Abschied

The music theatre “Abschied” asks the question of how to find a new beginning after an end. The starting point is the last movement “Adagio. Very slow and still restrained” from Gustav Mahler’s “Ninth Symphony”. In his last completed work, Mahler describes in a touching way the farewell to life and the transition to death – and at the same time the transition of time into a new epoch.

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Witold/Nico/Jaws

A comparison of musical works of different genres from the 1970s: Witold Lutosławskis’s “Preludes and Fugue” for 13 string players*, written 1970-72, and “Desertshore”, Nico’s third solo album from 1970, interpreted by the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop together with the artist and singer ANIKA, seemingly have nothing in common and yet are two contradictory descriptions of the world of their time. What happens when you aesthetically juxtapose such diverse works from different cultural productions? Using the film theoretical concept of ‘suture’, the ‘sewing together’ of supposedly inappropriate materials, Kaleidoskop looks at undreamt-of connections between the works and genres.

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Pas de Deux #2 – Second Skin Second Sky

The final part of the “New Empathies” series at radialsystem will be launched by the premiere of the performance “Pas de deux #2 – Second Skin Second Sky”, in which violinist and performer Mari Sawada and dancer and choreographer Nitsan Margaliot will enter the ‘Stage of Two’.

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The Women in Peer Gynt

What if we listened to some of the seldom heard characters from “Peer Gynt”? What if we silenced Peer and put ‘another’ Norwegian voice centre stage? What if we came up with a surprise response to Henrik Ibsen’s classic and presented an ‘alternative “Peer Gynt”‘? The Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop searches for fresh responses to the themes of this literary masterpiece, answers that enter into a dialogue with excerpts from the original.

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Pas de deux #1 – Constructing Love

In “Constructing Love”, the first part of the new series “Pas de deux” by Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, choreographer Milla Koistinen and musician Paul Valikoski invite the audience to reflect on a reinvention of life and love.

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Kaleidoskop at KONTRAKLANG

On October 30, 2019 Kaleidoskop will present a concert with works by Ana-Maria Avram and Ernstalbrecht Stiebler as part of the KONTRAKLANG concert series.

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Die Kinder über dem Informationsmeer

Whether through rating platforms or comment sections, the internet presents an open invitation for users to share their unasked-for, anonymous opinions on most everything. This phenomenon has influenced the music world as well, and is beginning to drown out the voices of traditional classical critics. Thomas Meadowcroft’s new piece “Die Kinder über dem Informationsmeer” for children’s choir and string orchestra uses social media critiques of classical music as a framing device for the expectations that we hold for our digital future. The Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop parries with Schönberg’s classic “Verklärte Nacht”, in which a young couple seeks to start a nontraditional family, outside of the norms of societal expectations. The program is completed by an a-capella choir piece by William Byrd, “Memento salutis actor”.

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Howling Wolf: Kaleidoskop vs D’Est

Within the framework of “Howling Wolf: Festival for Film-Music-Performance”, Wolf Kino over 8 weeks in June and July will invite musicians to explore a variety of cinematic narratives – from avantgarde silent films to contemporary experimental films. For the duration of one week each of the musicians will investigate their specific approach to the topic and to the emotionality of the films and work on their own musical-performative concept. It is not about the composition or production of music for film, but about exploring what is possible with music and sound in relation to film. The audience can observe the process, the examination and rapprochement of film and music in public rehearsals as well as it can indulge in the final performative performances. Based on Chantal Akerman’s “D’Est” (From the East, B 1993, 107 min.), a film that defies any categorization, the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop will develop its musical production.

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Nobodaddy is perfect

Ulysses, Bach and the art of disappearing. A brilliantly dystopic musical theatre evening by Georg Nussbaumer: along the former route of the Berlin Wall the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop today’s remnants of Ulysses’ mistaken course while using the video and sound material created on the fringes of the vanished city: Bach’s “The Art of Fugue” is repeated, mirrored and overwritten and supplemented with Schubert’s “Erl-King” triplets dashing forwards.

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Untitled

Violist Yodfat Miron of Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and dancer and choreographer Alix Eynaudi come together in an intimate and experimental setting. In an equal duo with an open outcome they explore the interaction between body, space, sound and thinking. The encounter, the (artistic) antipodes and the risks of a mutual artistic expression are in the focus of this approach. The experiences and results of this experiment mark the starting point of a new series dealing with music and movement starting in 2020.

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