Staging New Beginnings
"In 2022, the Wiener Festwochen underlined the need for utopian spaces and encouraged visitors in their pursuit of change. The festival opened up a welcoming space in which a diverse audience could be inspired by daring artistic projects."
Christophe Slagmuylder, Intendant Wiener Festwochen
DARING AND DIVERSE
After two challenging editions of the festival, the 2022 Wiener Festwochen are delighted with the tremendous popularity and the positive response from Viennese audiences. This year, we explored new (artistic) avenues in our quest for reinvention strategies, with a diverse programme that reached out to both familiar and new audience groups. By way of a prologue to the festival and, indeed, its first highlight, the Festwochen presented Romeo Castellucci’s Requiem in early April, ushering in a festival programme that gave plenty of prominence to music and its various production forms. The (staged) repertoire of music ranged from Mozart to Schoenberg, Glass, Xenakis, Rehberg, and beyond. Exceptional spoken theatre productions, musical works, dance pieces and special formats invited the curious to various venues all over the city, enabling multiple encounters between the people of Vienna and artists from all over the world and their works.
30,000 tickets were issued for the Festwochen productions. Attendance levels were at 83%, with 14 productions and 66 performances at 100% capacity. 50,000 people were present at the official opening on Rathausplatz. 4,000 people attended 75 other Festwochen events, including numerous discussions and talks with artists, open rehearsals, introductions to works and stage productions, workshops aimed at various target groups, artistic lab sessions, audience discussions, etc.
A FOCUS ON NEW WORKS
Of the 37 productions shown at the festival, 23 were commissioned or co-produced. The Festwochen attach special importance to initiating and producing new works as well as fostering artistic visions. Thus it was at the initiative of the Festwochen that Ulla von Brandenburg collaborated with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir for Friede auf Erden Emmanuelle Huynh staged Iannis Xenakis’s Kraanerg with the Klangforum Wien; and Croatian director Nataša Rajković created Astronaut Wittgenstein at the Kaisermühlenbucht on the New Danube especially for the Festwochen. This year again, the close collaboration and co-operation with international theatres created synergies far beyond Austria’s own borders. And with its commissioned works, in-house productions and co-productions, the Festwochen will continue to open up spaces for future-orientated art production.
Meanwhile last season’s Festwochen productions have since toured several European countries, with Marlene Monteiro Freitas’s Pierrot lunaire and Philippe Quesne’s Song of the Earth garnering a great deal of international attention.
1 festival featuring 37 productions, including 23 Festwochen commissions and Festwochen co-productions, and 11 world premieres.
INTERDISCIPLINARY AND INTERNATIONAL
Whenever new works are commissioned, the main emphasis is always on interweaving various forms of artistic expression and achieving a crossover between disciplines. Artists from different contexts are brought together and new interfaces created between the arts. Indeed, a multi-faceted repertoire has been the focus of the festival as it is rethought through a contemporary prism.
Promoting international creativity has always been a priority of the Wiener Festwochen. Internationally established names such as Romeo Castellucci, Susanne Kennedy, Christiane Jatahy, Back to Back Theatre, and Tiago Rodrigues have showcased their new works alongside an up-and-coming generation of artists such as Buhle Ngaba, Marcus Lindeen and Mónica Calle.
553 artists and members of international companies from more than 30 countries and 5 continents travelled here to Vienna to be part of the festival.
ENCOUNTERS IN THE CITY
The artistic projects staged by the Wiener Festwochen have resulted in all sorts of encounters: in theatres, museums, bars, clubs, football pitches, parks and even the banks of the Danube. The Festwochen are all about partnership-based co-operation; indeed, the co-operation with city institutions has been further intensified – from the Belvedere and the Musikverein to the football club 1210 Wien FC and dasWERK. The artistic formats themselves have diversified, with for instance Tarek Atoui’s Souffle Continu, the Pickle Bar by Slavs and Tatars, Close Encounters by Anna Rispoli and RAW by notfoundyet. New target groups have been reached as a result and different communities acquainted with the festival. Other mediation formats such as the Festwochen Campus, In the Field, workshops and artists’ labs as part of the MITTEN programme reached numerous participants, not to mention the people of Vienna recruited for Festwochen productions in the course of various casting sessions.
The Wiener Festwochen would like to thank all their partners. Without their help this festival edition would not have been possible:
Main Sponsors Erste Bank, Wiener Städtische Sponsors Arbeiterkammer Wien, Hilton Vienna Park, Volvo, Stiegl Public Sponsors Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien, Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport, Institut français d'Autriche, Botschaft von Belgien – Vertretung von Flandern in Österreich, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Vienna, Schwedische Botschaft in Wien, Schweizerische Botschaft in Österreich Cooperation Partners Arnold Schönberg Center, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, belvedere 21, Brick-15, brut wien, Cafe-Restaurant Resselpark, dasWERK, Domkirche St. Stephan, Dorotheum, Fotoautomat Wien, Franzi Kreis Fotografie, Gerriets Austria CEE GmbH, Halle Café Restaurant, Halle E+G im MuseumsQuartier, Ines Bacher Fotografie, Jugendstiltheater am Steinhof, Klangforum Wien, Lycée Français de Vienne, MAK – Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Musikverein, Neue Musik in St. Ruprecht, Odeon, Rosebud, Schauspielhaus Wien, Skop Film, Spitzer, Stadt Wien | Büchereien, Stadt Wien | Wiener Wasser, Studio Dan, Theater Nestroyhof Hamakom, Volkskundemuseum, Volkstheater, Wien Museum Uhrenmuseum, 1210 Wien International Partners Berliner Festspiele, Comédie de Caen – CND de Normandie, De Singel (Antwerpen), Deutsches Museum für Schwarze Unterhaltung und Black Music, Festival d’Aix-en-provence, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Festival d’Avignon, GREC Festival de Barcelona, Holland Festival, Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brüssel), KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Monheim Triennale, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, La Monnaie / De Munt (Brüssel), Les Cris de Paris, Münchner Kammerspiele, Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe, Opéra de Dijon, Pygmalion, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Theater Basel, Teatro Nacional D. Maria II (Lissabon), Theater Neumarkt Education Partners Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Universität Wien, Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik – IEM, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Max Reinhardt Seminar, Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia, mdw – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien, OeAD - Agentur für Bildung und Internationalisierung, NCoC für Kulturelle Bildung, SPAR-Akademie Wien, BRG18, Kulturlotsinnen Hotel and Gastronomy Partners Max Brown, Vöslauer, Park Hyatt Vienna, Weingut Zahel, Hotel Beethoven Wien, WEIN & CO, Caffè vom See, The Student Hotel Vienna, twing, zweitbester, Trzesniewski Mobility Partners Austrian Airlines, Taxi 40100, EDDI Bike Media Partners Der Standard, Falter, ORF, Ö1, FM4, goodnight.at, RAY, FAQ, c/o Vienna