steirischer herbst ’03

Peter Oswald

Festival dates

Curatorial team
Assistant to the Director, Literature: Sabine Achleitner

Dramaturge: Wolfgang Hofer

“This year’s graphical theme of steirischer herbst 2003 replaces the verbal mottoes of previous festivals. While many programme items in 2002 revolved around the notion of the foreign body, and the 2001 festival focused on the rebellious subject, the programme in the year of the cultural capital of Europe Graz 2003 explores key issues relating to the identity, history and future of Europe.
As an explorative festival, this year again steirischer herbst provides a forum for artistic manifestation that reflect current social and cultural change, thereby focusing on the repositioning of European identity ad the resurgent contrast to the USA. In addition to authors, it is above all composers, directors and choreographers who feature in the steirischer herbst programme, with this year’s focus on a wide range of different works of (music) theatre.”
—Peter Oswald (original booklet translation)

Graz was the European Capital of Culture in 2003, which explains the choice of Europa (Europe) as the motto of steirischer herbst ’03. The official opening was held at the Opernhaus with Olga Neuwirth as keynote speaker, music by Robyn Schulkowsky and Iannis Xenakis, performances by Neuwirth and Schulkowsky, and a concert with early works by Wolfgang and Christian Muthspiel. A high point was unquestionably the premiere of insideout, a choreographic installation by Sasha Waltz with music by Rebecca Saunders in the new Helmut List Halle, which had been inaugurated in January with the staged performance of Beat Furrer’s musical theater work Begehren (Desire). The hall made it possible for the audience to circulate freely on an open stage between twenty performers and ten musicians.

Other important theater highlights and thematic focuses were the Dry Clean Show by Lisa D., with music by Wolfgang Mitterer, as well as the musical theater piece Das Theater der Wiederholungen (The Theater of Repetition) by Bernhard Lang and Lost Highway by Olga Neuwirth, after the film by David Lynch, whose work was featured in a retrospective at the Schubert cinema. The Tyrolian author Händl Klaus was selected as young playwright of the year by Theater heute and invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen with his piece (wilde)—der mann mit den traurigen augen ([Wild]—The Man with the Sad Eyes).

In the field of visual art, the project Balkan Konsulat, which had already begun the previous year, went into its second round with a focus on Sarajevo (curator: Lejla Hodžić). An exhibition, film series, and seminar at the Grazer Kunstverein chronicled Vom Horror in der Kunst (About Horror in Art; curator: Eva-Maria Stadler).


Scenic Art

Visual Arts







herbst on tour

Festival opening

19.9., 19:00
Opening with Olga Neuwirth (Opening Speech)
Robyn Schulkowsky, Iannis Xenakis: Psappha (Music)
Olga Neuwirth, Robyn Schulkowsky (Performance)
Wolfgang Muthspiel, Christian Muthspiel (Concert)


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Architektur Stage

Brauhaus Puntigam

Café Weitzer

Camera Austria

Dom im Berg


Filmzentrum im Rechbauerkino

Forum Stadtpark

Forum Stadtpark, Gasthof Dorrer

Galerie & Edition Artelier

Galerie Bleich-Rossi

Galerie CC

Galerie Centrum

Galerie Glacis

Galerie Kunst & Handel

Galerie Lendl

Galerie Schafschetzy

Grazer Kunstverein

Grazer Stadtgebiet

Grenzbrücke Mureck



Jahrhunderthalle, Bochum, Helmut-List-Halle

Kunsthaus Graz

Kunsthaus Mürzzuschlag

Kunstmagazin Hell


Laßnitzhaus, Deutschlandsberg

Laßnitzhaus, Deutschlandsberg, Helmut-List-Halle

MUWA, Museum der Wahrnehmung


Minoriten-Galerien Graz

Neue Galerie/Studio Graz



Palais Meran

Pavelhaus / Pavlova hisa

Pell Mell

Rauchsalon Schauspielhaus

Saal Steiermark (Grazer Congress)

Scher-Halle der Böhler Bleche GmbH

Schloss Retzhof




Tetrapack am Südtirolerplatz

Theater im Palais


Volksbühne Berlin am Rosa Luxemburg Platz

Weberhaus, Weiz

Workshop Graz

k3, Pischelsdorf


Program booklet of steirischer herbst 2003: steirischer herbst Veranstaltungs GmbH, steirisc[:her:]bst (Graz: 2003)