NORDWIND Festival 2015 - Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden, Bern

The 6th edition of the NORDWIND Festival with its focus on exploring the North European and Baltic performing arts scene this time also throws a spotlight on Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. It runs under the title “BALAGAN!!! – Zones of Resistance”* and will take place in Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden and  – for the first time – in Bern between 14 November and 23 December 2015.

Productions from Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Estonia will be presented. This year's focus lays on Russia and other countries from the former Soviet Union and for the first time there will be a special program concentrating on contemporary performance in Russia, curated by Jens Dietrich. 82 performances, three of them are world premieres, eight are German premieres, will be shown in four cities.
Controversial, innovative and formally sophisticated productions by artists such as Andrej Sowlatschkow and Michaill Patlasov, Olga Jitlina and Pjotr Pawlenski, which recent works will be presented in Germany for the first time, will be shown. Furthermore “BALAGAN!!! – Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places”, an exhibition curated by David Elliott, in cooperation with MOMENTUM, the international platform for time-based art, will feature works by artists from Russia and the former Eastern Bloc.

The NORDWIND Festival 2015 is hosted by four cities: Berlin (14.11.–23.12.), Dresden (20.–28.11.), Hamburg (27.11.–05.12.) and Bern (25.11.–05.12.) Performance and exhibition venues in Berlin include the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, the Sophiensæle, Stiftung Brandenburger Tor / Max Liebermann Haus, the KühlHaus Berlin am Gleisdreieck, Ikono TV, the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) and MOMENTUM in Kunstquartier Bethanien. The Dresden venue and partner is HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts, whereas the festival’s host and partner in Hamburg is Kampnagel and in Bern the Dampfzentrale.

Since its foundation in Berlin in 2006, the biennial, interdisciplinary NORDWIND Festival has been continuously expanding in terms of its output, structure and ambition. Last spring, it was awarded the EFFE logo by the European Festival Association that commended NORDWIND’s, outstanding artist performance on local, regional and international levels.

We are looking forward to a haunting and entertaining time with you!