Theater texts from the Lowlands on DramatikerInnenfestival 2021

08-13 Jun 2021
FestivalGraz, Oostenrijk
Nederlandstalige theaterteksten vinden een Duitstalig publiek

Nico Boon - Komt op / Gaat af (c) Rana Van Pellecom

Each year in June the DramatikerInnenfestival takes place in Graz (Austria), an international meeting for theatre writers and professionals.

For the second time, the German-speaking audience (consisting of directors, dramaturges, press, publishers and more) will be able to discover translated Dutch-language theatre texts during several text readings and talks.


  • In the “Textgarten”, visitors can discover texts through (sound) installations:
    • ‘Woestijnjasmijntjes’ (nominated for Toneelschrijfprijs 2018) by George Elias Tobal (NL)
    • ‘Met mijn vader in bed’ by Magne van den Berg (NL)
    • ‘Hertenleer’ (nominated for Toneelschrijfprijs 2020) by Anna Carlier (BE)
    • ‘The Wetsuitman’ (nominated for Toneelschrijfprijs 2019) by Freek Mariën (BE)
  • The play ‘Niemand wacht op je’ by Lot Vekemans will premiere in the Schauspielhaus Graz on Thursday, 10 June.
  • On Friday evening 11 and Saturday evening 12 June Nico Boon (BE) performs his play ‘Comes On/Goes Off’. In 2019 he was nominated for the Toneelschrijfprijs with this text.
  • Graz will also host the Young Europe festival of the European Theatre Convention (ETC) from 7 to 9 June. Here, De Toneelmakerij plays the text ‘Age of Rage’ by Jibbe Willems (NL) and ‘Sweet Sixteen’ by Casper Vandeputte (NL) will also get a staged reading. The Fence, the network of international playwrights, will also be present from 9 to 13 June, and all activities such as lectures and workshops will also be in English from 10 to 12 June.
  • Stijn Devillé (BE), author and artistic director of the Nieuwstedelijk in Leuven, is on the jury for this year’s prestigious Retzhofer Dramapreis, one of the most important prizes for German-language drama. This year, for the second time, the prize goes to a play written for a young audience.
  • Ruth Mariën (BE) and Mieke Versyp (BE) talk to German colleagues about dramaturgy for youth theatre. This conversation is a collaboration with ASSITEJ Belgium, and will be streamed live.

Online special Theatre Texts from the Lowlands

This focus at Graz is part of an international project by Flanders Arts Institute, Flanders Literature and Dutch Performing Arts to give theatre authors and texts from Flanders and the Netherlands more international visibility through translations, workshops and promotional events abroad

As part of this trajectory we’ve launched an online dossier to introduce our unique dramaturgy to foreign professionals. On you can skim through author profiles (including downloadable text fragments) and discover the Flemish theatre text today in an essay written by dramaturge Peter Antonissen.

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