There will be a Theater Spektakel 2021

Amidst all uncertainties, having some certainties can be helpful. We have one: There will be a Zürcher Theater Spektakel in 2021. It will be different than the penultimate and also different than the last one. We are planning to set up some of our venues, maybe even some new constructions, there will probably be smaller crowds and different situations in which we will encounter international artists. But in any case, it will be a festival, on the Landiwiese, in the city and with international art.

Over the last year, we have learnt a great deal. We have come to understand that things are no longer «as they used to be» or «like always». Presumably, this is not only bad. The performing arts need the presence of bodies, and international exchange needs the possibility to travel. We will continue to fight for those unshakeable facts. But much as we missed certain things at last year’s festival, we also discovered new dimensions which we did not even know existed. We hope that our experiences continue to shape our thinking as we are putting together a festival for international art in Zurich - true to the motto: Everything remains new!

Several of our international partners are equally looking for new ways to present international art. The Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and the British artist Ant Hampton have recently started an Open Call for projects to be realised without travelling - quasi from afar: «Showing without going». And the network of European dance festivals, Big Pulse Dance Alliance, has published a tender for open-air projects which tour with small teams and enable encounters with international art in public spaces.

We must come up with something. Why not. Or as an artist from Ghana recently put it: «It’s very simple: The current situation is bad and it will continue to be so for perhaps another year or two. Then it will be over. For the most part. Until then, we all have to do our bit.»

With this in mind, we continue our work and will inform you in the course of spring once we have a clearer vision of what the festival 2021 could look like. We hope you are well and look forward to summer as much as we do!

Sarah Wendle, Veit Kälin, Matthias von Hartz

Festival direction

Photo: ZTS/Kira Barlach