• 19.10.Fri

Exil / Sürgün - Treffpunkt Berlin

Imulses, Discussion, Music

Numerous artists and journalists from Turkey have relocated to Berlin as the situation in their home country grows ever more threatening. The bilingual panel will give information on their situation and shine a light on the current situation in Turkey. Spontaneous artistic contributions will frame the discussion.

  • 28.10.Sun

Public People

Splitter Orchester and ensemble mosaik

October will see the first encounter of Splitter Orchester and ensemble mosaik – two renowned, yet completely different orchestras, regarding their methods and aesthetic direction. While Splitter Orchester (est. 2010) works on collective improvisations for the most part, ensemble mosaik often creates (and notes down) new music in dialogic processes. British conductor Alwynne Pritchard has devised "Public People" together with three members of Splitter Orchester as an evening of concerts, constructed around the different methods of both ensembles. How do ensembles incorporate foreign material without losing their own identity, developed structures and strategies? The evening is a dynamic, open production that merges these structurally and aesthetically different ensembles while doing justice to both their unique qualities and practices, such as composition and improvisation. The boundaries between artists' ensemble and improvising orchestra are dissolved…

  • 02.11.Fri

Prinzip Hoffnung II: Desperate Hope

Vocalconsort Berlin

The concert forms part of the series "Principle of Hope", marking the 15th anniversary of Vocalconsort Berlin. "I consider the fact that Paul Celan was even able to write poetry after his horrific past a well of hope in life", writes composer and singer-songwriter Matthias Kader. The song cycle "Der Tod ist eine Blume" (Death is a flower) introduces the antipodes in Paul Celan's lyrical world: hope and despair, life and a yearning for death, through his darker early works as well as his love poems such as "Blume" (flower). Celan's writings are set to music and juxtaposed with Franz Schubert's famous song cycle "Winterreise" (Winter's journey). Schubert's protagonist staggers back and forth between exuberance and despair, finally descending into a hopeless sense of melancholy. David Cavelius has arranged the songs of the cycle for 16 male voices and string players. There's a mocking aphorism that states "Hope is the last thing to die, but it dies". Has hope died out in the face of climate change, nuclear threats and catastrophes, war and hunger? To mark their 15th anniversary, one of Germany's best chamber choirs, Vocalconsort Berlin, will aim to usher hope back into the limelight in a five-part concert series. It's a cycle of musical contemplations on the nurturing and the abandonment of hope under different circumstances: from Francis Poulenc's 1943 anthem of liberty that he composed in France under occupation, to J. S. Bach's St John Passion. Thus, a musical dialogue emerges. One between the secular and the divine, between the engine of survival that is human hope and the Passion of Christ and its readings - a symbol for the religious well of hope. From Baroque to New Music, from concerts to stage productions – Vocalconsort's got it all.

  • 03.11.Sat
  • 04.11.Sun

The Past

Constanza Macras | DorkyPark & Oscar Bianchi

For the first time, renowned choreographer Constanza Macras is presenting her successful production of "The Past" at Radialsystem. "The Past", which premiered in 2014, confronts ars memoriae, a notion originated from antiquity and mainly tied to places, spaces and particularly architecture. The play's starting point is the city as a concrete geographic place, as a concept and a mentality, as well as an anchor for memory. What happens to the memories, what happens to the people who have them, if they are connected to trauma, destruction, bombardment? Constanza Marcas has talked to people in Dresden who remember a city that doesn’t exist anymore and, together with her dance company DorkyPark, has turned her findings into a dance production. Actions in the play reference early techniques of memorial art, particularly the mnemonics of antique rhetoric. How do we utilize spaces and places in order to remember? The production examines architectural places as narrative tools of history - to rewrite history, to overcome past trauma, to recognize current events as part of the eternal cycle we experience as the passing of time. "The Past" is the result of a close collaboration with composer and musician Oscar Bianchi and dives deeply into both collective and individual memory. With special thanks to the contemporary witnesses Hanna Günzler, Ursula Henning, Nora Lang and Ingrid Schulz.

  • 05.11.Mon

Ohrknacker: Isabel Mundry

Lecture-Concert with Trio Catch

Get ready to embrace a whole new sound: Trio Catch develops the different timbres of clarinet, violoncello and piano in a virtuoso manner while at the same time searching for a common, unmistakable sound. In each edition of their "Ohrknacker" concert series, the trio focuses on one opus. They play it twice and, together with the audience, take a closer look at the opus in the break. It's not so much about musicology and analysis, but about personal dialogue and the exchange of ideas. For the second edition of "Ohrknacker" at Radialsystem's Studio C, Trio Catch welcomes the composer Isabel Mundry with her new work "Sounds, Archeologies".


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