Synopsis and Team
Choreographer: Ela Baumann (Luxemburg)
Artistic & Musical Director: Juri de Marco (Deutschland)
Co-Composer: Alistair Duncan (Scotland) & Wolf Kerschek
STEGREIF.orchester - The improvising symphony orchestra
Producers: #bebeethoven, Radialsytem
Premiere: 4-21-2018 / Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany
"Our performances are notable for the absence of a conductor and sheet music on the stage; the notated music is played entirely from memory. In addition, we combine interpretation of classical music with improvisation informed by the original material.
To realise this, we take the original composition as a basis for a new work, rearranging material, presenting themes from the original in a kaleidoscope of musical influences, and leaving space for personal, soloistic statements. Freed from the confines of the traditional orchestral setup, we are able to present the work with choreography tailored to each room, designed to strengthen the experience and break the barrier between audience and orchestra"
"A work of extreme boldness, a play on words, a parody, an excavation, a negation , and an act of supreme love, this work peels back a canonical work to show its inner working and essential truth.
This work commands the audience to suspend both disbelief and any ideas or conceptions they have about the Brahms but also about what it means to attend an orchestra concert.
This work interrogates our perception of temporality, our understanding of time as a linear progression and proposes a different experience of time: one that is plastic, unpredictable and ruled by the who are together sharing this experience, audience and performers together."
(Limor Tomer for the Jury Members of the 2018 edition of MusicTheatreNOW competition)