Labor Beethoven 2020

Festival of Contemporary Music for the Beethoven Anniversary

concerts – exhibition – installations – lectures – music theatre – performances

March 12.–18.2020

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How experimental were Ludwig van Beethoven and his contemporaries, music theoretician Anton Reicha and physicist Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni, and what artistic experiments were triggered by how they were received? How do young composers in the 21st century compose and how do they reflect on the godlike figure that is Beethoven, to whom an entire year of anniversary events has been dedicated?

With "Labor Beethoven 2020", the Akademie der Künste presents a contemporary reading of the Beethoven Anniversary focusing on experimentation. A festival condenses the musical and interdisciplinary results of the four-year artistic cooperation by a group of young composers from the three universities of Basel, Tel Aviv and Thessaloniki. Together with historical and current experiments by Beethoven and Reicha as well as guests such as the Novoflot opera company, electronic composer Marcus Schmickler, sound artist Werner Cee and Beethoven expert William Kinderman, a kaleidoscope of concerts, experiments in sound and perception, lecture performances and music theatre are to be staged. Visitors can let themselves drift between the interwoven elements. There will be original works by Beethoven such as "The Tempest sonata" as well as the deconstructions of "Fidelio" (Novoflot) and "Pastoral" (Cee). World première compositions, mediated by an exhibition and discursive elements, link the experimental spirit of the period around 1802 to current issues in composing regarding space, instrumentation and form.

Over four years, "Labor Beethoven" offered international composers, musicians and artists from Basel, Tel Aviv and Thessaloniki an open forum for artistic exchange and experimentation, allowing them to develop their own ideas for compositional works, new forms of work, formats and collaborations. Over the course of the festival, the participants in the laboratory and their guests will present the different facets of their work in several concerts and performances.

"Labor Beethoven" is a project by the Music Section of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, and is directed by Caspar Johannes Walter (artistic director, Basel, Akademie der Künste), Dimitri Papageorgiou (Thessaloniki) and Ruben Seroussi (Tel Aviv). 

Tickets

Exhibition, Lecture-Performances:
€5 / 3
Free admission in combination with concert or music theatre ticket

Concerts
€10 / 7

Combined tickets:
€20 / 14

Music Theater Fidelio:
€10 / 7

Sound installation, performance, electronic concert:
Free admission

Venues

Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10
10557 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 200 57-2000
S Bellevue, U Hansaplatz, Bus 106
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Akademie der Künste
(only Fr. 13.3.2020, 20pm)
Pariser Platz 4
10117 Berlin
Tel.: +49 30 200 57-1000
S+U Brandenburger Tor
Bus 100, 245, 300
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Email: info@adk.de
Facebook: akademiederkuenste
www.adk.de

A festival presented by the Music Section of the Akademie der Künste.

In collaboration with Hochschule für Musik Basel, Universität Aristoteles Thessaloniki, Universität Tel Aviv, Universität der Künste Berlin, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, die Musikwissenschaften der Universität Potsdam, Opernkompagnie Novoflot.

Festival director: Julia Gerlach
Project manager Labor Beethoven: Sonia Lescene
Assistance: Safia Azzouni, Eleni Ralli

Events

Ensemble Adapter 
© Sebastian König
Hanseatenweg → Halle 1

THU 12.3.
7 pm

Opening Ceremony


Johannes Odenthal
Director of programming of the Akademie der Künste

Caspar Johannes Walter
Artistic director of "Labor Beethoven 2020"

Hanseatenweg → Halle 1

THU 12.3.
7 pm

Exhibition Opening

Labor 1802–2020


With experiments in sound and perception of Ludwig van Beethoven, Ernst Florens Friedrich Chladni, Anton Reicha, Manolis Ekmektsoglou / Thanos Sakellaridis, Eva Gentner / Adrian Nagel, Andrea Heilrath, Ari Rabenu / Akkad Izre'el, Johannes Wernicke, Peter Ablinger, Mauricio Kagel, Bernhard Leitner, Hans Zender, et al.

Hanseatenweg → Buchengarten

THU 12.3.
7 pm

Sound Installation Opening


Werner Cee: De-Symphonic. Kontra Punkt Berlin (2019 / 2020). Klanginszenierung zu Beethovens Pastorale.

Klanginstallation: Werner Cee 
© Wolfgang van Ackeren
Hanseatenweg → Halle 3

THU 12.3.
8 pm

Opening Concert

From the Laboratory: unusual instrumentations


Works by Faidra Chafta Douka, Batya Frenklakh / Guy Rauscher, Manolis Ekmektsoglou, Adrian Nagel, Ari Rabenu, Thanos Sakellaridis.
With Ensemble Adapter, Uli Fussenegger, et al.

Hanseatenweg → Halle 3

FRI 13.3.
5 pm

Performance

Works by Faidra Chafta Douka


With Karen Lorenz, Nikolaus Schlierf, Alice Belugou, et al.

Hanseatenweg → Halle 1

FRI 13.3.
6 pm

Concert

Chamber music


Ludwig van Beethoven: Variationen für Violoncello und Klavier WoO 45 "Judas Maccabäus", Cellosonate Nr. 4 C-Dur op. 102,1. As well as works by Thanos Sakellaridis, Manolis Ekmektsoglou.
With Davis Eggert, Geli Loftus, et al.

Aufführung Anda Kryeziu 
© Sonia Lescene
Pariser Platz → Black Box

FRI 13.3.
8 pm

Concert

From the Laboratory: The Open space


Works by Anda Kryeziu, Adrian Nagel, Eleni Ralli.
With Ensemble Adapter, Uli Fussenegger, Manuel Nawri, et al.

Hanseatenweg → Black Box

SAT 14.3.
3 pm

William Kinderman: Beethoven’s The Tempest sonata


Lecture performance on the experimental approaches in Beethoven’s 7th Piano Sonata, Op. 31/2 („The Tempest“), William Kinderman (piano).

Bernhard Leitner: Tonliege 
© Atelier Leitner
Hanseatenweg → Halle 3

FRI 13.3.
5 pm

Performance

Works by Faidra Chafta Douka


With Karen Lorenz, Nikolaus Schlierf, Alice Belugou, et al.

Hanseatenweg → Halle 2

SAT – WED
5 pm – 9 pm

Music Theatre Installation

We are so free #1 Fidelio – Novoflot


Première by Novoflot and L. v. Beethoven

Musiktheater: Novoflot 
© Elisa Limberg
Hanseatenweg → Halle 3

SAT 14.3.
8 pm

Electronic Concert

Guest at the laboratory: Rotations


With works of Kajsa Antonssen, Nik Bohnenberger, Alex Choeb, Adele Marcia Kosman, Anna Petzer / Giovanni Verga, Markus Radke, Gilberto Moreno Ramos, Eli Simic-Prosic , Luca Staffiere, Dustin Zorn.
In cooperation with UdK Berlin.

Hanseatenweg → Halle 1

SUN 15.3.
4 pm

Marcus Schmickler: Ludwig van, Kraftwerk


A Critical Disco. Experimental Lecture on Kagels Reception of Beethoven in 1970.

Lecture-Performance Marcus Schmickler 
© Ilya Barhatov
Hanseatenweg → Studio

SUN 15.3.
8 pm

Final Concert

From the Laboratory: Experiments for large ensemble


Works by Akkad Izre'el, Eleni Ralli, Ari Rabenu.
With Echo Ensemble of Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin. Direction: Manuel Nawri. Solists: Alice Belugou, Uli Fussenegger, Chris Moy.

Echo-Ensemble 
© Janine Escher

Timetable

DO
19
20
21
22
23
FR
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
SA
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
SO
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
Hanseatenweg → Halle 3
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Halle 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Halle 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Halle 3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Halle 2
 
 
 
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Halle 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Halle 2
 
 
 
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Halle 2
 
 
 
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Studio
 
 
 
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Studio
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Studio
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Studio
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pariser Platz → Black Box
 
 
 
 
 
Pariser Platz → Black Box
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pariser Platz → Black Box
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pariser Platz → Black Box
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DO
19
20
21
22
23
FR
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
SA
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
SO
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22

Mon – Wed

 
17
18
19
20
21
Hanseatenweg → Halle 1
Hanseatenweg → Halle 3
 
 
 
 
 
Hanseatenweg → Studio
 
 
 
 
 
Pariser Platz → Black Box
 
 
 
 
 
 
17
18
19
20
21