"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 

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: Unbox (Clear Skies Remix) © Alice Z Jones

FORT/DA III – Unbox (Clear Skies Remix)

Kaleidoskop goes back to the future for the third part of the series "FORT/DA". "Unbox (Clear Skies Remix)" is an audiovisual labyrinth in which the audience strolls, trails away and within foggy chambers unexpectedly encounters the beauty of music by Lisa Bielawa, Pauline Oliveros, Franz Schubert, Salvatore Sciarrino and Sebastian Claren. Kaleidoskop uses the remix technique to upend, petrify and dash to shivers the parameters of a concert which leads to a very personal contact with the music. Just before this journey into the unknown Rashad Becker presents his live-electronic view on the things to come. 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: Terrain Vague © Alice Z Jones

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 and Philip Glass' string quartets whirl around the audience during this production of Philipp Enders. Before the noise dies down it lures the crowd into a deep listening ritual. more 


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. 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 

Photo: DADADADAAAAA © Adam Berry

DADADADAAAAA – A century of Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra

10 x 10 = 100. The Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra – two extraordinary, internationally-known Berlin ensembles, are both turning 10 this year. Coincidentally, DADA turns 100 at the same time. The logical result is for Kaleidoskop and Andromeda to celebrate their anniversary together, with two nights of extra-long, staged concerts in the form of a Dada Gala. The party takes place in RADIALSYSTEM V, which is also celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2016. Coincidence? Nothing is a coincidence. more 

Unmöglichkeit IV – Revue

The circle closes with "Unmöglichkeit IV – Revue". In this extravagant concert in the KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art, the ensemble itself becomes the object of examination. Open space. Decomposition and reconstruction. The art of music making in a collective. The four parts of the concert present works by Xenakis, Haydn, Vivier, Bach, Scelsi, Haas, Monteverdi, Lachenmann, Ockeghem, Gervais, Dufay, Claren, Beethoven and Moe. more 

Unmöglichkeit III – Alice

"Unmöglichkeit III – Alice" ushers the listeners into the magic world of the Sammlung Hoffmann. The audience moves one by one through the exhibition rooms, where abstract forms of music and visual art face one another. The mirroring of two different art forms becomes visible, even as an exchange about it becomes impossible. Each visitor is able to form their own imaginary structure in which abstract artworks and sounds that have no obvious relation to each other are joined together through their journey. Sounds from Marc Andre’s trio "...zu..." and hugely stretched-out particles from Bach’s "St. John Passion" are woven together. This finely spun net of sound convulses from time to time with energetic eruptions from the Boltanski Room, where solo works by Iannis Xenakis are in dialog with each other. A concert with works by Mark Andre, Johann Sebastian Bach, Christoph Herndler, Guillaume Dufay, Iannis Xenakis, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ole-Henrik Moe, Wolfgang Rihm and Helmut Lachenmann. more