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Fast forward  

at work

european festival for young stage directors

Staatsschauspiel dresden /

12.-  November 15, 2020

Festival program 2020

Framework program 2020


A festival brings lots of people from all over together for a short intense time in one place. In the current situation, this is a huge challenge. And yet, in 2020 too, with Fast Forward Dresden will once again host young European theatre-makers – on the one hand in the city of Dresden and on the other on digital stage set up especially by the festival, making the festival internationally visible. So we can go on theatre journey together, even though right now we can’t travel a lot in real life. It’s important to do something for the next generation, for those who are just starting their careers. It’s important to stay connected, beyond national and linguistic borders. And it’s important to understand discussion as a quality of our culture. Because without communication, there is no solidarity and it is solidarity that we need especially now. Fast Forward at Work promises theatre, experiments, art, new formats, adventures and lots of exciting encounters with young, creative theatre-makers from all over Europe. Let’s let ourselves be surprised! 




Barbara Klepsch

Saxony State Minister of Culture and Tourism 


The state capital city of Saxony, Dresden, understands itself both geographically and mentally as a city on the border between Eastern and Western Europe. Enriched by its experiences as part of the Eastern Bloc and during the by now 30 years of transformation process in a new Europe, now once again Dresden will be the location of the Fast Forward Festival. Thanks to the initiative of the Staatsschauspiel Dresden and its artistic director Joachim Klement, in November 2020, once again young directors from all over Europe will meet with each other here. This artistically exciting festival, which enables a change of perspective in multiple senses, is a huge enrichment for our city and our theatre life. On behalf of the city of Dresden, I thank all its organisers and supporters, who have made the festival happen this year despite especially difficult circumstances. I wish the directing teams and guests of festival an inspiring stay in our city.   


Kind regards,

Annekatrin Klepsch

Deputy Mayor
Deputy for Culture and Tourism

at work

We weren’t planning to celebrate FAST FORWARD‘S tenth birthday with the festival edition AT WORK. But in theatre, you deal with artists and as is well-known it’s not just necessity that makes them inventive. Our world is complicated. And it was already complicated before the pandemic. It’s about taking responsibility for being able to continue to live on this planet and doing so on the foundations of the basic human rights of a shared society, which in principle must be equal for everyone. But the world isn’t like that. And we feel that every day.    

One of the best things about art is that it can touch our senses and our minds, but also confuse them and sharpen them – the basis of fantasy and reality in equal measure. With a total of ten pieces from Estonia, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany, this year you were supposed to experience theatre on the stage and as you walked through the city. And: we invited you to dive into a virtual world, test out new perspectives, take up positions and dance – all with the necessary distancing of course.

Following the decision of the federal and state governments in the Federal Republic of Germany, from 2-30 November 2020, all theatres throughout Germany have been closed in order to stop the spread of the corona virus. Although for this edition of the festival, together with the participating artists, we had developed formats where hygiene rules and the pandemic regulations that have been in effect since spring could have been strictly implemented, while at the same time could presenting upcoming European theatre-makers and their creativity to the audience, the nationwide ban on events affects us and the artists as well. Therefore from 12-15 November Fast Forward At Work will take place exclusively online. The programme can be found in the daily schedules and together as one PDF for download in the overview. Look forward to four packed European festival days, join us & stay healthy!


The european theatre forum – an initiative as part of the German Presidency of the European Council in collaboration with the German State Minister for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters, and the European Commission – will also take place from 11-13 November exclusively online. Further information and the live stream can be found here:


See you there!

Joachim Klement                                                         Charlotte Orti von Havranek

-Artistic Director Staatsschauspiel Dresden             -Curator Fast Forward

Charlotte Orti von Havranek

 -Curator Fast Forward

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