Reconstruction of the Future

This is the title of a project in the European Centre for the Arts, the former 'Festspielhaus' (the festival theatre in Hellerau). From 17 October to 11 November 2017, the world-famous performance venue for modern dance will be devoted to the themes of space, light, movement and utopia. Lectures and performances of dance and movement will take place in, in front of and with the reconstructed stage design of the opera 'Orpheus and Eurydice' (C. W. Gluck) which was performed in 1913. We are delighted with this bridge building between the beginning of the 20th century and today. It proves the time-spanning validity of the forward-thinking ideas and visions of Hellerau's inhabitants. The on-going undiminished impact of the Adolphe Appia stage set and the stage lighting by Alexander von Salzmann cannot be verified in any better manner than by direct confrontation with the present. The theatre space, which was at that time conceived as a flexible performance space, is still valid today, can be used to its full extent and can also be experienced sensually by every visitor to the ‘reconstruction’. As enthusiastic supporters of the World Heritage application for Hellerau, we consider this to be exactly the right way to bring Hellerau back into the centre of public interest as a modern-day hotspot. For more information about the programme and background, please visit www.hellerau.org