The Ocean is Closed

zeitkratzer plays She She Pop. A concert performance

zeitkratzer is a multiple award-winning European soloist ensemble known for its distinctive programmes and unconventional collaborations. Its repertory includes works by John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Nam June Paik and Philip Glass, as well as joint projects by renowned musicians such as Lou Reed, Carsten Nicolai and Elliott Sharp. Their past performances have included interdisciplinary cooperative projects with choreographers and dancers such as Sasha Waltz and Rubato, fashion designers like Lisa D and video artists like Lillevan. zeitkratzer has developed the concert performance “The Ocean is Closed” in collaboration with She She Pop, a performance collective which specialises in the art of self-exposure and the public treatment of taboos.
In this production, She She Pop highlighted the hidden rituals and normal routines of musicians, and attempted to “alienate” them from their instruments in an artistically productive manner. What aspects of a performance situation are suppressed or concealed? And what happens when they are no longer restrained and suddenly force their way onto the stage? In this way, She She Pop deconstructed the ceremonial ritual of the concert performance and thus musically and intellectually challenged both the musicians and the audience. “The Ocean is Closed” has demonstrated at what lengths musicians defend the dignity of their music.

Artistic directors: Reinhold Friedl, Lisa Lucassen, Sebastian Bark
Artists: Sebastian Bark, Lisa Lucassen, Ilia Papatheodorou from She She Pop, as well as Biliana Voutchkova (violin), Nora Krahl (violoncello), Elena Kakaliagou (horn), Hilary Jeffery (trombone), Reinhold Friedl (piano), Maurice de Martin (percussion) from Zeitkratzer


  • 2 December, 2017 to 3 December, 2017: Performance

    Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich

  • 26 November, 2017 to 27 November, 2017: Performance

    RomaEuropa Festival, Rom

  • 27 October, 2017 to 30 October, 2017: Performance

    HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1), Berlin