Please note that festival Labor Beethoven will be livestreamed and as such won’t be open to the public.
With “Labor Beethoven 2020” from 12–18 March, the Akademie der Künste presents a contemporary reading of the Beethoven Anniversary focusing on experimentation. The festival condenses the musical and interdisciplinary results of the four-year artistic cooperation by a group of young composers from Basel, Tel Aviv and Thessaloniki. Together with guests such as the Novoflot opera company, electronic composer Marcus Schmickler, sound artist Werner Cee and Beethoven expert William Kinderman, a kaleidoscope of concerts, lecture performances and music theatre are to be staged.
Visitors can let themselves drift between the interwoven elements. There will be original works by Beethoven such as “The Tempest sonata” as well as the deconstructions of “Fidelio” and the “Pastoral”. Novoflot will present a new version of the opera “Fidelio” based on a music-theatre installation and the sound artist Werner Cee will exhibit a walk-in, multi-perspective sound topography of the “Pastoral” Symphony, comprised of fragmented recordings of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.
The accompanying exhibition “Labor 1802 – 2020” brings together historical materials, experiments in sound and perception and installations. An arc is drawn spanning experiments in music and physics from the period around 1802 right up to the present day.
Festival ‘Labor Beethoven 2020’ at Akademie der Künste
12th to 18th March 2020 | Livestream via YouTube
Akademie der Künste | Hanseatenweg 10 | 10557 Berlin
Labor Beethoven is a project of the Music Section of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and is directed by Caspar Johannes Walter (artistic director, Basel, Akademie der Künste), Dimitri Papageorgiou (Thessaloniki) and Ruben Seroussi (Tel Aviv). With: Faidra Chafta Douka, Manolis Ekmektsoglou, Batya Frenklakh, Eva Gentner Andrea Heilrath, Akkad Izre’el, Anda Kryeziu, Adrian Nagel, Dimitri Papageorgiou, Ari Rabenu, Eleni Ralli, Guy Rauscher, Ruben Seroussi, Thanos Sakellaridis and Caspar Johannes Walter.
Picture: Aus dem Labor Adapter by Sebastian König