Choir and the series MaschinenHausMusik.

Among the visual arts on offer are two works commissioned by the Ruhrtriennale: the photo installation Miners by Olu Oguibe in cooperation with the Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum and a new video installation by Candice Breitz in cooperation with the Museum Folkwang. In addition, Julius von Bismarck’s performative installation Polizei (OMOH) is to be realised by Urbane Künste Ruhr.

This year’s festival speech entitled Reflections on Planetary Living is to be held by the political philosopher and historian Achille Mbembe. The director William Kentridge will hold his lecture performance A Natural History of the Studio. A symposium will also discuss the political framework conditions of art production and connection with contemporary debate culture.

The interactive parlour game Unterscheidet euch! by Turbo Pascal will be shown for a young audience. To round off its project #nofear, the Junge Triennale is organising a nonconference. A variety of free formats will be presented in the Third Space, which raumlaborberlin will be bringing to the forecourt of the Jahrhunderthalle in a new guise. The concept artist Akira Takayama is offering a Hip-Hop Academy in Bochum’s urban space and in the Third Space.

From 14 August to 20 September, more than 700 participating artists from around 40 countries will come to the Ruhr Area to present 33 productions and projects, including 12 premieres and first performances at 17 different venues in Bochum, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gladbeck and Wuppertal.

We are following the developments concerning the coronavirus very closely and we are in touch with the responsible authorities. Everyone’s health takes priority. On the basis of the current risk assessment we currently assume that the festival will take place from 14 August to 20 September 2020. In case events have to be cancelled, the audience will of course be refunded the price of tickets already purchased. In this case, information about the exact procedure will be provided via e-mail, on our website and on the Facebook channel.


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