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Ruhrtriennale 2019 ends with a world premiere by Sharon Eyal

Press release   •   Sep 25, 2019 13:13 BST

Concluding press conference © Daniel Sadrowski/Ruhrtriennale 2019

Dear Sir or Madam,

the world premiere “Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart” by the Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal, who is taking part in the Ruhrtriennale for the first time with her company L-E-V, is the highlight of the last week of the festival. From Thursday, 26 September 2019, the third part of her trilogy about love will be performed four times in Bochum’s Jahrhunderthalle. As in the first two parts “OCD Love” and “Love Chapter 2”, Sharon Eyal is again cooperating with the music producer Gai Behar and the drummer and DJ Ori Lichtik, who have recorded live techno beats to create a soundtrack for the choreographer’s expressive body images. The dancers’ costumes were designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri of Christian Dior Couture. The mutual work continues a cooperation that started in 2018 with the choreography of a Dior fashion show by Sharon Eyal.

Artistic Director Stefanie Carp about this year’s festival: “At Ruhrtriennale 2019 we’ve seen remarkable creations with a strong artistic energy, which dealt with our present and produced vivid and controversial discussions.”

Alongside Christoph Marthaler’s “Nach den letzten Tagen. Ein Spätabend”, the highly acclaimed productions of the Ruhrtriennale 2019 include “All the good” by the Needcompany and Kornél Mundruczó’s production “Evolution” from György Ligeti’s “Requiem”.

Shortly before the end of this year’s festival the estimated box office capacity lies at about 80 % with 27.000 issued tickets. In addition, there have been around 34.000 visitors to the freely accessible formats such as “Third Space” at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum and the installations “Mixing Plant” by Tony Cokes (Mischanlage Zollverein, Essen), “Bergama Stereo” by Cevdet Erek (Turbinenhalle, Bochum) and Barbara Ehnes’ “Αλληλεγγύη– Archive of Messages. Words in Motion” (Third Space, city centre Bochum), which are open until 29 September. The most visited performances were “Nach den letzten Tagen. Ein Spätabend”, “Evolution”, “Everything that Happend and Would Happen” and “Dido and Aeneas, Remembered”. Altogether more than 60.000 people visited the Ruhrtriennale 2019.

Dr. Vera Battis-Reese, Managing Director of the Kultur Ruhr GmbH: “In the last few weeks we have experienced a wealth of impressive productions, which are only possible at the Ruhrtriennale and make the festival something unique.”

Until the end of the festival, alongside Sharon Eyal’s premiere of “Chapter 3: The Brutal Journey of the Heart” (from 26.9.), it will also be possible to see “Steamboat Switzerland” (25.9.), the last concert in the series “MaschinenHausMusik” and “(…..) – Ein Stück dem es scheißegal ist, dass sein Titel vage ist” (27./28.9.) by the award-winning director Jetse Batelaan, in the Maschinenhaus Essen. In the installation “Bergama Stereo”, the trio “contagious” (27.9.) and Berlin’s DJs İpek İpekçioğlu and Mieko Suzuki (27.9.) will be performing in the Turbinenhalle. The artist Cevdet Erek himself decides the musical programme with his trio at the “Bergama Stereo Finissage + Davul Step 2” (29.9.). The programme in the “Third Space” ends with the discursive events “Semiotics of Food” with Sebastian Schellhaas (25.9.) and Bojana Kunst (26.9.) and the final party “Nuit Sauvage” (28.9.) with Die Freedes and N Bisschen Strange. On 25/27/28 September, interviews on the topic of solidarity for the installation “Αλληλεγγύη – Archive of Messages. Words in Motion” can be held one last time with the artist Barbara Ehnes (Registration under On Saturday, 28 September, the Ruhrtriennale is also taking part with an artistic contribution by Barbara Ehnes and workshops of the Junge Triennale in the Westendfest, which is taking place at Bochum’s Springerplatz from 2.00 to 6.00 p.m.

Next Ruhrtriennale will be in August and September 2020. The programme is to be published next spring.

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Ruhrtriennale 2019 in figures

  • At Ruhrtriennale 2019 around 164 events of 35 productions and projects, including 16 original and co-productions could be visited in 14 different venues in Bochum, Duisburg, Essen and Gladbeck. Altogether 7 world premieres and new productions and 7 German and European premieres and 5 installations with free admission had been presented.
  • Shortly before the end of this year’s festival the estimated box office capacity lies at about 80 % with 27.000 issued tickets.
  • Altogether more than 60.000 people visited the Ruhrtriennale 2019.
  • More than 800 participating artists from around 35 countries came to perform in the the Ruhr Area.
  • More than 200 participants from 22 international universities in 15 countries took part in the International Festival Campus of the Ruhrtriennale 2019. They attended performances and installations, held workshops and took part in discussions with artists.
  • In 2019, more than 250 creatives, artists and theatre makers from Belgium, France, Greece, Japan, Luxembourg, Taiwan, Austria, Spain and the Ukraine, among other places, were accredited at the Ruhrtriennale.
  • Some 180 journalists from Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Hungary, the USA and Vietnam, among other places, were accredited at the Ruhrtriennale 2019.


Best regards

Verena Bierl
Press Officer

Music, dance, theatre, performance and fine arts in the former industrial buildings of the Ruhr Area: that’s the Ruhrtriennale. The venues of the Ruhrtriennale are the region’s outstanding industrial monuments, transformed each year into spectacular sites for impressive arts productions. At the centre of all this are contemporary artists seeking a dialogue with industrial spaces and between the disciplines. World premieres and new works are the essence of the programme which makes visiting the Ruhrtriennale an incomparable event. Every season, festival productions from the Ruhr region go on tour around the world.

The artists and themes featured in the programme are chosen by Artistic Directors appointed in three year cycles. The Ruhrtriennale’s Artistic Director for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 is the dramaturg and experienced theatre and festival director Stefanie Carp. This year's Ruhrtriennale takes place from 21st August to 29th September.

Local district court: Bochum | HRB 16669, UST-ID Nr. DE 223 424 543 | Chair of the Supervisory Board: Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen | Artistic Director of Ruhrtriennale and Managing Director: Dr. Stefanie Carp | Managing Director: Dr. Vera Battis-Reese

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