Not me - On the Marionette Theatre

Dramatized concerts with dance based on “On the Marionette Theatre” by Heinrich von Kleist

In his text “On the Marionette Theatre”, Heinrich von Kleist poses a fundamental aesthetic question, namely, where does a “true” artist dwell between the vastly contrasting positions of untouched naturalness and elaborate artistry. The ambition to achieve perfection has resulted in the conflicting experience that the attempt to do so often leads to another form of existential vulnerability. This issue is at the centre of an especially heated debate as our world and lives in the 21st century are increasingly influenced by lifting, doping and life-enhancing measures.

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Kleist’s death in 2011, Isabel Mundry has composed the concert Kunst und Künstlichkeit [Art and Artificiality] for an instrumental and vocal ensemble, dancers and soprano, which addresses the subject of Kleist’s essay and explores the relationship between humans, machines, art and nature. The text, music and choreography refer to and overlap one another in various ways. They come in contact with different forms of artificiality and even digitalization through a multifaceted interplay of images and copies. In a process of reflection and differentiation, the composition ultimately achieves what the text describes – a complex self-reflection.
The premiere took place in Thun together with other Kleist festivities and was followed by additional performances at locations where Kleist lived and worked.

Dance: Jörg Weinöhl; music: Ensemble Recherche, Vokalensemble Zürich (CH); dramaturgy: Anett Lütteken (CH), singer: Petra Hoffmann

Venues and schedule:
Schlosskonzerte Thun (Switzerland), 3 June 2011
Zurich Festival (Switzerland), 26 June 2011
Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf / Duisburg, 22 June 2012

Artistic directors

The composer Isabel Mundry taught Composition and Music Theory in Frankfurt am Main from 1996 to 2005. In 2004 she was appointed chair of Composition at the ZHdK Zurich. In 2002/03 she was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin. Mundry is a member of the Academy of the Arts in Berlin and Munich. Her music theatre piece "Atemzug – die Odyssee", which premiered at the Deutsches Oper Berlin in 2005, was awarded the Critics Prize for Premiere of the Year in 2006.

The dancer and choreographer Jörg Weinöhl has worked together with the choreographer Martin Schläpfer for many years. After completing his studies, Weinöhl worked at the Stuttgart Ballet, Berne Ballet and ballettmainz. In 2009 he developed his first dance piece, a solo performance titled "Das Wissen der Nacht". That same year, he appeared alongside Kirsty Ross in the film "I'm not alone." Weinöhl has been a member of the Ballett am Rhein dance ensemble since 2009.


Projektteam „Kunst und Künstlichkeit“

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