From 27 July to 3 August, Passage Festival takes over the streets of Elsinore and Helsingborg with a stream of unhinged creativity, performances, and avant-garde theatre. With a large dose of physical comedy, flexible bodies and hairy creations, Hairy Tales is a clown show for the 21st century.
Expect the unexpected With a week of street performances, experimental theatre and unhinged creativity, Passage Festival is literally taking over the streets of Elsinore and Helsingborg. One of northern Europe’s biggest international street theatre events, the festival comprises more than 40 different acts and 200 performances from 27 July to 3 August. By Signe Hansen | Photos: Passage Festival
With roots all the way back to 1978, Passage Festival has developed from a couple of traffic-stopping street performances to a full week of unhinged creativity. Founded and arranged by Elsinore Theatre and Dunkers Kulturhus in Helsingborg, the festival brings together a broad variety of artists from all over Europe. “There’s the kind of fun, broadly appealing performances that everyone will enjoy, but also a lot of more edgy, innovative acts for the more dedicated audience,” says head of communication at Elsinore Theatre, Camilla Hasseriis Dietz. “We’d like to get back to what’s one of the fundamental qualities of theatre – its ability to make us look at the world around us as it is right here and now.” 50 | Issue 126 | July 2019
The performances are spread out over seven days, with most performances in Helsingborg taking part over the first three days and the majority of performances in Elsinore in the last four.
From hairy comedy to feminist horses Starting out with a string of familyfriendly plays and interactive events in Helsingborg, as the week goes by, Passage Festival will bring performances of all thinkable – and unthinkable – genres to the streets. From a group of women galloping through the streets of Elsinore, to a humoristic and physical comedy with some very hairy elements, visitors are bound to bump into something unexpected.
“The broad span is very much a conscious choice. We’ve created a programme where the first part of the day is filled with performances that appeal to all ages, including small children, and then as the day goes on, the genres change,” explains Dietz. Furthermore, as most performances are without verbal language, the programme is accessible not just to all ages but also to all nationalities. “That’s also important to us – the fact that street theatre is often essentially language-less is one of the factors that make it a universal experience.”
A work of art While most of Passage Festival’s performances are free and take place in the streets, gardens or other open spaces of Elsinore and Helsingborg, the programme also includes nine performances in limited spaces, to which guests need tickets or a festival pass (priced at 150DKK, which is approximately £18). The absolute highlight of
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