The Tyrol Easter Festival brings a combination of music, literature, dance, and film from various cultural backgrounds to Innsbruck, March 20 to April 4.

The theme of the 2010 Tyrol Easter Festival is ‘...speechless? / Signs', exploring human communication in a multitude of ways and its opposite, the lack of verbal expression.

The festival kicks off March 20 at Congress Innsbruck with ‘Sternklang': In ‘Le Noir de l'Etoile', a composition by Gérard Grisey, six percussionists from the ensemble Les Percussions de Strasbourg hold a dialogue with an extinct star.

The Easter Festival will be putting strong emphasis on musical variety. Musical highlights include the Collegium Vocale Gent, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe; Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Simon Kirkbridge and Christoph Prégardien; and the Ensemble Recherche presents works by Boulez, Webern, Schnebel, and Stockhausen at the Salzlager Hall March 25.

Dance and drama will be celebrated at the Congress Innsbruck March 30. Under the heading ‘BurkaBondage' choreographer Helena Waldmann lets the performance evolve around two dancers and a percussionist, enhanced by video animations.

Congress Innsbruck March 27 also hosts Japanese theatre performance ‘Tsunemasa', the Odissi classical Indian dance, and the contemporary dance programme ‘tempo76' performed by Compagnie Mathilde Monnier.

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