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A documentary music theatre project

Based on an idea by the journalist Bobby Rafiq and the composer Yoav Pasovsky, this project approaches the topic of everyday racism. Using staged interviews conducted by taz journalist Ebru Tasdemir, director Robert Lehniger, together with his designer Irina Schicketanz, dramaturg Marion Hirte and the composer, developed a walk-in installation. The scenes and situations that are developed from this thereby reflect daily moments of people with a migration history who were born and raised in Germany – scenes and situations in which they are denied their affiliation to this country time and again, in which they are stigmatized and marked as being different. For the physical attacks and assaults on refugee homes, Jewish cemeteries, and non-white people precede subtler forms of exclusion. In order to bring these experiences closer to a predominantly white, bourgeois audience and to let them share these experiences emotionally, this music theater project breaks the classical separation of stage and auditorium and lets the audience immerse themselves in a labyrinthine installation with live scenes and virtual reality via the appropriate headsets. The audience is thus directly involved in situations and scenes in which they can experience everyday racism as the targets of such racism. The musical composition also works with the documentary material and draws attention to a situation that those who are affected by it experience as a steadily worsening situation of upheaval. Being “in front.” Whether this “in front” can be a “point of NEW or NO return” is dependent upon our actions. For the composer Yoav Pasovsky the starting point was his own biography: born and raised in Israel, he emigrated to Berlin at the age of 23 and founded a family there. His great-grandparents on his father’s side fled from Munich to Palestine in 1935. In view of the political and social developments in recent years, he is increasingly asking himself whether Germany is still a safe country for him and his family. Until now he had never been able to completely understand how his great-grandparents must have felt at that time.

PERFORMANCES

Friday, 22.05., 18:00 Uhr, Einstein Kultur
Saturday, 23.05., 18:00 Uhr, Einstein Kultur
Sunday, 24.05., 18:00 Uhr, Einstein Kultur
Monday, 25.05., 18:00 Uhr, Einstein Kultur
Wednesday, 27.05., 18:00 Uhr, Einstein Kultur

Language: German
Duration: ca. 70 minutes (Admission every 20 minutes for 9 people. Last admission 21:20)

The performance is recommended from the age of 13 years.

Introduction:
23.5.2020, 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Einstein Kultur Lounge
with Marion Hirte

A production fo the Munich Biennale
In cooperation with the Otto Falckenberg Schule


Artists
Cast
With: Benita Sarah Bailey, Thu Trang Dong, Şiir Eloğlu, Ernest Allan Hausmann Students of the Otto Falckenberg Schule: Conrad Ahrens, Bless Amada, Maditha Dolle, Jan Fassbender, Konstantin Gries, Daria von Loewenich, Jochanah Mahnke, Valentin Mirow, Marlina Adeodata Mitterhofer, Anna K. Seidel, Paul Wellenhof The interlocutors: Benjamin Adjei (politician, member of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), Dr. Chadi Bahouth (coach + lecturer), Sanchita Basu (founder of the victim counselling centre "Reach Out"), Idil Baydar (comedian), Tülay Bilgen (educational scientist), Ebow (musician), Nazanin Ghafouri (social pedagogue), Ilaaf Khalfalla (photographer), Armin Langer (author), David Mayomba (musician, presenter), Ario Mirzai (activist), Olimpio do Nascimento Petri (audio design student), Pantelis Pavlakidis (teacher), An Phan (student), Ülkü Schneider-Gürkan (interpreter), Ali Schwarzer (blogger), Phung Vu Tangh (economics student), Nomazulu Thata (member of the Feminist Party Bremen), Ali Naki Tutar (activist)
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XINFORMATION

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.