36 productions including four world premieres, two new productions and ten premieres for the German-speaking world: from May 13 to June 19 the Vienna Festival will serve up a smorgasbord of high-calibre ensembles and artists from all over the world. This top-class cultural get-together opens with a free event on Rathausplatz on May 13, 2016, and will continue to draw the crowds at different venues throughout the city for the next three weeks. Hall E and Hall G at the MuseumsQuartier will be showing various performances including Frank Castorf’s production of Andrei Platonov’s Chevengur. Migration with an Open Heart (May 13-16, 2016), Jan Fabre’s 24-hour theatre marathon Mount Olympus. To Glorify the Cult of Tragedy (May 21, 7.30pm - May 22, 2016, 7.30 pm), and Solaris, a picture theatre production by the Macedonian National Theater in Skopje after Stanislaw Lem (Jun 10-12, 2016). The Teatr Krasnyi Fackel from Novosibirsk will be performing Anton Chekov’s Three Sisters (May 27-30, 2016, in Russian sign language with German super titles), the Hamburg State Opera/Theater Basel are staging Isolde’s Abendbrot by Christoph Marthaler (Jun 3 and 4, 2016) and Tehran’s Shieveh Theater Company are putting on A Bit More Everyday by Mahin Sadri (Jun 13-16, 2016).
The Theater an der Wien will host the Frankfurt Opera with Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s piece Die Passagierin (May 19 and 20, 2016) and the Schauspiel Hannover with Heiner Müller’s Der Auftrag. Erinnerung an eine Revolution (May 23 and 24, 2016). The billing at the Schauspielhaus includes By heart, a performance by Tiago Rodrigues from Lisbon (Jun 17-19, 2016). brut at the Künstlerhaus will be showing the Dark Circus by visual artists Stereoptik (Jun 4-6, 2016), while Theater Akzent is showing the play Gewöhnliche Menschen by Gianina Carbunariu (May 31-Jun 2, 2016).
In the Into the City programme, the Universal Hospitality project focuses on visions of an open, inclusive world that has broken free of nationalistic thought patterns (Alte Post, May 25-Jun 19, 2016). The Vienna Festival Center at the Künstlerhaus, a meeting place for artists and audiences alike, is open daily from 10am. In addition to a box office, café bar and reading lounge, it features a captivating line-up of exhibitions, installations, performances, film series, premieres and parties.
Between May 8 and June 6 the Musikverein will also mark the occasion with the Vienna Festival Concerts: from Gustav Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta and Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony to recitals with Maurizio Pollini and Anne-Sophie Mutter as well as a piano evening with Igor Levit. The Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Sächsische Staatskapelle under Christian Thielemann are among the other big names who will be putting in guest appearances at the Vienna Festival Concerts.