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donaufestival 2017

The festival title of the 2017 edition of Donaufestival “Du steckst mich an” refers to this year’s leitmotif, the concept of empathy.
Many festival contributions deal with this theme. For instance, the quivering social body of the “more than naked” ensemble around Doris Uhlich, the viral violence installation by Stephane Roy, the stage fantasies ofColin Self, which celebrate the coming folk of alien drags, Kris Verdonck’s machines that seem to have a soul and live a life of their own, or the infrared thermal images by Vika Kirchenbauer. In the music program, the electronics by Sote empathize with lyrical Persian folklore, while The Grubby Mitts proclaim hymns for open arms and hearts, and you can share the phantom pain of Stian Westerhus’s sound. Pioneering bands and musicians, backed by a vast catalog of works in the bag – like Einstürzende Neubauten, GAS aka Wolfgang Voigt, Scritti Politti, Silver Apples, Ulver, This Is Not This Heat, Radian or Josephine Foster – stake out new grounds in the program. Their presentations intersect with discoveries from the liminal zones between dance floor, rock stage, and concert hall – from Moor Mother to Equiknoxx, from The Body to Girl Band, from Klara Lewis to Jace Clayton’s tribute to the minimal composer Julius Eastman.
The arc of the performance program spans from the compassionate plea for minorities by choreographer Ligia Lewis and the minimalist actions of the Swedish duo QUARTO to the feast by Karner and Samaraweerováand the proliferating science-fiction mémoires of Ariel Efraim Ashbel and Friends.
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This year donaufestival also introduces some fundamental changes: Heidi Pretterhofer and Christian Teckert have spiced up the interior design of the entrance hall into the new Festival Centre, which serves as bar and an event venue at the same time (e.g. for DJ line-ups at night). The surprise format Stockholm Syndrome lures you to locations not announced in advance. The Theory & Talks Series invites you to discussions and presentations at Kino im Kesselhaus. New event venues like the Dominican Church in the old center of Krems or Galerie am Eck in Stein offer fresh destinations for festival goers.
And this year the festival offers a Reader for the first time with in-depth essays on the festival theme along with a USB stick containing a musical cross-section through the programme.

Line up:

GAS live, Elysia Crampton, Scritti Politti, DJ /rupture & Jens Balzer,  M.E.S.H., Einstürzende Neubauten, Silver Apples, group A, Jace Clayton's Julius Eastman Memorial Dinner, Foodman, Palmistry, Yves Tumor, Moor Mother, Tommy Genesis, DJ LAG, Heather Leigh & Peter Brötzmann, Gnod Guardian Alien, Gonjasufi, Anna Ceeh, Gazelle Twin, Ulver, The Grubby Mitts, A cinesonic ride with Radian, Billy Roisz and dieb13, Josephine Foster, Ian William Craig, The Body, Emptyset, Girl Band, Actress, Mike Hentz, Equiknoxx, The Bug feat. Miss Red, Dino Spiluttini, Oliver Coates, Stian Westerhus, Pharmakon, This Is Not This Heat, Deafheaven, Klara Lewis, Ben Frost and many more.
The full program is online.
Festival Centre: Messegelände, Utzstraße 12; Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche and Forum Frohner, Minoritenplatz 5; Kunsthalle Krems, Franz-Zeller-Platz 3, and others. All: 3500 Krems
Online tickets:
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