The other Beethoven(s)
A project by Goethe Institute
Sat 24 10 2020
17-21 Uhr Covered Culture
19-21 Uhr Ode for All
Sun 25 10 2020
12-21 Uhr Covered Culture
13-16.45 Uhr Decolonizing Classical Musics?
The 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven is commemorated by the Goethe Institute 2020 : The global project, “The other Beethoven(s)”, sheds light on an unknown side of the Bonn composer. Based on his interest in non-European perspectives, which was awakened in the later years of his life, artists and composers from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Germany trace this cosmopolitanism toward a translation of his work into a new, contemporary language. The result is a series of concerts, installations, and performances on display in Germany and participating countries from 2020 onwards. With Cathy Milliken’s “Ode for All”, and the installation, “Covered Culture”, by Brigitta Muntendorf and Moritz Lobeck, the premieres of two of these productions are hosted by radialsystem in Berlin. In addition, the series, “Outernational”, by Elisa Erkelenz is to be shown as well, along with a concert by the Trickster Orchestra, “Disturbing the Universal”, as part of the Berlin mini programme. Another item on the programme is a symposium on the topic of “Decolonizing Classical Musics?”, organised by the Goethe-Institut and in cooperation with Elisa Erkelenz. Here, questions of post-coloniality and today’s trans-traditional compositional practice will be discussed.
Audiovisual Installation by Muntendorf and Lobeck in cooperation with KATO
Sat 24 10 2020 from 5 pm
Sun 25 10 2020 from 12 pm
Developed by the Goethe Institute, the programme, “The other Beethoven(s)”, brings “Covered Culture” to radialsystem – an audiovisual installation created by composer Brigitta Muntendorf and dramaturge Moritz Lobeck in accordance with the principles of “social composing”. Based on fragments of Beethoven’s vocal music and on his political view of the collective, the installation joins together voices and images of singers from the Beijing Queer Chorus, the Opera Choir of the German National Theatre in Weimar, and a virtual choir of singers and performers from China, Korea, and Japan in a multi-channel composition. More info…
Ode for All
Concert installation by Cathy Milliken
Sat 24 10 2020 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm
What musical expression would the humanist message of the “Ode to Joy” take if it were rewritten today, more than 200 years after its composition? What meaning does joy carry in the 21st century? At the end of October, composer Cathy Milliken and voice teacher Lucia Duchoňová premiere a multi-channel sound installation at radialsystem, as part of the programme, “The other Beethoven(s)”, initiated by the Goethe Institute. The installation will further develop the text and melody of “Ode to Joy”, drawing out new sounds. A collective choir project has brought about an “Ode for All”, collectively composed and performed by six women’s choirs of different singing traditions from Bosnia, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Cyprus and Romania. More info…
Decolonizing Classical Musics?
Sun 25 10 2020 from 1 pm
Which misunderstandings and cases of cultural appropriation can be found in “Western” classical music, from Beethoven to Mozart, to Debussy? To what extent was this history influenced by a continuous succession of waves of migration(s)? For the very first time, the Goethe Institute is the guest host of a two-day mini programme at radialsystem: In addition to an artistic programme presenting new works by Cathy Milliken, Brigitta Muntendorf and Moritz Lobeck, and the Trickster Orchestra, a symposium on the topic, “Decolonizing Classical Musics?”, takes place on 25th October. The symposium was organised by the Goethe Institut and conceptualised in cooperation with Elisa Erkelenz. Questions surrounding post-coloniality, looted music, and the trans-traditional compositional practice of today are to be discussed – how can we successfully cultivate a transformation toward a decolonizing thinking in the field of so-called classical music and its contemporary tonal equivalents? More info…
“The Other Beethovens” is a project of the Goethe-Institut. Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. A project as part of “BTHVN 2020”.
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