New Visual Poem online!
A visual poem about the inexorability of advancing time and the disappearance of childhood.
June 2023, Berlin
Performance Collective 'Sportverein' presented
Surrounded by Narcissus, Leda, Swan, Venus, Centaur and the Titans, we search Karl-Marx-Platz in Berlin-Neukölln for mirror images, for stories, contradictory, unexpected ones. For fragments of what the square and the fountain mean to those who live, work, pass by, stay here. The performance collective Sportverein (Nelli David, Marie Hahne, Janine Hönig, Anna Stern) sharpens the senses for the overlooked in the known. Our research instrument is our own body in urban space. Our method is play. The body hides, explores spaces in between, transforms itself into things and structures, questions them, asserts itself. Play is possible in any place, always different and invites spontaneous participation. The play gives rise to performances whose form oscillates between improvisation and script.
The performance was a successful mix of choreography, improvisation and participation, of action, looped live sound and text. The performance collective Sportverein will continue the collaboration!
Picture and film on youtube: Steph Ketelhut (Narcissus, slightly transformed, part of the multi-part fountain sculpture 'Imaginary Theatre' by Hartmut Bonk, erected on Karl-Marx-Platz in 1987).
June 2023, Havixbeck
Songs of Life and Death
It was a great evening at the Center for Literature at Burg Hülshoff in Havixbeck! 100 guests, wonderful weather, and a stunning and well-matched double with kolberg+stern and the amazing Nora Gomringer and band, who brought Dorothee Parker back to life in 'Peng Peng Parker'!
Deputy Professorship in Art Education, University of the Arts, Berlin
After a year as deputy junior professor, I now continue to teach and do research at University of the Arts in Berlin. I am happy to continue working with many dedicated and critically thinking students who inspire me every day - and I hope so vice versa:-)
Visual Poems: New Works Online!
Finally I found time again to work on my visual poem project. Here are links to the latest works, I hope you enjoy watching/listening: WoMan and I Envy Nomads
May 8, 2022
Münster City Ensemble: The Investigation (Peter Weiss)
What an act! The Stadtensemble Münster, an association of actors and musicians from the Stadttheater and the independent theatre scene living in Münster, performed 'Die Ermittlung' by Peter Weiss, six times in a row, in a marathon of 24 hours, in the dictrict court in Münster. I was one of many actors involved. None of us could stay untouched by these documentary texts, which Weiss wrote on the basis of the protocols of the first Ausschitz trial in Frankfurt. Here is a detailed documentation of the rehearsal process and performance that is well worth seeing.
Concert premiere 'EnCounterpoints 2021', Berlin
As part of the festival 'Month of Contemporary Music' in Berlin, Andrei Lakisov (saxophone), Roman Yusipey (accordion) and I gave our first concert together. Both of them are excellent interpreters of (not only) contemporary music and I am proud to be able to perform with them. We were invited by the composer and pianist Andreas F. Staffel, thank you, Andreas! The select audience in the tiny but beautiful space KlanGalerie was highly enthusiastic about the unusual combination of new music and poetry.
Babel 3: Concert premiere 'We are here only temporarily', Münster
The vocal trio Babel 3, Dirk Paulsen, Stephan Trescher and myself, invited us on an experimental musical journey that took us from pure vocal sound to sung and spoken text. Inspirations for the individual stations came, among others, from John Cage and E. E. Cummings. Also included was a narrative poem by the US writer William Carpenter, which we interpreted in a highly idiosyncratic way. Part of the concept was the literal handling of the dimensions of the church space, a play with aspects such as proximity and distance, visibility and invisibility, movement and standstill. We were happy that a) so many interested people came to the concert and b) there was a long and enthusiastic applause for our concert premiere! Thank you to everyone who was there!
Visual Poems: Trilogy Part I-III and 'The Day is Dark' online!
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June 20, 2021, Münster
ISLAND OF PATHOS
No poetry meeting in Münster in 2021 due to Corona? NO, the 'Stadtensemble' made it possible, outdoors! The association of many local artists organized an open-air poetry action taking place simultaneously in many places in Münster. On June 20, the 'Island of Pathos' consisted of eleven islands marked by red round carpets in the city area, on each of which two actors recited, danced, sang, played, etc. poetry. Michael Schneider and I were to be found on island no. 7 in the castle park, with rather anti-pathetic poetry :-).
More information at https://stadtensemble.de/insel-des-pathos/
Publication of my thesis (kopaed, Munich)
Finally, many years of scientific and artistic work are condensed in my book 'Creating Spaces'. The core is research and interpretation of a project on site-specific performance art with elementary school children. Curious? Then have a look here: publisher's website
CD release 'Songs of Life and Death'
The time has come, our fan-favorite musical tribute to American poet Anne Sexton is now available on CD! Limited edition! A feast for the ears! Send me a message or purchase it directly from the publisher: Aisthesis-Verlag