"SERGE" by Luigi De Angelis and Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop is inspired by the visionary Russian impresario Sergey Diaghilev, founder of the legendary Ballet Russes which revolutionized the world of music and dance in the early 20th century. In "SERGE", music and movement, gestures and facial expressions merge into an interdisciplinary composition. The result is a unique 'choreography of seduction' based on iconic works of the Ballet Russes, amongst them Debussy's "Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune", Ravel's "Daphnis et Chloé" and Satie's "Parade". more 


A dying ego is questioning itself. The crack in the world cuts right through the brain. Giger / Hofmann / van Bebber translate Rainald Goetz's catastrophic monologue "Kolik" into a polyphonic solo for the soprano singer Sarah Maria Sun, instrumental ensemble and loudspeakers. "Kolik" is a contemporary oratorio about the war in the head, the noise of the world and the fragility of the self. more 

Photo: Model "Der Opernwürfel" © Georg Nussbaumer

Der Opernwürfel

The bouillon cube (Liebig's meat extract pressed to a cube), invented by Justus von Liebig in 1880, was a revolution to the cuisine of soup. The opera cube, invented by Georg Nussbaumer, is now doing the same for music theater. It preserves calories from 418 years of opera history by condensation of numerous piano scores. It remains dissolvable into smaller cubes. Slowly, like a melting iceberg, this archive of the opera wanders along, while text and note particles as well as instructions for activities are filtered from its memory. "Der Opernwürfel" reaches for nothing less than the entire stock of opera! more 

Photo: Über den Fetischcharakter in der Musik [...] © Alice Z Jones

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. more 

Photo: RETURNING HOME © Sebastian Mayer


von Ludger Engels & Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop. What happens when two people meet again after a long time? Half her life, Penelope waits for Ulysses to return, making longing her purpose in life, before Ulysses reappears after decades of war and errantry. But what has remained of the former intimacy? Is homecoming after the experiences still possible at all? And what does home mean for each individual? The music theatre "RETURNING HOME", directed by Ludger Engels, explores these questions based on Claudio Monteverdi's opera "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria" (1640), mirrored by Korean "Gagok" songs that were composed almost at the same time. more 

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. more 

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. more 

Every Hare an Artist. A Beuys Fable

All old fat? To mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Joseph Beuys, the Austrian director and composer Georg Nussbaumer is staging a surreal music-theatre about one of the greats of the German art scene, Joseph Beuys, on the basis of the play "Every Hare an Artist. A Beuys Fable", by the American screenwriter Tom Patchett, with music and performance by Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop. more 

Black Hole

"Black Hole" is an 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. more 

Orfeo – eine Sterbeübung

After Claudio Monteverdi. A dying exercise. Susanne Kennedy, Suzan Boogaerdt, Bianca van der Schoot, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop. more