Photo: Abschied © Sebastian Bolesch


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. more 

Photo: Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop © Christina Voigt


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. more 

Photo: Nitsan Margaliot

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'. more 

Photo: © Paul Valikoski

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. more 

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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. more 

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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. more 

Photo: Theodor W. Adorno © Universitätsarchiv Frankfurt am Main

„Über den Fetischcharakter in der Musik und die Regression des Hörens“

„Über den Fetischcharakter in der Musik und die Regression des Hörens“ 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. more 


"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