FORT/DA III – Unbox (Clear Skies Remix)

Kaleidoskop goes back to the future for “FORT/DA III – Unbox (Clear Skies Remix)”. The 2016 concert “Unbox” will be upended, remixed into the open, petrified and dashed to shivers. Blue skies and beautiful bodies, everything stays the same, and nothing will be revealed anymore. Franz Schubert will be in attendance, listening to the aural phantasms of Rashad Becker. Sebastian Claren will summon Saturn’s gloom. And during the sacrifice of a violoncello, the audience already drifting away on a sentimental journey, Pierluigi Billone will scrape infinitely strange melodies out of wood, thread and horsehair.

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FORT/DA II – „Über den Fetischcharakter in der Musik und die Regression des Hörens“: Eine melodramatische Etüde

“FORT/DA II” turns to the immediate emotionality of a pop song, Verdi’s Greatest Hits and a stammered reflection on the “Regression of Listening”. Theodor W. Adorno’s article of the same name is the point of departure for this night of discursive practice with the performance collective copy & waste. Kaleidoskop constructs versatile multi-track levels and slippery slopes to pick out potential echoes and meanings of the text and drown it out with new music, pop songs and Italian arias at the same time.

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FORT/DA I – Terrain Vague

Swept away – take me to Misty Lake! “FORT/DA I” starts with hints of an island – a variety of fluent and sudden changes, an oscillation between close physical proximity and distance among the musicians and their audience. “Terrain Vague”. Wasteland. Uncharted territory. Like the sounds of sirens, César Franck’s quartet and the vocal music of Peter Ablinger whirl around the audience during this production of Philipp Enders. Before the noise dies down it lures the crowd into Pauline Oliveros’ deep listening ritual.

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inside/out

“inside/out”, a concert by Solistensemble Kaleidoskop with Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, explores the possibilities of an inner perception of sound, a ‘listening-in’ to strange sound spaces. The concert will present music by composers who are important reference points for Stiebler, from Dieter Schnebel and Walter Zimmermann to Mozart and Puccini. Rashad Becker complements the evening by bringing Stiebler’s music into the electronic music realm.

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Passages

Works by Christoph Herndler, Dmitri Shostakovich, Giacinto Scelsi, Isang Yun, Francisco Guerrero-Marín, Michael von Biel, Philip Glass, Peter Ablinger and Ludwig van Beethoven.

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RETURNING HOME

Ludger Engels & Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop
with music from Claudio Monteverdi’s “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria” and Korean “Gagok” songs

Penelope waited half her life for the return of her husband. Yearning became her life’s real purpose. After years of war and aimless wandering, Ulisse suddenly reappears. But what does it mean when two people meet again after such a long time? What has remained of their former familiarity? Is a homecoming at all possible after all that they have lived through? And what does home mean for each individual? “RETURNING HOME” follows these questions, based on Claudio Monteverdi’s “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria” and parts of the Korean song cycle “Gagok”.

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Transit

The Solistensemble Kaleidoskop, in collaboration with the choreographer Laurent Chétouane and the composers Chiyoko Szlavnics, Dmitri Kourliandski and Sebastian Claren, developed the concert format „Transit“ for the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2017. One central aspect of their reflections beforehand was the question of the relationship between the performers and their audience.

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Eyes Wide Shut II: Les Vers Luisants

Film is a tonal art: Michel Chion, film theorist and pioneer of the Musique concrète, alongside the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop at the Festival Wien Modern.

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Bajazzo Road Opera

Almost exactly 125 years after the premiere of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s opera “I Pagliacci” (Bajazzo), the verismo opera is given a post-dramatic update in the Kudamm Karree in Berlin. The Kurfürstendamm is a place where imaginary and real spaces intermesh, a place anchored in the history of the city and its theaters. Blueprints and the quiet decay of what were high-flying visions of the future mark this street. It is a street consumed by consumer culture, trampled over by swarms of tourists and inhabited by residents who take in all these changes with doubtful eyes. “Bajazzo Road Opera”, a collaboration between Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, director Ludger Engels and musician and actor Thomas Mahmoud, finds its roots in this intermediate space.

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ЗМЕЯ – The Riot of Seduction

The music theatre production “ЗМЕЯ – The Riot Of Seduction” is inspired by the life and work of the visionary Russian impresario Sergey Diaghilev. Director Luigi De Angelis and Kaleidoskop create a piece about the art of seduction and manilpulation in the spirit of the Ballet Russes.

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