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Artists create without compromise in Ruhr

The fourth edition of the visual arts, musical theatre, dance and film festival opens with more than 150 performances, 14 venues and around 1,000 artists

Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler, River of Fundament

“What characterises the Ruhrtriennale are the interactions between artists and spaces. These make strong artistic experiences possible for all of us and they are my highest priority: where else does one have the freedom to allow something to develop without compromise?” asks the triennial's artistic director Heiner Goebbels.

The fourth edition of the visual arts, musical theatre, dance and film festival takes place in Bochum, Duisburg, Essen and Gladbeck with more than 150 performances, 14 venues and around 1,000 artists.

This year’s focus is on world premieres and new productions with a particular emphasis on large-scale musical theatre, such as Surrogate Cities Ruhr, which features 140 performers and the Bochumer Symphoniker playing an orchestral cycle by Goebbels. Totlast, a sculpture by Gregor Schneider, has been created for the Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, while works by artists such as Matthew Barney, Tino Sehgal and Harun Farocki are also included.

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