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Based on the festival motto “Point of NEW Return,” Manos Tsangaris (who is one of the artistic directors of the Munich Biennale together with Daniel Ott) and the “Residence author” Cindy Press will enter into a Twitter dialogue. This “speech balloon back-and-forth,” as Manos Tsangaris calls it, is to a certain extent a comic in a virtual realm. Cindy Press and Tsangaris will start a dialogue on the festival motto and reflect upon the medium of music theater on the social media platform Twitter. What interests Manos Tsangaris about this? “We will be constantly thrown back to the form, we have to answer using two sentences, produce phrases, endure new impulses. This follows an escapist performance instinct, far beyond any academic-scientific treatise, and in return filled with ricochets, not compulsively constructive, but always alongside the theme of the festival.”
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Some “NEW Return” results faster and more unexpected than expected. Due to the ubiquitous effects of the Corona Pandemic, the Munich Biennale 2020 will for the first time become a dynamic festival. Premieres that cannot be released in Munich in May 2020 due to the pandemic will be premiered elsewhere, or in Munich at a different time.
The Munich Biennale will not stream performance-replacement pieces. It will not go online as a whole. The Internet is used primarily to provide impulses for later, physically real performance situations. We assume that many of the productions planned for the 2020 Biennial will see the light of day over the next eighteen months. The theme and spirit are to take place in the “Salon of Wonder and Views” as a unifying element over a longer period of time in various locations in a pointed manner.
In all existential crises, the arts have been a (co)decisive moment of renewal, of rethinking, of reflection, of departure, of conversion, of NEW Return, for each individual as well as for the community. Thus the dynamic Munich Biennale 2020/2021 is, with its motto “Point of NEW Return”, a metaphor for the necessary flexible handling of our present and a model for mobility, topicality and relevance of the arts.