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Subnormal Europe

The Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Union has delegated to the Münchener Biennale the commission of a project of innovation and development in the context of the German Presidency of the European Commission between July and December 2020. Quoting the text of the agreement between the parties, “the main purpose of this initiative is the exact technical reproduction of those instants, which have marked our History of progress in the audiovisual field. The collection must be composed by a set of files, which may be exhibit together with their originals, not being able to distinguish one from the other”. Following these guidelines, musical dramatist Belenish Moreno-Gil and composer Óscar Escudero have designed a session staging singer Noa Frenkel and sound engineer Sebastian Schottke. The team, in cooperation with the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe, will face the challenge of creating live replicas of these fragments in each of the performances. The outcomes of the process, including its reactions, critics and impact on networks through the interview series published in parallel on the Instagram account @belenish.escudero, will be compiled and stored by the EU. Thus, the goals of the project will be fulfilled, among them, and quoting again the award agreement: “to take the pulse of the current state of the European values and to reaffirm the sense of citizenship of its inhabitants, as well as the knowledge of our common History and its contributions to human development in difficult times for Europeanism”.


Tuesday, 26.05., 18:00 Uhr, Carl-Orff-Saal
Wednesday, 27.05., 18:00 Uhr, Carl-Orff-Saal
Thursday, 28.05., 18:00 Uhr, Carl-Orff-Saal
Friday, 29.05., 18:00 Uhr, Carl-Orff-Saal

Language: English (English Translation from Spanish: Ben Clark)
Duration: ca. 60 minutes

27.5.2020, 5:15 p.m.
Carl-Orff-Saal Foyer

Composition and libretto commissioned by the City of Munich for the Munich Biennale
A coproduction of the Munich Biennale with Hertz-Labor of the ZKM Karlsruhe
In cooperation with Gare du Nord and ZeitRäume Basel and Wien Modern as part of the network for cross-form music theatre forms
With kind support of the Instituto Cervantes Munich

Noa Frenkel (contralto), Sebastian Schottke (Voice) ZKM | Hertz-Lab: Ludger Brümmer (Project Management), Götz Dipper (Project Coordination, Live Electronics), Moritz Büchner (Videostudio: Technical Direction Video), Andy Koch (Videostudio: Camera), Güzide Coker (Videostudio: Clapperboard & Script), Xenia Leidig (Videostudio: Video Pre-Processing, Set Photos & Videos), Hans Gass (Set Stage & Lighting), Sebastian Schottke (Live Electronics, Sound Direction), Jakob Schreiber (Sound Recordist), Bernd Lintermann (iPad Software), Manfred Hauffen (Technical Support)
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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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