Dear audience

SZENE is delighted to present the fifth Performing New Europe festival, PNEU, in Salzburg. This biennial format is devoted to presenting artists who are associated with the Europe-wide apap network, and focuses in particular on providing an international platform for a younger generation of arts professionals. From 20th to 25th January we will showcase ten productions, eight of them Austrian premieres, that reflect the thematic and aesthetic spectrum of the contemporary performing arts in myriad ways. Many artists will be returning to SZENE: the celebrated Icelandic artist Erna Ómarsdóttir opens the festival with her emotionally powerful solo debut IBM 1401 – A User ́s Manual from 2002, the Berlin choreographer Christina Ciupke visits alongside the musician Boris Hauf with her precise movement study Life and Death of a Melody and Marta Navaridas transports both her dancers and the audience into a colourful, sensory delirium in the world premiere of ONÍRICA. Cláudia Dias from Portugal examines the topical issue of refugees and migration in her performance Tuesday: All that is solid melts into air while Norwegian-born artist Mette Edvardsen explores questions of memory and perception in the subtle text for No Title. The piece Softcore – A Hardcore Encounter by the young Belgian artist Lisa Vereertbrugghen confronts the body with hardcore techno, while the solo Body Parts by the Polish artist Ramona Nagabczyńska is performed almost exclusively with her face and in Collection of Artists, Raquel André from Lisbon portrays her artistic colleagues and their art works.

This comprehensive programme is rounded off by Claudia Lomoschitz and Alex Franz Zehetbauer, who will present showings in the SZENE Studio. You can also look forward to three enjoyable evenings of the post-performance talkshow Später bei Peter, in which host Peter Stamer will welcome illustrious guests from Salzburg.

The finale will be a revival of the legendary cult work The show must go on by Jérôme Bel, which SZENE remounted with local performers to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

We look forward to many joyful evenings together at PNEU,

Angela Glechner & the SZENE team