Point of New return
Munich Bi—nnal—
F—stival for
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Under the artistic direction of Daniel Ott and Manos Tsangaris, the 17th Munich Biennale will take place from 15 to 29 May 2020. The motto is: Point of NEW Return. Which music-dramatic forms of expression must be created in order to release new forces? In the current debates about the loss of values, educational poverty and the division of societies, there is hardly any talk of the productive and unifying effects of the artistic. All the more responsibility for igniting and maintaining public discourses from the perspective of art lies with the protected institutions. And thus not least the Munich Biennale, which dares something new: Point of NEW Return.

All the productions that will be shown as part of the Festival 2020 are premieres by the composers Beat Furrer, Barblina Meierhans, Olga Neuwirth, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Younghi Pagh-Paan and Christian Wolff as well as Cathy van Eck, Óscar Escudero, Ole Hübner, Yair Klartag, Anda Kryeziu, Belenish Moreno-Gil, Yoav Pasovsky, Fabià Santcovsky, Tobias Schick and Katharina Voigt. Authors* and directors* of the upcoming Biennale include Anja Hilling, Schorsch Kamerun, Thomas Köck, Robert Lehniger, Michael v. zur Mühlen, Christiane Pohle, Blanka Rádóczy, Kathrin Röggla, Ebru Tasdemir and Miguel Murrieta Vásquez.

The premieres of the Munich Biennale will be accompanied by an extensive supporting programme, among others in cooperation with the Munich Volkshochschule and the Institute for Theatre Studies of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Venues: Muffathalle, Muffatwerk, Ampere, Carl-Orff-Saal (Gasteig),
Marstall, Marstallplatz and Cuvilliés-Theater (Residenztheater), Schwere Reiter, Einstein Kultur

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Biography Artistic Direction

Daniel Ott
Born 1960 in Grub/ Appenzell. Composer, pianist, creator of theatre projects and compositions for landscapes.

Piano lessons, establishes independent theatre companies, street theatre with touring stage on a horse cart, theatre studies in Paris and London, studies composition with Nicolaus A. Huber and Klaus Huber. Mainly working as – for 25 years now – composer, pianist, innovator of new musical theatre, creator of interdisciplinary and situational performances. Founder of the Swiss festival “new music rümlingen”. Has been teaching experimental music in Berlin for over 10 years now. Music theatre production for amongst others Staatsoper Stuttgart, Theater Bielefeld, Donaueschingen Festival, Witten Festival for New Chamber Music. Situational productions for Expo Hannover (music for the Swiss Pavillion by Peter Zumthor), MMK Frankfurt a.M., Festival Alpentöne/ Altdorf and water tower Berlin Prenzlauerberg. Landscape compositions for amongst others Harbour Sassnitz (Rügen), river Neisse between Görlitz and Zgorzelec, harbour of the Rhine in Basel, river Elbe at Hitzacker and the Ruhr in Witten. Since 2005 he is Professor for Composing and Experimental Musical Theatre at Berlin University of the Arts and since 2015 a member of Academy of Arts Berlin. Beginning in 2016 together with Manos Tsangaris he is artistic director of the Munich Biennale – Festival für neues Musiktheater.


Manos Tsangaris

Manos Tsangaris was born in 1956.
He is is composer, drummer and installation artist, one of the most important representatives of experimental music theatre.

His compositions are internationally acclaimed and have been performed at several renowned festivals and theatres. In 2009 he was appointed professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden, and, in the same year, elected as a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin (director of the music department in 2012). He has been a member of the Sächsische Akademie der Künste since 2010 and a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts since 2017. Tsangaris was artist-in-residence at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) for the 1012-13 academicyear; he has, since October 2012, been artistic director (from 2016) for the Munich Biennalefor Music Theatre (together with Daniel Ott). In the academic year 2017/18 Tsangaris is Visiting Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. Tsangaris founded the Internationale Institut für Kunstermittlung (www.iike.de). He has done research in the field of scenic anthropology. Since the 1970s, he has repeatedly taken performance conditions to be an essential theme of his compositional work, expressed in different artistic formats.

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