Nach den letzten Tagen. Ein Spätabend
Wed 21 Aug20:00First performanceRuhr-Universität Bochum, BochumAuditorium Maximumsold out
Thu 22 Aug20:00PerformanceRuhr-Universität Bochum, BochumAuditorium Maximum
Sat 24 Aug20:00PerformanceRuhr-Universität Bochum, BochumAuditorium Maximum
Sun 25 Aug18:00PerformanceRuhr-Universität Bochum, BochumAuditorium Maximum
Wed 28 Aug20:00PerformanceRuhr-Universität Bochum, BochumAuditorium Maximum
Thu 29 Aug20:00PerformanceRuhr-Universität Bochum, BochumAuditorium Maximum
Fri 30 Aug20:00PerformanceRuhr-Universität Bochum, BochumAuditorium Maximum
Sat 31 Aug20:00PerformanceRuhr-Universität Bochum, BochumAuditorium Maximum
Sun 1 Sep18:00PerformanceRuhr-Universität Bochum, BochumAuditorium Maximum
In response to the rise of nationalistic chauvinism in many countries in and beyond Europe, in his new creation for the Ruhrtriennale 2019 Christoph Marthaler will examine the decline of open democracy. In the years running up to 1914 ideologies fermented that subsequently discharged themselves in two world wars and the holocaust. Now we are witnessing shockingly similar statements in politics and public life. In many European countries democratic structures threaten to give way to a new totalitarianism. Adopting nationalism and racism to defend longestablished patterns of ownership appears to be more attractive than a transnational project of enlightened European individuals and an open, diverse society. Anti-democratic and aggressive exclusion, nationalism, racism and anti-Semitism have once more become socially acceptable. In the first half of the 20th century, with similarities to today, people were marginalized and eliminated who had been deemed unserviceable and outsiders.
The project’s musical core is dedicated to composers who were forced to leave Prague and Vienna such as Pavel Haas, Viktor Ullmann, Alexandre Tansman, Józef Koffler, Erwin Schulhoff, Gideon Klein, Szymon Laks and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. They were deported, murdered or forced to emigrate. Many of the works featured were written in the concentration camp Theresienstadt and some of them remain fragments. Viktor Ullmann wrote the notes of his final composition immediately before he was deported to Auschwitz.
This music will be placed in an imaginary parliament whose members give documented speeches from the period before the First World War, the present and those of the near future testify to the catastrophic collapse of civilization. The production will be created for the Auditorium Maximum of Ruhr-Universität Bochum, which will be transformed into a world parliament in which we as spectators from the present and a recognizable future look upon a Europe that has been destroyed.
The Auditorium Maximum was constructed at the beginning of the 1970s for the newly-founded Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Its architecture contains a utopian promise. Its large, circular forum aspires to a public life that is communal and non-hierarchical. Our society has now distanced itself more than ever from this objective and the energy that formulates such aims is currently being manipulated by corrupt elites throughout Europe and the world. When Ruhr-Universität was founded, the first mines had just been closed. Education and participation for all were the new spirit of the future and made Ruhr-Universität Bochum one of the most interesting universities in Europe.
Christoph Marthaler’s new creation is produced in co-operation with the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. It will be accompanied by a symposium before the Ruhrtriennale begins in which local academics and international guests reflect together with the audience on the crisis of representation
Musical direction Uli Fussenegger
Texts, concept Stefanie Carp
Stage design Duri Bischoff
Costume Design Sarah Schittek
Light Design Andreas (Phoenix) Hofer
Associate Director Gerhard Alt
With Tora Augestad, Carina Braunschmidt, Bendix Dethleffsen, Walter Hess, Ueli Jäggi, Katja Kolm, Stefan Merki, Josef Ostendorf, Elisa Plüss, Bettina Stucky
Uli Fussenegger, Hsin-Huei Huang, Claudia Kienzler, Michele Marelli, Sophie Schafleitner, Martin Veszelovicz
Introduction And Further Information
Introduction 45 minutes prior to show.
Artist talk 22nd of August after the performance.
Produced by Ruhrtriennale. In cooperation with Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Language information: German with English surtitles.