Normally, the festival attracts well over 100,000 visitors to the various venues in Zurich every year. This year's edition, however, will not take place as a "folk festival" on the Landiwiese and other venues, but will focus on top-class events with ticket sales and a protection concept.
"We are very pleased to be able to present more international artists in Zurich again this year. Over 30 productions can be seen in August, including twelve world premieres. At the same time, the situation in many parts of the world where the artists we work with come from remains threatening. Those who are not yet able to travel again have developed formats with which their art will nevertheless come to Switzerland, and which will, among other things, transform the Landiwiese into a place for installations," says artistic director Matthias von Hartz.
Zurich and Paris-based artist and photographer Jean-Vincent Simonet created this year's campaign subjects, which feature protagonists from the upcoming performances. To create the expressive works, he combined old manual photographic techniques with new digital retouching methods in a specially devised experimental process.
Twelve world premieres characterise the programme of this year's festival: from Bogota to Tokyo, from Windhoek to London, artists are currently working on projects for Zurich. Among them is the Western opera by the Nature Theater of Oklahoma as well as dance productions from Argentina, Portugal and France.
Responsible at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel: Sarah Wendle, Veit Kälin, Matthias von Hartz (co-management), Remo Bitzi, Marc Schwegler (communication), Esther Schmid (consulting), Cynthia Domfe (marketing), Josefine Stähli (operations office). Concept, art direction and design: Studio Marcus Kraft (in collaboration with Marlon Ilg); Jean-Vincent Simonet (artwork), Michel Fries (layout), Highfive (web development).