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BIENNALE CAMPUS – Point of New Return

Music theatre and performance between vision and tradition

Which directions do the ideas and concepts of modern day music theater point to? Questions such as these will be focused on at “Campus,” which will be part of the Biennale program for the very first time. Students from various colleges and disciplines (composition; theater studies; musicology; the sciences; and performance) will attend performances together, and discuss and exchange ideas and opinions with notable guests from the arts and sciences. Inspired by the festival’s theme, it last but not least has to do with music theater’s relevance and powerfulness of vision— in a time when human actions (and lack of actions) are having an influential impact on climatic and ecological processes. On the closing day, the campus will be a guest at the “Zukunftskonferenz” (“Conference on the Future”) at the Theaterakademie August Everding. A workshop on scenic composition will provide the campus with a practical research approach to theater.


Sunday, 17.05.
Monday, 18.05.
Tuesday, 19.05.
Wednesday, 20.05.
Thursday, 21.05.
Friday, 22.05.
Saturday, 23.05.
Sunday, 24.05.

Language: German
Entry: Only with registration

Participating universities/colleges etc.: Dresden, Munich, Linz, Berlin, Zurich

Organised by the Munich Biennale in collaboration with the institute for theatre studies, LMU Munich

Directors of the campus: Prof. Dr. Jörn Peter Hiekel (Dresden) and Prof. Dr. David Roesner (Munich)
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Many a "NEW Return" is appearing quicker and more unexpectedly as previously thought. Due to the omnipresent effects of the corona crisis we will, together with our collaboration partners, react in a flexible manner. The Munich Biennale will become a dynamic festival in Munich and elsewhere.

Operations have been interrupted in almost all of the theaters and opera houses. This also affects our preparations and rehearsals. For this reason we have reached the following decision: world premieres that cannot be performed in Munich in May 2020 will celebrate their premieres elsewhere or in Munich on a different date.

We are planning to publish the Biennale program in May 2020 in order to conceptually present the entire festival. The Munich Biennale will begin as a physical festival at different locations. The theme and spirit should culminate in the "Salon of Wonders and Views" as a connective element over a long period of time at different locations and always viewable via a live stream. In this manner the issues of new music theater and the Biennale theme "Point of NEW Return" will be reflected and perpetuated.

The advance sale of tickets has been postponed until further notice. We are in close consultations with our partners and the responsible authorities, we will keep you up to date on our website, our social media channels and the newsletter.