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    (Photo: Black Hole © Martin Eder)
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    Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop (Photo: © Marius Glauer)
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    Martin Eder (Photo: © Johan Sandberg)

Black Hole

Black Hole is a musical installation-performance that uses the requiem form to engage with rituals of mourning and their interaction of conscious and subconscious elements. The Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and artist and hypnotist Martin Eder use acoustic and visual effects to create a world between worlds, searching for a communal experience of grief. The audience is onstage with the musicians and Martin Eder, and takes part in their ritual.

Grief is a physical state, constantly in search of a path of expression or process. This expression is made corporal for the audience through the use of hypnosis, a method which creates a state of deep, relaxed awareness. Music by Ligeti, Ockeghem, Pärt, Tenney, Valikoski and Xenakis, among others, serves as material to create a new requiem.

Black Hole uses the interplay of music, space and communal rituals to consider the dwindling importance of mourning in an ever more individualized society, as well as the search for rituals that give back a rightful place to death in our society.

The ritual must be like an artistic composition, it should speak to all the senses and extend the possibility of participating.

Jorgos Canacakis

Music, Performance: Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop & Martin Eder
Realisation: Bianca van der Schoot, Suzan Boogaerdt
Concept: Michael Rauter, Bastian Zimmermann, Martin Eder
Stage design: Martin Eder
Dramaturgy: Bastian Zimmermann
Musical concept, Composition: Paul Valikoski, Michael Rauter
Sound direction: Johann Günther
Video: Moritz Stumm
Light: Jurgen Kolb, Dirk Lutz
Assistant stage designer: Lilli Moors
Choir study: Michael Geisler

Ittidra, Composer: Iannis Xenakis, © Editions Salabert
String quartet No. 2 (2nd & 3rd Movement), Composer: György Ligeti, © Schott Music, Mainz
De Profundis, Composer: Arvo Pärt, Arranger: Michael Rauter, © Universal Edition

A production of Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE.


Funded by the Capital Cultural Fund and the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery – Cultural Affairs. With support of the Rudolf Augstein Foundation.

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