“The Murderers Are Among Us” was the working title of Fritz Lang’s famous film “M” from 1931. Allegedly censored by the National Socialists, it reflects the ambivalence with which Lang and Thea von Harbou portray the hunt for serial killer Hans Beckert. The real main role is played by the extremely rattled metropolis, whose population is scarred by their war experiences and the world economic crisis. The wanted murderer passes through the social panorama of the daily routine in the city streets all the way to the underworld, and provides a focus on the all-embracing struggle for survival, and gives fear a face. Playing virtuously with thriller elements, social drama, and satire, in his first sound film Lang doesn’t use music, which is presumably the best means of emotionalization. Or use hardly any music – the “music” in the film belongs solely to the whistling murderer, and in the end it’s his undoing. In the adaptation by the musician and theatermaker Schorsch Kamerun (“Die Goldenen Zitronen”) and the composer Cathy van Eck, this relationship is reversed and the film becomes a concert installation, and the material becomes a transparency for the present. In cooperation with the Munich Biennale, the festival of new music theater, a large city will be built in and around the performance venue Marstall, and this city will be populated by the performers and the audience and will put our current sense of security to the test. Who belongs here and deserves protection nowadays? Who is controlled by whom, and how are they identified? Is there even a guilty person who is to be arrested? “Is M (Munich) still acommunity based on the principle of mutual solidarity, or, as is said in many places, on the best path of becoming M (murderer) – in other words, of heading toward a highly dangerous, divided level of threat, which has to be brought to safety by rescuers with strong arms?”
– Schorsch Kamerun
The performance is recommended from the age of 14.
23.5.2020, 7:30 p.m.
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
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.
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