International Festival
The Theatre

Festivalzentrum & herbstbar 2007

herbstbar / Festival Center, Architectural intervention, Event / Action / Happening / Party / Walk / Intervention / Premiere


The Theatre Events im Sommer
Mo 18.6., 19.00 - 21.30
Der Ort ... wird abgesteckt.
Fr-Sa 13.7. – 14.7., im Stadtraum 23:00 – 03:00
Die Ankündigung ... wird in der Stadt plakatiert.
Confetti Urbanism
Sa 4.8., Treffpunkt Schlossberg Uhrturm, 22:30
Der Ton / das Licht ... lärmt & leuchtet.
Celebration as Architecture
Sa 11.8., Karmeliterplatz / Container Pfauengarten ab 18:00
Die Organisation ... von The Theatre zieht ein.
Moving in party-information-night with outdoor cinema and free popcorn
Sa 18.8., Karmeliterplatz ab 19:00
Die Pause ... wird verquatscht.
Sa 25.8., Karmeliterplatz ab 14:00
Die Gemeinschaft ... wird geschaffen.
Family Day
Sa 1.9., 20:00 Treffpunkt Karmeliterplatz, danach Bar-Rundgang
Das Foyer ... ist in Bars überall in Graz.
A social speed dating pubcrawling extravaganca
Mo 3.9., Karmeliterplatz
Die Arbeit ... am Bau beginnt
Fr 21.9., Karmeliterplatz ab 21:30
Die Eröffnung ... wird gefeiert.

The Theatre / Karmeliterplatz

Production specifics

Koproduktion steirischer herbst & International Festival

Projektsponsoren Steiermärkische Sparkasse, CONTAINEX, Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark, Porr, Saubermacher Dienstleistungs AG, Sattler AG / CENO TEC, Siemens,

SFL Technologies, Steirischer Verband Selbstständig Wirtschaftstreibender,

Wirtschaftskammer Steiermark & XAL

Unterstützt durch das Swedish Arts Grants Committee & das Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs


Every steirischer herbst brings a new place for artists and audiences to meet, a place for talks, discussions, parties: After redesigning the Künstlerhaus last year, the festival is taking things a few steps further in 2007 and building a whole theatre. But no normal theatre.

Is it architecture or is it a performance itself? A building or a show? The Theatre is both – a theatre and a theatre performance. And, in addition and most importantly, this year’s steirischer herbst festival centre. Not just another high-end architecture project for tourist guides in Graz, but rather a temporary intervention by International Festival (initiated by architect Tor Lindstrand and choreographer Mårten Spångberg) that, above all, illustrates the way in which we come together in the theatre. An attempt to breathe new life into conventional machine theatre that has lost much of its social effect: This is accomplished by regarding The Theatre itself as a performance and architecture not primarily as material but rather as an interaction and social structure. The spectacle is not the façade but actual use. The appearance is characterised first and foremost by the participation of Styrian companies and the material sponsors, thus reflecting the connection between art and capital. After the première at steirischer herbst, The Theatre will (as a successful performance should) embark on an international tour ... to Zagreb, London, Stockholm, Montpellier and beyond …

As such, the year-and-a-half development of The Theatre as a collaboration between some forty artists, architects and theorists from eleven European countries and several representatives of the Styrian business world was not merely a warm-up phase but an important part of the entire project – and was itself a kind of social performance in which nothing was predetermined: What is a theatre anyway? How can performance art arise outside of its conventional frame of reference? To what extent does architecture influence a performance? Misunderstandings, surprising alliances…

With a budget that is usual, i.e. comparably small, for performances (but not for architecture), The Theatre transforms everything about theatre that is not theatre into theatre – from the location and the building to the night-time party. And everyone becomes part of the performance – not as join-in theatre, but rather as part of the social structure, in which people can experience the possibilities of theatre.

We warmly invite you to engage in diverse encounters, new insights, aesthetic experiences, profound discussions and silly gossip, dancing, drinking, partying and, who knows, even love.

Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Jonathan Allen
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Ivana Ivkovic
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Tomislav Medak
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Nikolina Pristas
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Goran Sergej Pristas
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Alice Chauchat
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Marcus Doverud
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Max Frey
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Moa Hanssen
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Yngve Holen
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Mario Höber
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: INPEX
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender:
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Kira Kirsch
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Sonia Leimer
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Xavier Le Roy
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Tor Lindstrand
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Annette Lundebye
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Florian Malzacher
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Liz McAlpine
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Ulrike Melzwig
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Yves Mettler
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Martin Miljard
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Moderna Dansteatern
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Marlie Mul
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: ortlos architects
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Platforma 9.81
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: School of Architecture Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Christine Sbaschnigg
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Hermann Schapek
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Support Structure
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Celine Condorelli
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Marten Spangberg
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Tensta Konsthall
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Testbedstudio
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Anders Johansson
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Erik Wingquist
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: UglyCute
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Unfriendly Takeover
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: WELD
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Janica Wiklander
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Josefine Wikström
Mitwirkende / Mitwirkender: Siegmar Zacharias
Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: International Festival