Ruhrtriennale 2010

Second successful Ruhrtriennale Season completed under Willy Decker

This year's Ruhrtriennale concluded on 10th October with the reading of the Satanic Verses in the morning and an evening performance of the installation project The Defenders by choreographer William Forsythe.

Under the artistic direction of Willy Decker, who opened the season on 20th August with his own production of the world premiere of Leyla and Majnun, this edition of the festival was dedicated to Islamic culture.

Over seven weeks the Triennale presented 33 productions, including four world and seven German premieres. This year a total of 468 artists from 42 countries performed at the Ruhrtriennale. Over 40,000 spectators attended the 124 performances representing an attendance rate of 82 per cent of box office capacity.

Three productions can continue to be seen beyond the Ruhrgebiet: Nurkan Erpulat's production Verrücktes Blut (Mad Blood) which received critical acclaim in both Duisburg and Berlin has been nominated for the Friedrich Luft Prize and will be revived at the Ballhaus Naunynstraße in December. Armin Petras' version of The Tin Drum directed by Jan Bosse has also been running in repertoire in Berlin since the end of September. Following its German premiere in Duisburg, Akram Khan's choreographic work Vertical Road can be seen in a number of cities including London, Melbourne, Antwerp, Paris and Barcelona.

Around 300 journalists from 19 countries reported from the spectacular industrial spaces in Bochum, Duisburg, Essen and Gladbeck.

Our next season is planned to run from 26th August to 9th October 2011.

The programme for the Ruhrtriennale 2011 will be announced on 5th May.