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Florentina Holzinger, Opening of the Wiener Festwochen 2021
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Vienna Festival

Due to coronavirus, the festival will open in May and then have two installments in the early and late summer. Making it an exciting warm-up for newly blossoming theater and cultural life. Artistic director Slagmuylder has announced 34 productions, including a dozen premieres by longstanding and, for Vienna, newly discovered artists.

Opening: live broadcast on TV

The 70th anniversary of the festival will be celebrated on May 14 with an opening concert. Thanks to the live broadcast on ORF 2 and 3sat, viewers can experience Mira Lu Kovacs, the Herbert Pixner Project, Die Strottern, and many others from the comfort of home. The crowning end to the evening is the parade on City Hall Square, choreographed by Florentina Holzinger feat. Soap&Skin: a spectacular procession of disciplined bodies and noisy machines.

The opening is also the starting shot for two exhibitions: Maria Hassabi shows Here, a brand-new live installation conceived for the Main Hall of the Secession. At the Kunsthalle Wien, the Peruvian curator Miguel A. López presents his show on environmental destruction, entitled And if I devoted my life to one of its feathers?

New takes on Mahler and Schönberg

International and innovative productions, a familiar mix from the disciplines of theater, dance, music, and performance – that's what makes up the Vienna Festival. Among the many exciting festival contributions:

Philippe Quesne's Lied von der Erde (Song of the Earth) is a unique piece of musical theater dedicated entirely to the landscape. The artist has chosen Mahler's deeply beautiful song cycle to stage the complex relationship between the human species and nature. To listen to: the world-class ensemble Klangforum Wien.

Arnold Schönberg composed the famous, unique Pierrot lunaire in 1912. Now, 109 years, later, the choreographer Marlene Monteiro Freitas brings her own version of the melodrama to the stage.

Vienna Festival 2021

May 14, 2021: opening concert on City Hall Square – live broadcast via ORF 2 and 3sat (9.20 pm)
June 3 – middle of July 2021
August 24 – September 25, 2021
Program, information, tickets: www.festwochen.at

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