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The Lausitz Festival 2023 - At a glance

When: 25 August to 10 September 2023

Where: Bad Muskau/Mużakow - Bautzen/Budyšin - Cottbus/Chóśebuz - Cunewalde - Doberlug-Kirchhain - Domsdorf - Finsterwalde - Görlitz - Hoyerswerda/Wojerecy - Senftenberg/Zły Komorow - Weißwasser/O.L./Běła Woda - Zittau - Herrnhut

What: Concert, theatre, dance, musical theatre, jazz, exhibition, talk, literature, film

You can find the detailed programme at: www.lausitz-festival.eu/en/programm

Press release Lausitz Festival - short version

»Hereinforderung« focuses on the tension between ideal and reality and raises the question of the necessity of value decisions. In the heterogeneous landscape of Lusatia, which stretches from Brandenburg and Saxony to the Polish borderland, the Lusatia Festival invites you to concerts from classical music to jazz, dance, theatre, literary matinees, philosophical discussions and exhibitions of contemporary art from 25 August to 10 September. The venues reflect the eventful history of Lusatia - in addition to architecturally impressive theatres, palaces and parks, film theatres, industrial monuments and churches will be the stage for art experiences.

Texts and photos

  • Bad Muskau, Kavalierhaus - Ausstellung - 26.08. - 17.09.2023

    Event description

    »As Long as I Can«: A Contemporary Art Exhibition

    Date: 26.08. – 17.09.
    Exhibition opening: 26.08., Saturday, 15:00 – 17:00
    Opening hours: 27.08–17.09., jeweils Thu. – Su., 10:00 – 18:00
    Location: Kavalierhaus, Schlossanlage Bad Muskau
    Devision: Ausstellung

    Freedom as Provocation – this was the title of a recent concert series with music by composer John Cage, the master of an artistic exploration of chance. Artistic freedom and the scope of what artistic expression can entail expanded greatly in the course of the twentieth century, promising limitless possibilities. Most artists of that period do not seem to have considered this freedom menacing or provocative. Instead, they incorporated it as an active element in the creative process. They let chance determine artistic outcomes but also gave themselves the freedom to set rules for their personal artistic processes. They explicitly embraced amateurism and seemingly trivial materials.

    In addition to questioning and expanding their own creative processes, artists also worked to expose the degree of freedom or oppression in ideological, economic, and social systems. They investigated the embeddedness of the individual in sociological or ideological frameworks and addressed the possibility or impossibility of overcoming them, exploring in this way the nature of power and the limits of systems. Perhaps most importantly, they celebrated the creative energy to be found in both freedom and self-imposed limitation.

    In cooperation with Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann, Kunstfonds der Staatlichen  Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Sammlung Hoffmann Berlin, Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst, and Stiftung Fürst-Pückler-Park Bad Muskau.

    Photos

    © Paul Glaser
  • Bautzen, Sorbisches Museum / Serbski muzej - Literatur - 27.08.2023

    Event description

    Literary Matinee: »Sourdough Soup« and Other Border Crossings

    Date: 27.08.
    Time: 11:00 Uhr
    Location: Festsaal, Sorbisches Museum/ Serbski muzej, Bautzen
    Devision: Literature

    Claudia Michelsen reads three stories by Olga Tokarczuk

    Polish author Olga Tokarczuk, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2018, is a masterful creator of personal worlds and universes that depict the crossing of boundaries as a way of life. In her stories, eras and epochs are intertwined, and eccentric yet commonplace heroes endure their fates or fight against them, robbed of their sense of belonging by the loss of homeland and identity. And so it can happen that a man climbs a mountain and sees the village of his childhood in the valley below, then finds no peace in death. The visions of a chambermaid in the Hotel Capital coalesce into a story as she fantasizes about the backgrounds and character of the hotel guests on the basis of the things they leave in their rooms. And in a Polish border town, the value of a can of sourdough soup is defined in numerous ways.

    Photos

    © Mathias Bothor
  • Branitz, Grüner Saal Schloss Branitz - Literatur - 01.09.2023

    Event description

    Arthur Schnitzler’s »Fräulein Else«: Reading and Commentary

    Date: 01.09.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Grüner Saal, Schloss Branitz, Cottbus
    Devision: Literature

    In 1924, Arthur Schnitzler published the monologue novella »Fräulein Else«, whose  protagonist is the 19-year-old daughter of a Jewish lawyer who is spending her holiday in the Dolomites. To save her father from bankruptcy, she is supposed to ask for money from one of his business acquaintances, who demands that in return he be allowed to look at her for 15 minutes, “clothed only by the light of the stars.” The novella is the record of Else’s perceptions and is a socially critical psychological case study. Sonja Beißwenger will read from the story, with informative commentary by Hanjo Kesting.

    Participants: Sonja Beißwenger (reading), Hanjo Kesting (commentary)

    In cooperation with Stiftung Fürst-Pückler-Museum – Park und Schloss Branitz

    Photos

    © Michael Neugebauer, Peter Köhn
  • Cottbus, Altes Stadthaus - Gespräch - 08.09. - 10.09.2023

    Event description

    Lausitz Laboratory: Philosophical Symposium

    Date: 08.09. - 10.09.
    Location: Altes Stadthaus Cottbus
    Devision: Discussion

    »Hereinforderung«, the Lausitz Festival’s motto for 2023, is a newly coined word denoting a mixture of invitation and provocation, and will be the point of departure for a series of lectures and discussions called the Lausitz Laboratory. In any society, laws or the individual’s sense of justice can demand resistance or obedience. Sometimes it is life itself that demands something from us, for example the readiness to improvise or rethink – a situation familiar to many in the Lausitz today. But a demand made upon us must not inevitably involve oppression or coercion. When we are approached as thinking and feeling human beings – with a respectful invitation, not a provocation – we can be positively motivated and open to change.

    Over the course of three days, the Lausitz Laboratory will invite internationally respected specialists in the fields of philosophy, sociology, law, literature, aesthetics, and cultural studies to participate in a symposium. Selected works from the festival’s program will serve as points of departure for an examination of the interplay between society and the arts. What sorts of impact and criticism can works of art provide? How does art formulate and communicate basic norms and ideals such as freedom, love, and justice? In what way do love, loyalty, and betrayal play a role in new forms of political life? What is the relationship of democracy, law, and freedom? Can love be purchased? Where does happiness end and force begin? What can art teach us about truth, error, and hope? What does it mean to face the challenges of reality as a collective and not (only) as an individual?

    On Friday, the panel discussions will take their inspiration from William Shakespeare’s »The Merchant of Venice«. The discussions will deal with issues such as the structural violence of economics, the obligations of money and law – and not least the logic and consequences of religious hatred and antisemitism.

    On Saturday, the panel and lectures will consider Friedrich Nietzsche’s »Ecce homo« as well as Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s »Ekklesiastische Aktion«, which is based on two different texts: biblical passages from Ecclesiastes and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s »The Brothers Karamazov«, particularly the figure of the Grand Inquisitor, who once again banishes the resurrected Jesus Christ. Theoretical impulses will expand this thematic complex to include the (in)stability of regulations and disruption through change, both of which can lead to rigid defensive strategies.

    On Sunday, the discussion and lectures will examine themes from Philippe Boesmans’s opera »Julie«, which is based on August Strindberg’s play, »Miss Julie«. Is there a connection between media dependence and the desire for love and happiness? What role do emotions play in the development of social and political communities?

    Curation and moderation: Christoph Menke, Christiane Voss, Lars Dreiucker, Fulvia Modica

     

    Friday 08.09.
    Discussion theme: Shakespeare’s »The Merchant of Venice«
    10.00–12.00 Panel 1: The Logic of Equivalence – Economy and Justice
    Participants: Christoph Möllers, Ute Tellmann 

    12.30–14.30 Panel 2: Justice, Revenge, Mercy
    Participants: Claudia Olk, Benno Zabel

    16.00–18.00 Panel 3: Violence and Religion – Religious Confrontation
    Participants: Aleida Assmann, Jan Assmann, Naika Foroutan 

    Saturday 09.09.
    Discussion theme: Zimmermann’s »Ekklesiastische Aktion«, »The Grand Inquisitor« from Dostoyevsky’s »The Brothers Karamazov«, and Nietzsche’s »Ecce homo« 

    10.30–12.00 Lecture 1: The Betrayal of Freedom for Order
    Lecture: Helmuth Lethen  

    12.30–14.30 Panel: The Revaluation of All Values
    Participants: Helmut Heit, Stefania Maffeis  

    16.00–17.30 Lecture 2: Freedom and the Disruption of Order
    Lecture: Susanne Baer 

    Sunday 10.09.
    Program theme: »Julie« by both Boesmans and Strindberg

    10.00–11.00 Lecture 1: Opera and Love – Love as Liberation
    Lecture: Barbara Vinken 

    11.30–12.30 Lecture 2: Love and Happiness – The Power of Love
    Lecture: Robert Pfaller

    14.00–15.00 Lecture 3: Love and Collectivism – The Power of Emotion
    Lecture: Peter Trawny

    15.30–17.00 Panel: Emotional Freedom – Freedom of Emotion
    Participants: Barbara Vinken, Robert Pfaller, Peter Trawny 

    Photos

    © Ben Wiesenfarth
  • Cottbus, BLMK - Ausstellung - 27.08. - 05.11.2023

    Event description

    William Engelen: »Folding for Percussion«

    Date: 27.08. – 05.11.
    Exhibition opening: 27.08., Sonntag, 11:00 – 13:00 mit Konzert
    Opening hours: Danach jeweils Dienstag – Sonntag, 11:00 – 19:00
    Location: Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst, Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus
    Devision: Exhibition

    In William Engelen’s installation, we see cryptic musical scores: sheets of paper folded in various ways on music stands placed throughout the room. These folds are sculptural compressions of musical events and result in differing phases of silence and sound. The sheets of paper contain the notation for a percussion piece but also exist simply as material objects. The music is conceived for instruments such as triangle and drums as well as washboards and oil canisters. The artist first drew on each piece of paper a durational chart, parts of which were then concealed in the process of folding the paper. He next put musical notation on the areas that remained visible. These mark the periods of time when sounds should be heard. The scores are nearly indecipherable for outsiders, but are turned into sound in the course of the concert. The musicians also react to the performance space and to changing elements such as light and shadow. The interaction of rules, notation, and chance creates an intriguing composition.

    In cooperation with der Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, der Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin und dem Brandenburgischen Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst

    Photos

    © Pawel Sosnowski
  • Cottbus, BLMK - Ausstellungsgespräch - 03.09.2023

    Event description

    Exhibition Discussion: William Engelen’s »Folding for Percussion«

    Date: 03.09.
    Time: 11:00 Uhr
    Location: Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst, Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus
    Devision: Exhibition

    The discussion series »Dialogues« is a new art education project developed by the Friends of the Landesmuseum für modern Kunst im Dieselkraftwerk. As part of the Lausitz Festival this year, experts will introduce audiences to William Engelen’s installation »Folding for Percussion«, which will be shown from 27 August until 5 November in the Dieselkraftwerk.

    In cooperation with Schenkung Sammlung Hoffmann, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Sammlung Hoffmann Berlin, Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst, and Förderverein Landesmuseum für modern Kunst im Dieselkraftwerk

    Photos

    © Pawel Sosnowski
  • Cottbus, Evangelischen Gymnasium - Literatur - 04.07.2023

    Event description

    Literaturmatinee: »Der Großinquisitor«

    Datum: 24.07.
    Zeit: 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr
    Ort: Evangelisches Gymnasium Cottbus
    Sparte: Literatur

    Bedeutet Freiheit des Glaubens und durch den Glauben eine religiöse und moralische Überforderung des einzelnen Menschen? Führt allzu große Freiheit ein politisches Gemeinwesen in die Selbstzerstörung? Was geschieht, wenn sich der Mensch zu der ihm aufgegebenen Freiheit nicht fähig erweist oder sie nur destruktiv nutzen kann? Dann treten die Wächter der Ordnung auf den Plan. Im fünften Kapitel des letzten großen Romans von Fjodor M. Dostojewski »Die Brüder Karamasow« ist es der Großinquisitor, der Jesus verhört, als dieser zur Zeit der spanischen Inquisition unter die Menschen zurückgekehrt ist… Dostojewskis modellhafte Geschichte, die auch in Bernd Alois Zimmermanns »Ekklesiastischer Aktion« einen wesentlichen inhaltlichen Akzent setzt, erweist sich als aktueller denn je.

    Mitwirkende: Hans-Jürgen Schatz (Lesung)

    Photos

    © Sascha Funke
  • Cottbus, Filmtheater Weltspiegel - Konzert - 30.08.2023

    Event description

    Kaushiki Chakraborty: »Indian Divas«

    Date: 30.08.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Filmtheater Weltspiegel, Cottbus
    Devision: Concert

    Kaushiki Chakraborty is one of the most accomplished and popular interpreters of classical Indian singing. Her reputation extends far beyond the borders of India. She has performed in New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Milton Court Concert Hall, and has received the BBC Radio 3 World Music Award. In her new program, “Remembering the Divas”, she pays tribute to the artistry of Indian singers of the past 150 years such as Angelina Yeoward, Begum Akhtar, and M. S. Subbulakshmi, highlighting their role in the evolution of Indian society.

    Participants: Kaushiki Chakraborty (singer), Ojas Adhiya (tabla), Murad Ali (sarangi), Anay Gadgil (keyboard), Sanjoy Das (guitar), Aditya Oke (harmonium), Sanjana Nene (tanpura)

    Photos

    © Kaushiki Chakraborty
  • Cottbus, Filmtheater Weltspiegel - Konzert - 05.09.2023

    Event description

    Roomful of Teeth: »Vocal Fusion«

    Date: 05.09.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Filmtheater Weltspiegel, Cottbus
    Devision: Concert

    The goal of this Grammy-winning US vocal ensemble is to reimagine the expressive potential of the human voice. The singers are continually expanding their vocabulary of vocal techniques by learning about the singing traditions of different cultures. They study with masters of a wide variety of traditions: Hindustani and Inuit singing, Gregorian chant, classical Persian music, Tuvan throat singing, as well as Heavy Metal and yodeling. Their range of vocal possibilities is practically unlimited and their repertoire truly knows no borders. Roomful of Teeth gives extraordinary concerts around the world: atmospheric and tender, experimental and passionate, exotic and rhythmically complex – always animated by the nature of the music being performed.

    Participants: Roomful of Teeth (vocal ensemble)

    Photos

    © Roomful of Teeth
  • Cottbus, Gladhouse - Konzert - 09.09.2023

    Event description

    Lausitz Drumming

    Date: 09.09.
    Time: 12:00 Uhr
    Location: Gladhouse Cottbus
    Devision: Concert

    The Lausitz Festival and our partners – Gladhouse in Cottbus, ZPOP (Zentrum für Popularmusik Brandenburg), and others – invite drummers and percussionists from all walks of life to come together and make music. The high point of the program will be a live performance at the Gladhouse.

    15.00 various drumming workshops (registration required)

    18.00 Highlight – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”: 30 drum sets play with the band “Dusk Plays Nirvana” (registration required)

    20.00 Concert – DUSK PLAYS NIRVANA

    In cooperation with Gladhouse Cottbus and Zentrum für Popularmusik Brandenburg

    Photos

    © Ben Wiesenfarth
  • Cottbus, Großes Haus Staatstheater - Konzert - 29.08.2023

    Event description

    Piotr Anderszewski – World Wanderer

    Date: 29.08.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Großes Haus, Staatstheater Cottbus
    Devision: Concert

    He wanders fearlessly across borders of genre and style as well as the borders that divide countries and people. The outstanding Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski was previously a guest at the Lausitz Festival with a “walking concert” across the German–Polish border in the “European City” Görlitz/Zgorzelec and charmed audiences with the nuanced emotional power of his interpretations. He returns this year to explore the borders between polyphony and atonality with Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 6, Béla Bartók’s Bagatelles, Karol Szymanowski’s Mazurkas op. 50, and Anton Webern’s Variations.

    Participants: Piotr Anderszewski (piano)

    Photos

    © Simon Fowler
  • Cottbus, Hangar 1

    Event description

    Opening event: Verdi – Zimmermann

    Date: Fr. 25.08.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Hangar 1, Cottbus
    Division: Music theatre

    This year’s festival begins with a powerful event in which acclaimed director Luk Perceval will pair Giuseppe Verdi’s »Quattro pezzi sacri« (1887–1897) with Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s »Ekklesiastische Aktion« (1970).

    Zimmermann finished his last work, whose full title is “I turned and saw all the oppression under the sun,” only five days before his death by suicide. The piece combines biblical verses from the fourth chapter of Ecclesiastes with passages from Dostoyevsky’s famous “Grand Inquisitor” parable in The Brothers Karamazov. With a mixture of speaking and singing, Zimmermann addresses themes such as injustice, struggle, isolation, and oppression, as well as the possibility or impossibility of human freedom.  

    Verdi’s four sacred pieces bring together Latin texts from the Roman Catholic liturgy and Italian poetry from Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” Verdi set the texts for a cappella female voices as well as four-part choir with large orchestra. In the closing Te Deum, a solo soprano voice emerges from the choir – Verdi explicitly calls for a choir singer here to represent “humanity and its fear of Hell.” After the confident fortissimo of the final In te speravi (I have placed my hope in you), Verdi concludes with a fading question mark. The issues this raises are then dealt with in the »Ekklesiastische Aktion«.

    Participants: Luk Perceval (director), Sylvain Cambreling (conductor), N.N. (baritone), Rainer Süßmilch (speaker), Dresdner Philharmonie, Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno, Petr Fiala (choir director), Philip Bußmann (stage design), Mark Van Denesse (lighting), Jannes Noorman (sound), Karol Nepelski (live sound design)

    Photos

    © Ben Wiesenfarth
  • Cunewalde, Dorfkirche - Konzert - 08.09.2023

    Event description

    Tenebrae: »Path of Miracles«

    Date: 08.09.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Dorfkirche Cunewalde
    Devision: Concert

    Since its premiere in 2005, »Path of Miracles« has been praised as a masterpiece of modern choral music. Composer Joby Talbot’s epic work was written after his pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago to the shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela. In addition to his religious experiences, the work is a record of his impressions of the difficult journey and the people and places he encountered along the way. Talbot’s four-movement work, which was premiered by the ensemble Tenebrae, allows us to understand the pilgrimage as a collective experience creating a sense of communitas uniting those who have undertaken it throughout the centuries. Following numerous performances in churches and cathedrals around the world – from the USA to Australia – Tenebrae will bring »Path of Miracles« to the Lausitz for the first time.

    Participants: Tenebrae (choir), Nigel Short (conductor)

    Photos

    © Sim Canetty-Clarke
  • Cunewalde, Dorfkirche - Konzert - 10.09.2023

    Event description

    Final Festival Concert:
    Scaling the Summit – Maxim Vengerov with
    Polina Osetinskaya

    Date: 10.09.
    Time: 18:30 Uhr
    Location: Dorfkirche Cunewalde
    Devision: Concert

    Maxim Vengerov is one of the best-known violin virtuosos of our time, who scales the summits of violin mastery with technical brilliance and musical insight. He has appeared as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony. He is also increasingly active as a conductor and teacher. He will come to the Lausitz with his piano partner Polina Osetinskaya. Together they will present a program spanning the centuries from Clara and Robert Schumann to Johannes Brahms and Sergei Prokofiev.

    Participants: Maxim Vengerov (violin), Polina Osetinskaya (piano)

    In cooperation with Gemeinde Cunewalde

    Photos

    © Diago Mariotta Mendez, Evgeny Evtyukhov
  • Doberlug-Kirchhain, Atelier Werenzhain - Ausstellung - 03.09. - 29.10.2023

    Event description

    »Familiar/Foreign« – Images from the 1st Lausitz Photo Days

    Date: 03.09. - 29.10.
    Exhibition opening: Sonntag 03.09., 15:00
    Opening hours: jeweils Samstag 14:00 – 18:00 und Sonntag 11:00 – 18:00
    Location: Atelierhof Werenzhain, Doberlug-Kirchhain
    Devision: Exhibition

    The Lausitz Photo Days began in 2022 as a pilot project for the presentation on a regular basis of photography symposiums in the Lausitz. The idea is for experienced and prominent photographers, as well as younger and less-experienced ones, to come and work in the Lausitz region for a period of time.

    With the unbiased eyes of outsiders, they explore the region’s daily life, its idiosyncrasies, and its quiet beauty.

    The symposium encourages the visiting artists to work together with photographers from the region. This type of exchange and collaboration broadens perspectives on all sides and allows everyone to look more clearly – at a region characterized by great diversity and constant change.

    The 1st Lausitz Photo Days were curated by Gabriele Muschter, Herbert Schirmer, and Uwe Warnke, who worked closely with the Förderverein Lieberose e. V. and the Kulturstiftung Haus Europa. The Photo Days are based in Lieberose.

    In cooperation with Kulturstiftung Haus Europa and Atelierhof Werenzhain e. V.

    Photos

    © Ben Wiesenfarth
  • Domsdorf, Brikettfabrik Louise - Jazz - 27.08.2023

    Event description

    Congenial Partners: Jazz Duo Wollny & Parisien

    Date: 27.08.
    Time: 18:30 Uhr
    Location: Brikettfabrik Louise, Domsdorf
    Devision: Jazz

    A meeting of two masters of their craft: Michael Wollny and Émile Parisien. The congenial interplay between the German pianist and French saxophonist is enchanting and intoxicating. Both musicians are established names in the jazz scene – now they are working on their first album together as a duo. At the Lausitz Festival they will open this year’s jazz series, performing on the same stage where Cécile McLorin Salvant and the Omer Klein Trio played in previous years, a still-young jazz tradition that will continue this year In the relaxed and architecturally fascinating atmosphere of the industrial monument Brikettfabrik Louise. 

    Participants: Michael Wollny (piano), Émile Parisien (saxophone)

    In cooperation with Brikettfabrik Louise

    Photos

    © Samuel Kirszenbaum, Jörg Steinmetz
  • Domsdorf, Brikettfabrik Louise - Jazz - 03.09.2023

    Event description

    Latin Jazz par excellence: Michel Camilo

    Date: 03.09.
    Time: 18:30 Uhr
    Location: Brikettfabrik Louise, Domsdorf
    Devision: Jazz

    He represents Latin Jazz as few others do: Michel Camilo, winner of numerous Grammy awards, was born and raised in the Dominican Republic and has for decades had an enormous influence on the US-American jazz scene. The electrifying virtuosity of his rhythmic improvisations is legendary. Camilo has performed with countless jazz greats including Michel Petrucciani, Herbie Hancock, and the Brecker Brothers. He moves effortlessly between the worlds of jazz, classical, and Latin music – and is a regular guest in the famous Blue Note jazz club in New York.

    Participants: Michel Camilo (piano)

    In cooperation with Brikettfabrik Louise

    Photos

    © Frankie Celenza
  • Finsterwalde, Kulturweberei - Jazz - 08.09.2023

    Event description

    Big Band Meets Kurt Rosenwinkel

    Date: 08.09.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Kulturweberei, Finsterwalde
    Devision: Jazz

    The Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos is the first big band to perform at the Lausitz Festival and will showcase the rich variety of this classic jazz formation. The dazzling ensemble from Porto will be joined by virtuoso US-American guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, who also composed the music for this concert.

    Participants: Kurt Rosenwinkel (guitar), Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos (big band), Pedro Martins (guitar)

    Photos

    © Pedro Lobo
  • Görlitz, Aula, Berufliches Schulzentrum Christoph Lüders - Konzert - 10.09.2023

    Event description

    Workshop Rehearsal and Lecture: Robert Schumann’s »Paradise and the Peri« 

    Date: 10.09.
    Time: 11:00 Uhr
    Location: Berufliches Schulzentrum Christoph Lüders, Görlitz
    Devision: Concert

    In Schumann’s oratorio from 1843, Peri is the winged child of an angel and a mortal. In order to return to Paradise, she must bring the gift that is most dear to Heaven. Her journey takes her to war-torn India, plague-ravaged Egypt, and to Syria, where she finally acquires the precious gift: the tears of a repentant sinner. In a lecture accompanied by visual illustrations, Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach will examine the 19th century’s attraction to the exotic and longing for salvation, placing the work in a historical context. In the workshop rehearsal that follows, listeners will be able to reflect on these elements in the music and observe a symphony orchestra and choir at work.

    Participants: Sylvain Cambreling (conductor), Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach (Lecture), Europa Chor Akademie Görlitz, Orchesterakademie der Symphoniker Hamburg

    Photos

    © Laura Jankowski
  • Görlitz, Camillo-Kino - Film - 01.09.2023

    Event description

    Continued:
    Summer.Film.Academy Meets Lausitz Festival

    Date: 01.09.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Camillo-Kino, Görlitz
    Devision: Film

    Once again this year, the Lausitz Festival meets the Görlitz Summer.Film.Academy, which each July attracts film enthusiasts from around the world to make films in and about the Lausitz. These short films on themes specific to the region shed light on its people and places. Works by a number of young filmmakers will be premiered.

    In cooperation with Sommer.Film.Akademie Görlitz/Zgorzelec

    Photos

    © Rainer Weisflog
  • Görlitz, Kulturforum Görlitzer Synagoge - Konzert - 09.09.2023

    Event description

    Hineni: »Here I Am«

    Date: 09.09.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Kulturforum Görlitzer Synagoge
    Devision: Concert

    »Hineni« (Here I am / I am ready) – the answer given in the Bible by both Abraham and Moses when called by God – is a synonym for the deeply felt readiness to recognize an obligation and the willingness to fulfill its demands, whatever the consequences. In this context, the synagogue in Görlitz, which remained almost completely undamaged in the so-called Reichspogromnacht of 1938, will be the site of a very special concert. Arrangements made especially for this program of traditional Israeli songs – which tell of the hope for freedom, the quest for dignity, and the longing for love – will be juxtaposed with early Baroque European chorales with Hebrew prayer texts, most notably by Salomone Rossi.

    The clash of ideals and political reality, which could also be described as the tension between religious and political activity, is one of the Leitmotifs of this year’s Lausitz Festival. Both elements of the concert program share a common object of longing – a place that has for centuries oscillated between the sacred and the secular, between ideal and reality: Jerusalem.

    Participants: Alma Sadé (soprano), Thomas Moked (guitar, oud), Haggai Cohen-Milo (bass), Susanne Barner (flute), James Scannell (clarinet, bass clarinet, bass flute), János  Wollenweber, (oboe, English horn), Alberto Valladolid (bassoon), Merav Goldman (horn), Amarcord (vocal ensemble)

    In cooperation with Kulturforum Görlitzer Synagoge

    Photos

    © Pawel Sosnowski
  • Görlitz, Kunsthalle - Literatur - 07.09.2023

    Event description

    »Two Who Set Out…«: Scenic Reading

    Date: 29.08.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Kunsthalle Görlitz
    Devision: Literature

    Presentation of the Ephraim Project 2022/2023

    They set out from Berlin – two students in the scenic writing program at the University for the Arts (UdK): Anton Dudda and Maximilian Rummel. They intrepidly trekked throughout the Lausitz, digging deeply into the region’s history, even acquiring a literal overview of the area from a hot-air balloon. And along the way they found the inspiration to write two fantastic (in every sense of the word) theater texts.

    Anton August Dudda: »Hotel Lausitz«
    Paul, after a failed career as a big-city detective, has withdrawn to the Lausitz. In these provincial surroundings he conducts field research and dreams of becoming a writer. But as the village is increasing covered in fog, people begin to mysteriously disappear. Paul must take action.

    Maximilian Rummel: »Skia« (AT)
    Two cartographers are surveying abandoned open-pit mines for a new holiday resort. In the course of removing layers of sediment, epochs and eras seem to become dislocated and jumbled. How else to explain the presence of two Baroque noblemen wandering around Saxony with measuring instruments in the service of August the Great? Doppelgängers create confusion and conversations with the dead are nothing unusual.

    Participants: actors from the Gerhart Hauptmann Theater in Zittau

    Direction: Lukas Schädler and Maximilian Pellert

    Photos

    © Pawel Sosnowski
  • Görlitz, Werk 1, Rabryka - Literatur - 03.09.2023

    Event description

    »Sei gegrüßt und lebe«: Brigitte Reimann and Christa Wolf – A Friendship in Letters  1963–1973

    Date: 03.09.
    Time: 18:30 Uhr
    Location: Werk 1, Rabryka, Görlitz
    Devision: Literature

    “If we ‘Newly-Admitted Citizens’ needed a cult book, this would be it,” wrote the author Fritz Rudolf Fries when this collection of correspondence was published in the “Weltbühne” in 1995. The letters collected in the book reveal the lives of two unconventional women who, in spite of their different outlooks on life, strove to find personal happiness and discover their identities as writers. In spite of dogmatic political pressure, both refused to give up their dreams for a more just society. Though sometimes despairing, they persevered with grace and humor in the face of hostility and criticism. They shared news of their marital problems and everyday worries, commented on the East German literary scene, and courageously accepted the full risk and responsibility for harsh political confrontations. The older and more established Christa stood by her lively, anarchic, and finally mortally ill friend Brigitte until her early death.

    Participants: Fanny Staffa and Christine Hoppe (reading)

    Photos

    © bpk-Bildagentur
  • Herrnhut, Kirchsaal der ev. Brüdergemeine - Konzert - 28.08.2023

    Event description

    »Dichterliebe« with Martha Argerich and Stéphane Degout

    Date: 28.08.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Kirchensaal der Ev. Brüdergemeine Herrnhut
    Devision: Concert

    Olivier Messiaen’s »Visions de l’Amen« (1943) is a mesmerizing, deeply spiritual composition that explores different interpretations of the word “Amen”. Jean-Baptiste Fonlupt and Akane Sakai will perform this work for two pianos in the first half of the evening. The second half will feature Robert Schumann’s song cycle »Dichterliebe«, composed in 1840, the year of his marriage to Clara. Martha Argerich will bring her unique mastery to the work, and the texts by Heinrich Heine will be interpreted by internationally acclaimed baritone Stéphane Degout, who is at home on both opera and recital stages throughout the world.

    Participants: Stéphane Degout (baritone), Martha Argerich (piano), Jean-Baptiste Fonlupt (piano), Akane Sakai (piano)

    In cooperation with the Evangelische Brüdergemeine Herrnhut

    Photos

    © Adriano Heitman
  • Hoyerswerda, Kulturfabrik - Konzert - 31.08.2023

    Event description

    Simply Quartet Plays Sorbian Music

    Date: 31.08.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Kulturfabrik Hoyerwerda
    Devision: Concert

    The internationally acclaimed Simply Quartet presents a unique program dedicated to the musical creativity of the Lausitz. For the first time, the quartet will play music by Sorbian composers such as Jan Paul Nagel and Bjarnat Krawc, works inspired by the landscapes and dances of their homeland. In addition, the group will perform György Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 1 and Antonin Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 13. The young members of the Simply Quartet are at home on the great concert stages of the world such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and the Musikverein in Vienna. They explore the musical traditions of their homelands China, Norway, and Austria and are always open to new impulses – in this case from the Lausitz!

    Participants: Simply Quartet (string quartet): Danfeng Shen (violin), Antonia Rankersberger (violin), Xiang Lyu (viola), Ivan Valentin Hollup Roald (violoncello)

    Photos

    © Cristina Ferri
  • Senftenberg, neue Bühne - Musiktheater - 06.09.2023

    Event description

    »Julie« – Chamber opera by Philippe Boesmans after August Strindberg

    Date: 06.09.
    Additional performances: 07.09., Donnerstag / 08.09., Freitag
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: neue Bühne Senftenberg
    Devistion: Music theatre

    The twelve scenes of Philippe Boesmans’s chamber opera (2005) are based on »Miss Julie«,

    Strindberg’s socially critical tragedy from 1888. The story of the young aristocratic woman Julie and the servant Jean explores themes of social Darwinism and the shifting relationships between power and freedom, love and desire, women and men. In both the play and the opera, a flirtatious dance leads to a sexual encounter with tragic consequences. In the kitchen (the workplace of Jean’s fiancé Christine) on the following morning, the balance of power between the three is altered. The libretto in German prepared for the opera by Luc Bondy and Marie-Louise Bischofberger incorporates discursive elements without disrupting the narrative of the drama.

    Belgian composer Philippe Boesmans (1936–2022) wrote the opera for an intimate orchestra with fewer than 20 musicians, employing harp and celesta in particular to create an iridescent and gently shifting web of sound colors. This allows the music to communicate what is unspoken and unspeakable. Anna Bergmann’s direction deftly unites the late 19th century with our world of today.

    Participants: Sylvain Cambreling (conductor), Christel Loetzsch (Julie), Jóhann Kristinsson (Jean), Katrien Baerts (Christine), Anna Bergmann (director, stage design), Lugh Amber Wittig (costumes, stage design, lighting), Yaron Löwenberg (actor), Symphoniker Hamburg

    In cooperation with Opera Ballet Vlaanderen and Neue Bühne Senftenberg

    Photos

    © Marcel Schröder
  • Weißwasser, Danner-Halle TELUX Gelände - Tanz - 02.09.2023

    Event description

    »Glacier« – Premiere    

    Date: 02.09.
    Additional perfomances: 03.09., Sun / 05.09., Tu
    TIme: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Danner-Halle, Telux-Gelände, Weißwasser/O.L.
    Devision: Dance

    “In the beginning was the end moraine. And God came in the form of a massive glacier, folding the Earth and revealing the resources under the ground. And then he withdrew, leaving this landscape in the middle of the world to spirits and heroes…”

    For their MusicDanceTheater piece, Israeli composer Haggai Cohen-Milo and French choreographer Margaux Marielle-Tréhoüart will bring musicians, singers, and dancers from around the world to the Lausitz. In the vast, empty spaces of the Danner-Halle on the grounds of the former Telux glassworks in Weißwasser, these young artists will unleash the energy that once produced glass for the world. Their performance is a powerful engine transforming raw materials, elements, and energies – a “WE” of possibilities. Cohen-Milo, Marielle-Tréhoüart, and their ensemble will develop the piece onsite, taking the pulse of the region in their work. Electric guitar, drums, bass, synthesizer, and singing will create intensely rhythmic, enchantingly melodic music that merges with the physicality of the dancers, the mesmerizing light, and the perceptions of the audience.

    Spirits and heroes will appear along with their myths, legends, half-truths, lies, and swindles. The performance will become a map of devoured and devouring landscapes, unfinished history, longed-for homelands, and abandoned dreams. At the same time, the performers will gradually feel their way toward new values. Freedom from change will become the freedom to change.

    The Lausitz has long been familiar with periods of disruption and transformation. »Glacier« is a loud, extravagant, and colorful celebration of change. And though the ground beneath our feet may be different, perhaps the heavens above us are always the same.

    In cooperation with dem Soziokulturellen Zentrum Telux und Telux, Glasproducts & Components, Weißwasser/O.L.

    Photos

    © Ben Wiesenfarth
  • Weißwasser/O.L., Lehrofen Telux-Gelände - Theater - 26.08.2023

    Event description

    Shakespeare’s »Merchant of Venice«

    Date: 26.08. – 17.09.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Additional Performances: Sunday, 27.08. / Wednesday, 30.08. / Thursday, 31.08.
    Location: Lehrofen, Telux-Gelände, Weißwasser/O.L.
    Devision: Theater

    William Shakespeare’s »Merchant of Venice« has more than 20 roles and numerous plot lines, but the chamber version directed by Stefan Pucher focuses on a small number of characters whose devastating conflicts raise questions about how we measure the value of things.

    Venice is a marketplace where the rules of commerce influence interactions of all kinds. The successful merchant and ship owner Antonio, the Jewish moneylender Shylock – restricted by law to this profession – and Portia, an independent woman from Illyria, are involved in an increasingly drastic conflict. The discussions concerning the unconventional terms of payment for the loan Shylock has extended to Antonio (which guarantee Shylock a pound of Antonio’s flesh and are interpreted in different ways according to the interests of those concerned) and the legal judgment proclaimed by Portia (disguised as a man and raised to a position of legal authority) deal at numerous levels with questions about the possibility or impossibility of transcendental values in human relationships. In a subplot, issues of belief and happiness are brought face to face with the realities of the world when Shylock’s daughter converts to Christianity and is told, “This making of Christians will raise the price of hogs: if we grow all to be pork-eaters, we shall not shortly have a rasher on the coals for money.” The price of pork becomes the measure of all things. The triumph of the stomach’s happiness over the salvation of the soul calls entire value systems into question – as witnessed here in a former Lausitz factory that has been transformed into a center for cultural encounters.

    Participants: Samuel Weiss and Charlotte Engelkes (actors), Stefan Pucher (direction and stage design), Malte Ubenauf (text preparation and dramaturgical assistance), Lugh Amber Wittig (costume design), Christopher Uhe (music)

    Photos

    © Ben Wiesenfarth
  • Zittau, Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater - Musiktheater - 01.09.2023

    Event description

    Stefan Zweig: »The World of Yesterday – Memories of a European«

    Date: 01.09.
    Time: 19:30 Uhr
    Location: Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater, Zittau
    Devision: Music theatre

    In his last, autobiographical work written shortly before his death by suicide, Stefan Zweig describes the cultural situation before, during, and after the two world wars.

    In a world slowly losing its bearings, Zweig explores the relevance and potency of values rooted in the European context. He examines the role of art, which not only offers consolation to the individual, but contains the seeds of hope for a new reality.

    In director Yaron David Müller-Zach’s production, there will be readings and recitations from Zweig’s book, but also a kaleidoscopic enactment of individual scenes. Augmented by poetry by Karl Kraus, Jura Soyfer, and Emile Verhaeren; musical works by Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg, and Viktor Ullmann as well as fragments of contemporary music, the evening will examine the never-ending relevance of humanity’s search for sunlight in a world of darkness, for – as Zweig recognized – “Every shadow is in the end also a child of light.”

    Participants: Yaron David Müller-Zach (director), Marius Zernatto (actor), Volker Hanisch (speaker), Talia Or (soprano), Doriana Tchakarova (piano)

    Photos

    © Marcel Schröder

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