“The murderers are among us” was the working title of Fritz Lang’s famous 1931 film “M.” It reflects the ambivalence with which Lang and Thea von Harbou portray the hunt for the serial killer Hans Beckert. The actual leading role is played by the deeply unsettled metropolis, whose population is marked by the experiences of war and the world economic crisis.
In the adaptation by the musician and theatremaker Schorsch Kamerun (The Golden Lemons) and the composer Cathy van Eck, this relationship is reversed and the film becomes a concert installation, the material a foil of the present. “Is M (Munich) still the solidary community of the city, or, as some people claim, on the best way to become M (murderer), i.e. a highly endangered, divided threat that has to be brought to safety by rescuers* with strong arms? Schorsch Kamerun “The musical level moves between song and sound, searching for a rhythm, only to disappear again in a chaotic rustling.” Cathy van Eck
In a co-production with the Munich Biennale, the BR radio play production “M (1) – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (Wer hat Angst vor was eigentlich?)”, which premiered in May 2020, and the film preview “M (2) – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder (Wem nützt welcher Schrecken? )” in July 2020 now the concert installation and completes this audio, film and music theatre triptych, which describes the horrors and opportunities of the present with their real and perceived fears, their reflexes of restriction and solidarity, and designs human enchanting transformations.
The performance is recommended from the age of 14.
Composition commissioned by the City of Munich for the Munich Biennale
A coproduction of the Munich Biennale with Residenztheater Munich
With the support of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council