FESTIVAL
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY 22.06.

On the threshold of post-dramatic acting, narrative theatre and dance, »Happy Vineyards« becomes a melancholic swan song, full of pain and vulnerability. Together, the performers work through their theatrical experiences, celebrating the theatrical performance situation while simultaneously giving it the finger.
With the launch of the festival, the team of ARENA invites you to the opening party. Hermann Hesse once wrote: There is magic in every beginning... Thus we would like to invite you to celebrate the beginning of the 32nd ARENA-Festival with us and to feel the magic through music and dance. Come by, let's make magic!

THURSDAY 23.06.

You want to start the festival day with a relaxed yoga flow and breathing exercises? Then visit our beginner-friendly yoga in the festival centre with Lou to enjoy the festival even more.
Contactimprovisation is a form of dance and movement in which contact between two (or more) bodies is experimented with, e.g. in relation to gravity, flow of movement and quality of touch. From this, a variety of movement possibilities develop: rolling together, flowing, supporting each other, flying...
With the production »Right for Fight«, love is to be rewritten. For it is followed by the contradiction of opposing emotions, ambivalent reactions, paradoxical, passionate and irrational decisions. This duet describes love as a universal martial art, without protective equipment, as a vulnerable fighter. Power is negotiated, fought with each other - for each other, against each other, side by side. From love to hate, blindness to open eyes, from desire to boredom, from harmony to conflict: they want to stay, but still leave, break up. They want to forgive, to care yet hurt, to open yet close....
On the threshold of post-dramatic acting, narrative theatre and dance, »Happy Vineyards« becomes a melancholic swan song, full of pain and vulnerability. Together, the performers work through their theatrical experiences, celebrating the theatrical performance situation while simultaneously giving it the finger.
»Kontakt-los!« is a co-production of the ARENA Festival and the Institute for Theatre and Media Studies at FAU Erlangen with the artists Kathrin Knöpfle and Urte Gudian, in which scenes are presented together with FAU students that oscillate between performance, theatre and dance.
Intoxicating synth sounds, lively guitars, catchy hooks and memorable yet sensitive lyrics - that's what the six-piece band »palacity« from Nuremberg stands for. Their goal is the perfect mix of indie rock and pop, taking the hearts of their fans by storm.

FRIDAY 24.06.

You want to start the festival day with a relaxed yoga flow and breathing exercises? Then visit our beginner-friendly yoga in the festival centre with Lou to enjoy the festival even more.
With the production »Right for Fight«, love is to be rewritten. For it is followed by the contradiction of opposing emotions, ambivalent reactions, paradoxical, passionate and irrational decisions. This duet describes love as a universal martial art, without protective equipment, as a vulnerable fighter. Power is negotiated, fought with each other - for each other, against each other, side by side. From love to hate, blindness to open eyes, from desire to boredom, from harmony to conflict: they want to stay, but still leave, break up. They want to forgive, to care yet hurt, to open yet close....
»Vor Sonnenaufgang« (Before Sunrise) deals with alcoholism and the consequences that arise from it for relatives and sufferers. As an impulse, the work of the same name by Gerhart Hauptmann is linked critically, feministically and personally with the present and in doing so moves a father-daughter relationship into the centre.

SATURDAY 25.06.

Durch die Erkundung unserer körperlichen, emotionalen und mentalen Grenzen lernen wir den Unterschied zwischen akzeptabel und inakzeptabel, wie man entschieden “Nein” sagt und wie man um Hilfe bittet.
Es braucht keine Drogen und keinen Alkohol, um Freude zu empfinden, frei und befreit zu sein – Wir haben die Hormone bereits in unseren Körpern und können uns ganz bewusst und kostenlos einen tollen “Cocktail” selbst zusammenstellen.
The performance »Reanimationstraining« (Reanimation Training) is a social choreography for 10-20 people. It simulates the coming together itself as an emergency. Familiar elements are deconstructed and alienated. It explores the relationship between the participants and the extent to which it can be changed.
The performance »Reanimationstraining« (Reanimation Training) is a social choreography for 10-20 people. It simulates the coming together itself as an emergency. Familiar elements are deconstructed and alienated. It explores the relationship between the participants and the extent to which it can be changed.
»Wir sagen uns Dunkles« (We talk about darkness) is a scenic correspondence between the poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan with drums and percussion. The letters tell of their twenty-year relationship, marked by love, longing, touch, misunderstandings and silence.
The piece »the other side« tells the story of two beings moving towards each other. Covering their faces, they try to recognise each other through touch. They touch each other - unity, then difference. Through movement and sounds, a communication emerges that seeks, reacts, mirrors, loses.
All good things come to an end... We celebrate the closing of the festival week on the penultimate day of the festival. ARENA 2022 exists under the motto »touch me!« as a connecting point for social interaction. Therefore we heartily invite you to dance with us and the artists. Come along, bring friends and strangers. We look forward to welcome you!

SUNDAY 26.06.

After the hangover breakfast, we will look back on the past two years with companions and actors of the ARENA Festival. How has the time of the cultural lockdown changed us in terms of our work? What is different today? What will remain? How do we allow touches to emerge through screens, masks or spatial distances? In the process different perspectives from culture and science will have their say and there will be the opportunity for the audience to contribute questions and comments to the debate.
After the hangover breakfast, we will look back on the past two years with companions and actors of the ARENA Festival. How has the time of the cultural lockdown changed us in terms of our work? What is different today? What will remain? How do we allow touches to emerge through screens, masks or spatial distances? In the process different perspectives from culture and science will have their say and there will be the opportunity for the audience to contribute questions and comments to the debate.
»Kontakt-los!« is a co-production of the ARENA Festival and the Institute for Theatre and Media Studies at FAU Erlangen with the artists Kathrin Knöpfle and Urte Gudian, in which scenes are presented together with FAU students that oscillate between performance, theatre and dance.
»Wir sagen uns Dunkles« (We talk about darkness) is a scenic correspondence between the poets Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan with drums and percussion. The letters tell of their twenty-year relationship, marked by love, longing, touch, misunderstandings and silence.