It all began in 1978 at the State Theatre in Saarbrücken with the aim of providing French theatre groups a platform in the Federal Republic of Germany. Today it is a many-faceted festival: Perspectives, the German-French festival for the performing arts, is still growing with 13,000 spectators last year and more than 50 invited productions for 2013. Meanwhile, there are events on both sides of the border. In France, the Centre Pompidou Metz is joining in for the first time. The most famous guests for 2013 include groups, such as She She Pop and the Superamas, or the choreographer Laurent Chétouane. And the programme includes not only French and German-language works. There will also be a play in Flemish by the German-British collective Gob Squad.
Perspectives, which is sponsored by the federal state of Saarland, the city of Saarbrücken and by the Département Moselle, has been placing an emphasis on dance and circus performances for many years now. In the spoken theatre, surtitles will help to overcome the language barriers. A big picnic is being planned in the German-French Garden in Saarbrücken. There will be shuttle buses commuting between the various venues. In in addition to this, the Transfabrik Project will be celebrating the Franco-German Year 2013, which marks the signing of the Élysée Treaty 50 years ago. The Transfabrik Project, which is based on the initiative of the Institut français and organized by the Goethe-Institut, is promoting the networking of selected German and French performance venues and organizers. The Festival Perspectives is one of them.
Festival Perspectives from 16 to 26 May 2013