Cultural Combo-Platter: FestSpiele Zurich 2016

Cultural Combo-Platter: FestSpiele Zurich 2016


Cultural Combo-Platter:

FestSpiele Zurich 2016


Festspiele Zurich 2016


Theatre, Music, Dance, Opera, Art, Lectures and much more 3rd – 26th June


Hungry for music? Art? Opera? Maybe some dance on the side? For Festspiele, which runs from 3rd-26th June, Zurich’s top cultural institutions collaborate on a city-wide smorgasbord of musical, theatrical, operatic and artistic events, so gorge yourself!

This year, the festival, whose theme is Dada — Between Madness and Nonsense, kicks off with an expansive Francis Picabia retrospective at the Kunsthaus Zürich on 3rd June and includes 150 events at venues like the Opera House, Tonhalle, Museum Rietberg and many others. The events span a wide high-to-low brow cultural gamut, from classic opera to world music to a theatrical performance in an invented language.

“We try to inspire people when we come up with the theme,” says Elmar Weingarten, the festival’s organizer. “The Dada movement said ‘no’ to what was going on at the time but the goal was to inspire new ways of thinking.”

While some events wholly embrace the Dada theme, others depart from it completely, which, in a way, is another Dada-esque statement.

Additional opening events on 3rd June include Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti at the Opera House, a Mozart piano concert at the Tonhalle, an abstract dance performance, Tenir le Temps, at the Gessnerallee Zurich and the Tom Stoppard play, “Travesties,” which re-imagines the time during World War I when James Joyce, Lenin and Dada founder Tristan Tzara all lived in Zurich. The play is performed by members of the Zurich Comedy Club at Theater am Seefeld.

Zurich Festspiele 2016

English-speakers might also take note of the following events:

From 13th JuneA Romeo and Juliet ballet by Christian Spuck at the Opera House at 7:30pm.

From 16th June: Frank Zappa’s Symphony and Rock composition conducted by Douglas Bostock at Theater Rigiblick at 8pm.

17th June: Inspiration Africa concert in the Summer Pavillon of the Rietberg Museum at 7:30pm.

18th June: Oper für alle—Free open-air performance of Tschaikowski’s Pique Dame conducted by Michael Jurowski. Offered on the Sechseläutenplatz from 5pm.

25th June: Sommernachtsball – FestSpiele’s closing ball is free and open to all. Dance all night to a live orchestra in the Zurich Hauptbahnhof from 8pm to 2am.

Fest Spiele Zurich 2016

For more information please visit the FestSpiele Zurich website here.

For the Festival Program (in German) please click here.

Article written by Jennifer Lisle. Jennifer is a  Zurich-based freelance journalist who has written for The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and Elle, among many others.

All photos courtesy of Festpiele Zürich


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