Coming soon: World premiere of “Subnormal Europe” on 14 June at 7 p.m. at the Media theatre ZKM Karlsruhe (with live stream)

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Coming soon: World premiere of “Subnormal Europe” on 14 June at 7 p.m. at the Media theatre ZKM Karlsruhe (with live stream)

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Coming soon: World premiere of “Subnormal Europe” on 14 June at 7 p.m. at the Media theatre ZKM Karlsruhe (with live stream)

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Subnormal Europe

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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., 17:00 Uhr, Grußwort/Greeting
Sunday, 14.06., 19:00 Uhr, Medientheater (ZKM Karlsruhe)

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

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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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.