A grand journey in the opposite direction is best undertaken with companions. Especially if the journey’s route is within your own home. In the present case, for this reason right away several people set off at different times: the musicians of the instrumental ensemble hand werk, the composers Anda Kryeziu, Yair Klartag, Tobias Schick and Katharina Vogt, the director Christiane Pohle, stage- and costume designer Zahava Rodrigo and the writer Ror Wolf. The latter is more or less essentially responsible for a group of completely unknown tenants suddenly appearing after they pass through a well-camouflaged wall opening. How could one not notice each other up until then? How could they not hear each other? And what does this irritating encounter mean for the continuation of the planned music theater expedition: is it a fork in the road, an intersection, or a dead end? Ror Wolf summarizes the state of things as follows: “So, I came as far as this point and this is perhaps the end here, or, if I want to be precise, not the end, but the moment before the end, or perhaps the opposite, not the end, not even the moment before the end, but rather only the beginning, or not the beginning either, but something else, a third element: something between the beginning and the end.”
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.