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ACH! Almost a radio opera

A participative music theatre project by and with course participants of the Munich Volkshochschule

The music theater project “ACH! Almost a radio opera” is a sequel to the first participation project, “GAACH—more or less a folk opera,” which premiered in 2016 with over 280 Participants at the Munich Biennale in the foyer of the Gasteig Cultural Centre in cooperation with the Munich Volkshochschule. Whilst “GAACH” focussed on the history and residents of Munich’s Haidhausen district, this year’s production centres around the aspect of “locality”: the participants, invited to take part from all walks of life, examine locations and places, significant to them in the past, present, and future using new texts, compositions as well as classical means of radio play production. In cooperation with the Munich Volkshochschule the staged radio play evolved during various phases and workshops. Together with professional musicians and performers, the work investigates what happens when places only exist in our imagination as they never may again? How and where can one live or survive in the future? Is it possible through Art, to devise utopian, imaginary, mysterious places and identities that offer diverse visions and perspectives for the future?


Sunday, 24.05., 18:00 Uhr, Schwere Reiter, scope — Spielraum für aktuelle Musik
Monday, 25.05., 20:00 Uhr, Schwere Reiter, scope — Spielraum für aktuelle Musik
Wednesday, 27.05., 20:00 Uhr, Schwere Reiter, scope — Spielraum für aktuelle Musik

Language: German (with multilingual parts)
Duration: ca. 75 minutes

25.5.2020, 7:15 p.m.
Schwere Reiter Foyer

Production of the Munich Biennale and the Munich Volkshochschule
With the friendly support of the Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung

Jessica Aszodi (soprano), Rike Huy (trumpet), Steffen Ahrens (e-guitar), Nikola Kerkez (accordion), Wolfram Winkel (percussions), Simon Brusis (actor) as well as: course participants of the Munich Volkshochschule
Partners and Sponsors

Many a "NEW Return" is appearing quicker and more unexpectedly as previously thought. Due to the omnipresent effects of the corona crisis we will, together with our collaboration partners, react in a flexible manner. The Munich Biennale will become a dynamic festival in Munich and elsewhere.

Operations have been interrupted in almost all of the theaters and opera houses. This also affects our preparations and rehearsals. For this reason we have reached the following decision: world premieres that cannot be performed in Munich in May 2020 will celebrate their premieres elsewhere or in Munich on a different date.

We are planning to publish the Biennale program in May 2020 in order to conceptually present the entire festival. The Munich Biennale will begin as a physical festival at different locations. The theme and spirit should culminate in the "Salon of Wonders and Views" as a connective element over a long period of time at different locations and always viewable via a live stream. In this manner the issues of new music theater and the Biennale theme "Point of NEW Return" will be reflected and perpetuated.

The advance sale of tickets has been postponed until further notice. We are in close consultations with our partners and the responsible authorities, we will keep you up to date on our website, our social media channels and the newsletter.