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Thu 17 12
Premiere
8 pm

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Tickets 14 Euros, 24 Euros, 34 Euros discount 14 Euros

In German and English // Due to the measures taken to contain the incidence of infection, we are unfortunately not able to offer a checkroom at the moment and gastronomical catering is only available in exceptional cases.

Force & Freedom: Beethoven zwischen Zwang und Freiheit

Staged Concert by Nico and the Navigators and the Kuss Quartet
Nico and the Navigators
Nico and the Navigators © Dieter Hartwig
How is one to imagine Ludwig van Beethoven’s final works with all of one’s senses? How much courage is required to ride that roller-coaster of emotion – pain and loss, longing and love, anger and hope? How have these sensations changed in the here and now? And how do they relate to current experiences? For the composer's 250th birthday, Nico and the Navigators and the Kuss Quartet have set out on a quest, running the gamut from historical sources to one’s own experience. This is gripping, sensual music theatre of the highest musical standard.

Force and freedom are the poles between which the life and work of Ludwig van Beethoven can be positioned. This is exemplified in his late string quartets, which transcend the boundaries of form; he becomes fragile, reaching never-before-seen heights of freedom and radicalism. Shortly after the intensive rehearsal period began in spring 2020, the coronavirus pandemic made this topic relevant in a previously inconceivable way – the unimaginable became a reality. The world premiere that had been planned for the Schwetzingen Festival had to be cancelled. A joint video diary was then created out of the involuntary isolation of the ensemble, bringing together individual associations and previously researched material, and which will intellectually enhance the evening on a medial level.

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  • Direction Nicola Hümpel
  • Stage Oliver Proske
  • Light design Andreas Fuchs
  • Dramaturgy Andreas Hillger
  • Costume Nicola Hümpel und Anna Lechner
  • Video Hendrik Fritze und Sophie Krause
  • Artistic Collaboration Alexander Piasente
  • Stage design assistance Sonja Winkler
  • Production Raphael Reher und Leonie Schirra
  • By and with Kuss Quartett
  • Violine Jana Kuss und Oliver Wille
  • Viola William Coleman
  • Violoncello Mikayel Hakhnazaryan
  • Guitar and musical adaptations Tobias Weber
  • Dance and choreography Yui Kawaguchi
  • Dance Florian Graul
  • Tenor and performer Ted Schmitz
  • Performer Patric Schott

Credits

A production of the Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele and Nico and the Navigators, supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. As part of "BTHVN 2020 - bundesweit", supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media. Co-produced by the Konzerthaus Dortmund. In cooperation with radialsystem.

Nico and the Navigators
Nico and the Navigators © Dieter Hartwig
Nico and the Navigators
Nico and the Navigators © Dieter Hartwig

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Tickets

Tickets 14 Euros, 24 Euros, 34 Euros discount 14 Euros

In German and English // Due to the measures taken to contain the incidence of infection, we are unfortunately not able to offer a checkroom at the moment and gastronomical catering is only available in exceptional cases.

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