The House

As a location for production and performance, RADIALSYSTEM V is the artistic home of four outstanding independent ensembles: The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin,
Sasha Waltz & Guests, the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and the Vocalconsort Berlin are closely bound up with the development of the venue in their role as Ensembles-in-residence.

Akademie für Alte Musik

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin enjoys a secure place among the world's top chamber orchestras. The ensemble is a regular guest in all the major musical centres of Europe, from Vienna to Paris, Amsterdam, Zurich, London and Brussels. It has toured across almost every European country as well as in Asia, South America the USA and Canada. Back in 1984 the ensemble began performing its own concert series in the Konzerthaus at Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt, and since 1994 it has been a regular guest at the Berliner Staatsoper and at the Innsbrucker Festwochen. The ensemble collaborated with dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests on joint productions of "Medea" (2007), the Purcell opera "Dido & Aeneas" (2005) and the choreographic concert "4 Elemente - 4 Jahreszeiten" (2007), which further cemented its international reputation as a creative and innovative ensemble. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin has been a resident ensemble at RADIALSYSTEM V since September 2006.

"4 Elemente – 4 Jahreszeiten" (2007), © Foto: Sebastian Bolesch

Sasha Waltz & Guests

The dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests was founded in Berlin in 1993 by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig. Between 1993 and 1995 it developed the "Travelogue" trilogy, which toured over 30 different countries with a changing roster of guest performers. The founding of the Sophiensaele in 1996 marked the establishment of an important production centre for independent theatre in Berlin. In the period between 1999 and 2004 Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig focussed their work on the artistic directorship of the Schaubühne at the Lehniner Platz. The company remains a partner of the Schaubühne within the framework of a cooperation dating back to 2005. Since its opening on 9th September 2006, Sasha Waltz & Guests have worked closely together with RADIALSYSTEM V as a Ensemble-in-residence. This has resulted in productions including "Medea" (2007), "Jagden und Formen" with the Ensemble Modern (2008), and other collaborations with resident ensembles such as the Dialoge projects "Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum" – at the artistic inauguration of the Neues Museum in Berlin (2009) – and "Dialoge 09 – MAXXI" at the inauguration of the new MAXXI museum for contemporary art in Rome (2009). In 2010, Sasha Waltz conceived and developed her productions "Continu" (premiered in Zurich in June 2010) and "Passion", based on an opera by Pascal Dusapin (premiered in Paris in October 2010) at RADIALSYSTEM V. Since the company was founded, over 150 artists – architects, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers, musicians, actors and dancers – from 25 different countries have participated as "guests" in over 30 productions, Dialogue projects and films. With over 100 performances per year worldwide, Sasha Waltz & Guests is one of the most successful cultural enterprises on the international scene.

"Dialoge 06 - Radiale Systeme" (2006), © Foto: Sebastian Bolesch

Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop

The young Berlin-based chamber orchestra Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop was founded in 2006 and has since that time garnered acclaim, in particular for its innovative and creative concert installations. A string orchestra consisting of 15 players forms the core of the ensemble, and this is augmented by various guest players. Under the artistic direction of Michael Rauter, the ensemble places contemporary works in the context of diverse musical epochs. At the same time, the ensemble strives to discover new expressive and performance concepts beyond conventional concert formats through its collaborations with artists from the fields of architecture, literature, dance, acting and light design. In 2009 this young ensemble was invited to the Lille3000/EUROPE XXL festival and to the Shared Sounds festival at RADIALSYSTEM V. In the production of "Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum" (2009), Kaleidoskop performed alongside the Sasha Waltz & Guests dance company and the Vocalconsort Berlin. In 2009/2010 the two-part concert installation titled "Fluktuation 09" was realized at RADIALSYSTEM V. Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop has been a Ensemble-in-residence at RADIALSYSTEM V since April 2008.

© Foto: Sonja Müller

Vocalconsort Berlin

The Vocalconsort Berlin, founded in 2003, specializes in music of the Baroque and early Baroque eras, though it also dedicates itself to new interpretations of Romantic and Contemporary music. The variability of the line-up, from quartets to polychoral works, allows the ensemble to act in a concert situation as well as in scenic productions. The Vocalconsort Berlin performs at numerous festivals and in renowned concert halls the world over. The ensemble enjoys a particularly special cooperation with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and beyond this it works with excellent orchestras such as the Accademia Bizantina, the Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg and B'rock, a Belgian Baroque orchestra. The evolution of this outstanding ensemble has also been enriched by the influence of renowned conductors, directors and choreographers such as Marcus Creed, René Jacobs, Daniel Reuss, Gary Cooper, Olof Boman, Sasha Waltz, Barrie Kosky and Luc Perceval. The Vocalconsort Berlin has been Ensemble-in-residence at RADIALSYSTEM V since 2006, working under the same roof as the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Sasha Waltz & Guests and the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, and collaborating on productions including "Dido & Aeneas" (2005), "Medea" (2007) and "Dialoge 09 – Neues Museum" (2009). In 2008 the Vocalconsort Berlin was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik for its debut double-CD "Hugo Distler – Geistliche Chormusik op. 12, Weihnachtsgeschichte op. 10".

© Foto: Hans Scherhaufer