From “Last Night on Earth” to Sex Positivity Performance – The Gap

It’s the festival time again! And this year the festival is about “re-inventing”. A summary of the usual dense program at seven stations.

© hand with eyes

The search for reinvention strategies is one of the leitmotifs of this year’s festival program, according to festival director Christophe Slagmuylder: “Many of the works presented refer to a society that is no longer where it once was … but not yet in a new place.We have to leave behind familiar models and invent new ones.We need change.But what needs to change and how can we come up with an idea of ​​what is ‘new’? Theater scenes are potentially fertile ground “They shape the scenarios of the future, invite fabrications and speculation as distinguished guests.”

Last night on earth

In addition to producing and presenting new works of art, Wiener Festwochen’s main approach is to combine disciplines and different artistic forms of expression. The best and widest example: the one that is broadcast live on television as usual openingwhich this year – under the direction of the director and author David Schalko – Title “Last Night on Earth » bears. One last night on earth before the start of the journey. A night as a prelude to a festival with forms, communities and visions still unknown. A night in which spaceships make contact with each other for the first time. Before we set off for new planets. A night where we jump our way into space. Draw for musical design Kruder & Dorfmeister responsible. Works with: Bilderbuch, Sofia Jernberg, Liquid Loft, Caroline Peters, Wiener Singakademie, Yung Hurn, Hand mit Auge (Visuals) and Gerd Schneider (Drita). Meeting: May 13, at 21:20, City Square

Austrian Museum of Black Fun and Music © Hannah Aders

By Arabella Kiesbauer and Roberto Blanco

Vienna is getting a new museum, Austrian Museum of Black Fun and Music. It houses an extensive archive of records, magazines, autographs and relics, which appear in a living place for mediating and discussing black art and history. Curated by Joana Tischkau, Anta Helena Recke, Elisabeth Hampe, Frieder Blume and Dalia Ahmed, the museum brings together stories by black artists and artists who rose to prominence in the white-dominated German-speaking entertainment industry – by Arabella Kiesbauer and Rounder Girls at Mola Adebis and Roberto Blanco. The exhibition is complemented by performances, lectures, panels and concerts by black artists, activists and media workers currently living in Austria. The opening party includes rapper T-Ser, DJs Tonica Hunter and Tmnit Ghide, and special guests Grace Marta Latigo known as OGG or Original Gangster Grace. Opening: May 14, 6 pm, UBMSUBM (Belvedere); Exhibition: May 15 to June 11, Tuesday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., open Monday to public holidays

Classic and improvisation, hip-hop and techno

For the Lebanese sound artist Tarek Atoui there are many ways to experience sound. For Wiener Festwochen, inspired by Musikverein’s rich collection of historical instruments, he produces two new, extraordinary musical instruments that use the air as their sound source. They combine a special musicality with captivatingly touching and sculptural qualities. Atoui four-part software series “Souffle Continu” invites you to embark on a musical journey with the deaf, amateurs and professionals of classical music, improvisation, hip-hop and techno. Dates: May 20, 8:00 pm, Musikverein; May 24, 8:00 pm, Ruprechtskirche; June 3, 8:00 p.m., Work; June 10, 4 pm, football club 1210 Vienna

“Speaking Light sheds” © Rolf Arnold

Desire, resistance and solidarity

Intense interaction with the audience and playful experiences for all the senses characterize the work of Kat McIntosh. IN “To speak The light flows” four performers open up a space to listen along with beats and voices. The powerful beats synchronize the heartbeats and the polyrhythmic sounds underline the positive concern of the political-poetic texts. Desire, resistance and solidarity! Collaborative evening formulates the desire for a change in language and world – and designs different forms of being that tremble with lust for life. Dates: May 22, 23 and 24, 20:30 each time, multiplication north-west

Tribute to someone who shaped music and art

Peter Rehberg, the Viennese musician and founder of the label Editions Mego, who died last year, dedicates the festival weeks to a worthy and long night full of music and accompaniment. Artist Gisèle Vienne: »Through his unique and inspiring work, which he brought to all our joint projects, through his vast knowledge of music and as an innovative and idiosyncratic label manager, the influence of Peter Rehberg was great . In this central role he had a steady influence on music, performing arts and contemporary art. “All of this has made him a leading figure in art since the mid-1990s. His influence will last for a long time.” An “A tribute to Peter Rehberg and Mego Editions” With: Caterina Barbieri, Chra, Electric Indigo, Fennesz, Finlay Shakespeare, General Magic & Tina Frank, Hecker, Inou Ki Endo, Jung an Tage, KMRU, Nik Colk Void, Russell Haswell and Tin Man. Date: 28 May, 21:00, Work

“Einstein on the Beach” © Markus Selg

Intoxicating musical theater

“Einstein on the beach” it is a futuristic work somewhere between installation, ritual and theater. Theater Renovator Susan Kennedy and the visual artist Markus Selg staged an opera for the first time. The boundaries are broken: those between man and machine, reality and simulation, those between theater, fine arts and virtual worlds. Inspired by the unconventional genius Albert Einstein, Philip Glass and Robert Wilson created “Einstein on the Beach”, a 20th century masterpiece that breaks all the rules of opera and does not follow a linear narrative structure. From trance to utopia – intoxicating musical theater as a borderline experience. Dates: June 10, 19:00, Hall E at the Museumsquartier; June 11, 6 pm, Hall E at the Museumsquartier

The sexual liberation continued

Inspired by Carolee Schneemann’s 1964 performance “Meat Joy”, the choreography explores Michael Vandevelde together with members of the Munich Kammerspiele ensemble and actors of the sex positivity scene, the current meaning of sexuality. “Joy 2022” Questions arise such as: where do we stand – decades after the sexual revolution of the 1960s? How can we continue to advocate for liberation, trying sensual practices beyond normative clichés? A sensual, wild composition of the movement, text and personal experiences of the performers. Dates: June 11 and 12, 20:00, Volkstheater

The Wiener Festwochen will take place this year from 13 May to 18 June in various venues throughout Vienna.

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